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By Liam Moakes Wednesday 29 May 2013 Updated: 29/05 15:42
SATURDAY saw the latest round of racing at Solihull’s Tudor Grange circuit and once again local rider Sophie Faulkener stormed home to win the Women’s event.
The Solihull CC rider had already tasted success at the same circuit last month, but this time her growing confidence showed as she was able to lead the peleton round several laps before devastating the field with a sprint finish to take the win.
Faulkener is growing in strength and confidence with every win and is now looking to take her success to the National Series Races at Milton Keynes Bowl on June 8 before a return to Tudor Grange on June 15.
The event, hosted by ‘No Frills Racing’, also saw a full 3rd/4th category race for men in which Solihull CC’s Dimitrov Preslav put in his best performance on the road this year to come fourth in a tightly fought sprint, with local rider Ben Mountford of Red Kite Cycles emerging the winner.
Elsewhere, Solihull CC riders have returned from last weekend’s Tour Of The North West where the cream of the country’s youth riders gathered to compete over five stages including an opening prologue in Preston, a circuit race at Salt Ayre and a final stage criterium race along the Blackpool shoreline.
Solihull CC’s Lucy Shaw had real hopes of claiming the Yellow Jersey and finished the opening day prologue in fine sunshine just two seconds off the lead, but a last day breakaway by Abbie Mae Parkinson of RST Trigon in the wind and rain of the seafront snatched the jersey and the overall tour, leaving Shaw contented with a podium spot in third.
Solihull CC had strong representation in the boys’ U14 race. Unfortunately the packed starting field of 80 riders inevitably led to crashes, pretty much ending any hope of high general classification finishes for Solihull riders.
The boys, largely working as a team, were able to bring back deficits over the following four stages and they made Herculean efforts in Monday’s wind and rain to pull back breakaway groups to help Solihull CC lead rider Jake Stewart to a very creditable 21st overall.
Team-mates Matt Shaw, Joe Fieven and James Alexander finished 48th, 56th and 61st respectively.
Solihull CC riders’ attentions turns to the televised UK Tour Series which comes to Redditch town centre on Tuesday, at which youth riders will compete in the Redilap Time Trial.
Then it is Milton Keynes for the next round of the National Youth Series on June 8.
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