Jlt-condor come out on top in wet Ryedale
National champion Connor Swift secures overall series title
Graham Briggs and Anna Henderson clinched victories in the men’s and women’s Ryedale Grand Prix in North Yorkshire on Sunday as the national road series reached a dramatic — and wet — conclusion.
Jlt-condor rider Briggs sprinted to victory in the men’s race at the end of a gruelling 94 miles, while third spot for Connor Swift (Madison-genesis) was enough for him to take the overall Grand Prix Series to add to his National Championship crown.
“I relish these conditions, it’s where the hard men come to the front,” said Briggs, who edged ahead of Max Stedman (Canyoneisberg) in second while Swift was third. “When I woke up this morning and saw the rain I was rubbing my hands together!”
For his part, series winner Connor Swift was happy enough with his day too: “I’m pleased to win the series, we’ve been consistent in every round and we’ve all done well to win the team standings too.
“It’s a great result for the team, we were all over it with three guys in the break then more coming across. This has been great preparation for the Tour of Britain.”
In the women’s Ryedale Grand Prix, Henderson (Cycle Team Onform) took the win ahead of breakaway companion Anna Christian (Trek-drops) after a tough race saw key players crash out on the slippery roads in the dying stages.
That result was enough for Henderson to finish second in the overall Women’s Road Series standings, just one point short of Sophie Wright (Torelli-brother) who had already clinched the title and didn’t ride at Ryedale.
The conditions were no better for the women’s race in the morning than the men’s, and Henderson said: “It was brutal! The rain started earlier than forecast, but you’ve just got to push on and take care.
“It was unfortunate that some of the girls took a big tumble coming into the last lap, but that’s where Anna [Christian] and I pushed on and got clear. She was really strong and it was all I could do to stay on her wheel, but it was the final few metres of the series so I gave it my all and just got round her.”