Races Reports

Race Report: Lancaster Grand Prix 2019

Round-up of the action, plus full results, from the inaugural Lancaster Grand Prix

With over 2,600m of climbing and a sawtooth profile, the race was, the new Lancaster Grand Prix billed itself as the UK’s answer to the Ardennes classics. It was no surprise therefore to see domestic puncheurs like Ian Bibby (Madison Genesis), James Shaw (SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling) and Max Stedman (Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes) battling out for the top spot when the race hit the finishing stages.

Piecing together what happened on the day is tricky – there were relatively few social media updates about the action. But what we do know is that the race was perhaps less fragmented than might have been the case given the tough parcours.

The break of the day was made up of John Archibald (Ribble Pro Cycling), Edmund Bradbury (MEMIL Pro Cycling) and Cameron Jeffers (Saint Piran). The trio built up a lead of three minutes at one point. Behind them, Tom Mazzone (Spirit Tifosi) and Damian Clayton (Andy Moore Autocentres Racing) attempted to bridge across, but didn’t make it. Jeffers then dropped back and the peloton gradually reeled in Archibald and Bradbury.

Picture by Craig Zadoroznyj/SWpix.com – 09/06/2019 – HSBC UK National Road Series – Lancaster GP – Lancaster, England – Jeffers of Saint Piran Cycling Team, Bradbury of Memil Pro Cycling and Archibald of Ribble Pro Cycling ride in the breakaway

This set things up for fireworks on the final, 9%, climb of Conder Bottoms, just before the run-in to the finish to Williamson Park. James Shaw attacked, pulling with him a select group of riders.

Coming into the last kilometre, a group of seven riders were left to battle it out for the win, including Bibby, Shaw, Dan Tulett (Team Wiggins Le Col), Stedman, Dan Pearson (Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes), Steve Lampier (Saint Piran) and Ali Slater (Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK).

There’s a little chicane with about 200 metres to go. I was absolutely flat out but I just knew if I could get into there it would be pretty tough for people to come past, so my finish line was that chicane

Ian Bibby, Madison Genesis

It was local rider Bibby that made it first to the chicane on the finishing straight with 200 metres to go, and he held on to beat Shaw, Tulett and Stedman to the line.

What we learned

  • Ian Bibby still has it. Probably the most consistently successful rider within the domestic peloton, Bibby had had a relatively quiet road season until now, by his own high standards (7th at the East Cleveland Klondike Grand Prix was his previous best performance). But he showed he’s still as dangerous as ever, particularly on a lumpy course such as this. He’ll be a rider to watch in the next two rounds of the National Road Series (Circuit of the Mendips and the Tour of the Reservoir).
  • Shaw knocking on door. James Shaw continued his remarkably impressive season with second place in Lancaster. 5th at the Tour de Yorkshire, 4th at the Tour de Loir et Cher, it can’t be long before he gets a win if he continues his fine form.
  • Saint Piran continue to mix it with the best. In no small part down to Steve Lampier’s remarkable consistency, Saint Piran have shown throughout 2019 that they can compete with their Continental rivals when it comes to domestic racing. Steve Lampier now leads the individual National Road Series standings and his team sit above Vitus and Ribble in the team standings. Not bad for an elite team.

Rider of the Day

Many of the ‘usual suspects’ filled the top of the results sheet in Lancaster. Two names stand out however. One is James Jenkins (Richardsons Trek) with an impressive 10th place. The other is Dan Tulett (Team Wiggins Le Col). Tulett’s primary focus until now has been cyclocross. But this season, the 19-year-old has looked very accomplished in his first full season on the road. 3rd at Lancaster, 11th at the Klondike GP and 8th in the youth classification at the Votla ao Alentejo, together with a string of solid performances in UCI stage races, prove that Tulett has what it takes to make a success of it on the road.

Looking Ahead

Next weekend we see another brand new race on the domestic racing calendar: the Circuit of the Mendips, which starts and finishes in Bristol.

Highlights of the Lancaster GP will be shown on Eurosport. Timings tbc

Standings

Tour of Britain qualification standings here.

National Road Series standings here.

Results

Rank#NameTeamTime
19Ian BibbyMadison Genesis3:54:22
230James ShawSwiftCarbon Pro Cycling+st
339Daniel TulettTeam Wiggins Le Col+st
45Max StedmanCanyon dhb P / B Bloor Homes+st
574Steve LampierSaint Piran+3
64Daniel PearsonCanyon dhb P / B Bloor Homes+st
745Alistair SlaterVitus Pro Cycling  p/b Brother+11
817John ArchibaldRibble Pro Cycling+22
96Alexandar RichardsonCanyon dhb P / B Bloor Homes+st
1066James JenkinsRichardsons-Trek RT+st
1138Robert ScottTeam Wiggins Le Col+24
1212Matthew HolmesMadison Genesis+26
1360Edmund BradburyMemil Pro Cycling+1:35
142Thomas StewartCanyon dhb P / B Bloor Homes+2:21
1513Thomas MosesMadison Genesis+st
1615Erick RowsellMadison Genesis+st
1710Michael CumingMadison Genesis+st
1841Michael MottramVitus Pro Cycling  p/b Brother+5:20
1981Leon MazzoneSpirit Tifosi Racing Team+st
2044Christopher McGlincheyVitus Pro Cycling  p/b Brother+st
2157Kieran SavageCycling Sheffield Giant Sheffied+st
2219Alex DaltonRibble Pro Cycling+st
2369Steven ParsonageRichardsons-Trek RT+st
2490Andrew NicholsTeam B38 / Cycles in Motion+5:23
2534Lawrence CarpenterTeam Wiggins Le Col+st
2642Adam KenwayVitus Pro Cycling  p/b Brother+st
2758Louis SzymanskiCycling Sheffield Giant Sheffied+st
2863Peter CockerRichardsons-Trek RT+5:29
2921Zeb KyffinRibble Pro Cycling+5:46
3053Joseph ClarkCycling Sheffield Giant Sheffied+6:09
311Callum McleodCanyon dhb P / B Bloor Homes+6:37
3222Gruffudd LewisRibble Pro Cycling+st
3323Alex LuhrsRibble Pro Cycling+st
3429Jacob ScottSwiftCarbon Pro Cycling+st
353Alex PatonCanyon dhb P / B Bloor Homes+st
36100Damien ClaytonAndy Moore Autocentres Racing+st
3773Cameron JeffersSaint Piran+st
3862Matthew ClementsRichardsons-Trek RT+st
3965Lewis BulleyRichardsons-Trek RT+6:41
40112Samuel IngleFitPro+6:43
4148Jonathan BridgeCrimson Orientation Marketing R+6:49
4225Ben HardySwiftCarbon Pro Cycling+7:04
43125Josh HousleyTeam PB Performance+7:44
4483Jordan PeacockSpirit Tifosi Racing Team+8:07
4594Ben GrangerWheelbase Cabtech Castelli+8:14
46107Cameron RichardsonBioracer  Moriarty Bikes+10:29
4771Joe EvansSaint Piran+10:37
4852Jake WomersleyCrimson Orientation Marketing RT+st
4967Theo ModellRichardsons-Trek RT+st
5032Mark ChristianTeam Wiggins Le Col+10:40
5116Jon DibbenMadison Genesis+st
5211Richard HandleyMadison Genesis+st
5314Jonathan McEvoyMadison Genesis+st
5475Oliver MaxwellSaint Piran+st
55118William PerrettLeisure Lakes Bikes.com+st
5664Tobias DahlhausRichardsons-Trek RT+11:12
57108Tim ShoremanBioracer  Moriarty Bikes+11:13
5849Tarn FynnCrimson Orientation Marketing RT+14:01
5927Will BjergfeltSwiftCarbon Pro Cycling+14:36
60113Russell DowningGiordana Racing+14:38
6182Tom MazzoneSpirit Tifosi Racing Team+st
6231Peter WilliamsSwiftCarbon Pro Cycling+st
6389Archie CrossTeam B38 / Cycles in Motion+14:41
64124Sion HarlowTeam PB Performance+14:43
6577Frazier CarrSpirit Tifosi Racing Team+14:45
6628Jordan ReedSwiftCarbon Pro Cycling+23:31
Picture by Craig Zadoroznyj/SWpix.com – 09/06/2019 – HSBC UK National Road Series – Lancaster GP – Lancaster, England – The peloton in action.