Race heroes lap up bad weather

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EIGHTY cyclists braved wind and rain in a test of endurance at this year’s High Peak Road Race.

The 42-mile race over six laps around Chelmorton, Flagg and Monyash, welcomed riders from Derbyshire, South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Lancashire.

Race organiser Peter Dungworth said: “It was very difficult out there and every rider who took part and completed this circuit in these conditions is a real hero.”

Riders told how the climbs were difficult but provided protection from the wind and said the flats - which should have provided some respite - were hit by strong winds in places making the overall going tough.

The Montura and Harrison Cameras handicapped race, organised by Norton Wheelers, Sharrow CC, Whirlow Wheelers and Sheffield Racing CC, included seniors, veterans, ladies and youngsters, with the long marker and middle marker handicapped groups setting off early before being caught by elite riders.

An exciting sprint finish saw Peter Wilbraham, of Team Elite, win. He covered the course in 1 hour 52 minutes and 46 seconds.

Second went to John Wells, of VC Lincoln, and third was Graham Kemp, of Deeside Olympic. The highest-placed North Midlands rider was John Himsworth, of Sheffrec.