Cyclist Joel Candy enjoyed the sweet taste of success on his debut for the Staveley-based Andy Moore Autocentres Racing Team.
Candy, who has joined the team from Bolsover and District Cycling Club, is a relative newcomer to racing, having started from scratch this season. But he produced an impressive, well-managed victory in the Lichfield Closed Circuit Races last weekend to continue the fine form of the Andy Moore outfit.
On a rain-soaked Staffordshire track, Candy took a comfortable position in the peloton in the first of two men’s senior races. With three laps to go, he seized the initiative and turned up the pace in front. He kicked again on the final lap and won by a comfortable margin.
Another ‘new signing’ from the Bolsover club, time-trial specialist Xavier Scott, has also added firepower to the team. He is keen to have a go at the discipline of road racing and acquitted himself well in the second men’s senior race, alongside teammates Andy Bishop, Danny Featherstone and Adam Turner.
Bishop fared best, escaping from the main field to form a group of nine who proved too strong for the main peloton. He forged on in the slippery conditions and was rewarded with a fine fifth place.
Team manager Andy Moore said: “The decision to recruit two enthusiastic local riders has provided instant success. Joel followed a tactical plan to perfection. It was a fantastic effort, considering his lack of experience.”