A week which began in controversy ended in triumph for County ace Hannah Barnes.
Barnes celebrated a clean sweep for the MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling team in the Johnson Health Tech Grand Prix series before being awarded a belated victory over some of Britain’s Olympic stars.
The Towcester 20-year-old’s woes began when she was given second place behind double 2012 gold medallist Laura Trott in a sprint finish to the IG London Nocturne at Smithfield Market.
A later review of the photo finish showed that Barnes had crossed the line first – but race officials then relegated her back to second place for raising her arms in a victory salute, deemed as dangerous riding.
The decision was described as ‘disgraceful’ by top British road sprinter Mark Cavendish as the debate grew throughout the cycling world, and after a request by MG-Maxifuel for British Cycling to review the sanction, the decision was overturned with Barnes finally declared the winner of the race for the fifth year in a row.
In between, Barnes recovered from a heavy crash – which left her requiring nine stitches in a gashed chin – at the Woking round of the Johnson Health Tech series to record her third win of the competition and then safely came through a wet finale in Aylsham, Norfolk, to clinch the overall title.
Barnes also won the overall sprints competition, while MG-Maxifuel finished 12 points clear of nearest rivals team MuleBar Girl in the final team standings.
“It’s been a crazy few days and thanks to everyone for the support they have given me,” said Barnes, who heads to Glasgow this weekend for the British Road Race Championships.
“I was overwhelmed by all the messages I received backing me so strongly.”
Stalwart supporter Lloyd Bettles (AJ Cycles) claimed his first Friday Night Summer Series mountain bike victory when he led home the veterans field in the sixth round at Shuckburgh Hall.
The Thrapston rider overhauled early leader Ian Mansfield (CATS MBC) to take the win with Numplumz Mountainbikers pair Steve Giles and Paul Brown fourth and sixth.
Senior winner Ryan Henry (Oakham Sports Massage) covered seven laps of a testing new hillside woodland course in 52.27 with Leszek Jezierski (Treads CC) in third place.
Elite pair Jessica Roberts (Torq Performance) and Maxine Filby (XCRacer.com) had a close scrap for women’s honours, the former easing away to a one-minute win, while Northampton’s Ben Roff (Orange Monkey Pro Team) led the under-23s and Jack Peterson (Numplumz) took third place in the over-50 grand veterans behind Jewson-MI Racing pair Peter Busby and Tim Stowe.
Tomorrow night’s round is at Killworth Springs Golf Club (7.15pm),
Juveniles Louis Killworth (26.21) and Josh van Nierop (28.49) coped well with the blustery conditions for Welland Valley CC’s midweek ‘10’ on the Sulby circuit - Tim Smith taking the win in 22.22.
Other times: Scott Rose 23.46, Lee Edmonds 24.17, John Ellis 25.32, Peter Bentley 25.44, Matt Clasper 26.15, Rob Hammond 26.38, Bill Barrie 26.4, Rob Jacks 26.44, Neil Doherty 27.2, Vic Barnett 27.26, Mitch James 27.29, Russ Raybould 27.48, Matt Isherwood 27.49, Simon Ward 28.16, Brad Furniss 28.45, Ron Beach 29.02, Dave Mander 29.04, Carl Roberts 29.12, Paula Fletcher 29.35, Richard Stannard 29.43, Nev Brooks 29.46, Duncan Hopwood 30, John Davidson 30.11, Myles Foskett 30.28, Matt Dobbs 30.51, Keith Hallam 31.11, Jennifer Clegg 32.03, Tom Evans 32.21, Andrew Weatherby 33.05.
A5 Rangers CC came out on top in their inter-club event against Banbury Star CC on the 10-mile Finmere course.
Fastest of the A5 riders, who scored heavily in the veterans category, was Pete Trotman (24.13).
The second of the club’s ‘ Come and Try It ‘ 5-mile events saw 13-year-old Blake Stanley (15,46) take the award for fastest juvenile and Dave Winget (14.13) fastest novice.
Joseph Wood (12.12) was quickest overall, while Pete Semler opted to ride his penny farthing and piloted it round in 19.44.
Other times: Alex Brawn 13.14, Jonny Anders 13.34, Martin Smith 13.47, Kyle Kirton 15.52, Graham French, John Reade 18.47, Chris Latham 19.03.