Bourne cyclist Lampier ninth in British Elite Road Race Championships
Bourne-based professional cyclist Steve Lampier finished 9th in the British Elite Road Race Championships at Lincoln on Sunday.
Lampier, riding for his trade team Raleigh GAC competed in the 200.5km which race was dominated as expected by the Sky Team - with many of the elite riders fighting for final places in the Tour de France teams.
But Lampier tackled the nine ascents of the cobbled Michaelgate climb brilliantly to finish in a highly respected 9th place, 8:05 minutes behind the winner Pete Kennaugh who successfully retained the British Championships road race title after fighting off the challenge of fellow Manxman Mark Cavendish.
The two men, Kennaugh the defending champion, and Cavendish the 2013 champion and 25-time Tour de France stage winner, broke away from the rest of the field on the final 13km lap.
Sprint king Cavendish had shown remarkable climbing strength through the race but on the final climb of Michaelgate Kennaugh pulled away to become the first man to defend the title since Roger Hammond in 2003 and 2004.
Lizzie Armitstead won the women’s title for a third time despite suffering a heavy crash in the Women’s Tour of Britain less than two weeks earlier.
On the Sunday Stamford based Peterborough Cycle Club memeber James Gelsthorpe finished in 7th place in the NCDA event covering the 20.8 miles in 47:00 with Deepings’ Steve Wood in 48:15 finishing 10th and Paul Pardoe in 48:31 placed 14th with the trio finishing in second place for the team event.
Bourne’s Jason Burrill was incredibly unlucky not to pick up a medal at the British Masters Championships
He entered three events on the track and recorded three fourth place finishes.
It was frustrating for Burrill but he rode well and is a still relative novice on the track.
Finally in the Summer League at Helpston on Thursday on a warm and sticky evening Steve Wood won again but this time in a personal best for the circuit averaging 26.89mph.