Jun 29

We’re on the telly!

Here’s the details of when the British Cycling Elite Men’s Circuit Race Round 1 from Brighouse will be screened:

  • Sky Sports 2 on Tuesday 3rd July 6pm & 9pm
  • Repeated Sky Sports 1 at 9.30 am Wednesday 4th
  • Repeated Sky Sports 3 at 2.30 pm Wednesday 4th

Hope you enjoy watching…

Jun 27

What a great night!

We would like to say a very big ‘thank you’ to all of those involved in making this event happen and for the support from spectators on the night.

Jun 18

Round 1 of British Cycling Elite Men Circuit Race Series

Spectators can look forward to an evening of entertainment and high drama as some of the country’s top cyclists compete around the streets of Brighouse.

The racing starts at 19.00 with the Youth A & B category race for Under 14 & Under 16 boys and girls. We hope you will cheer along these future stars as they battle it out around town centre for 30 mins.

This is followed at 19.35 by the senior race for 3/4/W/J category riders. This race is scheduled for 45 mins.

The climax of the evening is round 1 of British Cycling’s 2012 National Elite Men’s Circuit Race Series.

We are proud to be able bring you this event after a 2 year absence from the calendar. The race duration is 60 mins.

There’s a top class field of professional riders from 9 of the UK’s major teams. We welcome Ian Wilkinson, Scott Thwaites and

Russell Downing from Endura. Russell was 2nd here in 2009 and Scott has been almost unbeatable in the 2012 Tour Series. However we doubt they will get it all their own way, as we have full squads from Corley Cycles/Blue; Team Raleigh-GAC; Cycle Premier-Kovert, Node4 Giodana; Wheelbase.co.uk/MGD; Sportscover; Team Hope Factory Racing & Team IG Sigma Sports.

We are delighted to have Carl Lawrenson providing commentary for the event. Carl has been providing the insight to this seasons Halfords Tour Series on ITV4.

The circuit starts along King Street, turns right down Lawson Road, then cuts the wrong side of the island at the bottom of Huddersfield Road and enters Bethel Street. Continuing on Bethel Street towards Thornton Square roundabout before proceeding up Briggate before turning right back into Commercial Street and along to the junction with Bradford Road/King Street to complete one circuit outside after the offices of our main sponsors Websters Insurance Brokers.

The roads around the circuit will be closed by barriers along the busiest parts of the circuit to protect both the riders and the public. To allow preparation before the event and clearing up afterwards these roads will be closed from 18.20 to 22.00 hours.

At the end of the Elite race at approximately 21.30 the prize presentation ceremony for all races will take place at the podium near the finish line. Please stay around to give the riders your appreciation as the winners pop the champagne!

May 31

Riders ready!

Make sure you’re ready too. The racing will be on Tuesday 26th June, starting at 7pm.

We’re just putting the finishing touches to what promises to be a great evenings cycle racing. The first event will be the youth riders, then the local amateurs and finishing the night with some of the UK’s best professional riders.

The event for the professional riders is part of the British Cycling Elite Circuit Racing series. So with points and healthy cash prizes at stake, the racing will be intense!

See you all on the 26th…

Aug 03

Date for your diaries!

The VS Cycles Brighouse Circuit Racing is coming back in 2012. We’ve applied for the 26th of June and we’ll update you with any details as soon as they’re confirmed!

Jul 09

Race report and link to British Cycling

VS Cycles Brighouse Circuit Races

July 7, 2009; Brighouse (Yorkshire)
By Larry Hickmott

Dean Downing showed his younger brother Russell (right) just what a great sprint he has when they raced each other in a shoot out down the Brighouse high street in front of a big crowd. Jeroen Janssen meanwhile came back from being dropped by the chase group to outsprint them for third.


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In front of a surprisingly large crowd who braved the heavy rain and cold conditions, Dean Downing (Rapha Condor), wore his champion stripes with pride in the latest British Cycling Elite Circuit Series event at Brighouse where the Rotherham rider defeated his younger brother in a two up sprint finish.

A wet night out in Yorkshire
Despite the forecasters saying the showers would ease in the evening, the rain continued to tumble down over Brighouse in West Yorkshire on Tuesday evening (July 7) for the VC Cycles Brighouse circuit races. Starting at 7pm, the organisers had three races on the programme starting with one for category 3-4 riders followed by a Youth race and then the Elite Circuit Series race.

Despite a lull in the rain for all of half an hour before racing began, no sooner had the 3-4 event began, the rain really began to fall heavily again. With the road wet and slippery, and many riders willing to take the circuit on, the field in the 3-4 race was soon lined out and splitting as the stronger riders took control and those with some grip pulled away from the rest.

By the final quarter of the race, the event was being lead by a lone rider, Martin Woffindin (Sport City Velo) and the young rider continued to hold off what was left of the main field which was now down to only 10 or so riders strong with the rest of the unlapped riders spread out around the circuit and those who had been lapped, being pulled out by the race officials.

Winner in the 3/4 race was youngster Martin Woffindin.

With the crowd getting bigger and cheering Woffindin on from under their umbrellas, the chasers were unable to close the gap down and at the finish, the Sport City Velo rider had nine seconds in hand over the next rider, Marc Etches (Sheffrec CC) who won the group sprint ahead of the winner’s teammates Jack Penrice and Jordan Hargreaves both of Sport City Velo.

A quick presentation of prizes followed as the rain continued before the Youth riders were let loose to race for 15 minutes or so on the circuit around the town centre of Brighouse. The final victory in the race overall went to Chris Latham who made it two out of two for the Sport City Velo club who also won the girls prize in the Youth race and look to have many very talented up and coming riders.

As the presentation to the Youth riders was made, the Elite riders came onto the circuit for a warm-up before their race commenced at 8.20pm. Series leader Ian Wilkinson was a non-starter for Halfords but the next three on the standings, Matt Cronshaw, Ed Clany and Chris Newton were all riding in the field of 60 riders. Very quickly the race got going and up to speed and through the start/finish first time, the Madison.co.uk riders in their new kit led the race down the high street cheered on by the crowd.

It was a really wet start to the Elite Circuit Series event in Brighouse.

Next lap, the men in black, Rapha Condor upped the pace even more and soon had riders struggling at the back to maintain contact. Lap by lap, the attacks came and went and the group at the front got ever smaller with Rapha Condor and CandiTV/Marshalls Pasta well represented and driving the race along.

Halfords Bikehut however were having a nightmare of a race with Rob Hayles falling and then puncturing. Mike Smith on the microphone informed everyone that Rob was only allowed one lap out and so after the puncture and another lap out, Rob was a lap down. By this time, a break of 10 or so riders were down the road and Hayles was in no-mans land trying to get across before suddenly came the announcement that Hayles was being told to retire by a commissaire. All this and we hadn’t even been racing for 15 minutes.

Whilst Rob went back to his team car to get warm and dry, the race carried on but the bad luck for Halfords did so as well with Andy Tennant falling twice, Ed Clancy dropping away from the chasers and soon they only had one rider in the race, Rob Partridge. The leading group meanwhile was continuing to rip up the course and was soon down to only five riders.

With the rain bouncing off the road, Matt Cronshaw and Graham Briggs open up a gap at the front of the race.

Rapha had two men up there, Kristian House and Dean Downing and CandiTV/Marshalls Pasta also had two in Russell Downing and Graham Briggs. The rider in the middle of it all was Jeroen Janssen from Madison.

It was impossible to keep up with all the different combinations of moves that were going off the front. House would go and get pulled back before Dean Downing would try and he’d be joined by Graham Briggs. That would get pulled back and another attack would go and this carried on lap after lap until with around 10 laps to go and the evening getting ever darker, the two Downing brothers, Dean and Russell, riding for opposing teams, got clear.

Their teammates in the three chasers behind were happy to let them go and so it was left to Janssen to chase as he had been for quite a while already. Chasing down this final move by the two Downings though was proving to be an uphill task for the Dutchman and it got worse when his fellow chasers started to attack him once the gap to the leaders had grown significantly. A few laps out and Janssen was dropped from the chasers.

He did however carry on chasing the chasers and got back on in the closing laps whilst out front, Russell Downing turned up the heat on his elder brother over the final two or three laps. Coming down the start/finish straight with a lap to go, Russell Downing was giving it full gas and the gap to Dean was telling – would he be able to claw his brother back before the sprint.

The answer was an emphatic yes and as they came into view, the Downing brothers chose to sprint down opposite sides of the road and on the finish line, it was close, very close but the rider in the champion’s jersey which was now rather grey from the nights racing, raised his arms in victory. The win was Dean’s in a Downing 1-2.

The two of them came around together, acknowledging each other’s great ride as they came down the finish straight before being led up onto the podium along with Jeroen Janssen who had outsprinted Briggs and House for third. Once the presentation was complete, I grabbed a few words with them.

The drag race between both Downing brothers for victory in the Brighouse Circuit Race.

Dean Downing: Asked whether it was slippery out there with all that water flowing around the circuit, Dean replied “it didn’t feel that slippery actually. We all had around 6.5 bar in the tyres and we were all right. It was horrible weather but a good circuit and the organisers here at Brighouse always put on a brilliant race. It was good to get away with Russ as he’s a good worker and I think he misjudged the finish as it was so wet.”

“I don’t there have been many races where Russ and I have been in a break together like that”. Russell then mentioned the one at Lincoln. “I seem to be coming into some form after the Tour Series” Dean went on to say, “and haven’t really done much road training in between them.” Dean then said that between now and the national circuit race championships, he may be having a few sleepless nights as his wife is due to give birth any day now. Good luck to both of them for their first child.

Russell Downing: “That was a good race” Russell told me, adding “I didn’t think it would be when I was sat in the car at ten past eight!” Asked if he attacked Dean on the bell lap, Russell replied “There was a bit of cat and mouse going on and I went on the right just to have a look at how he was.”

“So, yeah, I tweaked it a bit but I knew it would come down to a sprint.” Asked what the difference was out there between Brighouse and the races at the Tour Series, Russell explained “in the Tour Series everyone wanted to keep it together but when it’s a race like this where we’re all going for the win, it’s who dares wins. And that was what it was out there tonight which was good.”

“It was myself and Graham (Briggs) who were attacking the Rapha’s and it was just a matter of which move was going to get away.” On losing the sprint to his elder brother Dean, the CandiTV rider nicknamed ‘Fonzy’ told me “I think he got the run out of the corner better and sprinting from a dead start with cold legs out of that bottom corner, I think I went too early.”

Jeroen Janssen: The Madison.co.uk rider admitted on stage he was loving all the circuit races this year as they were something he was good at. After the podium presentation, the winner of the first round of the Elite Circuit Series at Hillingdon explained “Those last few laps were really hard. I had to do all the work because there was a Rapha and a Pinarello rider with me. I really wanted though to get on the podium with the new jersey though and am so glad I managed to win that sprint and do that.”

Jeroen Janssen wins the sprint for third.

Photos (more to come later)

Soon to be a father, Dean Downing celebrates a fabulous victory after a shoot out with his brother Russell.

Newly crowned British Road Race champion Kristain House and Graham Briggs open up a gap on Jeroen Janssen but the Dutchman came back at them and beat them in the sprint.

Kristian House attacking from the leading group of five in the latter stages of the circuit race.

Dean Downing on the attack from the leading five. The final stages was marked by the constant moves off the front making it a great race for the spectators.

Chris Newton driving the peloton along during the opening laps causing splits to open up in the large group

A father for the second time 10 days ago to a son, Rob Hayles did not have a good night. First he fell (as did Ed Clancy and others) and then he punctured but the officials were only allowing one lap out and after the second lap out for the puncture, and being a lap down, Rob was pulled from the race after only 10 minutes of racing.

Rapha Condor and Matt Cronshaw out to split the race up from the word go.

A lone winner in the 3/4 race was youngster Martin Woffindin. Second was Marc Etches (right) and third was Jack Penrize (left)

Sprint for second place in the 3/4 race

Start of the 3/4 race in heavy rain which didn’t stop the night of racing in Brighouse being a great success thanks to the organisation, the big crowd and the attacking racing

The heavy rain didn’t deter a large group of young riders from starting the Youth race

Brighouse Circuit Races

Road & Track – 3/4
Place Rider Club Age Cat Disc Cat Rank Pts Series Pts
1 Martin Woffindin Sport City Velo Junior 2nd 0 0
2 Marc Etches Sheffrec CC Over 23 3rd 8 0
3 Jack Penrice Sport City Velo Youth A 7 0
4 Jordan Hargreaves Planet X Youth A 6 0
5 Sam Boast Sport City Velo Junior A 5 0
6 Benjamin Kellett Holme Valley Whls Junior 3rd 4 0
7 Andrew Marshall V S Cycles, Brighouse Over 23 3rd 3 0
8 Andrew Marsh Dinnington RC Over 23 3rd 2 0
9 Daniel Shoreman Yorkshire Velo Over 23 3rd 1 0
10 Andrew Donaldson Kingsnorth International Whlrs Over 23 3rd 1 0

Road & Track – EL/1/2
Place Rider Club Age Cat Disc Cat Rank Pts Series Pts
1 Dean Downing Rapha Condor Over 23 Elite 60 0
2 Russell Downing Candi TV – Marshalls Pasta RT Over 23 Elite 52 0
3 Jeroen Janssen Madison.co.uk Cycling Team Over 23 Elite 45 0
4 Graham Briggs Candi TV – Marshalls Pasta RT Over 23 Elite 40 0
5 Kristian House Rapha Condor Over 23 Elite 35 0
6 Chris Newton Rapha Condor Over 23 Elite 31 0
7 Liam Holohan Rapha Condor Under 23 Elite 27 0
8 Scott Thwaites Madison.co.uk Cycling Team Under 23 2nd 23 0
9 Jonathon Mozley Madison.co.uk Cycling Team Under 23 Elite 20 0
10 Peter Williams Candi TV – Marshalls Pasta RT Over 23 Elite 17 0
11 Matt Cronshaw Rapha Condor Under 23 Elite 15 0
12 Tom Barras Madison.co.uk Cycling Team Over 23 Elite 13 0
13 Rhys Lloyd Rapha Condor Under 23 Elite 11 0
14 Andrew Tinsley Science In Sport.com Over 23 Elite 9 0
15 James Sampson Candi TV – Marshalls Pasta RT Over 23 1st 7 0
16 David Clarke Pendragon Kalas Over 23 Elite 6 0
17 Robert Partridge Team Halfords Bikehut Over 23 Elite 5 0
18 Thomas Moses Teamwallis CHH Racing Team Junior 1st 3 0
19 Alistair Rutherford Science In Sport.com Over 23 2nd 2 0

Road & Track – U14 Boys
Place Rider Club Age Cat Disc Cat Rank Pts Series Pts
1 Jacob Ragan Sport City Velo Youth B 3 0
2 Jacob Scott Holme Valley Whls Youth B 2 0
3 Jake Womersley Sowerby Brothers CRT Youth B 1 0
4 Lewis Barry Sport City Velo Youth B 0 0

Road & Track – U14 Girls
Place Rider Club Age Cat Disc Cat Rank Pts Series Pts
1 Lauren O’Brien Wakefield Junior Triathlon Club Youth B 3 0
2 Jessica O’Brien Wakefield Junior Triathlon Club Youth B 2 0
3 Naomi Johnston Under 12 C 0 0

Road & Track – U16 Boys
Place Rider Club Age Cat Disc Cat Rank Pts Series Pts
1 Christopher Latham Sport City Velo Youth A 3 0
2 Scott Woodhead West Pennine RC Youth A 2 0
3 Joshua Penrice Sport City Velo Youth A 1 0
4 Nicholas Barnes Seacroft Whls Youth A 0 0
5 Joseph Moses Bronte Wheelers/Neophix Engineering Youth A 0 0
6 Edward McParland JD Cycles Ilkley Youth A 0 0
7 Ashley Marshall Planet X Youth A 0 0

Road & Track – U16 Girls
Place Rider Club Age Cat Disc Cat Rank Pts Series Pts
1 Melissa Bury Sport City Velo Youth A 3 0
2 Jessica Anderson Sport City Velo Youth A 2 0
3 Rebecca Womersley Sowerby Brothers CRT Youth A 1 0

Apr 03

Tuesday 7th July 2009

Tuesday 7th July is the date for this years Brighouse Circuit Races.

The event is scheduled to start at 7.00 pm with the first of 3 races.

The first event for 3rd/4th/juniors and women.

The second event is for U16 and U14 riders.

The main event is for Elites/1/2 category riders – the cream of the UK’s talent competing in British Cycling’s Circuit Series for major points and fabulous prizes.

A truly fanastic free to watch night of entertainment for all the family to enjoy.

More annoucements will follow soon.

Jun 13

2008 Brighouse Town Centre Circuit Races – A report by Larry Hickmott of British Cycling

2008 Brighouse Town Centre Circuit Races

June 10, 2008; Report & Images Larry Hickmott
Event: VS Cycles Brighouse Circuit Races on Tuesday 10th June 2008
Round 4 of the British Cycling Elite Circuit Series

Latest News on race coverage: First photo album has been uploaded with pictures from Andy May. Many more will follow this week.


After a fast and furious race around the streets of Brighouse in front of a big crowd, it was Malcolm Elliott — fresh from a stage race in Norway — who took the honours from his in form teammate Tom Murray who despite time off the front in the closing laps, still had the legs in the sprint to get second.

After a successful evening of races in 2007, the Town Centre races in Brighouse for 2008 formed part of the British Cycling Elite Circuit series, the third round in four days during a busy week for the riders, officials and me! The weather for the evening was cool, very windy and very dry and the sun was still shining brightly through the town centre buildings when the action got under way at 7pm.


Support race was a win for Alistair Wood

The High Street had been closed off and from empty barriers at 6pm to barriers lined with people at 7pm, the crowd coming to witness the action was bigger and better than the previous year. Ahead of them on the night were four races, two for senior riders and two for Youth riders.

Kicking off the night was the Support race for category 3 & 4 riders and like everyone that night, racing in front of a big crowd saw them give it everything as they sped around the tight and short circuit. The pace of the race where the constant sprinting  out of the corners really does test a riders fitness to the max, saw a small break eventually get away and although riders from the break tried their luck at getting away, it came down to a group sprint where Aire Valley RT’s Alistair Wood used all his experience to take the victory in style before talking about in onstage with commentator Mike Smith.


Two of the very young competitors racing in Brighouse and getting loud cheers from the huge crowd.

The young riders then held centre stage as two Youth races were held one after the other with the really young riders getting the crowd going as all the young riders battled to be the best on the night. Probably the biggest cheer of the night came for the very young under 8 girl who eventually crossed the line to finish the race showing much determination before handing her bike over to her mum. In the older Youth race for Under 16’s, Jordan Hargeaves dominated that along with Tom Moses and in the sprint, no-one got near Hargreaves.

That left just one race – the main course  for the evening’s racing.

Elite Circuit Race


A class field lined up in Brighouse as the sun went down and darkness started to descend on the West Yorkshire town with a crowd lining both sides of the high street.

Taking to the line were all the top teams, Rapha Condor/Recycling, Pinarello, Plowman Craven, Pearl Izumi and the only real notable riders missing were those from Halfords Bikehut and Rob Hayles who had finished second in the last two rounds in London/Brentwood and Tom Southam who isn’t at home in a crit as he is in a normal road race.

To start the race, the leading riders in the series were called to the line one by one as the gridding was done and after a short pause, the flag was dropped and the race was under way. As ever, the riders quickly got up to speed and the race was lined out  up the high street in front of the crowd lining the barriers or drinking in the pub located right opposite the finish.

No sooner had the last rider gone past in the lined out group, that the leader of the peloton came around the bend at the other end of the high street. As each lap passed, and each attack out of the corners was launched, splits started to happen in the bunch before the group split into two distinct groups with around nine riders in the lead.


Simon Richardson was strong all night and brought the dangerous break of the night with Tom Murray and Simon Holt back to the chasers.

In the break were Malcolm Elliott, Tom Murray (both Pinarello), Ian Wilkinson (SiS/Trek), Simon Holt and series leader Dean Downing (both Rapha Condor/Recycling), Liam Holohan (Pearl Izumi), last year’s winner Tom Barras and Simon Richardson (both Plowman Caven) and Sigma Sport’s Wouter Sybrandy.

With all the main teams represented, the break quickly got a gap and although the chasers stayed in contact with the leaders, the break never looked threatened. As the race end got closer and closer, riders in the break to started to make a break for freedom and most of them were having a go – Elliott, Downing, Holt, Murray, Liam Holohan and Simon Richardson were all looking strong.


An attack by Simon Holt saw him and Tom Murray get away from the rest in the closing laps and for a long while, it looked like they would stay away but Simon Richardson saw they didn’t.

Then with around 10 minutes of the race to do, Simon Holt made his move down the High street and Tom Murray was straight on it. The two riders quickly opened up a small gap but Simon Richardson was not going to let them get far as he tried to bring it back together for his teammate Tom Barras, last years winner.

Eventually contact was made and the break came back together and although riders continued to have a dig here and there including the series leader, everyone stayed together (well almost) for the sprint where Pinarello got the result with a  1-2 for a delighted Elliott and equally happy Tom Murray.


A Plowman Craven rider crashes and Tom Murray very neatly steps off his bike to avoid damaging himself. Photo Andy May.

Rider reactions

A not so delighted rider as he came past the finish line podium truck to collect his fleece was series leader Dean Downing who said quickly that on the second to last corner that another rider coming under him sent him straight on and he lost 25 metres and the chance of victory again. 


With crowds lining both sides of the street, Malcolm Elliott wins the sprint from the seven riders in the break.

We then moved on to winner Malcolm Elliott who was surrounded by well wishers and he agreed that stage racing in Norway must agree with him so on form was he during the race. “Looking at the result you’d say so but when I was in that break there, Tom was going well and was jumping round all over the place. I was feeling sluggish though  and looking around at who was there with us and could see fast guys — two Plowmans, Dean and Ian Wilkinson and I was trying to figure out what Tom and me were going to have to do.”

“I thought Tom was the best plan and he went away with that two man break but Simon Richardson kept plugging away and it became quite tactical for five laps or so. I think it was Ian (Wilkinson) who was still off the front at the last corner and lead it out and I was gapped, and was I trying to get back on with quite a small gear. I kept turning it really quick and knew from going for a couple of primes earlier how hard it was and although I never got the primes I got the race and that is all that matters!”

Fresh, or not so fresh as the case may be from the Mountain Bike world cup in Fort William last weekend was a rider known for some good results in circuit races, Ian Wilkinson who finished third on the night. “Superb, it was good to be racing well at night fairly close to home. It is a hard circuit and I didn’t know how I was going to go after the World Cup. I hung in well during the race and came through at the end. Malcolm has such a fast turn of speed – I felt quite good coming down that finish straight and he just came flying past me with his mate. Fairplay to him.”

“I was looking forward to getting the flowers for the wife but next time.”

“It was good that two guys got away for a few laps at the end and Si Richardson was doing a good job towing us back. The break then did split with Malcolm, Dean and myself getting away with around four to go and then it came together for the last three. I got the corner right but ran out of steam at the finish.”

On the crashes, Ian explained “I think that was people being a little bit over zealous in the corners. It’s a really good circuit and one that is good for the crowd and pubs.”

Tom Murray: For quite a few years now I have seen Tom Murray riding for Yorkshire clubs like Batley CC and making his mark but not quite getting himself onto the podium in the really big events but on Tuesday night at Brighouse, he was probably the strongest rider out there, something which shows how far he has come and how well he is settling in to the Pinarello outfit.

“That has got to be the best result this year for me. I have been working hard for Rus mainly and he’s been winning everything but its nice to get something for yourself I must admit. I just had two weeks in Norway and I was riding pretty well there and so I’m getting there. Norway was an experience for me, longest stages I have ever done and I was getting top 15 and it gave me the form for tonight.”

Talking about the break with Simon Holt, he says “I just saw the opportunity and went with it and with Malc having the sprint he has, it was up to me to make the race and if it came back as it did then Malc was there for the sprint.”

On it being a local race, and with his family watching from behind the barriers, Tom explained “I worked for VS Cycles as a kid for six or seven years so you can’t get more local and everyone was shouting my name around the circuit so I had to get out there and do something.”


Strength in depth– Pinarello’s Russell Downing (left) and Tom Murray (right)

The final rider we came across and had to have a word with is one who before he went away to Norway was winning everything worth winning including the Lincoln Grand Prix in early May. Russell Downing however crashed in Norway and broke a bone in his wrist and came to the Brighouse event with his wrist in a brace. After the race he was not happy after crashing and saying “there was no need for him to take a sling from a rider when we weren’t fighting for position and I was pretty peeved to go down when I was trying to rest a broken wrist. Hopefully it’s alright.”

“I tried to go down as light as I could.”

“It was a good race for the team and we got first and second. Malcolm and Tom have worked so hard for me for all my wins this year. Being in Tom’s home town he was up for a ride and Malc has been riding really well in Norway. I could see just before we went to Norway that Malcolm was coming into form and that was just what he needed. We now have a good few races coming up and hopefully everyone is firing now and we should have a good second half of the year.”

Even with a broken wrist, Russ was getting up there in the sprints in Norway. “Stage racing riding is a lot different to crits and you can cruise a lot of it, get in moves and things and I was going well. I didn’t want to lose Norway as a preparation race for the Nationals. When I did crash in Norway, I was really peeved but I still got fourth despite it (the wrist) being broken.”

“I wasn’t sure whether to come here today but Tom was up for it so I thought I’d come and help the boys and ease it round and crashing was not the best preparation for me. I feel okay and its probably a bit of paranoia in have I landed on it or have I not? I’ll get it iced tonight and it should be fine.”

The big one for Russell is the end of the month when the British Cycling National Road Race championships are held on the same circuit at Ryedale that he won his title on a few years ago. Is that the race he is building up for?

“Definitely. I have been thinking about that race for the last few months now. Even as Lincoln came and went I was training really hard  and thinking ahead. That will be my last peak before I have a break and then go for the Tour of Britain.”

“My build-up is pretty similar to the last few years and hopefully I can get it right like I did three years ago.”

When I put it to Russell that while he has been away, his brother Dean has been cleaning up and was he keeping an eye on what his brother was up to, he replied? “I always know when he’s done well because I get a text message because when he hasn’t, he never talks to me!”

“He has been going well. He wanted to win Lincoln but so did I and he said to me  during the week before it ‘I hope I don’t get away in a break with you, because I know I won’t win and I said yeah, because to be honest, I’d trade all the other five wins or whatever I’ve had to win the Lincoln and I did.”

Finally, speaking about his programme, Russell explained that after some racing trips abroad to Spain and Norway, the team are now going full on in the UK. “More or less the Premiers and training in between. The crits, that come up in that period I’ll ride them but train as well. Like today I did four hours this morning and the legs are a bit dead so I’m not just racing to win but racing to train as well.”

His next Premier Calendar event is this weekend in the Beaumont Trophy which he won last time round. “I won that last year just beating Malcolm and we’re both going well and it’s a circuit that over the last few laps that if you have good legs you can do some damage. Hopefully all the boys will rest up this week and we’ll have good form.”


Elite Race

1. Malcolm Elliott, Pinarello
2. Tom Murray, Pinarello
3. Ian Wilkinson, Science in Sport
4. Simon Holt, Rapha Condor/Recycling
5. Liam Holohan, Pearl Izumi/PlanetX
6. Dean Downing, Rapha Condor/Recycling
7. Tom Barras, Plowman Craven
8. Wouter Sybrandy, Sigma SPort
9. Simon Richardson, Plowman Craven
10. Simon Gaywood, Plowman Craven
11. Russell Downing, Pinarello
12. Tony Gibb, Plowman Craven
13. Andy Tinsley, Pearl Izumi/PlanetX
14. Jon Mozley, Pearl Izumi/PlanetX
15. Marc Perry, Sport Beans/Wilier
16. Adam Duggleby, Shorter Rochford
17. James Stewart, KFS Special Vehicles
18. George Atkins, Pearl Izumi/PlanetX
19. Dave Collins, Sicence in Sport/Trek
20. Peter Williams, Pinarello RT

Support race
1. Alistair Wood, Aire Valley RT
2. Simon Yates, Sportcity Velo
3. Robert Watson, Paul Milnes
4. Scott Thwaites, Crosstrax
5. James Anderson, Picarsso
6. Paul Dixon, VS Cycles
7. Lewis Balycki, Ribble Valley Juniors
8. Adam Yates, Sport City Velo
9. Nick Rylance, Wakefield CC
10. James Farnaby, Crosstrax

Coming …


Elite Race

Jun 05

Great night out for all the family

Tuesday 10th June will prove to be a great night out for all the family as many of the UK’s top professional cyclists hit the streets of Brighouse for a major race. The awesome sight of 60 riders powering round the tight circuit should provide entertainment of the highest standard that people of all ages can enjoy. With 3 races being held on the night there will not be a dull moment and unique commentary by Euro-sports Mike Smith will keep you informed of progress.

We would like to thank all our sponsors for providing the help and funds necessary to stage this event and this includes the beautifully prepared race programmes printed by Hart & Clough Ltd.

The race programmes are provided free of charge and are available from the headquarters in Brighouse Civic Hall and also from the race marshals positioned at all the crossing points around the circuit. The programme gives background information about the event, the riders numbers, names, team and sponsor information.

Officialls from Overgate Hospice Elland will be wandering around the circuit on Tuesday evening and we call on you all to offer them a donation as a way of respect for the free programme. After all the programme contains many offers from our advertisers so please do not leave Brighouse without a copy!

The town centre is closed to traffic from 6.30 pm on Tuesday 10th June and racing starts at 7.00 pm – come along bring the family and enjoy the very best of what our town can offer!


Race programmes now available from the VS Cycles Shop.

May 14

Are you ready!

Town Centre 20

Final preparations are now underway for the organisers of this national series circuit race event.

Over the next few days, banners and posters will be displayed around the towns many shops and businesses and we call on you all to tell your friends and family what a great nights entertainment this this kind of cycle racing will provide.

Please visit all our sponsors to show your support to them, because without their generosity this event would be impossible to stage.

The event shows off Brighouse as being a town committed to the best things in life and a place to come to enjoy anytime of day or night.

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