HARTSHEAD Moor cycle racer Abby-Mae Parkinson will have to be patient when it comes to claiming the Cyclo-Cross National Trophy Series.
Her hopes of tying up the title in round five of the series at Shrewsbury Sports Village were wrecked by local rival Amira Mellor, of Holme Valley Wheelers.
Parkinson (RST) finished third after being pipped for second place by Mellor.
Though the weather on the day was dry, the heavy rain of the previous four days made the going muddy and slow for all riders, who were forced to carry their bikes through many parts of the course.
From the start of the race Sarah Lomas (Matlock CC) powered her way to the front and stayed ahead to the finish to take the win by 21 seconds.
This left Mellor and Parkinson to battle it out for second place.
Mellor looked strong throughout and kept the pressure on Parkinson with some well-timed attacks, but was unable to get clear of Parkinson until the last lap, when she had to dig deep to pull away and secure second place.
Parkinson is still the series leader with 184 points, from Mellor on 158, which means Parkinson simply has to finish no lower than eighth position to take the title in round six on January 8 in Derby.
In the Junior race Mirfield rider Jake Womersley (Sportscover) had a tough ride to finish in seventh place.
Jack Ravenscroft (Solihull CC) took the win and Billy Harding (Paul Milnes Bradford-Olympic) took second place.
Womersley’s result still leaves him second to Ravenscroft in the series standings – just 24 points behind on 142.
Womersley will have to win the final round, and Ravenscroft must finish lower than eighth, for the Sportscover rider to take the title.
Womersley’s aunt, Louise Robinson, kept her 100 per cent record of wins in the series at the same event with another intelligent and powerful performance.
She now has a commanding lead of 36 points over her nearest rival Adela Carter (Team Hope Factory Racing) in the series, needing just five points to clinch the title.
Kirkburton cycle shop TryCycling is celebrating 25 years in business this week.
It opened for business on December 17, 1987 and was started by John Ainley, who is still a keen cyclist and gets out for a few hours most days of the week.
He later sold it on to Andy Whitworth, who has kept it very much a focal point in the cycling community in Kirklees.