Rockingham Forest Wheelers enjoyed a double celebration at the final round of the Northants CRA Spring Handicap Road Race Series with Ryan Henry claiming the day’s honours and Warren Drew taking the overall title.
Henry proved fastest in a 20-rider sprint after five laps of the six-mile Southwick circuit, coming through from an expanded scratch group who, asked to give seven minutes to the longmarkers, worked well to bring the race together shortly after half-distance.
Second place went to Richard Jones (Numplumz Mountainbikers) ahead of Michael Cowland (St Ives CC), Stephen Colbert (Renault Rotor Colbert RT) and Tim Smith (Wellland Valley CC) who earned enough points to climb to second place in the final standings.
David Langlands (Fenland Clarion CC) led in the rest of the finishers after breaking away on his own with a lap to go in a bold bid for victory, opening up a gap of around 30 seconds before reeled back in by the chasers.
Drew, 41, from Stanion, built his overall win – in his first season of road racing – on two earlier second places, holding off Smith by two points with Colbert a point further behind in third.
Fenland Clarion A emerged as overall winners of the inaugural team competition ahead of Rockingham Forest B and Welland Valley Green who tied for second.
A second series of five races begins on Saturday over three laps of the 10-mile Old circuit (2pm) and places in the field are available – contact Dave Birch at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Other leading and local positions: 6 Sam Crabtree (WVCC), 11 Peter Kucak (RFW), 12 Peter Watson, 13 Tom Sexton, 14 Vic Barnett (all WVCC), 15 David Robinson, 16 Paul Ashdown (both Kettering CC), 17 Rob Swannack (45 RC), 19 Vic Davis (RFW), 22 James Stokes (KCC), 23 Stephen Bunn (WVCC), 24 Steve Giles (Num), 25 Chantelle Rothe (45 RC), 26 Rory McLaughlan (WVCC), 29 Phil Garlick (45 RC), 30 Stuart Jones, 31 Stuart Walters (both KCC), 32 Ian Dick (RFW), 33 Eddy Clutton (KCC), 35 Warren Drew (RFW), 37 Joel Lewis (KCC), 39 Andy Whale (RRC RT), 41 Kevin Mills (WVCC).
Final overall: 1 Drew 36 pts, 2 Smith 34, 3 Colbert 33, eq 4 Matt Garfield & Mark Warren (both FCCC), 6 Bunn 30. Teams: 1 Fenland Clarion CC A 61, eq 2 Welland Valley Green & Rockingham Forest B 53, 4 Welland Valley Yellow 52, eq 5 Rockingham Forest A & St Ives CC 50, eq 7 Kettering CC Orange & Numplumz 47, 9 Fenland Clarion B 46, eq 10 45 RC, Fenwell & Renault Rotor Colbert 45, 13 Kettering CC Black 43, 14 Loughborough Students 30, 15 Peterborough CC 27.