Report: York Sport Circuit Races


Richard Sharp & Matt Bulmer winners at the first of the Dirtwheels Road Clubs first round of the crits at the York Sport Circuit (York)

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Julie Rodman writes… We had a wonderful start to the Bank Holiday week with Dirtwheels Road Club staging their first event at the York Sport circuit. With the sun setting over the Heslington complex and Virgin hot air balloons watching over, the crowd that had gathered to watch certainly weren’t disappointed with the evening and very impressed with the quality of racing.

The first race was a 3/4th cat event including two GB Cycles ladies Iona Sewell and Brit Tate, who certainly held their own in with the men taking turns at the front & Brit going on to grab a top ten placing.

The first attacks came from Neil Harris (University of York CC), Richard Sharp (Clifton CC) and Craig Armitage (Cross Trax). With Team Swift having four riders in the race as well it certainly made it an interesting attacking first five laps. With a couple of primes to break up the action, everyone was jumping around.

On lap six down the back straight, Jacob Brown (Team Swift) attacked taking Richard Sharp with him and they built up a lead and Richard took the first prime. The lead continued to climb to twenty seconds with Jacob Brown taking the second prime. Neil Harris attacked again taking Toby Holmes with him but this was to be brought back.

It was going down to the last lap with the two breakaway riders sprinting for the line with Richard Sharp taking the win from Jacob Brown. The bunch sprint was then won by an elated Craig Armitage (Crosstrax) followed by Stewart Gormley (Team Swift) from Toby Holmes. Brit Tate was a very credible 8th place for the First Lady. It was good to hear so many riders saying they were enjoying criterium racing again in a safe environment.

1. Richard Sharp. Clifton CC
2. Jacob Brown. Team Swift
3. Craig Armitage. Crosstrax
4. Stewart Gormley. Team Swift
5. Toby Holmes. Otley CC
6. Ian Chapman. Dirwheels RC
7. Andrew Windrum. York Cycleworks
8. Brit Tate. GB Cycles
9. Andy Johnson. Yorkshire Velo
10 Lee Gates. Dirtwheels RC

Now the circuit had nicely been warmed up by the first race, it was the turn of the category 2/3/4 riders to take to the start line as the sun started to go down. Twenty one riders took to the start and what it lacked in quantity it certainly made up in quality.

With a lot of riders aiming to finish on a win and others aiming to keep their category licences or move up a level, it made for attacking racing. The first move went at the first prime with Pete Barecevicus (Dirtwheels) taking the spoils and he was joined by his team mate Matt Bulmer.

These two worked in tandem for the duration of the race establishing a lead of 22 seconds at one point. Matt took the prime for the second sprint. As the race came to the final laps, the lights came into their own and we had our very own nocturne criterium. Three riders broke away, Will Staveley (Dirtwheels), Shaun Nicholson (Black Hawk bikes) and Ben Hallworth (Ilkley CC).

Down to the final chase to the line, it was the promoting clubs riders Matt Bulmer who got the win by a wheel from Pete Barusevicus with Ben Hallworth taking the third place.

1. Matt Bulmer. Dirtwheels RC
2. Pete Barusevicus Dirtwheels RC
3. Ben Hailworth. Ilkley CC
4. Shaun Nicholson. Black Hawk Bikes
5. Will Staveley. Dirtwheels RC
6. Paul Scott York Cycleworks
7. David Morris. Harrogate Nova
8. Steve Johnson. Slipstream
9. Dan Shoreman. Crosstrax
10. Ashley Marshall. Aire Valley RT
11. Paul Bell. Peak Road Club

It was the first event organised by Neil, Nicky and the Dirtwheels team, they certainly did put on a superb event, complete with cow bells for the rural chimes for the finish……can’t wait for the next weeks event.


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