Report: Otley Grand Prix


Chris Lawless and Charline Joiner were the big winners at the Otley Town Centre circuit races on Wednesday night

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Report: Otley Grand Prix

Chris Lawless and Charline Joiner were the big winners at the Otley Town Centre circuit races on Wednesday night


It was .Joiner who celebrated first in the Women’s event in bright sunshine before the men’s race which was a real nail biter won by Chris Lawless. After rain for pretty much most of the day, the skies brightened up for the Youth races which started proceedings before the Women’s race at 6.45.

The riders in this national series event wasted no time in getting going with lots of little attacks seeing breaks escape. Alice Barnes of Drops Cycling, second on Sunday in the Women’s RR Championship had a go as did Hannah Payton (Drops) with Lizzie Holden. The stripes of British champion Nikki Juniper were easily spotted at the front as well before a small break of six escaped.

They quickly opened up a gap and with the main teams represented, success for them looked on the cards. And so it was with one of the favourites for the win, Joiner gapping her rivals to win the race from her young teammate

They stayed clear, and in the sprint Joiner took the win by inches from team-mate Henrietta Colborne with Rose Osborne (Drops Cycling) in third.


Provisional Result
1 Charline Joiner Team Ford Ecoboost
2 Henrietta Colborne Team Ford Ecoboost
3 Rose Osborne Drops Cycling Team
5 Bethany Hayward Podium Ambition p/b Club La San
6 Kelly Murphy Boot Out Breast Cancer C.C
7 Gabriella Shaw Podium Ambition p/b Club La San
8 Annabel Simpson Drops Cycling Team
9 Nicola Juniper Team Ford Ecoboost
11 Jessica Roberts Liv Cycling Club – Epic Coachin
12 Alice Barnes Drops Cycling Team
14 Charlotte Broughton Team Ford Ecoboost
15 Eleanor Dickinson Drops Cycling Development Team
16 Elizabeth Stedman Fusion RT Fierlan
17 Keira McVitty Team WNT
18 Rebecca Durrell Drops Cycling Team
19 Bethany Taylor Boot Out Breast Cancer C.C
20 Elizabeth Holden Team Ford Ecoboost
21 Hannah Payton Drops Cycling Team
22 Julie Erskine Team Ford Ecoboost
23 Rebecca Womersley Drops Cycling Team
24 Jennifer Holden Fusion RT Fierlan
25 Anna Docherty Clifton CC
26 Sian Botteley Starley Racing
27 Amy Gornall Podium Ambition p/b Club La San
28 Gemma Sargent Aprire Bicycles/HSS Hire
29 Eve Dixon Starley Racing
30 Charlotte Alston Team 22
31 Rebecca Rimmington Team WNT
33 Lydia Boylan Team WNT
34 Sophie Thackray SunSport Velo
35 Nicola Moore Squadra RT
36 Sarah King
37 Jayati Hine Team Footon Velosport
38 Rebecca Carter Team WNT
39 Melissa Brand Team Ford Ecoboost
40 Savannah Morgan Team 22
41 Claire Swoboda Starley Racing
42 Nicole Moerig Podium Ambition p/b Club La San
43 Charmaine Porter Army Cycling Race Team (ACRT)
44 Flora Gillies Team 22
45 Jo Tindley Team WNT
46 Jenny Holl Team Jadan
47 Hayley Edwards WBN? Cinelli
48 Ellen McDermott Team Jadan-Weldtite
49 Maxine Filby Cannondale Girls
50 Elizabeth Burrows Team Jadan-Weldtite
51 Megan Kay Vieri Velo RC
52 Lindsay Atkinson-Wright Albarosa Cycling Club
53 Jane Hellewell SunSport Velo
54 Amy Cowton Pedalsport Cycling Club
55 Gwenno Hughes Ynys Mon Racing Team
56 Sophie Enever Speedflex Race Team
57 Rosa Martin Team 22
58 Phoebe Martin Team 22
59 Sophie Lankford Aprire Bicycles/HSS Hire
60 Emily Tillett Liv Cycling Club – Epic Coachin
61 Elizabeth Bennett Liv Cycling Club – Epic Coachin
62 Anna Kay Nutcracker Racing
63 Rosie Walsh High On Bikes
64 Becky Raybould Liv Cycling Club – Epic Coachin
65 Madeleine Gammons RP Vision Racing Team
66 Stephanie Mottram
67 Corinne Clark Team WNT
68 Monica Dew Boot Out Breast Cancer C.C

… continued after advert


Mens Race
The men’s support race then followed (won by Theo Hartley ) before the final race of the evening in front of a packed town centre. There was to be no sighting lap for the riders eager to race and quickly the attacks came and went. The frantic nature of the race saw a crash and the race neutralised as an ambulance was on the course.


Once the injured had been picked up and brought back to the start, the race began and at the sharp end of the race, Raleigh GAC were one of the teams keen to get away but when a small move escaped with no less than four JLT Condor in it (Tom Moses, Chris Lawless, Graham Briggs and Ali Slater) along with Taylor Gunman and Matt Cronshaw (Madison Genesis), Jonny McEvoy, champion Ian Bibby and Harry Tanfield (Pedal Heaven), some of the teams and favourites had missed it such as Raleigh GAC.

The leaders got a gap of 30 seconds plus quickly and the peloton looked powerless to stop it staying away with the number of laps to go in double figures. Raleigh GAC had missed the boat big time and it was looking like a bad day in the office for them and Madison Genesis too were not happy with the break despite two in it so they had numbers on the front at one stage.


The break led by Tom Moses as Chris Lawless sits in awaiting the sprint …


Morgan Kniesky of Raleigh GAC leads the chase for the break with a  lap to go ahead of Albert Torres with World Champion Seb Mora waiting for his moment.

But the gap was holding until with five laps to go the drag race between break and peloton became a thriller. Raleigh GAC put numbers on the front, burning up riders to bring the leaders back. The gap was coming down but would it come down fast enough? Into the last lap and the leaders still had 15 seconds or so but the answer to the question was yes, the break was caught with half a lap to go.

Raleigh GAC had few riders left to help World Champion Seb Mora after a chase that showed their strength whilst the men in black had numbers and the experience of the circuit. Russell Downing led Chris Lawless out whilst Seb Mora had Albert Torres, both racing the circuit for the first time and the sprint for the win was won by Lawless from Mora with Felix English of Madison Genesis in third and Downing 4th.


Provisional result
1 Christopher Lawless JLT Condor
2 Sebastian Mora Vedri Raleigh GAC
3 Felix English Madison Genesis
4 Russell Downing JLT Condor
5 Jonathan McEvoy NFTO
6 Harry Tanfield Pedal Heaven
7 Albert Torres Raleigh GAC
8 Scott Thwaites Bora Argon 18
9 Tom Mazzone Excel Pedal Heaven Academy
10 Matthew Cronshaw Madison Genesis
11 Thomas Pidcock VCUK PH-MAS Cycling Team
12 Jack Pullar Pedal Heaven
13 Alex Bain Madison Genesis
14 Andrew Hawdon Raleigh GAC
15 Ian Wilkinson Pedal Heaven
16 David McGowan Pedal Heaven
17 Jake Tanner Envelopemaster Giant Sheffield
18 Steve Lampier JLT Condor
19 Jake Hales Spirit Bikes Racing Team
20 Liam Stones NFTO
21 David Lines Wheelbase Altura MGD
22 Elliot Jones VC Equipe – Flix
23 Jake Womersley Pedal Heaven
24 Alex Orrell-Turner Wheelbase Altura MGD
25 Sam Boast Wheelbase Altura MGD
26 Ian Bibby NFTO
27 Taylor Gunman Madison Genesis
28 Jacob Hennessy Spirit Bikes Racing Team
29 Bertie Newie Catford CC Equipe/Banks
30 Edward Clemens Spirit Bikes Racing Team
31 David Bolland Neon-Velo Cycling Team
32 William Harper Excel Pedal Heaven Academy
33 Joseph Clark Envelopemaster Giant Sheffield
34 Tom Neale Planet X – Northside Cycling
35 Joe Evans Madison Genesis
36 Kieran Simcox Neon-Velo Cycling Team
37 Robert Scott VCUK PH-MAS Cycling Team
38 Chris Sherriffs Pendle Forest CC
39 Peter Barusevicus Wheelbase Altura MGD
40 Ben Turner Oldfield/Paul Milnes Cycles
41 Harry Godding PMR@Toachim House
42 Oliver Maxwell Neon-Velo Cycling Team
43 Marc Potts Neon-Velo Cycling Team
44 William Brown Planet X – Northside Cycling
45 Cameron Woolsey Spirit Bikes Racing Team
46 Conor Davies Speedflex Race Team
47 Alex Anderson VC Equipe – Flix
48 Joseph Elwood Langsett Cycles RT
49 Rhys Lloyd NFTO
50 Graham Briggs JLT Condor
51 Ross Lamb Godfrey Bikewear Race Team
52 Arthur Didelot Neon-Velo Cycling Team
53 Ashley Marshall Wheelbase Altura MGD
54 Jacob Tipper Pedal Heaven
55 Robert Partridge NFTO
56 Steven Roach Raleigh GAC
57 Luke Grivell-Mellor JLT Condor
58 Nathan Draper 100% ME
59 Jack Clarkson Hope Factory Racing
60 Alex Dalton Wold Top Actif RT
61 Dan Wheelan Onimpex Bio Racer RT
62 George Atkins JLT Condor
63 Alistair Slater JLT Condor
64 Jack Waller Spirit Bikes Racing Team
65 Tom Moses JLT Condor
66 Richard Hepworth Raleigh GAC
67 Morgan Kneisky Raleigh GAC
68 Robert Gray HMT with JLT Condor
69 Matthew Holmes Madison Genesis
70 Harry Hardcastle VCUK PH-MAS Cycling Team
71 Adriana Moreno Sa Raleigh GAC
72 Jack Escritt Raleigh GAC
73 Leon Mazzone ILLI-Bikes Cycling Team
74 Tobyn Horton Madison Genesis

* some riders names above were not riding so strictly provisional!



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