Moore cycling team shines in star-studded field of pros

Riders from Staveley’s own cycling team were not disgraced when coming face to face with a star-studded field of paid professionals in a prestigious 130km race in Leicestershire on Sunday.

Monday, 1st April 2019, 5:20 pm
Updated Monday, 1st April 2019, 5:24 pm
Damien Clayton turns on the power at Coalville for the Andy Moore team.

The Coalville Wheelers Road Race attracted the likes of Olympic gold medallist Ed Clancy and full-time pros such as Graham Briggs, Russ Downing and most of the Vitus Pro Cycling team.

So Damien Clayton and Dean Watson, of the Andy Moore Autocentres/J.E.James Racing Team, deserved huge credit for their efforts, particularly Clayton, who finished as high as fourth in the ride of the season so far.

Team manager Andy Moore said: “We were humbled as a local team to compete against the pros, but we made sure we didn’t give them too much respect.

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“Damo rode shoulder to shoulder with some of the best in the business, and his performance was inspirational.”

The previous day, Clayton was also in a Moore quartet that took part in a York Sports Village Closed Circuit event, but it fell to young Aaron Chambers-Smith to take on the lead role and act as the strike force for the squad.

In a race marred by several falls and peloton chaos at one point, Chambers-Smith, nicknamed ‘Supersonic Smiffy’, delivered the goods too, launching a last-lap sprint attack to take second place.