Bel­don edges out Dug­gleby to win

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - SPORT -

CY­CLING: York­shire time trial ace Si­mon Bel­don was in im­pres­sive form on Satur­day as he claimed vic­tory in the Bird­well Wheel­ers’ 10-mile time trial.

The 48-year-old from Leeds has had a stel­lar start to the 2018 sea­son.

The win in Hat­field Wood­house, South York­shire means the Team Bot­trill rider has taken four vic­to­ries so far and one in each of York­shire’s four coun­ties.

Bel­don posted a time of 20.19 to take the vic­tory a mere three sec­onds ahead of par­a­lympic medal­list Adam Dug­gleby (Vive le Velo).

Nick Moore (uk-feath­er­flags) com­pleted the podium in the event with last year’s win­ner Daniel Bar­nett (Team Bot­trill) hav­ing to set­tle for fifth place.

The women’s prize also went to a York­shire na­tive in Kirsty Bram­ley (Team Swift). The 43-year-old from York led the way by 49 sec­onds to bring home a dou­ble vic­tory for York­shire.

The Ot­ley CC 10 was not as pros­per­ous for the home coun­ties as Chris Smart (GTR – Re­turn to Life) took vic­tory in a time of 20.38 on the V212 course near Wetherby. The 37-year-old from Ayr­shire, Scot­land, came to visit fam­ily in the area and ended up tak­ing the top prize by 24 sec­onds.

Seventeen-year-old Ma­son Hol­ly­man (Zappi Racing Team) pro­duced a re­spectable per­for­mance and brought home a sec­ond-place fin­ish be­hind Smart, who is 20 years his se­nior.

The young­ster from Em­ley, in Hud­der­s­field, clocked a time of 21.02 to edge out Team Bot­trill rider Kris Atkin who had to set­tle for sec­ond.

In road racing, there were lean pick­ings for York­shire riders at the open­ing round of the Na­tional Road Se­ries in Lan­cashire, the Chor­ley Grand Prix, yes­ter­day.

Skip­ton’s Peter Wil­liams scraped fourth spot, the 31-year-old One Pro Cy­cling rider cross­ing the line al­most three and a half min­utes be­hind win­ner and team-mate Karol Do­ma­gal­ski from Poland who took a solo win at the end of the tough 116-mile race.

Sec­ond spot went Liverpool’s Jonny McEvoy of Madi­son Ge­n­e­sis, whose team-mate RIchard Han­d­ley from Wigan took third.

Doncaster’s Con­nor Swift was sev­enth for Madi­son Ge­n­e­sis, while Leeds teenager Tom Pid­cock – the former world, Eu­ro­pean and Na­tional Ju­nior cy­clo-cross cham­pion – was 11th for Team Wig­gins.

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