Cycling: Auger holds off team-mate for dramatic 2012 Lotus Series victory
Simon Millard was the winner of the final race of the 2012 Lotus Series at Hethel, but the overall points result was decided by the sprint for sixth spot.
At the start both Mike Auger and Strada Sport team-mate Liam Gentry were in contention for the overall win; everything depended on this last race. Conditions were warm and still and, unusually for the 2012 series, the bunch did not break up. A split second after Millard (Iceni Velo) took the flag Auger (Strada Sport) flashed over the line two places ahead of Gentry and the series result was decided.
Winner of the Go-Race was Tommy Power also of Strada Sport. Full series results are awaited. Auger now leads the Eastern Road Race League rider standings with 132 points.
With no local road race clashing with the Olympic event several roadmen entered the Stowmarket & District '10' at Wickham Market and Liam Gentry (22:06) and Gavin Moore (PCH UK, 22:35) took the top two positions.
There was a headwind on the outward leg to Melton, including some draggy climbs and, although the return was very fast, overall times were disappointing for this dual carriageway course. David Staff (Velo Velocity) was quickest Norfolk rider and best 40+ veteran with 23:07, Guy Stevens (East Anglian CC) also from Norwich, was best 50+ man with 24:03.
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Young Watton riders Declan Davis and sister Emily travelled to one of the fastest ten-mile courses in the country – the A63 west of Hull – and were rewarded with personal best times in the Wolds RT event. Fourteen-year-old Declan won the Women & Juniors event outright with 21:31 while Junior Emily improved seven seconds to 27:14.
Today the Norfolk Cycling Academy is launched. Behind the project are Neil Turner and Kevin House and activities planned include closed circuit racing at Hellesdon, coaching in a traffic-free setting aimed at giving young and novice riders the skill and confidence to enjoy cycling in modern road conditions. It is all part of the legacy of the visit of the Tour of Britain to Norfolk on September 9.
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