Dickinson’s delight in difficult conditions

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A RAIN-HIT weekend saw a mixed bag of results for Sunderland Clarion riders racing in Middlesbrough and Northumberland.

The weekend started well with Tony Dickinson achieving his second category status in victorious fashion with a win at Prissick Park, Middlesbrough.

The win was the latest in a string of great results at Prissick for Dickinson that has seen him join other Clarion riders at the higher level.

As with previous weeks, the race saw Dickinson keeping himself safely within the front end of the pack, before unleashing his sprint finish to take the win.

Dickinson had to ride aggressively to get himself in the right place, forcing his way into third place at the bottom corner, before passing the final two riders and opening up the sprint to take the win, ahead of Cestria Cycles’ Elliot Davidson and Thomas Hebditch (Dirtwheels Cycles).

He now intends to take a few weeks’ break from racing before making a return in September.

Sunday morning saw three Clarion riders take to the start line in one of the North East’s hardest road races, the Thornton Trophy.

The 60-mile race around the roads of Northumberland saw riders tackle three laps of a tough circuit, including the steep climb of the Ryals.

The race started well for Michael Sloanes, who helped form an initial breakaway of five riders.

However, it wasn’t to be as within a couple of miles, and with a healthy gap, Sloanes hit the tarmac trying to avoid another rider, who locked up going round a greasy corner.

Despite getting straight up, his chain had slipped off, so by the time he got sorted, the bunch had gone past and left him behind.

Sloanes did his best to get back on, but despite his best efforts, he joined Matt France off the back of the race.

That left one Clarion rider to get a result and Neil Wallbank didn’t disappoint, making his way across with a number of riders to the remains of the early break, which had dwindled down to two riders.

In the end, the Ryals did for Wallbank’s chances of victory after the three climbs. He came in to finish in twelfth place – a strong result in a difficult race.

The race was won by Steven Guymer (Clay Cross Road Team), ahead of Gilles Harrison (ActivCycles-Corbridge RT) and Shaun Tyson (Adept Precision RT).

Next up for some Clarion riders is the Mike Binks Memorial Road Race on Sunday.