Strong start to season for Pendle cyclists

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Race Cyclists from Pendle were in action on Sunday in the opening race of the North West 2012 calendar.

The 46th edition of the Clayton Spring Classic was run over a 13-lap, 55-mile course near Edisford Bridge, Clitheroe.

The winner of the race was Richard Hepworth of Huddersfield. Highest placed local was Simon Wilson from Padiham, riding for Team Metaltech.

Wilson finished fourth, ahead of many of the country’s top riders, including past national champion Christian House.

Next local home was Chris Sheriffs from Barrowford (Team Bglobal) in 14th place, in 21st position was 18-year-old Sam Boast (Team Hope Factory Racing) from Colne, and in 27th was Hamish Graham from Earby.

Sam (pictured, right in green) and Hamish have both benefited from the Pendle talented athlete award.

Simon said: “I’m really pleased with my ride although I lacked some top end speed in the sprint for the line, it’s got my season off to a great start”

Meanwhile, Barnoldswick professional rider Ian Wilkinson is starting to recover from a knee injury and find form and fitness with a great second place in the 200 rider Beverbeek Classic in Beligum, a race contested by his eight-man Endura Racing team.