Podium places for ace Andy

Andy Bishop in action for the Andy Moore Autocentres Racing Team
Andy Bishop in action for the Andy Moore Autocentres Racing Team

A Worksop cyclist helped the Andy Moore Autocentres Racing Team to a one-two victory parade in a race at Middlesborough on Sunday.

It was a busy week for Andy Bishop and his team-mates, which kicked off at the Limekiln Open Road Race at Colston Basset.

In perfect conditions, the three riders put on a superb display, which duly culminated in a massive final lap attack from Bishop.

The 35-year-old led out the sprint and looked to be heading to victory, but in an incredibly close finish was pipped by half a wheel.

Team mate Adam Turner showed his consistency again by winning the bunch sprint and finishing fourth.

Tom Sutton rolled in ninth.

The following evening saw the team head to Oughtibridge to promote the region’s up and coming Tour de France stage with cycle retailers JE James, by riding the Jawbone Hill segment.

The monsoon condions failed to dampen enthusiasm as the riders battled their way up the categorised climb.

On Thursday evening the team returned to a cold and wet Sheffield for the Forge Valley Closed Circuit evening races.

Bishop and Turner continued their fine form by heading a busy peloton for much of the first race, pulling back the many attacks and bursting through at the end to finish strongly, Turner in fourth and Bishop in fifth.

The last of the evening’s races produced a thrilling spectacle, as Bishop attacked time after time, determined to break away from the leading group of five riders.

Late into the race he finally pulled out a meaningful gap, and went for the win.

The wet condions came into play however, and having pushed the bike a little too hard with 2km to go, lost grip on the circuit’s tight right hander, and was unceremoniously dumped on the tarmac.

Despite being passed by the four man breakaway, he rode on and chased them down, to finish fifth, team-mate Turner claiming third.

The Middlesbrough event on Sunday dished up a real treat for the spectators, with Bishop and Turner launching a string of fierce attacks to provide a thrilling finale.

Bishop once again went for the jugular and opened up a gap early on.

Eventually he and Turner duked it out for victory, the latter taking first, Bishop second.

Team manager Andy Moore heaped praise on Bishop for his efforts over the week.

He said: “Andy was almost superhuman on Thursday, to attack so manytimes and to break away in that way in those conditions was incredible.”

“He knows he made an error in pushing too hard in the wet, and it cost him the win, but to get back on and catch the other four with 2k to go was outstanding.”

“It’s a learning process this season, and Thursday’s experience will prove invaluable.”

“The icing on the cake was the one-two for Adam and Andy, they deserve massive credit.”

“Andy went on to contest the Elite Race with Adam an hour later, and even picked up a point there.”