Clarion man Stokes claims their first win of the season

Harry Tozer (left) was second overall in the Muddy Monsters Series.
Harry Tozer (left) was second overall in the Muddy Monsters Series.
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The second round of the Northants CRA handicap road race series provided the first win of the season for Fenland Clarion rider Tom Stokes.

Racing on the Walgrave circuit, Stokes was seeded in the scratch group but soon set about working his way to the front where he then outsprinted fellow scratch rider Sam Woodfield of Rockingham Forest Wheelers to take what turned out to be a comfortable victory.

n The Milton Keynes closed circuit races provided two of Fenland Clarion’s young riders with one of their best results so far.

In their first year in the under 10 age group Harry Tozer finished strongly to take fifth place with clubmate Evander Wishart going even better finishing an excellent third.

n The Wisbech 10-mile time trial provided riders with a seasonal challenge in the form of some strong winds on the exposed Fenland course.

Simon Pitchford was the first local rider to finish in 23.01 for seventh place and an average of just over 26mph.

Steve Clarke completed the course in 25.35 while Lindsay Clarke won the ladies event by just one second with her time of 26.44 and Phil Merritt finished in 27.12

n In the latest Derby Track League event Lindsay Clarke recorded a victory in the 24-lap scratch race.

n The final round of the Muddy Monsters Series was held at Welwyn and Fenland Clarion rider Harry Tozer was hoping to complete a successful series. However, it proved more challenging than he had hoped.

Starting with the sprint event he slipped after dismounting to go up a hill and lost ground to finish fifth.

Then in the endurance event he was involved in an early crash and while trying to make up ground he slipped off on a bend, dropping his chain in the process, leaving him at the back of the field. He recovered well to finish eighth.

This was the first event where he hadn’t made the podium in the series, but he still secured second place in the series overall.

He did, however, win the handicap race and won the under 10 handicap series.

n Fenland Clarion are hosting an evening of cycle racing for youths tomorrow (March 24).

All riders upto 16 years of age are welcome to take part with novices particularly welcome.

Entries are taken on the night from 6pm with the fun starting at 6.30pm. The evening includes a prize presentation at around 8pm and will finish by 8.30pm.

The venue is the Embankment athletics track on BishopsRoad, with free evening parking in the Regional Pool car park.

The cost is £4 per rider and refreshments will be available.any enquiries can be directed to Malc at publicity@fenlandclarion.co.uk