Wilbrahim scoops first place

Road racing cyclists
Road racing cyclists

A STRONG field of around 80 cyclists braved unseasonable winds and rain to make for an exciting test of endurance during this year’s High Peak Road Race.

The 42-mile race over six laps around Chelmorton, Flagg and Monyash, on Sunday, welcomed riders from Derbyshire, South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Lancashire.

The Montura and Harrison Cameras handicapped race, organised by Norton Wheelers, Sharrow CC, Whirlow Wheelers and Sheffield Racing CC, included seniors, veterans, ladies and some youngsters with the long marker and middle marker handicapped groups setting off early before they were eventually caught by elite, scratch group riders.

An exciting sprint finish saw Peter Wilbraham, of Team Elite, win an aggressive sprint. He covered the 42-mile course in 1-52-46. Second place went to John Wells, of VC Lincoln, and third place went to Graham Kemp, of Deeside Olympic. Former professional and amateur British Champion and Kellogg’s Tour winner Phil Thomas finished fourth.

The highest-placed North Midlands rider was John Himsworth, of Sheffrec, in seventh place with team-mate Keith Ainsworth, in ninth place and ex-pro Shaun Snoddon finished 11th.

Joanne Blakely was first woman to cross the line.