HUDDERSFIELD Star Wheeler Mark Thaxter produced some great time-trial riding with a win in the Wills Wheels 2-up and a club record time in the Yorkshire Cycling Federation 50-mile event.
Thaxter teamed up with clubmate Tom Broadbent for the 25-mile Wills in Cheshire and despite it being their first 2-up event they worked well together and clocked 53 minutes, winning by over 90 seconds.
The YCF event was held at Thirsk, and the club record before the event was held by John Lancaster and stood at 1hr 50min 44sec, set back in 1976.
Thaxter set off at a ferocious pace and, although he struggled over the last 10 miles, he finished in a time of 1-47.09 to take sixth place.
Clubmate Jason Fossey was riding a 50-mile time trial for the first time and he beat the two-hour mark with 1-58.38 for 34th.
Richard Binks’ (Holme Valley Wheelers) won in the LVRC 50-mile road race in the Yorkshire Wolds.
In-form Binks beat Andy Eagers (Derby Mercury RC) and John Hall (LVRC).
Holme Valley Wheelers Summer Wine Road Races took place on the Hade Edge circuit.
The 4th Cat race had plenty of local riders involved and Karl Gray, from Brighouse-based team VS Cycles, won as he emerged from a breakaway group of five riders – teammate Andrew Richardson was fourth.
Steve Lee (Wheelguru) from Birkby was third and Daniel Webb (Team CF) from Kirkburton, who is making a comeback after several years out of the sport, finished in an impressive 11th place.
In the 3rd Cat, Stephen Bottomley (Crosstrax) broke clear on the final climb and won from Stuart Murfin (Ashfield RC) and Sean Newbould (Featherstone RC).
Huddersfield Star Wheelers Paul Smith and Ivan Boyes were 21st and 32nd, Team Swift’s Gareth Owen, from Skelmanthorpe, 26th.
Huddersfield Road Club promoted their event in the Yorkshire Points Summer Cyclo Cross series at New College and Jacob Feetham (Wakefield Junior Tri) won the Under 14 race from Jenson Young (Pedalsport) and Mason Hollyman (Kirklees Cycling Academy).
Best of the Holme Valley Wheelers was Jack Ford in fourth, Huddersfield Road Club’s Tom Whitworth was 19th and Star Wheeler Luca Longo 26th.
In the Over 14s race former national champion in cross country mountain biking and cyclo-cross, Nick Craig, made a surprise appearance.
Craig won the event, completing nine laps in just over 48 minutes, with Jack Clarkson (Pedalsport) a further 24 seconds back.
Richard Binks (Holme Valley Wheelers) was fourth, Andy Whitworth (Huddersfield RC), who organised the event, finished in 37th and Holme Valley Wheeler Lee Brown was just eight seconds behind in 38th. Best Huddersfield Star Wheeler was Paul Smith in 41st.
Holme Valley youngster Jacob Scott (Planet X) is showing great form ahead of the National Youth Championships in Bradford on July 24.
Scott, who is on the British Cycling Talent Team, dominated the latest round of the National Youth Series at Blackpool, riding away from his breakaway companion Jake Kelly (Royal London 360) on the final lap. Mirfield’s Jake Womersley (Aire Valley RT) was third.
In the Under 14 Girls race Amira Mellor (Holme Valley Wheelers) was best of the local riders in eighth.
Abby Parkinson, now riding for RST Racing Team-Trigon, was ninth and Harmonie Waterman (Kirklees Cycling Academy) was 10th.