TEF Richardsons Race Team claimed two superb victories in the North’s Regional Mountain Bike Series final round held on Saturday in the stunning countryside of Swaledale in The Yorkshire Dales.
This was the second year the race was using the course at Fremington on a technically hard 5.6km course which would see the riders climbing over 600 foot each lap.
TEF/Richardsons Race Team have been targeting this series in 2012 and the riders were on top form for this particular race.
This was a gridded start depending on series standings. There was a mass start with all categories setting off together and after an initial single track hit ‘the grind’ a steep and rocky twisting ascent up to Fremington Edge before a rocky and fast descent on the dry limestone.
From the start Junior riders Mike Thompson and Sam Roper got a good start with Mike leading the field and Roper holding third place on the first lap.
Thompson was able to pull away from the field and then came in first after the full three laps with a lead of 2 mins 54s ahead of second placed rider James Nixon of mtbmarathon.co.uk.
Thompson showed his class over the course by also beating the Adult Elite riders with his time. Roper suffered a disappointing crash on the descent and lost four places to come in as seventh-placed rider.
Frazer Clacherty, the team’s new youth rider, again led from the start and was able to hold off second- placed rider and series leader James Edmond with an attack from the start line.
Clacherty held a large lead over Edmond which he maintained until the last section of the course when Edmond started to accelerate and close the gap on Clacherty but TEF took the win with just a 50-yard lead. Other TEF rider Scott Woolley came in fourth-placed youth rider.
1st place Junior – Mike Thompson TEF/Richardsons RT
1st place youth – Frazer Clacherty TEF/Richardsons RT
Nick Wilson TEF/Richardsons RT 12th Veteran
Dan Joyce – Richardsons Cycle Club 26th Veteran
Steve Hopper Richardsons Cycle Club 7th Master
Martin Allanson – Richardsons Cycle Club 1st in Fun Category
The team will be travelling to Essex on Saturday to race in the National Mountain Bike Series.