National Elite Race
The National Elite Series race never fails to entertain and once again drew
many of the best British riders. Olympic Gold-medallists and World Champions Chris Newton, Rob Hayles and Ed Clancy
took to the start line in the Elite race, along with local favourite Ian
Wilkinson and Paul Oldham.
Kristian House rode the Elite Race in Colne
The Colne Grand Prix proved to
be a battle to the end, with Dean Downing (Rapha Condor Sharp) winning ahead
of 'superman' Ian Wilkinson (Endura Racing) and Ed Clancy (Motorpoint
Crowds of thousands lined the barriers gasped
as the racers blast past at more than 30mph, time and time again, around the 800m
closed road circuit in Colne Town Centre.
The dramatic cycling drama was also played out in the skies with
lightning puncturing the dark sky as the cyclists zoomed round the streets.
Ed Clancy chasing Dean Downing
A break of the main teams, resulted with Ed Clancy and Dean Downing
splitting free and leading for most of the race. The rest of the break began
to flag, opening the way for Endura to make a push from the main peloton.
Discussion during the laps with Tom Murray (Sigma Sport)
was never a done deal, with the distance between the leaders reducing as
the race went by.
By the last lap, the break was in touching distance. Dean
Downing pelted through the last lap, clutching on to his lead.
paid off, enabling the Series Leader, Ian Wilkinson, to reach the top two. A final
sprint at the end resulted in Wilkinson winning by a length with Olympic
Medallist Clancy taking third place.
Torrential rain poured down during the presentation ceremony, but
did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of the crowds. Ian Wilkinson, eve the showman, played up to the delighted local fans who saw him take second in
this year's Grand Prix.
Italian Youth Racing
Before the support race, the youth of Pendle from Cycle Sport Pendle,
took to the streets for two Italian Pursuits.
Cycle Sport Pendle is a Go-Ride cycle club in Pendle introducing young
people and their families to cycle sport and safe leisure cycling.
55 riders lined up for the Colne Grand Prix Regional
B Support Race vying to be first over the line.
Crowds of cycling fans joined together with local people from
the pubs and restaurants all drawn in to watch the fast-paced cycling action.
The large peloton remained together, with a number of attempts to break
away. After 45 minutes pelting round the 900m town course, the group was
still tight together.
The atmosphere from the crowd was infectious, with crowds cheering on
the group around the course.
In the end it was a final push from
Bill Nickson (Bill Nickson Cycles) which won him first place, with James
(Team Goldtec) taking second and Ashley Marshall (VS
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