Photo Report: Sheffield Grand Prix


Chaotic ending to a fantastic nights racing in Sheffield as Helen Wyman and Dean Downing  step up onto the winners podium

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A win in his home event means a lot to Dean Downing but even he admits he had some luck as motorbikes and lapped riders prevented a fair sprint for the line after a truly brutal race. Second was Graham Briggs and third British champion Russell Downing. ‘Fonzy’ admitted afterwards he was pleased for his brother but that he was freewheeling in the latter part of the sprint as the road was blocked in front of him.

It was a sad ending to what had been a brutal race with many many attacks and only 20 or so riders left in the front group after an hour of non-stop full gas racing. And the crowd…. wow!

Dean Downing talking afterwards said  “I’m still stunned that I have won but also stunned at the way I won. Winning is awesome but we came flying up the cobbles side by side and looked up and there is a motorbike and lapped riders in the road – what do we do?”

“We all nearly ran into the back of the motorbike on the second to last corner. We passed them on the cobbles and I was lucky enough to get the fast line, and come down the finish line and crossed the finish line first and thought, what happens now?”

“None us knew what was going on or happy with the outcome of how I won and that is one of the reasons I am stunned.”

“It was rock hard and teams were attacking each other and I wanted to attack the race tonight and put myself out there. Graham Briggs put some awesome attacks in, Raleigh were attacking, Rus (brother Russell) put some attacks in, Rapha were attacking. I looked round at one point and there were about 20 riders left and that was with six laps to go.”

“I thought at that point this has been a hard race and I made my way to the front and crossed the line first.” Read the full interview here we discussed thoughts of retirement

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This was the first view we had of Dean … 


Russell and Dean Downing and a very disappointed Graham Briggs


Dean goes to town with the champagne spraying….


The new British Champion Russell Downing. His team boss at Endura, Jim McFarlane, took the time to ring Russell after he won in York and sure enough, Endura had him a jersey and skinsuit ready for action  on Wednesday.

Russell Downing: “I’m glad Dean won because I didn’t pedal from that last corner. I had nowhere to go. I even tried to chop inside the motorbike he was going that slow and I felt Deano coming and I went to open up my sprint and there five lapped riders and two motorbikes in front of me.”

“I think I might have been rolled for second because I couldn’t ride so pretty disappointed but Deano won and I got to show the stripes off here in Sheffield. I felt good tonight but Raleigh and Rapha played brilliant tonight. Raleigh were all over everything, sending guys up the road and I was just trying to stay calm.”

“I did the same as in York and had a leg opener. I always like to open up the pipes just to hurt a bit and then settle it back down again. It was a fast race and there weren’t many left at the end. Last year there was an attack and a breakaway and it was more controlled but today it showed what the standard of racing is like in Britain because everyone in the front group was capable of attacking.”

“At one time (in previous years), people were attacking and I’d wonder why they did but now I know – it’s to put guys like me without team support in difficulty. I think Ed swung out of the line with three or four to go, it was brutal and a great race”.



Helen Wyman dominated the women’s race, leading on her own for the last third of it and winning by 41 seconds.


Women’s champion Hannah Barnes mopped up the sprint for second in her champion’s jersey. Being the pro she is, Hannah took her one and only jersey (the one she was presented with in York) and had it printed it with her sponsors name ready to race in at Sheffield.


Start of the women’s race at 7pm.

1. Dean Downing, Madison Genesis
2. Graham Briggs, Team Raleigh
3. Russell Downing, Netapp-Endura
4. Mike Northey, Nodd4-Giordana
5. Felix English, Rapha Condor JLT
6. Richard Hepworth, Node4 Giordana
7. Andrew Tennant, Madison Genesis
8. Jon Mould, UK Youth
9. George Atkins, GB Academy (Series winner)
10. Andrew Hawdon, Herbalife
11. Tobyn Horton, Team UK Youth
12. Dan Barry, Node 4 Giordana
13.  Jacob Scott (junior), Sportscover-Bioracer
14. Paul Oldham, Hope Factory racing
15. James Lowsley Williams, UK Youth
16. Tom Moses, Team Raleigh
17. Liam Stones, MG Maxifuel
18. Ed Laverack, Rapha Condor JLT
19. Tom Stewart, Team Raleigh
20. Rob Patridge, UK Youth
21. Chris Bartlett, Metaltek
22. Robert Smail, Metaltek
23. Mike Smith, Corley Cycles
24. Alistair Rutherford, Wheelbase
25. Dan Storey, RST/Cycle Division
26. Mark Christian, Raleigh
27. Sam Witmit, Raleigh
28. Richard Lang, Raleigh
29. Kristian House, Rapha Condor JLT

1. Helen Wyman, Kona
2. Hannah Barnes, MG Maxifuel
3. Eileen Roe, Breast Cancer care
4. Hannah Walker, Matrix Fitness
5. Melissa Lowther, Matrix Fitness
6. Alice Barnes, Scott Contessa Epic
7. Abby Parkinson, RST/Cycle Division
8. Molly Weaver, Breast Cancer care
9. Adela Carter, Hope Factory Racing
10. Amy Gornall, Scott Contessa Epic
11. Beth Crumpton, Hargrves Cycles RT
12. Jessie Walker, Matrix Fitness
13. Lauren Creamer, ISP Corp
14. Harriett Owen, Matrix Fitness
15. Lauren Obrien, RST/Cycle Division



Two new British champions headline the racing tonight in Sheffield, Russell Downing (NetApp-Endura) in the Men’s race and Hannah Barnes (MG Maxifuel) in the Women’s event with both expected to be all kitted out in new skinsuits bearing the famous British stripes.


The Women’s race has 40 riders entered including the European Cycling Cross Champion Helen Wyman and Hannah Barnes who won the Women’s circuit race title in York last Sunday. The race also sees the strongest teams in women’s racing in Britain including Matrix Fitness which includes local girl Jessie Walker, daughter of Chris Walker, a winner in Sheffield in the past.

Hope Factory Racing team have a strong team including the 2012 Women’s Tour Series Champion Annie Simpson. The event also sees an Olympic champion, Joanna Rowsell on the start sheet and Alice Barnes who won a MTB title on Sunday in the Women’s XC (Junior). Bronze medallist from the Women’s crit championship, Eileen Roe, is also on the start sheet along with plenty of other possible winners. Overwhelming favourite though is Hannah Barnes.

In the Men’s race, so many favourites, where does one start from the 107 entries! All three of the riders from the Championship podium in York are down to ride led by winner, local Russell Downing resplendent in his new champion’s skinsuit from his team sponsor, Endura. Russell won’t have team support but that didn’t stop him last Sunday but then there are plenty of riders looking for revenge like last year’s winner in Sheffield, Graham Briggs (Raleigh).


Local rider ‘Brigga’ (him and Rusell live within 3 miles of each other!) was a very close second on Sunday and after his win last year in this mega Sheffield event, is a big favourite especially with the support of his Raleigh team with another local, Uni graduate Tom Stewart expected in the line-up. Highlighting just how big cycling is in Yorkshire, another local, Dean Downing (Madison Genesis) will be out for the win which would be a massive victory for him. Dean was 4th in the circuit race championships.

Not quite a local (Huddersfield) but a Yorkshire boy nonetheless is double Olympic champion Ed Clancy (below) and in a sprint, few, if any, have the speed to get past him and he has a very quick teammate in Felix English. The circuit though is tough with a long cobbled climb each lap and it may well suit another man in black, Kristian House.


Team UK Youth were the top team in the Tour Series, dominating it much more than anyone expected outside of the team and they have on their starting list the bronze medallist from last Sunday, Ian Wilkinson supported by some very powerful riders. Node 4 have a strong line up headed by the man in form, Mike Northey from New Zealand whilst Matt Cronshaw (IG Sigma Sport) has been getting up there of late in the big races and is showing good form.

The list of possible podium riders goes on, Yorkshire’s Tom ‘minty’ Murray of Metaltek and the team of race director Mark Barry, Sportscover-Bioracer. But the one rider not mentioned so far is Elite Series leader George Atkins who has been very consistent since his win in Stockton a few weeks ago. In all, 107 riders are entered Inc reserves) and on this fast and technical circuit, riders will be stretched around most of the town centre very quickly indeed!
Racing starts at 7pm in Sheffield


Browns Sheffield Womens Grand Prix National Womens Road Series

1. Emma Grant Matrix Fitness Racing Academy 2nd
2. Corrine Hall Matrix Fitness Racing Academy Elite
3. Melissa Lowther Matrix Fitness Racing Academy 2nd
4. Harriet Owen Matrix Fitness Racing Academy 1st
5. Joanna Tindley Matrix Fitness Racing Academy 1st
6. Hannah Walker Matrix Fitness Racing Academy 1st
7. Jessie Walker Matrix Fitness Racing Academy 2nd
8. Hannah Barnes MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling Elite
9. Karla Boddy MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling 1st
10. Melissa Brand MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling 2nd
11. Hayley Edwards MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling 2nd
12. Adela Carter Team Hope Factory Racing 3rd
13. Lyndsey Glazier Team Hope Factory Racing 2nd
14. Annabel Simpson Team Hope Factory Racing 2nd
15. Rachael Walker Team Hope Factory Racing 4th
16. Alice Barnes Scott Contessa Epic 2nd
17. Amy Gornall Scott Contessa Epic 2nd
18. Laura Wasley Scott Contessa Epic 2nd
19. Laura Murray Breast Cancer Care Cycling Team 2nd
20. Eileen Roe Breast Cancer Care Cycling Team 1st
21. Penny Rowson Breast Cancer Care Cycling Team 1st
22. Molly Weaver Breast Cancer Care Cycling Team 1st
23. Bryony Board Glendene CC 2nd
24. Vittoria Bussi Zappi’s Ladies Team 2nd
25. Nikola Butler VC St Raphael 2nd
26. Elanor Cadzow Welwyn Whls CC 3rd
27. Lauren Creamer ISCorp Cycling/NCSF 2nd
28. Jennifer Edwards Rhos On Sea Cycling Club 2nd
29. Flora Gillies Team ASL360 2nd
30. Louise Mahe Team Mulebar Girl – Sigma Sport 2nd
31. Keira McVitty Team Zenith/ 2nd
32. Kelly Moore Private Member 3rd
33. Lauren O’Brien RST Racing Team 2nd
34. Joanna Rowsell Wiggle Honda Elite
35. Nicola Soden Champion System/Maxgear/Base 2nd
36. Brit Tate GB 2nd
37. Ruth Taylor Manchester Whlrs Club 2nd
38. Olivia Tomlinson We Love Mountains Racing Team 3rd
39. Rebecca Womersley Aire Valley Racing Team 3rd
40. Helen Wyman Kona/ FSA Factory Team 2nd
1. Graham Briggs Team Raleigh 1st
2. Alexandre Blain Team Raleigh 1st
3. Russell Hampton Team Raleigh Elite
4. Thomas Moses Team Raleigh 1st
5. Lachlan Norris Team Raleigh 1st
6. Evan Oliphant Team Raleigh 1st
7. Thomas Scully Team Raleigh 1st
8. Russell Downing Team Netapp – Endura Elite
9. Dean Downing Madison Genesis Elite
10. Dominic Jelfs Madison Genesis Elite
11. Jack Pullar Madison Genesis Elite
12. Chris Snook Madison Genesis Elite
13. Andrew Tennant Madison Genesis Elite
14. Edward Clancy MBE Rapha Condor JLT Elite
15. Felix English Rapha Condor JLT 1st
16. Luke Grivell-Mellor Rapha Condor JLT 1st
17. Richard Handley Rapha Condor JLT Elite
18. Kristian House Rapha Condor JLT Elite
19. Edward Laverack Rapha Condor JLT 1st
20. James McCallum Rapha Condor JLT Elite
21. Will Stephenson Rapha Condor JLT Elite
22. Yanto Barker Team UK Youth Elite
23. Marcin Bialoblocki Team UK Youth Elite
24. Niklas Gustavson Team UK Youth Elite
25. Joshua Hunt Team UK Youth 1st
26. Greg Mansell Team UK Youth 2nd
27. Chris Opie Team UK Youth Elite
28. Robert Partridge Team UK Youth 1st
29. Ian Wilkinson Team UK Youth Elite
30. Dan Barry Node4 – Giordana Racing Elite
31. Steven Burke Node4 – Giordana Racing Elite
32. Richard Hepworth Node4 – Giordana Racing Elite
33. Steve Lampier Node4 – Giordana Racing Elite
34. Mike Northey Node4 – Giordana Racing Elite
35. Shem Rodger Node4 – Giordana Racing 1st
36. Matt Cronshaw Team IG – Sigma Sport 1st
37. Jake Hales Team IG – Sigma Sport Elite
38. James Moss Team IG – Sigma Sport 1st
39. Sam Boast Team Sportscover 1st
40. Ashley Brown Team Sportscover 1st
41. Ben Ives Team Sportscover Elite
42. James King Team Sportscover 1st
43. Joseph Moses Team Sportscover 1st
44. Jacob Scott Team Sportscover 1st
45. Jake Womersley Team Sportscover 1st
46. Dale Appleby Metaltek – Knights of Old Racing Team Elite
47. Will Fox Metaltek – Knights of Old Racing Team 1st
48. Kit Gilham Metaltek – Knights of Old Racing Team Elite
49. Gruffudd Lewis Metaltek – Knights of Old Racing Team 2nd
50. Rhys Lloyd Metaltek – Knights of Old Racing Team 1st
51. David McGowan Metaltek – Knights of Old Racing Team 1st
52. Tom Murray Metaltek – Knights of Old Racing Team 1st
53. Robert Smail Metaltek – Knights of Old Racing Team 1st
54. Martin Ford Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Elite
55. Andrew Hawdon Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Elite
56. James Sampson Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Elite
57. Harry Tanfield Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Elite
58. William Bjergfelt MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling Elite
59. Perry Bowater MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling 1st
60. Joe Fox MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling 1st
61. Jamie Scott MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling 2nd
62. Liam Stones MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling 1st
63. Daniel Booth Team Hope Factory Racing 2nd
64. David Collins Team Hope Factory Racing 1st
65. Christopher Gatt Team Hope Factory Racing 2nd
66. Ben Greenwood Team Hope Factory Racing Elite
67. James Gullen Team Hope Factory Racing Elite
68. Benjamin Kellett Team Hope Factory Racing 1st
69. Paul Oldham Team Hope Factory Racing 1st
70. Matthew Williams Team Hope Factory Racing 1st
71. Matthew Gee Team Corley Cycles 1st
72. Jonathan Shuster Team Corley Cycles 1st
73. Michael Smith Team Corley Cycles 1st
74. Simon Wilson Team Corley Cycles Elite
75. Tom Barras Wheelbase Altura MGD Elite
76. Andrew Coupe Wheelbase Altura MGD 1st
77. Lewis Craven Wheelbase Altura MGD 2nd
78. Stuart Reid Wheelbase Altura MGD 1st
79. Alistair Rutherford Wheelbase Altura MGD Elite
80. James Baillie Langsett Cycles RT 2nd
81. Danny Lowthorpe Langsett Cycles RT 2nd
82. James Thompson Langsett Cycles RT 2nd
83. Ashley Proctor Bike Box Alan/Whiston Velo 1st
84. Connor Swift Bike Box Alan/Whiston Velo 2nd
85. Gabriel Cullaigh RST Racing Team 2nd
86. Daniel Storey RST Racing Team 1st
87. Lee Baldwin Buxton CC/Sett Valley Cycles 2nd
88. Luke Beswick Buxton CC/Sett Valley Cycles 2nd
89. George Atkins Team USN Elite
90. Liam Glen The Kinesis Morvelo Project 2nd
91. James Jones Beeline Bicycles RT 1st
92. Andrew Marsh Dinnington RC 2nd
93. Jake Martin Kingsnorth International Whlrs Elite
94. Andrew Nichols 2nd
95. Tristan Robbins Cardiff JIF 1st
96. Hugo Robinson XRT – Elmy Cycles 2nd
97. Daniel Smith TS Racing Team-Vankru Elite
98. Jacob Tipper Biketreks Racing Academy Elite
99. Robert Watson Paul Milnes Cycles/Bradford Olympic RC 1st
100. Finlay Young Equipe Velo Ecosse/Montpeliers 2nd

101. Lee Allen Beeston RC 2nd Reserve
102. Neal Hunt Flex-Tech Ettridge Cycles RT 2nd Reserve
103. Ashley Marshall Aire Valley Racing Team 2nd Reserve
104. Oliver Maxwell Forme Bikes UK 2nd Reserve
105. Struan McInnes RST Racing Team 2nd Reserve
106. Alex Orrell-Turner V S Cycles, Brighouse 2nd Reserve
107. Dominic Smith Retford & District Wheelers 2nd Reserve


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