North East Trophy

Tuesday 1st March 2011

by Dan Smith

The 2011 Road Season opened in style today with the first ever running of the Velo29 North East Trophy.
1st     Matt Kipling          Team Raleigh
2nd    Tom Barras         Cycle Premier Metal-Tek
3rd     David Lines         Endura/ Look/ Pedal Power
4th     Dave Clarke         Endura
5th     Simon Baxter       Herballife/ Wheel Base
6th     Gary Hand            Endura/ Pedal Power Development
7th     Alex Bottomley     Fietzen Tempo
8th     Giles Harison      Active Cyles
9th     Liam Armstrong  VC Briganti
10th   Josh Teessdale  Jewson

More Images will be added to the Velo29 Facebook page shortly.

At 12:00 noon, Croft Motor Racing Circuit, Darlington, a full field of 100 riders kicked off this years major event Calendar.

Early rain soon stopped and by 12:00 the circuit was dry though there was a raising breeze.

Our Field of 100 riders were split accorss 4 groups 4th Cats, 3rd Cats, 2nd Cats and 1st/ Elites. Croft is a 2 mile circuit and with a brisk pace, handicaps were not more than 90 seconds between each group.

The Elite/ 1st Cat group was an impressive list of riders with most the top UK teams being represented. We were delighted so see stars such as Dave Clarke, Tom Barras, David Lines and Gary Hand making the trip to the North East as well as local Pro’s including Matt Kipling representing his new Team Raleigh.

Racing set off to a very rapid pace and all the groups were lapping rapidly, we saw some sub 4 minute laps today which given the conditions is extremely quick! With a “Cash Prime” on offer after 6 laps, riders were no doubt motivated by the potential reward!

On the 23rd Lap the Elites/ 1st Cat group caught the 2nd Cats and the pace quicken’d with the noow bigger group. However, little time was gained on the other groups racing hard to stay away until the prime. With 4 laps covered the 3rd and 4th Cat groups came together and on the 5th lap some small breaks were going clear but only gaining a small advantage from the speeding Peleton.

On Lap 20 there was a 4 man crash on the finishing straight resulting in Jamie Davidson being taken to hospital. Jamie has a leg injury though it is believed though painful, no long term injuries were incurred and we wish Jamie a speedy recovery.

The Prime was a bunch sprint taken by Daniel Warwick of Active Cycles ahead of Liam Cowie and in 3rd Nathan Edwards.

With 18 Laps to go, a break of 4 riders moved clear and gained a gap of around 5 seconds. This was short lived and Josh Teessdale of Jewson took advantage with a bold counter move. Josh is a emerging local rider and showing some real promise. This move was to last an extremely impressive 5 laps with Josh time-trailing a solo effort. Hat off to a brave effort and some impressive riding from the young rider.

As we crossed the line with 16 laps remaining, the Elite/ 1st/ 2nd cat groups caught the 3rd/ 4th group and now the field was almost 100 riders! This was a spectacel to behold as the line snaked around the Motor Racing Circuit. However, this was short lived and immediately attacks came. The field was strung out as the Elite riders sped through the group, looking to sneak away. A few select groups gained advantages but the field, keen to keep things together at this stage always brought them back.

However on the 10th Lap what was to be the winning move broke clear, a group of 11 including most of the race favourites quickly gained a gap of 100 metres. This group was to become 12 on the 12th lap when Josh Teessdale was finally caught, credit to Josh though, he found the legs to go with the break and contribute further to what was turning out to be an excellent race.

The Peleton cashed but could not hold the gap and the leaders, working excellently together continued to move away. Smaller groups started to jump from the main field and a with 10 laps to go, Michael Dales of Velo29 along with Dougie Young of Pedal Power. Michael was later to drop Dougie and spent the rest of the race alone. Another impressive Solo attempt and worthy of note.

The pace remained high and with 6 laps remaining, the break of 12 started to attack each other. With several powerful attacks, the 12 were split and soon became 9 with Phil Mark (Velo29), Liam Armstrong and Josh Teessdale missing out.

This was to be the final split and despite various attacks in the Peleton, no gap was made on the lead group, the 3 cashers or an Michael Dales pursuing alone.

After 25 laps the lead group of 8 came thundering over the finish line. The sprint was wound up 200 metres to go and local star Matthew Kipling timed his run perfectly to cross the line a bike length ahead of Tom Barras and in 3rd place David Lines. Local knowledge and excellent form held Matt in good steed and as he cross the line, arms held high it was obvious this victory was a sweet start to his season.

Adam Robertson brought the Peleton in 3 mins and 22 seconds down on the race winner.

We could not have asked for a better start to the 2011 season and the first ever Velo29 North East Trophy. A huge field of quality riders, good weather, and a worthy winner in Matt.

I would like to individually thank every rider, spectator and helper for turning up today and making this event such as success for Velo29. Your support means a huge amount to us.

We are back next week for the last round of the Velo29 Winter Series, 11:30 at Croft again, look forward to seeing you there!

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