Report & Results – Leicester Castle RR


Full results added – Matt Cronshaw of Madison Genesis wins the final round of the Elite men’s national road race series at Leicester Castle on Sunday

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Report & Results – Leicester Castle RR

Matt Cronshaw of Madison Genesis won the final round of the Elite men’s national road race series at Leicester Castle on Sunday from a seven up break with Alex Paton of Pedal Heaven second and George Atkins (One Pro Cycling) third.


Matt Cronshaw showing great form in the GP of Wales the week before and following that  up with victory in Leicester

The final race of the series was over the much smaller than normal distance for a prem of 50 miles (80k) and also on a much more technical circuit than usual for a race at this level with barriers to contend with on narrow twisting roads. This meant the race was going to be much harder to control and so it proved with a free for all early on with Chris Opie (One Pro Cycling) and Tobyn Horton (Madison Genesis) just two of the riders seen attacking off the front.

The high pace and tough circuit saw the peloton soon splitting and with that came a move off the front with Tobyn Horton, Mark McNally, Matt Cronshaw, Mike Northey (all Madison Genesis), Ian Wilkinson, Evan Oliphant, (both Raleigh GAC), Alex Paton and Rory Townsend (Pedal Heaven), Gabriel Cullaigh (100 Per Cent ME), Graham Briggs (JLT Condor) and Chris Opie (One Pro Cycling). With a lot of fresh legs in the peloton, the gap was never very big and despite the pressure from Madison Genesis who had four riders in the move, it did start to come back.

McNally, Paton and Wilkinson had a last gasp attempt to stay clear but the bunch brought them back which started a new wave of moves. On the four kilometre circuit, and with seven laps of it left to do, Erick Rowsell and Matt Cronshaw (Madison Genesis), Jon Mould (One Pro Cycling) and Andrew Hawdon (Raleigh GAC) managed to open a gap. Whilst the gap was still bridgeable, Alex Paton (Pedal Heaven), Mark McNally (Madison Genesis), and George Atkins (One Pro Cycling) chased them down to give Madison Genesis three riders in the front group of seven.

Unsurprisingly then that Erick Rowsell (Madison Genesis) attacked alone and after a solo win in the Tour of Reservoir and a top 10 in the Tour of Yorkshire, if anyone could do it, it was Erick. But in a race of this length with the riders used to racing twice the distance, fatigue in the legs of the rest of the break was minimal and they brought him back. With the peloton a minute back however, the race looked like being decided between these seven.

King of the Mountains in the 2014 Tour of Britain, Mark McNally (Madison Genesis) was next to try a solo move to soften the legs up of the other teams and whilst he too was brought back, the attacks from Madison Genesis were sure to help them should the race come down to a gallop. Sure enough, in the race to the line, Matt Cronshaw (Madison Genesis) played the perfect teammate for Rowsell and McNally by winning the dash to the line just ahead of Alex Paton and George Atkins.

In the National Series, the winner of the Star Trophy was Steve Lampier (Raleigh GAC), the third year for the team in this competition in a row. Whilst the team had no wins in the series, Lampier finishing second several times and certainly very hungry for that victory, Raleigh GAC were very consistent and won both of British Cycling’s very confusing series within a series. The team award went to One Pro Cycling who just got the better of Raleigh GAC whilst Eddie Dunbar of NFTO, despite missing a lot of the series with injury and international duty for Ireland, was first under 23.

Overall, the series saw only one rider, Ian Bibby of NFTO win two rounds (Chorley and Ryedale) showing just how open the series was this year with the other winners being Chris Opie (One Pro Cycling; Stockton GP), Andy Tennant (Wiggins; Wiltshire GP), Erick Rowsell (Tour of Reservoir stage and overall), Marcin Bialoblocki (One Pro Cycling) a stage in the Tour of Reservoir, Gabriel Cullaigh (GB Academy; Stafford Kermesse) and Chris Lawless (Wiggins; GP of Wales).

“It was an incredible race,” said Cronshaw to British Cycling. “The first group that went away had four Madison Genesis guys in it. Most of the team have just come back from a training camp in the Pyrenees so we thought they may be a bit tired, but that wasn’t the case which was amazing. Erick [Rowsell] was like ten men today. If he wasn’t driving it, he was attacking, and he and Mark [McNally] set things up brilliantly for me in the sprint. I’ve really enjoyed my season with Madison. This race epitomises the team’s season, everyone just gets stuck in and it worked out. It’s really nice to end the Elite Road Series with a win – we’re looking forward to the Tour of Britain, although that’s a bit different from today!”

1 Matt Cronshaw Madison Genesis Elite 01:48:21
2 Alex Paton Pedal Heaven RT Elite st
3 George Atkins One Pro Cycling Elite st
4 Andrew Hawdon Raleigh GAC Elite st
5 Jonathan Mould One Pro Cycling Elite 2
6 Erick Rowsell Madison Genesis Elite 4
7 Mark McNally Madison Genesis 1st 13
8 Graham Briggs JLT Condor Elite 01:19
9 Gabriel Cullaigh 100% ME Elite st
10 Ian Wilkinson Raleigh GAC Elite st
11 Chris Opie One Pro Cycling Elite st
12 Rory Townsend Pedal Heaven RT Elite st
13 Evan Oliphant Raleigh GAC Elite st
14 James Newey Zappis Racing Team 2nd st
15 Max Stedman Pedal Heaven RT Elite st
16 Zachery May NFTO 1st 01:24
17 Liam Stones Raleigh GAC 1st st
18 Stephen Williams Pedal Heaven RT 1st 01:27
19 Liam Holohan Madison Genesis 1st 01:29
20 Thomas Stewart Madison Genesis Elite 01:33
21 Kristian House JLT Condor Elite 01:35
22 Mike Northey Madison Genesis Elite st
23 Thomas Scully Madison Genesis Elite st
24 Tobyn Horton Madison Genesis Elite 01:42
25 James Gullen Velosure Starley Primal Elite 01:54
26 Jack Pullar Velosure Starley Primal Elite 02:00
27 Simon Wilson Polypipe Cycling Team Elite st
28 Tom Mazzone Polypipe Cycling Team 2nd st
29 James Lowsley-Williams NFTO Elite st
30 Felix English JLT Condor Elite st
31 William Bjergfelt SportGrub KUOTA Cycling Team Elite st
32 Owen James Zappis Racing Team 1st st
33 Samuel Williams One Pro Cycling Elite st
34 Connor Swift Polypipe Cycling Team 1st st
35 Sam Lowe Raleigh GAC 1st st
36 Adrià Moreno Sala Velosure Starley Primal 1st st
37 Ryan Davis SportGrub KUOTA Cycling Team Elite st
38 Thomas Traviss-Pollard Polypipe Cycling Team 2nd st
39 Edward Laverack JLT Condor 1st 02:03
40 Dante Carpenter JLT Condor 2nd 02:05
41 Daniel Patten Team Wiggins 1st st
42 Peter Barusevicus Wheelbase Altura MGD 1st 02:10
43 Josh Hunt One Pro Cycling Elite 02:13
44 Steve Lampier Raleigh GAC Elite st
45 Gruffudd Lewis Pedal Heaven RT Elite 02:41
46 Marc Hester One Pro Cycling 02:57
47 Alex Orrell-Turner Wheelbase Altura MGD 1st 04:10
48 Robert McCarthy Pedal Heaven RT 1st 04:58

Support Race

1 Edward Watkiss Corley Cycles – Drops RT 2nd 52:14:00
2 Kieran Simcox Bike Box Alan/Envelopemaster 2nd st
3 Phil Giles Beeston Cycling Club 2nd st
4 Corey Ashley Beeston RC 2nd st
5 Calum Lawson Broom Wagon Racing Team 2nd st
6 James Moore Welland Valley CC 2nd st
7 st
8 st
9 Adam Turner Andy Moore Autocentres Racing 2nd st
10 Carl Sturgeon 2nd st
11 Peter Banham Team Jewson-M.I.Racing-Polypipe 2nd st
12 Andrew Sheret OVB 2nd st
13 Matthew Exley Corley Cycles – Drops RT 2nd st
14 Joseph Perkins Beeston RC 2nd st
15 Kieran Howarth Nottingham Clarion CC 2nd st
16 Craig Barton 4T+ Velo Club 2nd st
17 Jordan Peacock Rhino Racing 2nd st
18 Christopher Bates Beeston Cycling Club 2nd st
19 Tom Chandler Sherwood Pines Cycles SRAM RT 2nd st
20 Gavin Howell Bicester Millennium CC 2nd st
21 Greig Burt Beeston Cycling Club 2nd st
22 Charlie Bratt St Ives CC 2nd st
23 st
24 Josh Housley Beeston RC 3rd st
25 Declan Hudson Liverpool Century RC 2nd st
26 Chris McNaughton Leicester Forest CC 2nd st
27 Kenny Cliffe Leicester Forest CC 2nd st
28 Mike Twelves Team Jewson-M.I.Racing-Polypipe 2nd st
29 Andy Bishop Andy Moore Autocentres Racing 2nd st
30 Carl Dyson Beeston Cycling Club 2nd st
31 Mark Davies Team Cystic Fibrosis 2nd st
32 James Bryan RT – GSG Clothin 3rd st
33 James Hill Team Envelopemaster/Bikeboxalan 2nd st
34 Jonathon Unwin Welland Valley CC 2nd 14
35 Raphael Deinhart SportGrub KUOTA Cycling Team 3rd st
36 Simon Avis Royal Air Force CC 3rd 01:08
37 st
38 01:11
39 Nicholas Jepson Beeston RC 2nd 01:30
40 James Haydon Rapha Cycling Club 2nd st
41 Steve Tait Mapperley CC 3rd st
42 Andrew Eagers Derby Mercury RC 2nd 02:52
43 Alexander Obradovic Revolutions Racing 2nd st
44 Matthew Hindmarsh Broom Wagon Racing Team 3rd st
45 Sam Milward University of Sheffield CC 2nd st
46 Matthew Radford Wolverhampton Whls 2nd 03:31
47 Gavin Dempster Glasgow Green Cycle Club 2nd 03:35
48 James Worley High5 Racing Team 3rd 04:09
49 Stewart Wilson Beeston Cycling Club 2nd 04:10

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