It was a final weekend of success for Worksop racing duo Andy Bishop and Nick Moore, both achieving podium finishes, as cycling’s road race season drew to a close.
The Andy Moore Autocentres/JEJ Racing team members made the journey to Lancaster to contest the final closed circuit event at the Salt Ayre sports village, and were looking to finish the year with a flourish.
Both senior men’s races were fiercely contested, with a quality field of riders, and it was Nick Moore who seized the early initiative in the first of the two events.
Following on from an early attack, the Manton rider attacked hard to break from the peloton and jump across to the two-man break, a move which would prove decisive.
The trio of breakaway riders formed a powerful alliance, and drove the pace throughout, able to extend their advantage as the race unfolded.
The gap was too great for the chasing group to overcome, and Moore was happy to roll over the line in third place, achieving yet another points-scoring podium position for a rider enjoying his first ever season of racing.
It was an impressive performance for the AMAC team was the first of the afternoon’s successes, as the icing on the cake was to follow in the senior men’s Elite race, which saw local star Andy Bishop team up with team mates Andy Bishop, and once more Nick Moore, keen to play a supporting role for the team.
Bishop showed just why he’s the man to watch with a blistering early attack, which took him clear with another rider and enabled the early advantage.]
Despite the slippery circuit conditions, the Worksop rider kept the pressure on and put on a display of power with a 28mph average attained throughout the break.
Team mate Adam Turner masterfully controlled the peloton, ensuring all chasers would be neutralised, and the team mates’ grip on the race was such that Bishop would eventually lap the whole field.
As the race neared its climax, Bishop attacked hard out of the final corner and his dominance of the long final sprint proved to be too much for his fellow breakaway rider, enabling the Worksop cyclist to take the victory in style.
Team mate Turner also gained a seventh place finish in the bunch sprint, with Nick Moore finishing in the points once more, ending a day of success for the Staveley-based racing team.
Team manager Andy Moore was proud of his troops performance, saying: “We came to Lancaster knowing we had exceptionally good form.
“Bish is flying at the moment, he’s at the top of his game, and his dominance was clearly evident today.
“The team spirit is fantastic, and Adz had such a grip on the race, he effectively ended all challenges from the rest of the field.
“The lads should be proud of having achieved so much this season, and to end the year with such strength is very gratifying for all those involved.
“All of us on the team would like to say a big thank you to all those supporters and friends who have ensured the team’s success, in particular to J.E. James. who have provided massive support for the project and the very best equipment.
“We’re looking forward to a highly successful 2017 season.”