Photo ID 7 – Velo29 Stockton grand prix (british cycling premier series), a photo by mattmuir.co.uk on Flickr.
While much of the Britain population were glued to their sofas, watching two men in London batting a ball around a lawn, it was business as usual for a select bunch of Elite racing cyclists.
A new addition to the British Cycling Premier Calendar, the Velo 29 Stockton Grand Prix rounded off the first year of the Stockton Cycling festival.
Starting in the Centre of Stockton the 100 mile race made a bee-line for the countryside where riders would complete 7 laps of a 20km circuit before thundering back into town for a final 6 laps of the course used for Friday’s festival opening Criterium.
From the first Lap riders from Team Raleigh GAC were active with 2 riders going clear on the first lap. After eventually being reeled in it was 100% ME rider George Atkins’ turn to take a flyer, staying away for a few laps. Although other riders attempted to break free of the peleton, it wasn’t to be with the race eventually boiling down to a bunch gallop for the finish line.
Needless to say, with criterium style finish the final result looked like the riders had never left the town centre with Raleigh GAC’s Graham Briggs taking the win over national Criterium Champion Scott Thwaites (Endura Racing) with Another Criterium regular Marcel Six (Scott Metaltek) rounding off the podium.