ONE PRO CYCLING KICK START THEIR BRITISH CALENDAR WITH A DOUBLE VICTORY- 15/03/2017 -
Returning to home soil, ONE Pro Cycling dominated both The Betty Pharoah near Cardiff and the Jock Wadley Memorial Road Race in Essex.
It was a clean sweep for the team at The Betty Pharaoh with Sam Williams securing the chequered flag closely followed by his team mates Tom Baylis and Kristian House.
From the gun, the peloton sprung into action with lots of attacks being attempted off the front. 40km into the race and Tom Baylis put in a strong move to go solo quickly gaining 20 seconds on the group. Not wanting to be left behind, Kristian House, Sam Williams and Jake Alderman, (Saint Piran) surged off the front of the peloton. Working hard they bridged the gap to Baylis and established a strong breakaway, gaining a maximum of 1’30 on the bunch.
On the final lap, House saw his opportunity and attacked, leaving his team mates and Alderman, (Team Piran) in his wake. However working together, Baylis and Williams bridged across to Kristian once again forming lead group of three. Coming off the main circuit with only 2.5km to go, House rode on the front, keeping the tempo high and leading Baylis and Williams to the finish. 750m to go Baylis put in a dig but Williams caught him with 250m remaining to secure his first victory of the season.
Meanwhile at The Jock Wadley Memorial Road Race, Steele Von Hoff was given the opportunity to put his hands in the air as he crossed the line following an exciting bunch sprint and head to head battle with JLT Condor’s Graham Briggs and Ed Clancy. Another active peloton meant there was plenty of action on the road but any attacks which seemed to be gaining traction were quickly closed down by the bunch.
In the back end of the race, a promising looking move of seven riders went clear including four members of ONE Pro Cycling, however Team Spirit Bikes brought back the break in an impressive show of strength. On the final two laps, a break of five went clear including Karol Domagalski, Pete Williams and George Harper but it all came back together with 1km remaining and a bunch sprint ensued with Steele Von Hoff taking his first victory of the season.
Photo Credit Trevor Mould