Elite podium finish for in-form racer Watson
There was another week of successful racing for riders from the Staveley-based Andy Moore Autocentres / J. E. James Racing Team.
At the Windley Road Race, Steve Paterson and in-form Dean Watson took on the tough open road event and a capacity field.
Repeated attacks on the Windley Hill section of the loop splintered the field, with the 10% gradient providing a gruelling battle.
It was on this section where Watson seized the opportunity to force a break, creating a useful-looking opening with a small group.
The pace of the attack was purposeful, and extended into a race-winning move.
Watson clawed his way over the line in an impressive seventh place.
A five strong line-up tackled the closed-circuit series event at Darley Moor.
Steve Paterson doubled up with Jono Dexter, who drove the pace early on. Paterson found a path through the bunch at the final chicane to claim seventh.
In the afternoon elite race, Worksop’s Andy Bishop, Aaron Chambers-Smith and Watson all looked strong against a peloton full of high-quality opposition.
Watson made an aggressive early move, which split the bunch.
With team mates Bishop and Chambers-Smith keeping a watchful eye on the main group, Watson sprinted in to take the podium with a well-rewarded third place.
The following day Harry Buxton produced a stunning junior victory in the Bourne Wheelers ten-mile TT.