Glenn returns in winning style
Glenn Stanford made an emphatic comeback to racing by winning the Whitewebbs Road Race at Whitwell in Hertfordshire.The talented rider from Forncett escaped from an early break, took two of the intermediate prizes or primes, and - in spite of windy conditions that put a lone rider at a disadvantage compared to a group - just stayed clear, having a two-second margin over a charging bunch at the finish.
Glenn Stanford made an emphatic comeback to racing by winning the Whitewebbs Road Race at Whitwell in Hertfordshire.
The talented rider from Forncett escaped from an early break, took two of the intermediate prizes or primes, and - in spite of windy conditions that put a lone rider at a disadvantage compared to a group - just stayed clear, having a two-second margin over a charging bunch at the finish.
Stanford, who has previously raced in the colours of Freewheel/Trek, ERV and Interbike, has now joined the Essex-based API/Metrow team. David Staff took sixth place and API riders David Miller and Matthew Thurston seventh and ninth respectively.
A spectacular opportunity to watch road racing comes on Mayday Bank Holiday Monday at Ixworth, which is between Diss and Bury St Edmunds.
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Roads in the centre of this picturesque village will be closed for an afternoon of racing on a tight and hilly circuit. Events include the regional championships for youth and junior riders, but once these are settled all eyes will be on the elite race at 3.45pm.
The offer of a £500 first prize has attracted national criterium champion James Taylor, New Zealander Gordon McCauley and seven of his Plowman Craven/Evans team mates, young Essex prodigy Alex Dowsett, national cyclo-cross champion Phil Dixon and world track championship rider Ross Edgar.
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First race is at 12.15pm, main sponsors are J W Sturgeon Haulage and inquires and entries should go to Adrian Grimwood 07786 618747.
Lincolnshire competitors took the main awards in the King's Lynn CC 10 at Tottington, headed by Jim Boyle (Boston Whs, 21:30). Leading local riders were Mark Solley (Diss & District CC) who was fifth in 22:37, Gary Rushmore (KLCC, 22:39) and Alan Newark (CC Breckland, 22:42).
The cool north-east wind offered no help until the last two miles and times generally were 30 seconds slower than those done in the Lynn club's weekly enter-on-the line evening events.
Laura Robinson, of VC Norwich/Fitt Signs, was best lady in the Veterans' Time Trials Association 10 on the Bury St Edmunds to Woolpit dual carriageway, finishing in 25:25, 4:49 better than the standard for her age.
Overall winner was Les Howell (PCA Ciclos Uno) whose 23:15 was exactly nine minutes better than his standard for age 70.
On a cool, quiet morning with the wind helpful only on the shorter return leg, the fastest actual time was by Ian Cammish (Planet X). His 21:16 was 14 seconds faster than his winning time in the Great Yarmouth CC 10 on the Wortwell-Bungay course, a similar differential to Laura Robinson's.