HVW 2 Day Stage Race 2013 – Men

Friday evening saw the second running of the Holme Valley Wheelers Stage Race. Conditions couldn’t have been more different to last year – not a drop of rain in sight and glorious sunshine though out the whole event. In a change to last year the opening tough hilly stage that had many riders on their knees, a new rolling road stage around Birds Edge and High Flatts was introduced. YouTube Video

Stage 1 – 30 mile Road Race

Stage One saw two riders break clear, local rider Ben Kellett (Hope Factory Racing) and Giles Drake (Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes.com). The two quickly opened a gap on the main field and worked well together to build up a healthy lead. Behind Joe Moses (Sportscover) and Alistair Rutherford (Wheelbase Altura MGD) broke clear from the pack, unable to close the gap to the leaders, they still pulled away from the main field helping their overall chances.

HVW 2 Day Stage Race 2013 - Men

Racing gets under way in ideal conditions

HVW 2 Day Stage Race 2013 - Men

HVW 2 Day Stage Race 2013 - Men

HVW 2 Day Stage Race 2013 - Men

Ashley Brown (Sportscover) could be seen at the front of the chase group on a number of occasions

HVW 2 Day Stage Race 2013 - Men

Some of the many supporters out on the course

HVW 2 Day Stage Race 2013 - Men

Joshua Ferguson (Velo29-Blackhawk) leads to group though

HVW 2 Day Stage Race 2013 - Men

Joe Moses (Sportscover) and Alistair Rutherford (Wheelbase Altura MGD) rode aggressively to break away and eventually take third on fourth respectively on the stage

HVW 2 Day Stage Race 2013 - Men

Giles Drake (Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes.com) and Benjamin Kellett (Team Hope Factory Racing) are the first riders to manage to open up a gap on the main field

Drake led out the sprint, but it was Kellett who had the edge to win by a length, Moses came in a lone in third at 40 seconds, with fourth Rutherford at 57 seconds. Michael Ashurst (Biketreks Racing Academy) led the 35 rider main bunch across the line ahead of Duncan Moralee (Strategic Lions Cycling) and Jordan Hargreaves (Team Hope Factory Racing) who had done a great job helping his team mate Kellett throughout the stage.

HVW 2 Day Stage Race 2013 - Men

Left: Drake led out the sprint, but it was Kellett who got the win by a length. Right: Tom van Rossum (Rock Racing Team UK)

Stage 1 Results
1 Benjamin Kellett Team Hope Factory Racing 01:10:55
2 Giles Drake Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes.com 01:10:55
3 Joe Moses Sportscover 01:11:35
4 Alistair Rutherford Wheelbase Altura MGD 01:11:52
5 Michael Ashurst Biketreks Racing Academy 01:12:25

Stage 2 – 10 mile Time Trial

Stage two saw riders covering a hilly 10-mile time trial. Fastest on the day was James Gullen, giving Hope Factory Racing their second stage win of the event. Gullen also not only smashed his time from last year, but also the course record when he stopped the clock at 21:11. Drake finished second in 21:46 to maintain his overall lead, with Simon Baxter (Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes.com) third.

HVW 2 Day Stage Race 2013 - Men

Left: James Gullen (Team Hope Factory Racing) smashes the course record to win the time trial in 21 minutes 11 seconds. Right: Giles Drake (Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes.com)

HVW 2 Day Stage Race 2013 - Men

Left: Stage one winner Benjamin Kellett (Team Hope Factory Racing). Right: Martin Ford (Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes.com)

HVW 2 Day Stage Race 2013 - Men

Ashley Proctor Bike (Box Alan/Whiston Velo) and Joe Moses (Sportscover)

Stage 2 Results
1 James Gullen Team Hope Factory Racing 00:21:11
2 Giles Drake Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes.com 00:21:46
3 Simon Baxter Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes.com 00:22:21
4 Matt Pilkington Metaltek – Knights of Old 00:22:23
5 Alistair Rutherford Wheelbase Altura MGD 00:22:34

Stage 3 – 55 mile Road Race

The final stage over 55 miles is well known as a tough course, and is often used for the Yorkshire Regional Championships. With little in the way of wind, the circuit proved to be much easier than in 2012, when cross winds broke the field up and saw two riders finish minutes clear of the splinted field.

HVW 2 Day Stage Race 2013 - Men

HVW 2 Day Stage Race 2013 - Men

Benjamin Kellett (Team Hope Factory Racing) leads the field on lap one, closely watched by a rider from Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes.com

This year the leading group of 11 formed around half distance, with Kellett joining up to make a dozen. Martin Ford (Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes.com) did a lot of work to keep the group together, with Chris Fothergill (Rock Racing Team UK) doing his best to disrupt things.

HVW 2 Day Stage Race 2013 - Men

Christopher Fothergill (Rock Racing Team UK) rode hard thoughout stage three

HVW 2 Day Stage Race 2013 - Men

HVW 2 Day Stage Race 2013 - Men

Ashley Brown (Sportscover) did a lot of chasing, helping Joe Moses to second on the stage and fourth overall (first under 23)

HVW 2 Day Stage Race 2013 - Men

Jordan Hargreaves (Team Hope Factory Racing)

HVW 2 Day Stage Race 2013 - Men

Martin Ford (Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes.com) rode hard to protect Drake’s overall lead

HVW 2 Day Stage Race 2013 - Men

In the long uphill run to the line the group began to break up, with Matt Pilkington (Metaltek-Knights of Old) proving to be the strongest despite a heavy crash during stage one, with top 23 rider Joe Moses (Sportscover) rounding off a successful weekend by finishing second. Michael Ashurst (Biketreks Racing Academy) again used his sprint to take third, with Gullen fourth and Rutherford fifth. Giles Drake crossed the line in sixth, arms raised safe in the knowledge he was the overall winner.

HVW 2 Day Stage Race 2013 - Men

Left: Stage winner Matt Pilkington (Metaltek – Knights of Old). Right: Giles Drake (Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes.com) celebrates his overall win

HVW 2 Day Stage Race 2013 - Men

Top 3 Overall: Alistair Rutherford (Wheelbase Altura MGD), Giles Drake (Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes.com) & James Gullen (Team Hope Factory Racing)

HVW 2 Day Stage Race 2013 - Men

Post race prize giving

Stage 3 Results
1 Matt Pilkington Metaltek – Knights of Old 02:21:22
2 Joe Moses Sportscover 02:21:22
3 Michael Ashurst Biketreks Racing Academy 02:21:24
4 James Gullen Team Hope Factory Racing 02:21:24
5 Alistair Rutherford Wheelbase Altura MGD 02:21:24

General Classification
1 Giles Drake Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes.com 03:54:08
2 James Gullen Team Hope Factory Racing 03:55:00
3 Alistair Rutherford Wheelbase Altura MGD 03:55:50
4 Joe Moses Sportscover u23 03:56:14
5 Mark Perry Dirtwheels Cycles 03:56:42

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