Ride 24/7 cyclist times sprint finish to perfection in Cricklade
5:36pm Sunday 22nd September 2013 in Sport
NIC TILLING was an appropriate winner of the Cricklade Kermesse, sponsored by his team from the Cirencester-based shop Ride 24/7.
Tilling timed his effort to perfection on the High Street finish to come out on top of a three-man break from Charles Rees and Steve Dring in front of a huge crowd.
The bunch made some inroads late on and it was John Russell of Strada Cycles who claimed fourth place.
Initially, a break of six were out in front which included Dring, Rees, Graham Lackford (Team Tor 2000), Steve Thomas (Bristol RC), Nick Watson, from the home team of Ride 24/7 and Wayne Coombe (Winchcombe CC).
These riders dominated the opening ten laps , stretching the gap over the remainder to 1min 10sec. At one point the gap was reduced to 25 seconds, but the leaders, continually driven hard by Dring, Thomas, Coombe, Rees and Watson, extended it to a minute once more.
With 11 laps covered a chase group formed including race favourite Tilling, Richard Cleaver from Leisure Lakes Bikes, and another Ride 24/7 cyclist Mike Ward. It only took several miles for these riders to catch the front group.
Noticing that the leaders were looking tired, Tilling attacked with a lap to go and the only riders to respond were Rees and Dring as the trio pulled 30 seconds clear.
But in the exciting sprint finish, it was Tilling who came out on top. Mark Clarke, chairman of Cricklade Town Council, presented Tilling with the trophy which had been kindly donated by the town.
Bob Jones, chairman of Business Cricklade Association, sponsored the U23 award won by Callum Ferguson.
The King of the Mountains competition which went to Dring was sponsored by Oomph Technology Marketing and the prizes were presented by Stephen Priestnall, who also presented the riders with commissioned prints of an artist’s impression of a cycle race.
RESULTS: 1st Nic Tilling (Ride 24/7); 2nd Charles Rees (Team Tor 2000); 3rd Steve Dring (Team Echelon – Rotor).
U23: Callum Ferguson (Halesowen A&CC).
King of the Mountains: 1st Steve Dring (Team Echelon – Rotor); 2nd Wayne Coombs (Winchcombe CC); 3rd Steve Thomas (Bristol RC).