Stur­ridge’s fi­nal sprint seals a sweet vic­tory

Slip­stream­ers host top na­tional con­test in Hilling­don

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Sam Meade tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­

THE EYES of the Bri­tish Cy­cling Youth Cir­cuit were on Hilling­don as the Slip­stream­ers hosted the penul­ti­mate round of the se­ries at Minet Park.

280 Cy­clists trav­elled to West Lon­don from Eng­land, Wales and Scot­land to com­pete in a va­ri­ety of races be­ing staged through­out the day.

The Girls A race fea­tured Hilling­don Slip­streamer Lorna Bowler, cur­rently sit­ting in the top 10 of the se­ries stand­ings, who looked to trou­ble the lead­ers in the early stages as she was part of a strong quartet who set the pace.

As the con­test de­vel­oped Hilling­don looked to im­ple­ment their strat­egy into the race but a crash that brought down sev­eral rid­ers dis­rupted their ef­forts. Ellie Rus­sell, rid­ing for Sportc­ity Velo, even­tu­ally won the race af­ter a hotly-con­tested sprint fin­ish.

The Girls B race also saw re­demp­tion for Becky Stur­ridge af­ter she avenged her sec­ond-place fin­ish last year with vic­tory this time round to ce­ment her place at the top of the stand­ings.

She was in­volved a race-long bat­tle with even­tual run­ner-up Eve Bar­row but put her all into the fi­nal lap to cross the line first.

The Boys B race was in­ter­rupted by the weather mak­ing con­di­tions par­tic­u­larly chal­leng­ing.

It was Matti Eg­gle­stone of Beacon Wheeler who coped best and timed his sprint fin­ish to per­fec­tion to claim his third stage win fol­low­ing suc­cess in the Isle of Man and the North West.

The week­end’s ac­tion was rounded off by the Boys A race which was run at a strong pace from lap one.

The high oc­tane tempo con­tin­ued and rid­ers strug­gled to make a break for it un­til Ben Bar­low’s au­da­cious at­tempt at a sprint-fin­ish paid off.

The chas­ing pack were un­able to reel him back in and Bar­low com­pleted an un­likely solo vic­tory much to his de­light.

Fol­low­ing a highly suc­cess­ful and en­joy­able stage, hosted by the Hilling­don Slip­stream­ers, the fi­nal round of the se­ries will take place in Scarborough on Au­gust 14th with prizes still up for grabs in sev­eral stand­ings.

n BAT­TLE: Hilling­don Slip­stream­ers were among those in ac­tion dur­ing the Bri­tish Cy­cling Na­tional Youth Cir­cuit Se­ries.

n TAK­ING A LEAD: Hilling­don Slip­stream­ers in ac­tion dur­ing the Bri­tish Cy­cling Na­tional Youth Cir­cuit Se­ries.

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