Cycle Sports Reading Grand Prix 2014
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Cycle Coaching) dominated the fourth staging of the Reading
Grand Prix at Palmer Park, winning both the feature races. Mitchell
beat Matthew Roper (Brixton Cycles) in the final of the National
Sprinters League event, to extend his lead in the overall series,
but also surprised the endurance riders at the event by claiming
the RaceWare Direct 20k scratch race.
Mitchell, who has ridden for Great Britain's track team with the
likes of Sir Chris Hoy, is now representing his country as a pilot
in the Paralympic Tandem competition, breaking a world record
in this discipline earlier this year.
But his talent
can extend to longer races and after leading the qualifiers in
the flying 200m as part of the National Sprinters League event,
immediately lined up for the 20k scratch race, which also included
the Central Division Championships.
a cagey affair, with none of the fancied riders being able to
make a sustained break and up the pace, playing into the hands
of Mitchell, who not unnaturally has a blistering finish.
(High Wycombe CC) finally took courage in his hands with lone
break with just over a kilometre remaining and opened up a big
up the chase with defending champion Matt Gittings (AW
Cycles.co.uk) on his wheel, but with 300m to go his challenge
faded and it was a question if Mitchell could overhaul Clark,
which he did with about 30m remaining, the youngster's consolation
winning the Central Division title from Gittings.
(VC St Raphael) rode a well-judged race to take the prize from
the sponsor for first woman.
Mitchell then proceeded through the rounds of his specialist event,
untroubled until being pressed by Roper in the final. Luke Burton
(Performance Cycle Coaching) took 3rd, beating Hugo Brennan (Ireland)
in the minor final.
main feature race saw a win for multi world masters champion Janet
Birkmyre, paced by Graham Bristow, in the women's only derny race
over 15k. She proved the stronger in the closing laps from Niki
Kovacs (Pip Taylor) and Christine Robson (Tony Hibbert) in a closely
Cycles.co.uk, with Gittings, Nick English, Frazier Carr and
Alex Peterson, comfortably took the 4k team pursuit race, which
incorporated the Central Division Championships, retaining their
endurance events proved testing in the extreme heat with junior
Oliver Moors (Speg-Project 51) coming out on top in the points
race and a gruelling Devil Take the Hindmost.
League regular Neil Rutter (Cotswold Veldrijen) took runner up
to Moors in the devil and to Iain Cook (VC Londres) in the 12-lap
scratch race, also finishing third in the main 20k race.
off the afternoon by winning the men's keirin, while Moore edged
out Lauren Quenby (Swinnerton Cycles) to take the women's keirin.
of Reading, Cllr Tony Jones, presented the main prizes from sponsors
Cycles.co.uk and RaceWare
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