Beldon edges out Duggleby to win
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.