Club’s attitude is praised

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BRIDLINGTON Cycling Club gained a special mention for the impressive, strong riding and ‘have a go’ attitude of its members from the organiser of the East Riding Road Race Series at the presentation after the final event last Thursday at Walkington.

The series, designed to incorporate all categories in one race with its group handicap system, saw Bridlington represented over the eight events in all categories from youngsters to veterans, ladies, comeback riders and new riders, all putting up a good show and thoroughly enjoying the racing.

Individual honours went to Martin Cockerill and Miles Flather with a brilliant joint third in the overall results and Ben Roberts who was an excellent ninth.

Newcomer Mark Woodley took a well earned 16th in his first road race season. and an added bonus for Cockerill winning the Best Veteran Rider award.

The last event, four laps of a 10-mile circuit, had five groups with smaller time gaps than previous, resulting in groups coming together on just lap two, making for a high speed peloton over the second half of the race.

Seb and Stewart Pickard put in strong efforts in the first half and were unable then to stay with the high pace, retiring on lap three.

Brian Parling made a do-or-die lone escape from his group one, gaining a gap but ultimately he was caught and also retired on lap three.

This left Woodley and Sam Hoad battling to stay in contention on the last lap along with Mel Blackford, Cockerill, Flather and Roberts.

With just five miles to go the decisive break was made and four riders from the elite group got clear.

Roberts was first to react and managed to latch on to them, Flather and Cockerill dug deep to try and bridge the gap.

Cockerill was unable to make it and then had to compose himself as best as possible for the sprint from the chasing group, to achieve 11th on the line.

Roberts clinched fifth, Flather was sixth and Woodley, Hoad and Blackford all finished in the top 20.