Report – Otley Town Centre Races


Yorkshire’s Adam Blythe and Lizzie Armitstead were the big winners in the Otley Town Centre Races on Wednesday night

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Report – Otley Town Centre Races

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The crits are back and one of the biggest and best is Otley Town Centre Races with a star studded field and plenty of Tour de France fever – VeloUK is there with a camera ready to bring you love images (internet permitting)

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It was a brilliant nights racing in Otley on Wednesday evening when it seemed half of Yorkshire came out to see some great racing along with VIP’s Bernard Hinault and Christian Prudhomme from the Tour de France.


Not sure if funny handshakes are going on here but Bernard Hinault seemed to have a fun time at Otley like the rest of the 20,000 plus crowd!

The night began with the Women’s race where Lizzie Armitstead attacked on the second lap and was soon joined a few laps later by Sarah Storey. With the race splitting big time behind, the two riders who were part of the lead group at the British RR Championships, were never threatened.

With a brilliant diving attack on the final lap, Otley girl Lizzie rode away and won her ‘home’ race from Sarah with Women’s Series leader Nicola Juniper racing down the barriers and with a throw of the bike, clinched third place from Gaby Shaw.


In the Support race, three riders dominated, Nathan Draper, Joey Walker (both RST Racing and juniors) and a rider from Pedal Pushers. They broke away early on before the race was stopped after a fire engine was called out and then got stuck under the gantry. The race was restarted and the trio given a restart with 30 seconds lead. This they extended and in the sprint to the line, yet another talent from the Isle of Man, Nathan Draper, won from Joey Walker and Peter Cocker. Results of the race were not available so will update when we have them.


In the Men’s Elite Crit, with darkness now descending on Otley, it was a huge field of 120 riders plus including the likes of Adam Yates and Joshua Edmondson. The peloton didn’t hang around getting up to speed and soon the solo attacks started. Joshua Edmondson was away on his own for a few laps and then many others tried their hand at getting away.

Tom Scully (Madison Genesis), Dean Down Downing, Mathieu Boulo (Raleigh) & Adam Blythe (NFTO) had solo digs, Kristian House and Adam Yates had a go as did Mike Cuming and Tom Scully but nothing was sticking and despite a tough course, the lead group still had most of the starters in it.

It was a sprint then and the sprint trains from the men in black for Clancy and the NFTO got organised for Blythe and down the barriers out of the darkness came double Olympic champion Ed Clancy and Adam Blythe elbow to elbow and in a photo finish, the NFTO rider got the verdict from Blythe with Chris Opie in third.

A brilliant race, a brilliant crowd and a brilliant evening as always in Otley. Next stop for them is the Tour de France!


Ed Clancy, Adam Blythe and Chris Opie waste some perfectly good champagne on us photographers!


The best female road rider Britain has, Lizzie Armitstead, from Otley, breaks away in the Women’s race


 Lizzie was joined by a Dame, Sarah Story, and the two rode away from the rest.


Two of Yorkshire’s finest women racers, Abby Mae Parkinson leads the peloton from Jessie Walker. Abby-Mae was 5th and first junior.


Awesome  move – Lizzie dives underneath Sarah Storey and off she goes …


Winning solo, Lizzie Armitstead. 


Nicola Juniper with a late rush denies Gabby Shaw the final place on the podium,


And then the champagne flowed!


Young Isle of Man rider Nathan Draper won the 2/3/4 race after being away in a break with teammate Joey Walker and Peter Cocker 3rd.


Joey Walker looks behind to see where third (Peter Cocker) is (on the left)


The person about to wave the riders away has won the Tour de France 5 times – Bernaud Hinault


World Tour rider Joshua Edmondson tries an early solo move.


Dean Downing on the hunt for a solo win too …


Raleigh rider Mathieu Boulo in his attempt to get away.


Tom Scully of Madison Genesis had several goes at getting away


A very powerful tandem, Kristian House and Adam Yates and still they could not stay clear of the chaser peloton. It was fast!


The crowd was packed down the home straight and up the hill to the top!


Adam Blythe (NFTO) and Chris Opie try to go clear late on.


The RCJ train get organised at the bell with NFTO and Raleigh behind them.


Ed Clancy and Adam Blythe go elbow to elbow in a rush to the line – Blythe got the verdict.

RESULT (more to come)


1 Adam Blythe NFTO
2 Edward Clancy MBE Rapha Condor JLT
3 Chris Opie Rapha Condor JLT
4 Adam Yates ORICA GreenEDGE
5 Alex Blain Team Raleigh
6 Thomas Stewart Madison Genesis
7 Dean Downing NFTO
8 Mike Northey Madison Genesis
9 Andrew Hawdon KTM
10 Tobyn Horton Madison Genesis
11 Evan Oliphant Team Raleigh
12 David McGowan Metaltek KUOTA RT
13 Harry Tanfield KTM
14 George Atkins Team Raleigh
15 Thomas Scully Madison Genesis
16 Peter Williams HARIBO Beacon Cycling Team
17 Oliver Wood 100% ME
18 Jacob Scott HARIBO Beacon Cycling Team
19 Will Fox Starley Primal Pro Cycling
20 Liam Holohan Madison Genesis
21 Jonathan Dibben 100% ME
22 Samuel Harrison NFTO
23 Zachery May Metaltek KUOTA RT
24 Jacob Tipper KTM
25 Alex Paton Pedal Heaven Colbornes RT
26 Anders Christensen Pedal Heaven Colbornes RT
27 Robert Partridge Velosure – Giordana RT
28 Ian Wilkinson Team Raleigh
29 Christopher Latham 100% ME
30 Graham Briggs Rapha Condor JLT
31 Rory Townsend Pedal Heaven Colbornes RT
32 James King HARIBO Beacon Cycling Team
33 Germain Burton 100% ME
34 James Moss Velosure – Giordana RT
35 Jake Womersley HARIBO Beacon Cycling Team
36 Lewis Atkins Pedal Heaven Colbornes RT
37 Robert Orr Metaltek KUOTA RT
38 Tom Barras Wheelbase Altura MGD
39 Samuel Williams NFTO
40 Adam Duggleby Wheelbase Altura MGD
41 Hugh Wilson NFTO
42 Simon Wilson Wheelbase Altura MGD
43 Joseph Wiltshire NFTO Race Club
44 Lee Baldwin Champion System/Club Roost/Maxg
45 Jacob Ragan 100% ME
46 David Clarke KTM
47 Jack Adams KTM
48 Benjamin Kellett Champion System/Club Roost/Maxg
49 Robert Moore Pedal Heaven Colbornes RT
50 Ryan Davis Starley Primal Pro Cycling
51 Hamish Graham Green Jersey RT
52 Dillon Bryne Champion System/Club Roost/Maxg
53 Peter Hawkins Madison Genesis
54 James Sampson HARIBO Beacon Cycling Team
56 Alastair Kay York Cycleworks Race Team
57 Duncan Moralee Strategic Lions RT
58 Declan Byrne Baguet-MIBA Poorten Indulek CT
59 Ian Bibby Madison Genesis
60 Stuart Reid Wheelbase Altura MGD
61 Kristian House Rapha Condor JLT

Womens Provisional

1 Lizzie Amitstead Boels Dolmans
2 Sarah Storey Pearl Izumi Sports Tours Intern
3 Nicola Juniper Team Echelon – Rotor
4 Gaby Shaw Pearl Izumi Sports Tours Intern
5 Abby-Mae Parkinson RST Racing Team
6 Hannah Walker Epic Cycles – Scott WRT
7 Melissa Lowther Matrix Fitness – Vulpine
8 Elizabeth Holden RST Racing Team
9 Jessie Walker Matrix Fitness – Vulpine
10 Delia Beddis Les Filles Racing Team
11 Penny Rowson Matrix Fitness – Vulpine
12 Rebecca Womersley WyndyMilla – Reynolds
13 Helen Ralston Les Filles Racing Team
14 Hannah Payton WyndyMilla – Reynolds
15 Amy Gornall RST Racing Team
16 Eleanor Dickinson RST Racing Team

@1 lap
17 Henrietta Colborne Beacon Wheelers
18 Iona Sewell GB
19 Sam Burman Team WNT
20 Alison Kinloch PH-MAS Cycling
22 Vanessa Whitfield VC St Raphael
23 Jasmine Dotti Velosport – Pasta Montegrappa
24 Mary Costelloe WyndyMilla – Reynolds
25 Paige Millward
26 Martha Gill PH-MAS Cycling
27 Alexandra Sheehan Merlin Cycles
28 Emily Barnes Team Mulebar Girl – Sigma Sport
29 Clover Murray Braintree Velo Cycle Racing Clu
30 Lucy Harper Bike Pure-LeMond-Aspire Velotec
31 Elanor Cadzow Bonito Squadra Corse
32 Sinead Burke PH-MAS Cycling
33 Laura Cheesman RP Racing Team
34 Rebecca Rimmington Merlin Cycles

 2/3/4 RACE

1 Nathan Draper RST Racing Team
2 Joey Walker RST Racing Team
3 Peter Cocker Pedal Pushers
4 Philip West VC St Raphael
5 Alex Bottomley Wheelbase Altura MGD
6 Charlie Tanfield Adept Precision RT/NE Healthcar
7 Lee Brown Holmfirth Cycling Club
8 Steve Calland Southdowns Bikes Cycling Club
9 Alex Orrell-Turner Wheelbase Altura MGD
10 Sam Humpheson Look Mum No Hands!
11 Tom Pidcock Chevin Trek
12 Paul McDonald Yorkshire RC
13 Mark Davies Team Cystic Fibrosis
14 Cameron Austin Look Mum No Hands!
15 Jacob Trotter Squadra RT
16 Dieter Droger Pioneer Scott Syncros
17 Paul Caswell Harrogate Nova CC
18 Jaime Harper Sheffrec CC
19 Billy Harding Orange Monkey Pro Team
20 Ricky Feather Feather Cycles Racing
21 Daniel Webb Team Cystic Fibrosis
22 Martin Woffindin Cycle Sport Pendle
24 Richard Binks PH-MAS Cycling
25 Julian Varley PH-MAS Cycling
26 Daniel Keena Squadra RT
27 Adam Hartley Velocity WD-40
28 Robert Pape Clifton CC
29 David Morris Harrogate Nova CC
30 Niall Brown Bristol South CC
31 Benjamin Last Clay Cross Road Team
32 Andrew Windrum York Cycleworks Race Team
33 Lewis Craven Wheelbase Altura MGD
34 Philip Gray Kuota – Spinergy – GSG
35 Richard Moore Squadra RT
36 Kieran Savage Jackpot Racing
37 Karl Freeman Team Wheelguru
38 Jason Burrill Bourne Whls CC
39 Jonathan Harvey Dinnington Racing Club
40 Stephen Mills York Cycleworks
41 Jake Beach Velo City WD 40
42 Karl Owen Team Chronomaster
43 Richard Cross BBM Revolution Cycling Club
44 James Hayward Woolwich CC
45 Matthew Williams Chevin Trek
46 Richard Baldwin Cottingham Coureurs RT
47 Christopher Daddy Squadra RT
48 Tim Gill Ilkley Cycling Club
49 Andrew Wooler PH-MAS Cycling
50 Matthew Bulmer All Terrain Cycles
51 Ivan Boyes Team Cystic Fibrosis
52 Ady Rudd All Terrain Cycles
53 Tristan Emptage Chevin Trek
54 Matthew Robinson All Terrain Cycles
55 Steven Whitehurst Falco Racing
56 Robert Palmer Kuota – Spinergy – GSG
57 Christopher Thompson V S Cycles, Brighouse
58 Thomas Hebditch PH-MAS Cycling
59 Joseph Fry RST Racing Team
60 Richard Thornton Pedalsport Cycling Club
61 Conor Palliser East Bradford CC
62 Cosmo Kedros WyndyMilla

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