Pedalpusher Andy stands on podium

Andy Bishop on the podium
Andy Bishop on the podium

The weekend’s racing brought more success for local cyclist Andy Bishop, in the colours of the Andy Moore Autocentres Racing team.

Saturday saw the Worksop rider in action at RAF Barkston Heath near Grantham in round one of the competitive Pedalpushers race series.

In the first of the senior men’s races, Bishop showed his terrific form by launching a ferocious attack into the headwind on the penultimate lap.

Despite three riders having broken away, the strength of his attack enabled him to break away from the peloton, and to launch a move on the three front runners.

Only one could muster the effort to stay with him on the final run in, and in a neck and neck finish sprint, Bishop crossed the line in second place, just reward for an outstanding performance.

In the later men’s senior race, team-mates Jono Dexter and Adam Turner used the race to shakedown the very latest 2014 Giant Advanced Racing Bikes, fresh out of the box for this event.

Despite repeated attacks throughout an exciting race, the team-mates finished comfortably, Turner with yet another impressive top 10 finish in the final sprint.

Sunday brought another first class performance from Bishop, who simply demolished the field in his victory at the annual Interclub 15 mile Time Trial Tournament at Cuckney.

Bishop provided the perfect example of how to ride a TT by finishing a clear one and a half minutes ahead of the other competitors.

Reflecting on the weekend’s racing the 35-year-old admitted he wanted to stand at the top of the podium on Saturday.

“I was disappointed not to win the race on Saturday, the finish was incredibly close but second was a good result in such a big field.”

“I felt fantastic on Sunday, and smashed my times for the time trial – it’s been a great weekend.”

Team principal Andy Moore thanked his team for their efforts.

He said: “Andy Bishop had an amazing weekend. He followed the tactical plan to perfection on Saturday, and I know he’d have liked a win there, it was very, very close at the end.”

“Sunday made up for it though, his performance in the TT was nothing short of astounding.”

“The team all worked hard, and enjoyed every minute of it – and we have to say a big thanks to J.E.James for the race bikes, fantastic machines for a fantastic bunch of lads.”