Huddersfield Star Wheelers held their annual Eric Biddulph Memorial Road Race on Sunday.
After nearly two week of glorious sunshine, the weather had taken a turn for the worse. With heavy rain over night parts of the course were in danger of being flooded. But even this didn’t stop the majority of riders taking the start, all be it with half their winter wardrobe on.
Right from the start riders went on the attack, with Jonathan Wolff (Sheffrec CC), Gareth Owen (Team Swift) and two other riders going clear on the first lap. By lap two the leading group was down to two as the mist rolled in. Thankfully it went almost as quick as it came thanks to the ever-increasing wind – just want the riders wanted, and as a result of the weather the decision was taken to cut the race from 8 laps to 7.
The main field didn’t seem too keen to mount a serious chase, and so were content to let the duo hang out front, keeping them in sight on the long straight sections.
With just over three laps to go, the winning move formed, Wolff continued to hang off the front of what remained of the field but was now joined by fresh legs in the form of Nick Coupland (WeLoveMountains). The two put their heads down and soon opened up a lead of two minutes. Never in danger of being court the two sprinted for the line side by side, with Coupland taking the win.
1st Nick Coupland (WeLoveMountains)
2nd Jonathan Wolff (Sheffrec CC)
3rd Simon Maudsley (RVO) @ 2mins
4th Alex Orell-Turner (VS Cycles)
5th Colin Hill (Rock Racing)
6th Andrew Shaw (Dinnington RC)
7th Darren Bendelow (Clifton CC)
8th Adam Theaker (AcheiveCycleCoaching)
9th Paul Rymer (Wilsons Wheels)
10th Stephen Bottomley (Crosstrax)