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2022 Fort Vale Colne Grand Prix: race report and results

Rob Scott took his sixth win in the last three months as he stormed to victory at the Fort Vale Colne Grand Prix.

Rob Scott continued his remarkable winning streak for WiV SunGod as he stormed to victory at the penultimate National Circuit Series round of the year at the Fort Vale Colne Grand Prix.

The team secured a one-two, as Jake Scott continued his own impressive string of results by out-sprinting Josh Giddings (Team Inspired) on the final lap.

Featured photo: SWPix.com

Race report

Despite a reduced peloton with some still recovering from the trip across the Irish Sea to the Isle of Man and others – notably national circuit champion Matt Bostock (WiV SunGod) who has now joined up with the Isle of Man Commonwealth Games squad – focusing on other goals, the action was intense from the very start.

WiV SunGod was the driving force on the front of the race once again, with Team Inspired doing their level best to give them a run for their money. Barnsley Town Centre Races winner Jake Scott (WiV SunGod) was the first to clip off the front of the bunch, quickly joined by Team Inpsired’s Jack Rootkin-Gray, although both were reeled back in.

2022 Men’s National Circuit Series – Colne Grand Prix – Josh Giddings (Team Inspired). Photo: Simon Wilkinson/SWpix.com

After numerous small attacks, the decisive move came as Rob Scott and Josh Giddings (Team Inspired) were joined by Spectra Wiggle p/b Vituss Ben Chilton to power clear of a fractious bunch behind.

With the trio’s pace relentless, Chilton was eventually dropped, but was quickly replaced by Jake Scott, back for more after his early move.

WiV SunGod has become accustomed to using its numerical advantage to full effect this season, and there was no exception here. Going full gas round the Colne circuit, Rob Scott waited until the last lap to break clear and soloed to yet another remarkable win – his sixth big win of the year and his first in a National Circuit Series. A late solo move from the break is starting to become Scott’s signature move.

Jake Scott took second, eight seconds back on Rob Scott and two clear of Giddings having opened up a few bike lengths on the drag to the line.

Callum Thornley (Wheelbase CabTech Castelli) was fastest of the sprinting bunch behind, two seconds down on Giddings and agonisingly close to a podium.

The final round of the National Circuit Series is on Friday 29 July with the Newark Town Centre races.

WiV SunGod now has the National Circuit Series team win sewn up. The only question remains which one of the team’s riders will win the individual classification. Jake Scott leads, 15 points ahead of his namesake Rob, with Jim Brown a further three points back. Thornley – in fourth on 82 points – is the only other rider that has a mathematical chance of finishing in the top three in the standings.

Picture by Simon Wilkinson/SWpix.com – 26/07/2022 – British Cycling – Men’s National Circuit Series – Colne Grand Prix – Rob Scott of Wiv SunGod wins ahead of Jake Scott and Josh Giddings


15Robert ScottWiV Sungod59:59
26Jacob ScottWiV Sungod+8
333Joshua GiddingsTeam Inspired+10
442Callum ThornleyWheelbase CabTech Castelli+12
552Thomas StringerMoonglu Race Teamst
68Reece WoodWiV Sungodst
73Jim BrownWiV Sungodst
823Tom MazzoneSaint Piranst
935Jack Rootkin-GrayTeam Inspiredst
1011Tom CouzensEmbark – Bikestrongst
1159Daniel KainSpokes Racing Teamst
1258Ben ChiltonRibble rechrg Race Teamst
132Josh WhiteheadWiV Sungodst
1465Joseph Smith (JR)Tofauti Everyone Activest
1561Nicholas CooperSweden Cycling Academy+17
1645Joe Shillabeer05/03st
1741David DugganWheelbase CabTech Castellist
1867Sam KettlewellTS Racingst
1966Thomas MitchelltrainSharp Elitest
2034Oscar Nilsson-JulienTeam Inspired+21
2121Stephen BradburySaint Piran+23
2240Tom MerryWheelbase CabTech Castelli+50
2363Harvey StrohTAAP Cervelo+1:06
2454Joe HowcroftOtley CCst
2556Sean MullenRichardsons Trek DASst
2618David RoperNopinz Motip Race Teamst
2749Griff Lewis (JR)FlandersColor Galloo+9 Laps
2851Bobbin GardnerMoonglu Race Team+10 Laps

National Circuit Series standings


1Jacob ScottWiV Sungod108
2Robert ScottWiV Sungod93
3Jim BrownWiV Sungod90
4Callum ThornleyWheelbase CabTech Castelli82
5Samuel WatsonGROUPAMA – FDJ56
6Oliver ReesTRINITY Road Racing46
7Joshua GiddingsTeam Inspired44
8Tom MazzoneSaint Piran34
9Cooper SayersSaint Piran29
10Finlay PickeringGROUPAMA – FDJ28
11Matthew BostockWiV Sungod28
12Jack Rootkin-GrayTeam Inspired28
13Finn CrockettRibble Weldtite Pro Cycling24
14Theodor ObholzerSaint Piran24
15Thomas StringerMoonglu Race Team22
16Jacob BushFensham Howes – MAS Design21
17Reece WoodWiV Sungod20
18Tom CouzensEmbark – Bikestrong19
19Matthew FoxWheelbase CabTech Castelli19
20Joseph BeckingsaleWales Racing Academy18
21Alec BriggsTEKKERZ CC16
22Leon MazzoneSaint Piran16
23Ben ChiltonRibble rechrg Race Team15
24Robert DonaldsonTeam Inspired14
25Max RushbyAcrog-Tormans12
26Alex BeldonFensham Howes – MAS Design10
27Harry BirchillTeam Inspired10
28Daniel KainSpokes Racing Team10
29William TrueloveWales Racing Academy9
30Harry TanfieldRibble Weldtite Pro Cycling8
31Josh WhiteheadWiV Sungod8
32Oliver PeckoverRibble Weldtite Pro Cycling8
33Joseph Smith (JR)Tofauti Everyone Active7
34Toby BarnesWiV Sungod7
35Bradley SymondsSaint Piran7
36Cai DaviesEmbark – Bikestrong7
37Nicholas CooperSweden Cycling Academy6
38Matthew TaylorDolan Ellesse Race Team6
39Jamieson BlainEmbark – Bikestrong5
40Joe Shillabeer05/035
41Isaac MundySpectra Wiggle p/b Vitus5
42Alistair SlaterClancy Briggs Cycling Academy5
43Conor McGoldrickRichardsons Trek DAS4
44David DugganWheelbase CabTech Castelli4
45Euan MacLeodWiV Sungod4
46Sam KettlewellTS Racing3
47Frederik ScheskeSpectra Wiggle p/b Vitus3
48David HirdEmbark – Bikestrong3
49Thomas MitchelltrainSharp Elite2
50Joe WilsonDolan Ellesse Race Team2
51James JenkinsRichardsons Trek DAS2
52Chris Sherriffs2
53Oscar Nilsson-JulienTeam Inspired1
54Adam MitchellCycling Sheffield1


RankTeam NamePoints
1WiV Sungod301
2Saint Piran110
3Wheelbase CabTech Castelli105
4Team Inspired97
6Embark – Bikestrong22
7Fensham Howes – MAS Design17
8Spectra Wiggle p/b Vitus9
9Richardsons Trek DAS6
9Dolan Ellesse Race Team6
11Cycling Sheffield1