Bassetlaw cycling aces in Lancaster University series success and Retford Hillclimb Championship victory

Andy Bishop leads the way
Andy Bishop leads the way
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Two Bassetlaw cyclists are refusing to slow down, as the 2014 road race season draws to a close.

Worksop’s Andy Bishop and Retford youngster Calum Lawson both took top 10 finishes in the Lancaster University Closed Circuit series, before the latter went on to smash a local hill climbing record.

Calum Lawson celebrates his victory

Calum Lawson celebrates his victory

In a hectic weekend of competition, the Andy Moore Autocentres Racing team first ventured to Lancaster on Saturday, where Lawson, Bishop and Jono Dexter contested the last race in the series.

In a highly competitive event, the trio were instrumental in controlling the race, with a view to another points scoring finish.

Lawson was on sparkling form, matching the many attacks, and assisting Dexter to create an early four man break.

When the attack was brought back, Bishop took up the challenge and raised the pace, with Lawson in close attendance.

In a furious final sprint, Dexter moved aside and it was Bishop who led the charge down the back straight ready for the last corner battle for position.

Both Bishop and Lawson were boxed in but fought hard to move through the pack, and were rewarded with points scoring positions, Bishop taking a fine eighth place, with Lawson right behind in ninth for the Staveley-based racing outfit.

The best was yet to come however, as Lawson moved on to compete in the Retford Wheelers Hillclimb Championship at Gringley on Sunday, with ambitions to test his form against the gradient.

Lawson used a specially prepared Giant TCR Advanced carbon machine, supplied by team partners JE James, and it proved to be the right choice.

The Retford rider sped to victory, and beat the course record, set in 2011, by over two seconds.

Team Manager Andy Moore was jubilant after the event.

He said: “Calum’s progress has been highly impressive since he joined the team.”

“It’s a perfect example of our intentions – to take grass roots riders and provide them with the knowledge, backing and development plan to enable them to succeed.”

The team are already looking ahead to next season, and Moore is keen to improve on their first year of competitive riding.

“I am delighted with the progress we’ve made in our first season,” he said.

“And we already have the formation set in place for next year, it’s going to be a transformational season for the team and it’s supporters.”

“The fact that major partners such as JE James share our vision and enthusiasm for such an exciting project is a breath of fresh air for the sport.”

Another of the team’s riders, Adam Turner, turned his hand to racing of a different kind last weekend to add another fine result to the team’s achievements.

Turner entered the Lincolnshire League Hubbard’s Hill Cyclocross event and proved his multi-faceted capabilities by finishing in 11th place out of the 160 riders who formed the field.