Darren Bendelow wins Velo Club Beverley Summer Road Race

Clifton CC rider Bendelow took the win after a two-man break that survived almost to the finish line.

The third annual Velo Club Beverley Summer Road Race ran in fine conditions but with a stiff westerly breeze blunting attacksĀ on the long uphill drag from Walkington to High Hunsley. Despite plentiful digs off the front, the bunch stayed together for the opening few laps until Darren Bendelow and a fellow Clifton CC rider got a gap that had built to 30 seconds by the bell lap.

Further attacks within the bunch started to erode the distance to the leaders on the final ascent, and as the two Clifton riders started the fast run in from High Hunsley they had a mere 20 seconds in hand, with the bunch now chasing hard behind.

The final sharp kick up before the finish line helped the chasers reel in the two leaders, but Bendelow stayed clear and took a hard-earned win just ahead of the bunch.

Points and good performances from lots of local teams too, with a top 10 as follows:

1st Darren Bendelow, Clifton CC

2nd Paul McDonald, Slipstream

3rd Jason Livesey, Dirtwheels

4th Damian Elvington, Nathan’s Flyers

5th Mark Jacobi, Peak Road Club

6th Thomas Sutton, We Love Mountains

7th Paul Drop, Wilsons Wheels

8th John Askew, Active CP Cycles

9th Jacob Trotter, Squadra

10th Sean Newbould, Featherstone RC

Congratulations to all riders and many thanks to all VC Beverley marshals and helpers without whom we would not be able to stage the event.