Lince takes the win at Bridlington
PAT Lince of the Grimsby-based Alp Action-Ettridge Cycles racing team finished his season in style with a convincing victory at the East Coast Road Race at Bridlington.
The race, over 52 miles, consisted of seven laps of a challenging course, including a long three-mile uphill drag.
The race was the sixth of a National Series of seven, known as the Percy Stallard Series.
A high-quality field from across the country had been assembled.
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In the week prior to the race, Lince had been suffering with a heavy cold and had decided to be conservative in his tactics, foregoing his usual attacking style to try to conserve energy.
Early in the race, two riders were allowed to break clear of the main field. The chase was mainly made by the local riders from Bridlington and Malton cycle teams, but all of the main contenders were content to remain in the group.
All changed at the beginning of lap three when several riders forced the pace along the long climb. The pack were soon stretched out and a bunch of eight riders, including Lince, pictured, broke clear.
The two riders further up the road were quickly swept up and the group of 10 worked well together to pull well clear of the main field.
With two laps remaining, the inevitable attacks began with almost every rider attempting to break up the group and move clear.
All attempts were unsuccessful, however, and the group took the bell with all 10 riders still locked together.
Last lap attacks were to prove even more vicious and, although no rider was able to break free, the pace was starting to tell on a number of riders.
Lince had remained fairly quiet during the last lap but, with around three miles remaining, he launched a blistering attack.
With no rider able to respond, Lince quickly opened up a 20-second advantage over the remaining chasers and, despite having to tackle the tough uphill finish alone, he was able to maintain his advantage to the finish.
Lince was delighted with this convincing win and took confidence from the list of accomplished riders who finished behind him.
It was a perfect end to his racing season and gives him renewed motivation to plan his winter training in readiness for 2013.