Preview: Beverley Town Centre Races

Beverley in East Yorkshire the venue for tonights round of the Elite Circuit Series

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Preview: Beverley Town Centre Races

The long running Beverley Town Centre Races continue in 2017 tonight with the penultimate round of the Elite Circuit Series. Held on a circuit of 1.25km with a variety of open road and tight narrow sections including pedestrian zones and some pretty bouncy cobbles, its a testing circuit for sure.

Winners so far in the 2017 series
1. Otley – Chris Lawless
2. Skipton – Jon Mould
3. Abergavenny – Chris Lawless
4. Stockton – Brenton Jones

2016 – win for Chris Lawless ahead of raleigh GAC duo Albert Torres and Sebastian Mora

The events can be traced back to 1952 when the Alpha Road Club organised a two day road race from Beverley to Whitby returning the following day. The Road Races continued in various guises up to 2011 and always attracted the most talented riders in the country.

The East Riding of Yorkshire County Council became the event’s title sponsor in 1999 the event was re named the ‘East Riding of Yorkshire Classic’. The first edition of the town centre circuit race was held in 2006 as part of a weekend of racing which included both the Men’s and Women’s National Road Race championships.

2006: The inaugural Friday evening circuit race saw Rob Hayles taking the win.

2007: the scene was set for a repeat of the three event weekend, including once again the Men’s and Women’s National Road Race Championships. However months of organisational effort were thwarted by severe floods in the week before the events.

2008: The town centre circuit race was awarded the British National Championship title. Dean Downing had what appeared to be a very safe margin with one lap to go in the circuit race. A fantastic effort by Rob Hayles was not quite enough to take victory away from Downing on the line.

Jon Mould winning in 2013

2009: Recognised as a well organised and well supported event the East Yorkshire Classic Town Centre race was once again awarded the National Championship status. This time it was Russell Downing for the town centre race, claiming the National Champions jersey.

2010: for the 3rd year in succession the circuit race was the blue ribbon of town centre racing National Circuit Championship. Olympic gold medallist Ed Clancy MBE took the champions jersey by inches in the town centre race.

2011: National Circuit Race Championship for the fourth year running. Graham Briggs took the win narrowly beating Ian Wilkinson and Tom Murray.

2012: Rapha Condor Sharp rider Richard Lang snatched victory from the mighty Raleigh GAC team in a thrilling Elite Circuit race. The 23 year old Sydney-rider won the sprint from a small group of four that broke away in the latter stages of the race. The group contained two Raleigh GAC riders; Bernie Sulzberger and Liam Holohan, but Lang and fellow breakaway companion Owain Doull (100%ME) got the better of the Raleigh boys to claim first and second spots, with Sulzberger having to accept third. Holohan was swallowed up by the chasing bunch finishing in 14th position.

2013: A super-fast race saw 3 riders break clear after the half way mark – Jon Mould- Team UK Youth, Felix English – Rapha Condor JLT & Mike Northey Node-4 Giordana. Despite all teams behind taking turns at chasing not least Team Raleigh the leaders held onto a 20 second gap. Mould beating Northey and English into 2nd & 3rd place. Olympic Gold Medallist Ed Clancy MBE won the bunch sprint to take 4th.

2014 Mike Northey was part of a four up break that formed early on in the Elite Men’s race and with Raleigh having missed it, they started the chase but with two National Champions out front, Northey and Blythe as well as Matt Cronshaw and Graham Briggs, there was no way it was coming back.The peloton held it for a while but the break was gaining a few seconds a lap and
soon looked like lapping the peloton. The Commissaires took the decision to finish the peloton a lap early and just as well because seconds after Dean Downing had won the bunch kick. Northey crossed the line to win the race to show that ahead of the Commonwealth Games, he has great form. Adam Blythe won the sprint for second from Graham Briggs and Matt Cronshaw.

2015 Felix English, lacking consistency after a number of injuries in the season took the win in the Elite race. Abby Mae Parkinson and 14 year old Jim Brown were the winners in the support races in front of yet another huge crowd. Mike Northey – Madison Genesis (who favours early breaks in Beverley) got away from the off with Tom Moses – JLT Condor. Steve (Lampier, Raleigh GAC and Jon Mould – One Pro Cycling, went across the gap and joined the two leaders. Felix English went next making a group of five. The break worked well together pulling equal turns to establish a healthy lead.

The quintet continued to press on and eventually lapped the rest of the field – the lead motor cycles had to segregate the two groups until the ‘lapped peloton’ were given the finish flag – sprinting for 6th place with 5 laps remaining. With a lap to go Tom Moses jumped. Jon Mould was straight on the wheel and Felix English took up third position with just 400mts to go. Previous experience in Beverley paid dividends for English, knowing that acceleration is difficult on cobbles was led out by Moses, hitting full speed before arriving on the cobbled finish straight, sitting in the saddle to cross the line first.

2016 For the first time since 2012 the race finished with a bunch sprint. Chris Lawless taking the win from Seb Mora and Albert Torres (Raleigh GAC). The race began with lots of short lived moves off the front, for a long while most of the action was at the back as the frantic pace set by the pros was catching out riders not used to racing at such speeds. A small group eventually got away with most of the teams represented. This group grew in numbers, as one by one riders bridged the gap. Raleigh GAC were not happy that Mora was out numbered in the lead group, (some teams having two riders in the break), they put the team on the front of the peloton to bring the break back.

As the gap to the leaders reduced, the attacks in the break started Horton and Mora went clear. McGowan bridged across to them. The pressure from Raleigh GAC in the peloton eventually brought the race back together. On a dry night with the pace so high further breakaway attempts failed. It was going to be a bunch gallop with some very rapid sprinters going elbow to elbow. Lawless proved too quick for the rest with Raleigh GAC pair Mora 2nd & Torres 3rd.

Schedule Friday 21st July
18.20 Keith Jordan Memorial – support race – 40 mins.
19.15 Jadan Press race start – 40 mins.
20.15 Elite Circuit Race – Race Start, 60 mins.
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Start lists

Elite Mens Race
1 Angus Claxton 100% ME 2nd 20
2 Adam Hartley 100% ME 1st 18
3 Jacob Hennessy 100% ME Elite 20
4 Reece Wood 100% ME Elite 20
5 Ryan Ashcroft 365 4 Bikes Academy 1st 20
6 Morgan Hughes 365 4 Bikes Academy 2nd 20
7 Tim James 365 4 Bikes Academy 2nd 19 18
8 Alex Littlewood 365 4 Bikes Academy 2nd 19
9 Oliver Peckover 365 4 Bikes Academy 2nd 20
10 Joseph White Acre Racing Team 1st 28
11 Bob Hewitt Adept Precision RT/NE Healthcare 1st 30
12 William Brown Brother NRG Elite 24
13 Charlie Tanfield Brother NRG Elite 20
14 Lloyd Chapman Catford CC Equipe/Banks Elite 26
15 Alex Dalton Catford CC Equipe/Banks 1st 19
16 George Fowler Catford CC Equipe/Banks 1st 24
17 Will Fox Catford CC Equipe/Banks Elite 28
18 Tobias Bartlett Clay Cross Road Team 2nd 20
19 William Roberts County Cycles Racing Team 2nd 19
20 Matthias Barnet Cycle Team OnForm 2nd 19
21 Graham Briggs JLT Condor Elite 34
22 Edward Clancy OBE JLT Condor Elite 32
23 Alex Frame JLT Condor 1st 34
24 Matthew Gibson JLT Condor Elite 20
25 Brenton Jones JLT Condor Elite 25
26 Thomas Moses JLT Condor Elite 25
27 Jonathan Mould JLT Condor Elite 26
28 Alistair Slater JLT Condor 1st 24
29 James Rix Loughborough Students CC 1st 22
30 Benedict Spencer Loughborough Students CC 2nd 20
31 Matt Cronshaw Madison Genesis 1st 28
32 Joe Evans Madison Genesis 2nd 20
33 Matthew Holmes Madison Genesis Elite 23
34 Tobyn Horton Madison Genesis Elite 30
35 Tom Chandler Metaltek Kuota Racing Team 1st 19
36 Bertie Newey Metaltek Kuota Racing Team 1st 22
37 George Pym Metaltek Kuota Racing Team 1st 23
38 George Harper One Pro Cycling 1st 25
39 William Harper One Pro Cycling 1st 27
40 Joshua Hunt One Pro Cycling 2nd 26
41 Samuel Williams One Pro Cycling 2nd
42 Will King PH-MAS/Paul Milnes/Oldfield ERT 2nd 18
43 Dylan Flesher Prologue Racing Team 2nd 19
44 Thomas Wood Prologue Racing Team 2nd 22
45 Jack Escritt Raleigh GAC Elite 19
46 Adam Kenway Raleigh GAC Elite 30
47 Grant Martin Raleigh GAC 1st 18
48 Fraser Martin Raleigh GAC Elite 20
49 Sebastian Mora Vedri Raleigh GAC Elite 29
50 Adrià Moreno Sala Raleigh GAC Elite 25
51 Ryan Perry Raleigh GAC Elite 30
52 Tristan Robbins Raleigh GAC 1st 21
53 Marcus Burnett Spirit Tifosi Racing Team 1st 18
54 Jake Hales Spirit Tifosi Racing Team Elite 25
55 Stanley Kennett Spirit Tifosi Racing Team 1st 22
56 Leon Gledhill Team KTM 2nd 21
57 Daniel Smith TS Racing Team – OTR 2nd 38
58 Lee Baldwin VCUK VELOCHAMPION Racing Team 1st 35
59 Jordan Doig Wheelbase Altura MGD 1st 23
60 Andrew Hawdon Wheelbase Altura MGD 2nd 41
61 David Lines Wheelbase Altura MGD 1st 39
62 Evan Oliphant Wheelbase Altura MGD Elite 35
63 Alex Orrell-Turner Wheelbase Altura MGD 1st 21
64 Stuart Reid Wheelbase Altura MGD 2nd 36
65 Ben Rowe Wheelbase Altura MGD 1st 28
66 David Shackleton Wilsons Wheels Race Team Elite 36
67 Benjamin Baugh Wold Top Actif RT 2nd 20
68 Gregory Saunderson Wold Top Actif RT 2nd 27
69 Scott Auld Zappi Racing Team 2nd 20

Keith Jordan Memorial Circuit Race
1 Joshua Cutler 3RT 3rd 22
2 Matthew Kellett 3RT 2nd 35
3 Ben Manning 3RT 3rd 37
4 Bradley Nelson Bloodwise QSW 3rd 23
5 Philip Blundell Buxton CC/Sett Valley Cycles 3rd 38
6 Paul Dughan Buxton CC/Sett Valley Cycles 3rd 45
7 Stephen Ingram Buxton CC/Sett Valley Cycles 4th 46
8 Anthony Adamson Cliff Pratt Racing 3rd 47
9 Brendon Atkinson Cliff Pratt Racing 3rd 31
10 James Burton Cliff Pratt Racing 3rd 18
11 Adam Cadle Cliff Pratt Racing 3rd 36
12 Nick Charlesworth Cliff Pratt Racing 3rd 41
13 Richard Gibbins Cliff Pratt Racing 4th 41
14 Robert Hill Cliff Pratt Racing 3rd 41
15 John Leach Cliff Pratt Racing 3rd 33
16 Wayne Preston Cliff Pratt Racing 4th 37
17 Mark Ramage Cliff Pratt Racing 3rd 39
18 Rod Towart Cliff Pratt Racing 3rd 44
19 Peter Prior EDCO Continental 3rd 48
20 Stuart Harrison Flex-Tech Ettridge Cycles RT 3rd 39
21 Benjamin Harmer GS CREAZZO 3rd 32
22 Lee Coulson Hull Thursday RC 3rd 38
9 23 Ben Warner Hull Thursday RC 3rd 38
24 Troy Chalkley Lindsey Road CC 4th 46
25 Jeff Perrin Lindsey Road CC 4th 58
26 Stephen Wakefield Lindsey Road CC 3rd 61
27 Joseph Romain Pedalsport Cycling Club 3rd 18
No. Name Club / Team Name Cat Age
28 Barry Warren Petuaria RC 3rd 45
29 Harry Cooke Scunthorpe Polytechnic CC 3rd 20
30 Joseph Faichney Squadra RT 3rd 18
31 Tim Tharratt Squadra RT 3rd 47
33 Matthew Lock University of Birmingham CC 3rd 22
34 Jonathan Apaloo VC York 3rd 42
35 Rich Cutsforth Velo Club Beverley 3rd 52
36 Chris Elletson Velo Club Beverley 4th 43
37 Mark Rogers Velo Club Beverley 4th 37
38 Freddy van Beem Velo Club Beverley 53
39 Darren Yarwood Velo Club Beverley 43
40 Matthew Beaumont Wilsons Wheels Race Team 3rd 35
41 Rob Brown Wilsons Wheels Race Team 4th 34
42 Stewart Fraser Wilsons Wheels Race Team 3rd 39
43 Nick Nettleton Wilsons Wheels Race Team 4th 49
44 Nathan Wilson Wilsons Wheels Race Team 3rd 30
45 Matthew Adams Wold Top Actif RT 3rd 40
46 Lewis Jackson Wold Top Actif RT 3rd 37
47 Joshua Ravn Wold Top Actif RT 3rd 20
48 Brett Waterhouse Wold Top Actif RT 3rd 27
49 Daryl Maffey Yh Training Scarborough RC 3rd 39
50 Steven Norris Yh Training Scarborough RC 3rd 30
51 Daniel Wright

Jadan Press sponsored Women’s Circuit Race
1 Melissa Greaves All Terrain Cycles Ride In Peace 2nd
2 Sarah King Bianchi Dama UK 2nd
3 Sophia Taylor Boot Out Breast Cancer C.C 4th
4 Lucy Khan Cliff Pratt Racing 4th
5 Amanda Leach Cliff Pratt Racing 4th
6 Rebecca Longthorp Cliff Pratt Racing 2nd
7 Ellen McDermott EDCO Continental 1st
8 Alana Prior EDCO Continental 2nd
9 Hannah Righini-Brand EDCO Continental 2nd
10 Nicola Greenwood Holmfirth Cycling Club 3rd
11 Hannah Bayes LIV AWOL 3rd
12 Connie Hayes LIV AWOL 3rd
13 Jane Hellewell NCC Group-Kuota-Torelli 3rd
14 Sarah Cramoysan Prima Team Racing 2nd
15 Jessica O’Brien Sheffield Hallam Cycling Club 4th
16 Nicola Moore Squadra RT 2nd
17 Felicity Gledhill SunSport Velo 2nd
18 Lily Greenhalgh Team 22 2nd
19 Sophie Holmes Team Terminator 2nd
20 Sarah Gregson The Racing Chance Foundation 3rd
21 Rebecca Gregson The Racing Chance Foundation 3rd
22 Natasha Smith The Racing Chance Foundation 4th
23 Nicola Soden Velo Schils – Interbike RT 2nd
24 Holly Flannery Team Jadan Press
25 Louise Scupham Team Jadan Press
26 Leah Pheasey Team Jadan Press
27 Georgia Bullard Team Jadan Press
28 Charlotte Dalton Team Jadan Press
29 Amy Monkhouse Team Jadan Press



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