Suffolk teenager Chris Jackson clinches road race double
06:30 26 March 2014
Chris Jackson made it two wins in two weeks for Strada Sport juniors when he won the Ipswich Spring Road Race at Gosbeck near Stowmarket.
The Walberswick teenager was in a breakaway group of six at the end of the 47-mile race. At the foot of the final climb past Framsden windmill, Jackson kicked and opened a gap of more than 100 yards by the line. Top Norfolk finisher was VC Norwich’s Phil Hargreaves, who was one of a pair who finished between the break and the bunch.
Ian Franklin (Pro Cycle Hire) was the most successful of several early attackers and had a team-mate – Tom Bicknell from Newmarket – among those who joined in the break, which included Ross Fawcett (Ipswich BC), Dan Young (Glendene) and Ben Locke (Braintree Velo). With PCH riders and the wise head of Strada Sports Norwich rider Dieter Rowe blocking at the front of the main field, the break was able to establish a lead of more than two minutes by the final lap.
There was a nail-biting three-rider sprint at the finish of the separate women’s race on the same course in the afternoon. Ellie Cadzow from Sawbridgeworth took the win by inches from Maryka Sennema (Kingston Whs) and former Tour Series competitor Tanya Griffiths from Ipswich. The race was also over 47 miles and well before half distance the 22-rider field split with a group of about a dozen forging ahead at the front. Early attackers on the finish hill faded while the leading half-dozen kept going to the flag.
Women’s mass-start racing is rapidly getting organised in the Eastern Counties – www.womenseasternracingleague.co.uk – is the place to look for information on fast-moving developments.
The wind didn’t help in the Wisbech Wheelers 10 – it was a headwind on the exposed Wisbech bypass leg and behind riders on the more sheltered old road. Visitor Jon Surtees (Team Swift) was the winner in 22:01, 10 seconds up on Denver rider Daniel Bloy (VeloVelocity).
There was another win for Mark Arnold in the Plomesgate CC 10 on the Orford-Bentwaters and back course where a crosswind slowed the DesiraGear man to 21:50. Making steady progress up the results, James Trenchard (Godric CC/Becks Bikes) took second with 22:33 while the promoting club’s Jim Hardwicke was best Vet on Standard, benefiting from training with son Jack, 17.