Close Finish For Anderson Rosebowl

A successful new course for the prestigious Anderson Rosebowl. Two laps of the Marlborough Open course taking in the Benmorven circuit, Marlborough Ridge Drive climb and Godfreys Road turn, was a good test for the riders. The 40km handicap event had an extremely close finish with the 8m30s and 14m riders combining in the last 5km to hold off the strong 5m break group by a mere 8 seconds at the line. Ian Martella (8m30s) had his third Trophy win of the season with a strong finishing sprint to head off Katie Batt (14m) and Stephen Rooney (8m30s). The break riders were headed in by Niels van Antwerpen, Adam Bidwell and Georgia Catterick. Fastest time honours went to Andrew Bidwell from Gerard van Antwerpen and Nick Batt. The junior under 17 Keighley Cup event was run over one lap of the Benmorven circuit with Matthew Hall edging out Jack Love in the sprint to the line. Results: Anderson Rosebowl 40km hcp- I Martella (8m30s) 1, K Batt (14m) 2, S Rooney (8m30s) 3, C Anderson (8m30s) 4, N van Antwerpen (5m) 5, J Sherwood (14m) 6, Adam Bidwell (5m) 7, G Catterick (5m) 8, M Thompson (5m) 9, R Olliver (5m) 10. Fastest time- Andrew Bidwell (scr) 60m14s 1, G van Antwerpen (scr) s.t. 2, N Batt (scr) 60m26s 3, C Harper (scr) s.t. 4, N van Antwerpen (5m) 63m38s 5. Keighley Cup 9km hcp- M Hall (scr) 21m42s 1, J Love (scr) 21m43s 2.