In the first race of the day 62 riders started in warm conditions with light winds but with grey high level clouds. With 5 laps and a prime on the 2nd lap of the testing Penny Pot circuit it was going to be a tough outing.
The first laps were dispatched in quick order with the group racing around at a tidy speed.
By the last lap, a group of 9 riders including three riders from Feather Cycles Racing (Sharp, Williams and Guymer) had about 50 seconds on the chasing bunch as they crested the rise to the finish line. Robert Mitchell (Out of the Saddle) attacked on Penny Pot and gaped the break away riders. Taking the final bend around the HQ at Norwood and it was Mitchell still in the lead but being pursued by James Sharp (Feather Cycles Racing). A short gap behind and the 7 remaining break away riders weren’t giving up that easily. Neither were the bunch who were still only about 50 seconds behind.
Sharp bridged over to the leading Mitchell and punched his way to the top to take a clear victory. Mitchell held on for 2nd place with the 7 closing fast. Benjamin Heywood (Evans Cycles) pipped Benjamin Heywood (East Lancashire RC) with Sharp’s team mate Stephen Guymer claiming 5th.. Max McMurdo (unattached) took 6th with local rider Glen Turnbull (Patron) 7th
Chris Sherriffs (Pendle Forest CC) took the honours from the chasing pack with Joe Williams (Prologues Performance Cycles), Michael Sloanes (Sunderland Clarion CC), Jon Wilkinson (Chevin Cycles) rounding out the top 15.
1 James Sharp Feather Cycles Racing 2 Robert Mitchell Out Of The Saddle 3 Benjamin Heywood Evans Cycles 4 Benjamin Trippier East Lancashire RC 5 Steven Guymer Feather Cycles Racing 6 Max McMurdo 7 Glen Turnbull Patron 8 Fraser Rounds 9 Nick Guest FTR 10 Matthew Williams Feather Cycles Racing 11 Jack Cutsforth Squadra 12 Chris Sherriffs Pendle Forest CC 13 Joe Williams Prologue Racing Team 14 Michael Sloanes Sunderland Clarion CC 15 Jon Wilkinson Chevin Cycles
20 ladies to the start line for the second Harrogate Nova Road Race with riders from local clubs and as far afield as Bedfordshire.
On the first lap Anna Henderson (Lovelo Cinelli RT) and Savannah Morgan (Team 22) attacked and got a small gap but unfortunately Savannah crashed on the descent into Pot Bank and the group came back together.
Anna took the prime to win her entry fee back on the first passing of the line and the climb up to little Alms Cliff was starting to take its toll.
A strong group of 9 riders then formed comprising of Tamsin Vicary (Manchester Wheelers), Rebecca Longthorp (Cliff Pratt Racing), Nicola Moore (Squadra), Holly Flannery (Triology), local riders Hannah Riechert, Donna Edmondson Booker and Lindsay Atkinson-Wright (all Alba Rossa), Anna Henderson (Lovelo Cinelli RT) and Miriam Jessett (Tyneside Vagabonds CC).
Working well as a group the 9 ladies held it together and coming together at the bottom of the final climb to Little Alms Cliffe it was Tamsin Vicary and Nicola Moore who powered clear of the group. Tamsin proved the stronger on the day with Nicola coming home in 2nd place. A close battle for 3rd, 4th and 5th went to Rebecca, Anna and Holly.
1 Tamsin Vicary Manchester Wheelers Club 2 Nicola Moore Squadra RT 3 Rebecca Longthorp Cliff Pratt Racing 4 Anna Henderson Lovelo Cinelli RT 5 Holly Flannery Triology 6 Hannah Reichart Albarosa Cycling Club 7 Donna Edmondson Booker Albarosa Cycling Club 8 Lindsey Atkinson Wright Albarosa Cycling Club 9 Miriam Jesset Tyneside Vagabonds CC 10 Evgenia Ilyinskaya Team Vertex-pedalpowersport.com
Photos of the race are available from Craig Zadoroznyj here.
Thanks to all the members and friends of Harrogate Nova who helped out, all the riders who took part, YorMed and the NEG for keeping them safe out on the course and for Prologue Performance Cycling for sponsoring the event.