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Eleanor Haresign powers to strong victory while Stephen Ayres was a slim victor in the Harrogate Nova CC 15-mile event in North Yorkshire on Saturday.
Stephen Ayres (Bronte Wheelers) kicked off his 2019 campaign right where his 2018 one was left.
Ayres made a welcome return to the winner’s step in his first open event ridden since October last year.
A time of 31-14 gave the 40-year-old Bingley resident a 15-second victory and his fourth in his last five outings. The West Yorkshire based rider will be hoping to surpass his four open victories from last year.
Hayden Allen (T.H.R.E Datawolves) made it five podiums in his five events so far this season and sixth consecutive spanning into last season.
Allen crossed the line in 31-29 to give him a clear second place ahead of Philip Graves (Nopinz) over a minute behind in third. Graves clocked 32-33.
Eleanor Haresign (Vitfor OTE) claimed maximum points in the Yorkshire Cycling Federation points series event, and did so in convincing fashion.
The 40-year-old clocked 38-39 on the 15-mile course, nearly two minutes better than her nearest category rival.
1-55 down the road was Maria Mulleady (Team Swift) coming home in 40-34 in second place. Otley CC’s Claire Jessop was third, a further 22 seconds adrift.
Back in the men’s category, Peter Watson was fastest home club rider. Watson finished fourth overall, narrowly missing out on a podium spot by three seconds.
* All reports are copyright of Cycling Time Trials/Snowdon Sports. Not to be used without permission. This report by Jack Cudworth.