Author: Chris Maher, Pictures Courtesy of Chris Maher | Photography
Richmond Grand Prix 04th Sept 2011
British Cycling’s Premier Calendar road cycle race series returned to Richmond, North Yorkshire once again for the season finale.
Traveling out of Market Place anticlockwise Westwards, the first action is the sprint at 17Kms in Fremington. Continuing to the top end of the coarse is the main climb of the day, the Butter Tubs at 39Kms. Returning Easterly along the Wensledale Valley, the climb of Scarth Nick is at 65Kms. Returning back towards Richmond, the usual 3 circuits of Waithwith Hill include 2x K.O.M primes, before the final run back into Richmond’s Market Place cobbled finish.
An 11.30am start with five possible Premier Calendar title contenders heading the field, were all racing this finale. Motorpoint’s Ian Bibby, Jonny McEvoy & Marcin Bialoblocki top the league, with Team Raleigh’s Matt Cronshaw & Rapha Condor Sharp’s Zak Dempster all chasing the 2011 title. Motorpoint had it all to play for, but other riders were out for the glory including former winner Sky Pro Cycling’s Russell Downing, Sigma Sport’s Simon Richardson & Tom Last & Team Raleigh’s Liam Holohan.
Through the only sprint of the day, Endura Pedalpower Racing claimed the points & soon after a five man break had gained 3 minuets by the top of the Butter Tubs prime. Rapha Condor Sharp’s Andrew Tennant crossed the K.O.M line first, then Team Raleigh’s Dan Fleeman. Marcin Bioloblocki, Simon Richardson then Jamie Sparling. Tennant also took the Scarth Nick Prime along with the first Waithwith prime.
Down to two minuets by the first feed on Waithwith, Endura Racing’s Dave Clarke, Rapha Condor Sharp’s Dan Craven & Team Raleigh’s Liam Holohan headed the chase.
By the second prime on Waithwith, the chasers were down to just under one minuet. Ian Bibby & Rapha Condor Sharp’s Jonathon Tiernan Locke where off the front of the peleton whilst Sky Pro Cycling’s Russell Downing soon lit the touch paper and the final push to the line.
It was Andrew Tennant that took the victory ahead of Simon Richardson & Dan Fleeman. Bialoblocki dropped back slightly to fourth whilst team mate Bibby & McEvoy were split by Zak Dempster. Russell Downing came in eighth at 28s, whilst Holohan & Last were in the same group.
1. Andrew Tennant Rapha Condor Sharp
2. Simon Richardson Sigma Sport Specialized
3. Dan Fleeman Team Raleigh
4. Marcin Bialoblocki Motorpoint Pro Cycling
5. Ian Bibby Motorpoint Pro Cycling
6. Zak Dempster Rapha Condor Sharp
7. Jonny McEvoy (U23) Motorpoint Pro Cycling
8. Russel Downing Sky Pro Cycling
9. Liam Holohan Team Raleigh
- Tom Last Sigma Sport Specialized
Standings after Round 7
- Ian Bibby 358 Motorpoint Pro Cycling
- Jonathon McEvoy (U23) 337 Motorpoint Pro Cycling
- Marcin Bialoblocki 325 Motorpoint Pro Cycling
Premier Calendar 2011 Series
23-25 April Tour Doon Hame – 3Day
08 May Lincoln Grand Prix
05 June Ryedale Grand Prix
19 June Tour of the Reservoir
31 July East Yorkshire Classic
28 Aug Twinings Pro-Am Classic
04 Sep Richmond Grand Prix