Fourth category rider, Jamie Ford, riding for Bradford on Avon Cycling Club, won Sundayâ€™s John Andrews Memorial Road Race from a spirited last lap solo breakaway.
The 50 mile race, organised annually by Yeovil Cycling Club, saw a field of Third and Fourth category riders, competing for the honours around the undulating Somerton, Langport, Long Sutton circuit.
A strong, almost block, headwind on the long westerly leg from Somerton to Langport killed off any attacks until the last lap, when Ford launched his attack. After gaining an advantage of over thirty seconds Ford bravely held on to cross the finish line just eleven seconds ahead of the now diminished chasing peloton. James Brown, of Yeovil based Tri UK, finished in eleventh place and Benjamin Wainwright, of Somerton based Team Tor 2000 KALAS, finished in fifteen place, out of the thirty seven finishers.
Fifty miles to go
Jamie Ford crossing the finish line.
Jamie Ford congratulated by Mark Boxall, race organiser
The top 5 finishers clutching their just rewards! Kevin Jones, Gideon Aroussi, Alex Mellor, Jamie Ford, Lewis Braithwaite (l to r).
|1||Jamie Ford||Bradford on Avon||2:01:51|
|2||Kevin Jones||Somerset Road Club||+11s|
|3||Alex Mellor||Bristol South CC||Same time|
|4||Lewis Braithwaite||Steele Davies Via Roma RT||Same time|
|5||Gideon Aroussi||Exeter Wheelers||Same time|
|6||Michael Hoare||Froome & District Wheelers||Same time|
|7||Charlie Lacaille||University of Bristol CC||Same time|
|8||Michael Rogers||Plymouth Corinthian CC||Same time|
|9||Graham Reeves||Bristol RC||Same time|
|10||Darren Gardner||Bath Cycling Club||Same time|
|11||James Brown||Tri UK||Same time|
|12||Gary Bonds||Royal Navy & Royal Marines||Same time|
|13||Will Budge||Bristol RC||Same time|
|14||Michael Smith||Plymouth Corinthian CC||Same time|
|15||Benjamin Wainwright||Team Tor 2000 KALAS||Same time|