LAST Sunday saw six local cyclists in action it the gruelling Aire Valley Cycles Road Race near Oxenhope.
Seven tough laps awaited the riders of a moorland circuit above Haworth. The action got under way early on as a group of a dozen or so riders broke away on the first lap.
Huddersfield Star Wheeler Mark Buckingham and the evergreen Richard Binks (Holme Valley Wheelers) were the only locals making the spilt, but over the next few laps both remained at the head of affairs, with Buckingham taking the final sprint prime at the end of lap four from the select group that had formed at the head of the race. Ben Kellet (HVW), still only a junior in a field that contained former Olympic rider John Tanner, rode a great race throughout, more than holding his own against more experienced riders.
Eventual race winner David Shackleton (Cottingham Couriers RT) broke away on the last lap to claim a solo win. With 600 metres to go Buckingham managed to steal a lead from the bunch fighting for second place, but sadly it wasn’t to be as Tanner led the charge from behind to claim the second spot in a tight finish, with Binks finishing seventh. Buckingham finished a creditable 11th to claim his first ever points finish to go with his early prime prize.
Other riders in action: Ivan Boyes, Andrew Pearson and Matthew Green (all Huddersfield Star Wheelers)