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2021 Lancaster Grand Prix: race report

Report and results from round 1 of the men's National Road Series

Joshua Whitehead (Team PB Performance) took the biggest victory of his career to win the Lancaster Grand Prix, the first round of the men’s National Road Series.

Featured photo: SWPix.com

Race summary

Riding his first-ever National A road race, Josh Whitehead of Team PB Performance outgunned the UCI Continental opposition on a day when the elite teams came to the fore.

The race took in eleven laps of a hilly circuit to the southeast of Lancaster featuring three climbs. The race was hard from the off with Canyon dhb SunGod and Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling setting a tough pace. Despite early breakaway attempts from riders including Toby Jarvis (Team PB Performance) and Jordan Peacock (Spirit Bontrager BSS Rotor), it wasn’t until lap five that the first clear break formed, with Joey Walker (Crimson Orientation Marketing RT) and Ryan Christensen (Canyon dhb SunGod) creating a gap. The pair’s lead was always a slender one and they were reeled back in.

By lap seven, however, a major break had established itself, with Jacob Scott (Canyon dhb SunGod), Toby Barnes (Crimson Orientation Marketing RT) and Michael Chadwick (Clancy Briggs Academy) building a 39 second lead over the peloton. With three laps remaining, Scott and Barnes had dropped Chadwick and extended their advantage to 1’40”.

The winning break (from left to right): Reece Wood, Isaac Peatfield, Josh Whitehead, Jacob Scott, Finn Crockett and Toby Barnes. Photo: James York

Behind, Josh Whitehead sensed a lull in the whittled-down peloton and attacked, taking Isaac Peatfield (Crimson Orientation Marketing RT) with him. Reece Wood (Canyon dhb SunGod) and Finn Crockett (Wheelbase CabTech Castelli) came across to them, with all four bridging to Scott and Barnes. Despite attacks on the final climb, Whitehead, Scott, Peatfield and Crockett were still all together as they approached the final kilometre, with Whitehead coming round them to take the win. Scott and Crockett rounded out the podium.

Peatfield, Ben Granger (Zappi Racing Team), Christensen, George Kimber (Spirit Bontrager BSS Rotor) and Samuel Beckett (Wales Racing Academy) all came in ahead of the reduced peloton, which was led in by Leon Mazzone (Crimson Orientation Marketing RT).

Talking points

  • Whitehead the wonder boy. Josh Whitehead took a stunning victory in his first ever National A road race. He may have been an underdog but his result was not completely out of the blue. The 21-year-old had recently bested Toby Barnes, Jacob Scott and co at ‘The Barnsley (Not in the Town Centre…) Races’, where he won in similar style. He certainly won’t be given underdog status at next weekend’s Ryedale Grand Prix now.
  • U23s shine. Seven of the top ten riders were under-23s – Whitehead, Crockett, Peatfield, Granger, Kimber, Beckett and Tulett – showing that there is a new post-pandemic generation of riders ready to compete for honours in the UK’s top domestic road races.
  • Elite teams to the fore. We said in our preview that the race would be an opportunity for the elite teams and boy did they take it. Canyon dhb SunGod’s dominant performance not withstanding, this was a race animated by elite team riders. Crimson Orientation Marketing RT in particular were active throughout and placed three riders in the top thirteen. In the National Road Series team standings, 6 of the top 7 teams are elite teams, with the UCI Continental teams – Canyon dhb SunGod aside – barely figuring.
Josh Whitehead (Team PB Performance). Photo: James York

Standings

The men’s National Road Series standings can be found here.

Results

Rank#NameTeamTime
169Josh WhiteheadTeam PB Performance4:02:49
24Jacob ScottCanyon DHB Sungod+st
395Finn CrockettWheelbase CabTech Castelli+4
443Isaac PeatfieldCrimson Orientation Marketing RT+7
599Ben GrangerZappi Racing Team+15
61Ryan ChristensenCanyon DHB Sungod+23
766George KimberSpirit Bontrager BSS Rotor+28
877Samuel BeckettWales Racing Academy+st
944Leon MazzoneCrimson Orientation Marketing RT+35
107Daniel TulettCanyon DHB Sungod+st
1183Owain RobertsWales Racing Academy+st
1215James ShawRibble Weldtite Pro Cycling+st
1345Adam MitchellCrimson Orientation Marketing RT+st
14125Matti DobbinsRT23+st
1592Cameron BiddleVredestein Basso+st
16123Conor McGoldrickPrimera-TeamJobs+st
1720Steve LampierSaint Piran+st
18122Oliver HucksNopinz Motip Race Team+st
1955Peter CockerRichardsons-Trek DAS+st
2073Matthew KingTeam PB Performance+st
2123Bradley SymondsSaint Piran+st
2236Joseph ReesBIKESTRONG KTM+st
23103John ArchibaldEolo-Kometa Cycling Team+st
245Max StedmanCanyon DHB Sungod+st
25100Matthew KingstonZappi Racing Team+st
26137Miles Burtonysixfiles+st
27124Nicholas TyriePrimera-TeamJobs+st
28117Andrew NicholsLifting Gear Prod- CyclesInMoti+st
2937Samuel TillettBIKESTRONG KTM+st
30120Matthew HoulbergMeudon Pedal Heaven Le Col RT+st
318Reece WoodCanyon DHB Sungod+st
3213Zeb KyffinRibble Weldtite Pro Cycling+st
3330Oliver ReesTRINITY Road Racing+st
3472Toby JarvisTeam PB Performance+st
35109Oscar OnleyDevelopment Team DSM+st
363Callum MacleodCanyon DHB Sungod+st
3790Peter MerrittTBW23 Stuart Hall Cycling+st
3889Samuel PainterTBW23 Stuart Hall Cycling+43
3974George PedenTeam PB Performance+48
4084William TrueloveWales Racing Academy+1:10
416Euan MacleodCanyon DHB Sungod+1:51
4240Toby BarnesCrimson Orientation Marketing RT+1:52
4312Cameron JeffersRibble Weldtite Pro Cycling+2:08
4416Joe WilsonRibble Weldtite Pro Cycling+5:40
4546Jude TaylorCrimson Orientation Marketing RT+st
46128William PerrettSpellman – Dublin Port Track Team+5:42
47141Archie CrossBristol RC+6:03
4864Clay DaviesSpirit Bontrager BSS Rotor+6:23
4952George WoodCycling Sheffield+6:26
50134Ben MillarTeam Tor 2000 Kalas+st
51136Josh HousleyWillebrord Wil Vooruit+st
5287Ben FishTAAP Cervelo+st
5393Charles AgerVredestein Basso+st
5449William HardingCycling Sheffield+6:29
552Damien ClaytonCanyon DHB Sungod+6:31
5667Joshua PriceSpirit Bontrager BSS Rotor+st
57115James JobberKuwait Pro Cycling Team+st
5879Joe HoltWales Racing Academy+st
59139Daniel McDermott+6:36
6019Stephen BradburySaint Piran+6:39
6182William RobertsWales Racing Academy+st
6247Joey WalkerCrimson Orientation Marketing RT+st
63107Michael ChadwickClancy Briggs Cycling Academy+st
6470Jacques CoatesTeam PB Performance+st
6565Angus HawkinsSpirit Bontrager BSS Rotor+6:43