Cycling: Grimsby riders pound the pedals for double victory
GRIMSBY racing team Alp Action Ettridge Cycles have extended their run of top results with a double victory.
Steve Marrows and Dave Robinson powered to triumphs in their categories when 60 riders took on a 50-mile undulating course starting at Haworth.
The double win gave Alp-Action a record of four victories and one runners-up spot from three weekends of competition.
Robinson attempted to race clear of the pack from the start and was joined by Marrows, pictured, and four other riders, including Grimsby's Nigel Black.
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Working as a six, they group worked very hard to stretch out a one-minute lead by the halfway point.
The 'peloton' was in a determined mood, however, and closed the gap to less than 20 seconds with five miles remaining.
The breakaway batch responded, but two riders dropped off the pace.
In a final dash for the line by the four strongest riders, Marrows clinched the group C category win, while Robinson took the group D honours.
John Strachan, the other Alp Action rider, marshalled the bunch in case the two team members were caught and he finished in the main pack.
Meanwhile, Alp Action has turned its attention to Grimsby-area events.
In a Tuesday evening individual time trial, promoted by Lindsey Roads Cycling Club, Robinson triumphed again.
He set a time of 20 minutes and 43 seconds over the nine-mile hilly course to win by 21 seconds from nearest rival Stuart Baker, of Lindsey Roads.
The following evening, Marrows was denied a Lincolnshire Road Race League victory by the closest of margins.
The handicap race took place on a hill road near Great Limber.
Three laps made up a distance of about 30 miles for the competitors.
Four groups started, with the strongest riders group – given a handicap of several minutes from the lead.
The chase was intense in the last group on the road, the scratch group, which was made up of several riders.
Although some struggled with the pace, the group made up the deficit and had taken the lead by the final lap.
A number of individual efforts to break away from Alp Action members were quickly chased down.
And that ensured a thrilling final sprint was on the cards as the race headed up the final climb.
Marrows produced a blistering burst of power to pull clear with 200 metres to go.
But he was shadowed by Cottingham Couriers former professional Julian Grommet, who is 16 years Marrows' junior, and he took the win on the line from the Grimsby man.