Worksop’s Andy Bishop his hit impressive early season form, with a top six finish in an Elite National cycling race in Middlesbrough.
Riding in the blue and yellow of the Andy Moor Autocentres Racing team, Bishop put in a blistering attack late in the race at the Prissick Circuit last weekend, proving too strong for the main bunch.
His break ame after an early split in the front of the peloton got away, leaving Bishop with no option but to attempt his own attack to gain a favourable finish.
Assisted ably by team-mates Jono Dexter and Retford rider Callum Lawson, who controlled the group, Bishop was able to keep up the pace and come home in sixth place, an impressive achievement for the local cyclist against such top quality opposition.
Earlier in the day, Langold’s Liam Hindmarsh, a new addition to the team, put in a solid display in the youth race, taking a comfortable main bunch finish.
Team Manager Andy Moore was delighted with the showing.
“The lads worked very hard today to produce the results we needed,” he said.
“The focus in on consistent points scoring results, and we’ve had a good day.”
“We’re learning fast, because the step up to National Elite level racing is a big step in terms of fitness and capability, but the team are relishing the challenge.”
A day earlier, the Staveley based racing team ended their winter training hibernation and returned to competitive action at Darley Moor.
Boasting continued support from retailer J.E. James, and eqipped with the latest 2015 Giant Advanced Race bikes.
The winter training included the addition of 15-year-old Hindmarsh to the ranks.
Moor said: “As a team we are driven to provide opportunities to promising talent, and Liam is a perfect example of this.”
“I think his potential is astonishing, and he is quickly absorbing the knowledge and experience we can provide.”
“Our aim is to develop a Chesterfield based race team that can achieve success at the highest level, and Liam will be part of our ambitious adventure.”
The youngster was given the chance to sample senior racing, at Darley Moor, in a field of over 70 riders.
Hindmarsh and team-mate Danny Featherstone put the Giant TCR’s to the test and battled against the blustery conditions in a 22-lap race.
After a breakaway of two riders near the end of the race, it was left to the peloton to fight it out.
And in a ferocious final sprint, it was Featherstone who attacked on the final climb, taking the bunch sprint, with team mate Hindmarsh in a superb sixth place.
In the later Elite race, Andy Bishop, Damien Shakespeare, Jono Dexter, Calum Lawson and Chris Hayes were in action.
In an unusual ending to the race, Shakespeare was brought down in a dramatic 40mph crash on the finish line, but took eighth place, with Dexter also securing a point, having narrowly missed the wreckage in front of him.