Report: Sheffield Grand Prix


Chris Lawless winning form continues as he sprints to victory in the Sheffield GP on a hot night in Yorkshire

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Report: Sheffield Grand Prix

Chris Lawless sprinted to victory in the Sheffield Grand Prix, penultimate round of the Elite Circuit Series after an attacking race where at the end only 19 riders survived the hour long race around the city centre.


After Harry Tanfield (Pedal Heaven) lit it up well before the final climb, it was Chris Lawless who blasted past to win from Tanfield who had to kick again to beat Tobyn Horton (Madison Genesis).

Over 100 riders had entered this popular event that is held in high regard by spectators and riders alike and the race was on from the flag dropping. Attacks were never long in coming and some of the big names to show their face at the front were local lad Tom Stewart (Madison Genesis), Erick Rowsell (Madison Genesis), Yorkshire rider Tom Moses and others such as Alex Paton of Pedal Heaven.

But while the pace was as hot as the weather, and the crowd cheering them on around the circuit in big numbers, most of the action was at the back. Breaks would come and go but at the rear of the race, riders were constantly being popped out the back.

Race start …

Into the final quarter of the race and the final break brought back, it was time for the cat and mouse between the riders left and after the group in danger of being lapped had their sprint, won by Russell Downing by a country mile.  There was also a race within a race for the series win and in that, Harry Tanfield (Pedal Heaven) and Seb Mora (Raleigh GAC) were both looking comfortable.

Of the two, it was Tanfield who took up the running during a very physical final lap where contact between riders and bikes was not uncommon. Tanfield though, fast in his own right, had gone too early and Lawless came past him as did Horton before the Pedal Heaven rider kicked again to take second behind Lawless with Horton third. Paton (Pedal Heaven) was 4th whilst series leader Mora fifth.


The champagne flows on the podium


Tobyn Horton, Chris Lawless and Harry Tanfield

First lap action

Four laps to go


Chris Lawless (Winner)

Harry Tanfield (Pedal Heaven)

Toby Horton (Madison Genesis) 3rd

Seb Mora (Raleigh GAC) (Series Leader)

1. Chris Lawless (JLT Condor)
2. Harry Tanfield (Pedal Heaven RT)
3. Tobyn Horton (Madison Genesis)
4. Alex Paton (Pedal Heaven)
5. Sebastian Mora Vedri (Raleigh GAC)
6. Tom Pidcock (VCUK PH-MAS)
7. Jonny McEvoy (NFTO)
8. Thomas Stewart (Madison Genesis)
9. Evan Oliphant (Raleigh GAC)
10. Steven Roach (Raleigh GAC)
11. Gruff Lewis, Madison Genesis
12. Will Harper, Pedal Heaven Academy
13. Joe Evans, Madison Genesis
14. Jon Mould, JLT Condor
15. Ali Slater, JLT Condor
16. Adria Moreno, Raleigh GAC
17. Tom Moses, JLT Condor
18. Erick Rowsell, Madison Genesis
19. Matt Cronshaw, Madison Genesis
20. Bertie Newie, Catford CC/Equipe Banks
21. Russell Downing, JLT Condor
22. Sam Boast, Wheelbase
23. Albert Torres, Raleigh GAC
24. Richard Hepworth, Raleigh GAC
25. Alex Orell-Turner, Wheelbase
26. Jake Tanner, Envelopmaster
27. Jake Womersley, Pedal Heaven
28. Fraser Martin, Raleigh GAC
29. Matt Boys, Envelopmaster
30. Kieran Simcox, Neon Velo
31. STuart Reid, Wheelbase
32. Fraser Rounds
33. William Brown, Planetx Northside
34. Tristan Robbins, Madison Genesis
35. Davie Lines, Wheelbase
36. George Atkins, JLT Condor



Winner Dean Watson celebrates a great victory for the local club Out of the Saddle  (patrons are Dean and Russell Downing) who are kitted out in Bioracer, a sponsor of the race.


Jack and Dan Stephenson make it a 1-2-3 for the Out of the Saddle club

1. Dean Watson, Out of the Saddle
2. Jack Stephenson, Out of the Saddle
3. Dan Stephenson, Out of the Saddle
4. Jon Harvey, Doncaster Wheelers
5. Adam Cadle, Cliff Pratt Racing
6. David Micklethwaite, 3rt
7. Chris Spencer, Onimpex Bioracer RT
8. Matthew Mannekee, Prologue RT
9. Ben Griffiths, Giant Sheffield
10. Stephen Paterson, Doncaster Wheelers
11. James Bunting, Kirkless
12. Gavin Beamont, Rapha CC
13. Nick Moore, Andy Moore Auto centres RT
14. Joseph Ricciardi, Manx Telecom
15. Antony Moss,
16. Luke ALlen, Sheffrec CC
17. Tom Dussek, SRAM
18. Oliver Humphreys, National Clarion CC
19. Sean Davenport, University of Sheffield CC




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