Marrows has the strength and pace
GRIMSBY road race team Alp Action Ettridge Cycles had a successful time at the Dinnington RC Albert Thorpe Australian Pursuit competition.
The 45-mile race is designed to give older riders a fair chance with the help of a time handicap. The youngest age group departs last.
This year's race, at Braithwell, South Yorkshire, saw all the different age groups catching up early in the event.
It turned into a fast road race with only the strongest able to keep up with the younger competitors, who attempted to pull away.
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However, this tactic proved fruitless and Alp Action riders Pat Lince, Steve Marrows and Dave Robinson began to set their own agenda.
As the race progressed, each of the team attempted to pull away from the main field in a co-ordinated series of attacks.
Eventually, Marrows made what turned out to be the decisive break, and was joined by three other riders.
The main peloton waited, but with their team leader in a small group ahead, the other Alp Action riders did not attempt to force the pace in an attempt to catch the lead group.
Eventually, other riders in the main group realised that they would have to chase the breakaway down, and speeded up – but the leading group were far enough ahead to stay clear all the way to the finish line.
Marrows used his sprinting dominance to good effect over the last 300 metres as he held off the other riders in the breakaway group to take the victory ahead of Pete Connolley, of Scarborough CC, and Steve Ellis, of Out of The Saddle.
Alp Action's Dave Robinson has been in action on the time trial circuit – the discipline in which Bradley Wiggins shone so brightly for Great Britain in this summer's Olympic Games.
Robinson, who has been practising for these events in the Lindsey Roads Cycling Club evening series, competed in a 25-mile national time trial, smashing his personal best by two minutes to record a time of 52 minutes 57 seconds.
In doing so, he became one of the few riders in the region to ride this distance in under 53 minutes, equating to an average speed in excess of 28mph.
He also posted a time of 20 minutes 18 seconds for a ten-mile time trial three weeks earlier, an average of almost 30mph.