HUDDERSFIELD Star Wheeler Mark Buckingham is celebrating at the double.
After earning his third-category racing licence after a gutsy performance in the first of the Wakefield Evening Road Races of 2009 on the Oliver Twist Circuit, he was then crowned King of the Mountains at the Arthur Caygill Trophy Road Race in North Yorkshire.
The 33-mile Wakefield race for third and fourth category riders was run at a furious pace from start to finish, with Star Wheeler cyclists in the thick of the action.
As well as Buckingham, Taran O’Doherty, Matt Green, Ivan Boyes and second claim member Paul Smith riding in Seamons CC colours were all at the front of the bunch and getting into breakaways.
The most decisive attack came from Buckingham on the seventh of the 10 laps when he got away with Sam Ward (Team Chevin Bang Olufsen).
But the chasing bunch were having none of it and they eventually clawed back the deficit.
Ward then escaped again on his own on the final lap and won by 30 seconds, withŠBuckingham settling for a fourth-place finish in the bunch sprint which was enough for him to collect his licence.
The second Star Wheeler home was Smith in sixth, who was immediately followed by Holme Valley Wheeler Ben Kellet.
Boyes and Green finished safely in the bunch, narrowly avoiding a nasty crash on the final run in.
Boyes and Buckingham were then joined by Andy Pearson the following day for the trip up to North Yorkshire for the Richmond Meet Arthur Caygill Trophy Road Race, a three-lap race over 37 miles on an extremely hilly course.
With 250m of climbing every lap, this course was ideal for Buckingham who was up near the front on each lap and gained enough King of the Mountain points to come home with that trophy.