Ipswich’s Tanya Griffiths wins Women’s Tickhill Grand Prix

Tanya Griffiths

Tanya Griffiths - Credit: Archant

Ipswich rider Tanya Griffiths had an outstanding result when she won the Women’s Tickhill Grand Prix, leaning her bike at an almost unbelievable angle on corners, as she attacked alone to take the £2,000 top prize.

The race was on a 1.3km circuit of closed roads in the small town just off the Great North Road. Griffiths (Starley Primal) attacked with seven laps to go.

For a moment it looked as if Nicki Juniper (Echelon) would join Griffiths, but Juniper was re-caught by the bunch and Griffiths extended her lead to the finish.

Top finisher from the Eastern Team in the Junior Tour of Wales was Matt Clements from Matching Tye who took 27th place out of 72 finishers and 100 starters.

Clements held his place in the front group when the field split three ways in the criterium stage and recovered quickly from a crash on the lowland road stage to Monmouth avoiding significant time-loss finish.

It was in this stage that the team had their biggest individual success when Newmarket rider Lewis Stevens took third place alone, having ridden off the front of the bunch in the final three kilometres.

Lewis’s main memory was of actually of the dreadfully wet weather on the longest and highest-climbing stage in the Brecon Beacons.

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It was not just the climbing – the race descended from its high point at Storey Arms using the A470 – Walberswick rider Chris Jackson afterwards found his cycle computer had registered a maximum speed of 47 miles per hour.

Photos of the finish on another climb – The Tumble – show riders coming in one by one across the bleakest rainswept moorland. Overall, Clements finished 27th, 12:28 down on winner Eddie Dunbar. Stevens was 43rd at 14:28 and Jackson 46th at 15:19.

The Veteran’s TTA 25 mile championship – previously postponed – was re-run on the Newmarket by-pass with 84 year old Eric Marsh (Ciclos Uno) taking the win (calculated on age-standard), his 1:03:21 beating his standard by 22:11, while Peter Horsnell (Chelmer CC) took fourth place with +18:48 (1:06:44).

It is worth noting that though the new VTTA age standards are sometimes felt to let fast 40-somethings take all the prizes, both scratch and age-related, no-one in the top ten of this 94 competitor national championship was under 50.

Age did not seem to matter to Dan Howe of Gipping RT – he won the six-hour veteran’s race at the Torq in your Sleep MTB event near Farnborough in a time 27 minutes faster than any of the under 40s.

In the 3pm to 9pm race on a long dusty circuit Howe rode very much his own race, speeding up as the race progressed until after dusk, after which he concentrated on not crashing.

Cyclists enjoyed two days of splendid weather at Mildenhall Rally and even if the final day was damper than anyone would have wished, it was at least not inappropriate for the cyclo-cross madison won by Tom and Kevin Payton. Full results are at www.mildenhallrally.org.uk.

The Bank Holiday VC Norwich 10 on the Morley – Snetterton and back course was fortunately completed before much rain fell, but caution was undoubtedly needed on the four roundabouts that make up the turn.

Times were a bit disappointing – the low temperature and drift of breeze against competitors on the long return leg cannot have helped.

What was remarkable was a lady – Lowestoft rider Nikki Hawkes – getting in the winning team. Hawkes’ ride of 24:49 completed the VeloVelocity team of winner Paul Jay (21:19) and third-placed Scott Davidson (21:28).

Suffolk riders putting in notable rides included Mark Richards (VC Baracchi), 22:04 for eighth place and Simon Boyle (Stow & District) 22:33 for 13th.

The spate of club record-breaking by CC Sudbury riders continued with their 10 mile mark, which had remained unchanged for 20 years being revised for the third time this season – this time by Jonathan Weatherley who beat 29 mph to record 21:38 on the Yorkshire course coded V718.

In the Southend Wheelers crits at Hog Hill Plomesgate CC’s Robin Hawes took fourth place in the race for Fourth Cat riders

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