Bassetlaw riders’ fine weekend

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The weekend’s road racing calendar produced more impressive results for Bassetlaw riders with the Staveley-based Andy Moore Autocentres Racing Team.

Saturday saw them contest a series of Criterium Races at the Dishforth RAF Base near Thirsk.

An on-form Adam Turner hoped to increase his points scoring tally with another high placing, along with team mates Andy Bishop and Xavier Scott, racing in the later of the day’s Senior races.

A crash in one of the earlier support races led to a delay in proceedings, and race officials took the decision to merge the Elite and 3-4 Category events, thus enabling the necessary time schedules to be met.

It proved to be a competitive field, with the Elite riders departing with a three minute advantage, and an early break sent seven riders clear, with Turner in the middle.

The break maintained its formation for the majority of the race, and after a late split with two riders able to pull away from the front, it was left to the rest to fight it out in a final sprint.

Turner finished second in the group, bringing in an impressive fourth place, and yet another points scoring ride from the local rider.

Team mate Andy Bishop galloped home 10th in the big bunch sprint, a point well deserved after he had repeatedly launched solo attacks in order to split up the pack.

Sunday took the team to the prestigious Tickhill Grand Prix, a cycling extravaganza fast becoming the jewel in the crown as far as local road racing is concerned.

The festival event attracts some of the best names in domestic cycling, and the AMAC Racing team riders Adam Turner, Xavier Scott and Andy Bishop all looked to test their mettle against the best. In the first of the men’s senior races, Scott showed impressive form by holding a top 10 position throughout the race, as numerous attacks and counter attacks were launched in a furious battle with over 80 riders on the tight Tickhill Circuit.

It looked as if Scott might be heading for a podium spot, but despite attacking hard in the final sprint, he was boxed in close to the gutter and had to settle for a main bunch finish.

In the Elite race, Adam Turner showed his ability, and held on in the secondary bunch of riders, the local amateur mixing it with the full time pro team competitors to great effect.

Turner rode home to a finish, with team mate Bishop not far behind, performances which gained great praise from team manager Andy Moore.

“Criterium Races don’t come much harder than Tickhill, and it’s a sign of just how far we’ve come to be able to compete at this level.” he said.

“For an amateur team to be mixing it with full time professionals is a great credit to the team spirit we have, and we’re improving all the time.

“A big thanks are due to race organiser Rich Stoodley and all the team who are responsible for the Tickhill GP. They’ve done an amazing job as always.”

Sunday also brought success for another team member, as Danny Featherstone took fifth place in the B&D CC Hardwick Hillclimb event.