Riders eclipsed by Daddy’s cool run

Race winner Chris Daddy leads the field in the annual Ian Mountain Memorial Road Race, organised by Wakefield Cycling Club.
Race winner Chris Daddy leads the field in the annual Ian Mountain Memorial Road Race, organised by Wakefield Cycling Club.

FAST and aggressive riding was on the menu at the second annual Ian Mountain Memorial Road Race at the weekend.

Wakefield Cycling Club organised the event and 54 riders from a number of cycling clubs raced on the 62-mile circuit, which passed through Sharlston and along the Normanton bypass before travelling through Warmfield.

Chris Daddy, of Star Bikes RT, broke away from the lead group with three miles to go to claim victory, ahead of second-placed Daniel Storey, or Sheffrec CC and third-placed Star Bikes RT rider Richard Moore.

An aggressive start to the ten-lap race saw a number of riders lose touch in the opening laps.

And the eventual top seven broke away from the rest of the pack midway through the race.

Working together, they built a lead of over a minute on the rest of the riders until Boneshakers - Trek duo James Thompson and Matthew Williams, who finished eighth and ninth respectively, closed the gap.

With three miles to go Daddy made his attack up the long drag of the Normanton bypass to break clear of the leading group.

He held off his competitors in impressive fashion to take first place in blustery and cool conditions.

Nick Rylance, of Wakefield Exponential CC, finished seventh.

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