CYCLING: Double success for Cirencester's Ride 24/7 team

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Local cycling Local cycling

TEAM Ride 24/7 of Cirencester celebrated their first two victories of the year last week.

Mark Perry gained a superb win on the outskirts of London at the Alan Rosner Memorial and former Olympian Ben Luckwell won the Gerry Hughes Memorial through the Worcestershire countryside.

Ride 24/7 were strongly represented at the Redbridge (Hog Hill) Circuit in Essex for the Alan Rosner among a large field of 77 riders.

After two laps, Ride 24/7’s Mark Perry forced a 20-30 second lead in the hour-long race along with Colin Ward (Essex Roads) and Dan Young (Neon Velo).

With two laps to go Young was dropped but he managed to rejoin the leading pair into the finishing climb.

Well-placed Perry timed his effort perfectly, however, to cross the line two lengths clear of Ward.

Ride 24/7’s Mike Ward completed a good day for the team by taking fourth place in a bunch finish.

Perry again performed solidly in eighth position at the Gerry Hughes but it was Luckwell who took the top spot.

After the first lap a break of 10 riders established a gap of 15 seconds, with both Perry and Mike Ward present.

Luckwell then bridged the gap with four other riders to make a group of 15 at the front and they quickly established a significant lead.

Both Perry and Luckwell attacked numerous times over the last lap gaining small advantages but at the end it came down to a group sprint between 15 riders.

With 500 metres to go the sprint started early, Perry giving Luckwell a brilliant lead and delivering him to the front with 200 metres remaining, from which point Ben took his first win of the season from Matt Bonehill (Mammoth) and Malcolm Dixon (Dream).

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