Local race team go through the mill

Andy Bishop falls in the race
Andy Bishop falls in the race

A hectic weekend of racing for a team of local riders left them battled and bruised, but in good spirits.

The Andy Moore Autocentres Raceteam, including Worksop rider Andy Bishop, kicked off two days of competition with a visit to the Darley Moor Race Circuit on Saturday.

Fine weather produced a fierce challenge in the first of the days Senior Men’s Races, with team riders Adam Turner, Tom Sutton and Bishop all producing strong performances yet again.

Sutton came through to take a fine third place by a whisker, for another podium finish, with Turner fourth.

Bishop was again positioned well for the final sprint, when a coming together on the final chicane resulted in a dramatic tumble into the undergrowth.

Bishop emerged with nothing more than bumps and bruises after his short excursion.

In the second Senior Men’s race, Jono Dexter was again on very impressive form, and was sitting comfortably at the front alongside quality opposition, until a high speed tyre blowout sent him to the tarmac, resulting in more than a little road rash.

Such was Dexter’s determination, he remounted his machine, rode back to the pits on the wheel-rim and after jumping straight on a replacement machine, continued the race despite looking decidedly secondhand,

The boys were back in action on the Sunday morning, with the gruelling 67 mile Longmore Road Race in Derbyshire.

Dexter again showed some very strong form, and led the peloton in chasing down some of the early attacks.

His injuries from the previous days adventures proved a little too challenging however, and he retired late in the race due to a badly swollen knee.

An eight man breakaway soon opened a substantial gap, and the work was left to team mates Damien Shakespeare, Turner, Andy Bishop to continue the battle.

Bishop attacked off the front of the peloton with two miles to go.

He was within sight of the finish line in his first open road race with only yards to go when he cramped up and was forced to ease up, leaving Shakespeare to sprint for an impressive 12th place, with Turner very close behind.

Manager Andy Moore again heaped praise on his team: “It’s been a rough and tumble weekend, but the spirit these guys have shown is brilliant.”

“They were put through the mill but wanted to get stuck in again.”