March Racing Round Up

Apr 1, 2016
Posted by: matt
Category: Results
  • Wallbank second in Tour of Northumberland

The road racing season has began in earnest for Sunderland Clarion’s riders. With March proving to be a busy and successful start to this spring’s racing. Neil Wallbank in particular has returned to Northumberland’s roads and left his mark. 

After early season success at Croft racing circuit Clarion riders took to the roads around Etal for Berwick Wheelers’ Reivers Road Race. The race saw a strong field of North East and Scottish 3rd and 4th category riders tackle the challenging 54 mile race, which consisted of 3 laps of a tough circuit. Wallbank led home a four man Sunderland team, with a strong fourth place finish, finishing behind winner Scott Wardlaw (VeloClub Edinburgh), and narrowly missing out on the podium after getting into a good quality break that saw Keith Greenwood (Pedal Power RT) and Jon Bayley (Gosforth RC) making up the podium. Mark Tully was the next Clarion rider home in 15th, with Kris Adlington 23rd and Lewis McEvoy 33rd.

The following weekend saw the Easter bank holiday taken up by the two day Tour of Northumberland, with stage one seeing Neil Wallbank continue his strong form in the 3/4 race, finishing second behind Dominic Munnelly (Parentini Test Team). This result helped Wallbank eventually take third place overall, after finishing fifth behind eventual overall winner William Corbett (Manilla Racing). The race also saw Kris Adlington showing good form, finishing 17th overall, which came after a strong 23rd in stage 1, before rolling home 15th in stage 2. Also competing in the 3/4 race were Lewis McEvoy and Tom Guy. While in the Elite/1/2 race Michael Sloanes finished 25th overall in a strong field of the regions best racers. Sloanes’ performance follows on from a good showing the previous weekend over in Cumbria in the Castle Carrock Road Race, where he finished 10th behind winner Alexander Foster (Bikehaus by Ridley). 

A day earlier Sloanes finished 16th in Cramlington CC’s 18 mile time trial, clocking a time of 43:15, two places ahead of him was Clarion team mate Steve Gordon, who finished in 42:33. The spoils on the day were taken by Blaine Metcalf of Team Swift, who stopped the clock in a time of 40:31

Next up on the calendar is the Wansbeck CC 21 mile time trial on Saturday 16th, followed by one of the regions big races the Sloan Trophy, on April 24th. Wallbank and the other Sunderland Clarion racers will look to continue their strong start to the season. 

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