Report & Results Forge Valley Circuit Race 2


The second races at Forge Valley we again run off in wet conditions on the tight and twisty one kilometre circuit.

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Report & Results Forge Valley Circuit Race 2
(thanks to Marc Etches)

This week the races were a 4th category only and a 234 race.


Thirty seven 4th cat riders started and the pace was set high from the first lap. Matt Harris, riding for the promoting club, Sheffrec CC was dictating the pace on the front. Surrounded by team mates the Sheffrec riders controlled the bunch for the first few laps of the 25 lap race. No major advantages were gained throughout the race and the winner would come from a strong group of over 15 riders.

The penultimate straight saw a move from come from James Mappin, Sheffrec CC. James pushed the pace with a powerful move which saw him and 2 other riders gain a slight advantage with less than 200 metres to go.

Mappin was first into the last bend and pulled away in the sprint to win easily by 2 bike lengths much to the delight of members of home club, Sheffrec CC. 2nd across the line was Robert Mitchell from local club Out of the Saddle. Christopher Bevan, University of Sheffield came in 3rd with team mates Sam Milward and Stefan Partridge making it a great night for the Sheffield University Club in 4th and 5th places.

The second race of the night saw the field of 27 riders tackle 30 laps with the weather looking very dark and gloomy. The first lap saw the bunch set a high pace once more with 2 riders being dropped on the first 2 laps of the wet circuit. Lap 5 saw the rain hit and wind increase making for far from ideal conditions. Riders traded attacks but the first one to stick was a move from Jaime Harper of Sheffrec CC.

Harper gained a 100 metre advantage with 17 laps remaining on the lap board. Harper soon realised that this was too early to go all out on a solo attack. Harpers team mate, Liam O’Toole did a great job of policing the peloton and covered just about every move during the race.

Once Harper was brought back, a big attack came from Andy Bishop from Andy Moore Autocentres Racing. Bishop had gained his 2nd cat licence at the weekend and soon showed why he is scoring points this year by forging a good advantage in just 2 laps. Sensing that the bunch was catching, Bishop sat up and waited for the bunch to help him recover from his efforts.

The rain baited and with just 5 laps to go local riders, James Allen and Darren Otter slipped clear and soon had a sizable advantage. The Langsett Cycles RT and Rutland CC riders worked hard together and with the bunch looking at each other the duo looked to have a race winning gap. Going into the bell lap the leaders still held a slender gap over the bunch, who at one point argued who was going to help close the gap.

The last lap saw 2 riders attack from the bunch. Matt Sumpton, RST Racing launched a well timed attack to try and bridge across to the gap but was well and truly outpaced by Holmfirth CC rider Lee Brown. Brown powered past Sumpton and amazingly passed Otter and caught James Allen on the line to claim his second victory in 3 days. A move that astounded the spectators huddled at the finish line. Sumpton held on for a much deserved 4th place.

Racing continues next week with a 234 womans race and 234 mens race.

4th Cat Race Result
1 – James Mappin, Sheffrec CC
2 – Robert Mitchell, University of Sheffield CC
3 – Christopher Bevan, University of Sheffield CC
4 – Sam Milward, University of Sheffield CC
5 – Stefan Partridge, University of Sheffield CC
6 – Alex Whiting, Bolsover & District CC
7 – David Warriner, York Cycleworks
8 – Daniel Featherstone, Bolsover & District CC
9 – Antony Moss, Unattached
10 – Luke Allen, Sheffrec CC.

234 Race Result
1 – Lee Brown, Holmfirth CC
2 – James Allen, Langsett Cycles RT
3 – Darren Otter, Rutland CC
4 – Matthew Sumpton, RST Racing Team
5 – David Brearley, Team Zenith – Buzz Cycles
6 – Ryan Davis, Starley Primal Pro Cycling
7 – Andy Bishop, Andy Moore Autocentres Racing
8 – Daniel Jackson, Matlock CC
9 – Jaime Harper, Sheffrec CC
10 – Andrew Nichols, Langsett Cycles RT


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