Record holder Jebb takes second-best
CYCLING: Course record holder Rob Jebb had to settle for second spot after being beaten by Hope Factory Racing teammate Paul Oldham in the classic Three Peaks Cyclo-Cross event in North Yorkshire yesterday.
Bingley-born Jebb was 1.45 behind Lancashire rival Oldham at the end of the 61-kilometre classic, which takes in the climbs of Whernside, Pen-y-Ghent and Ingleborough.
Oldham’s winning time of 2hrs 56min 6sec was the fastest winning time for nine years in the annual event, while Jebb still holds the record for the current 61km version of the course.
After winning the North West League event last weekend, Doncaster’s Ben Turner clinched victory in a different regional league this weekend, winning round three of the prestigious Notts and Derby League in Alfreton on Saturday.
Riding for Corendon Circus, the pro rider crossed the line alone, 1.19 ahead of his nearest rival in Matthew Taylor (Albion CC), while another Yorkshire rider, Billy Harding (Oldfield-Paul Milnes), took third.
With the Three Peaks Challenge meaning there was no round of the Yorkshire CycloCross Series, many Yorkshire riders travelled out of the area to ride, most heading to Alfreton Park in Derby.
Bingley-based Sophie Thackray (PH MAS-Paul Milnes Cycles) was fastest woman in Derbyshire, crossing the line more than a minute clear of Diane lee, while Xan Crees (Team Empella) was third.
Elsewhere, the Stocksbridge CC hill-climb on Pea Royd Lane near Sheffield was won by Cycling Sheffield-Giant rider Joseph Clark, while Fiona Burnie (GS Metro) was the fastest woman.
The course was last week announced as the venue for this year’s national championship after the original venue in Worcestershire became unavailable.
And in time trialling, York teenager Harry Lee (Wold Top Actif RT) won the Harrogate Nova CC 10 with a time of 20mins 28secs for the course near Boroughbridge.