Cyclists flock to Harworth for Tommy Simpson races

Riders a the turn at the  bottom of the course on the Tommy Simpson Memorial Road Race ,Picture: Howard Roe
Riders a the turn at the bottom of the course on the Tommy Simpson Memorial Road Race ,Picture: Howard Roe

Cyclists from all over the country flocked to Harworth on Sunday, for the Tom Simpson Memorial Races, organised by Dinnington Racing Club.

The junior race, as in previous years, formed part of the National Junior Road Race Series, and started at the Harworth Social Club.

A riders a the turn at the  bottom of the course on the Tommy Simpson Memorial Road Race ,Picture: Howard Roe

A riders a the turn at the bottom of the course on the Tommy Simpson Memorial Road Race ,Picture: Howard Roe

Local cycling legend Simpson was the 1965 world champion who called Harworth home, and 60 juniors lined up to win the Memorial trophy that bears his name.

Race director, from Dinnington Racing Club, was Dave Marsh.

He told the Guardian he was delighted with the day’s events.

“We were very pleased with how it went,” he said.

Riders a the turn at the  bottom of the course on the Tommy Simpson Memorial Road Race ,Picture: Howard Roe

Riders a the turn at the bottom of the course on the Tommy Simpson Memorial Road Race ,Picture: Howard Roe

“There was just one incident int he junior race when two riders touched wheels and came down, one of them went to hospital but hadn’t broken anything.”

The races were held on the circuit that the club use for their evening league, leaving Harworth and heading towards Blyth.

Eighteen-year-old Alex Peters, racing for Mosquito Bikes, took victory in the junior race, finishing on Wright’s Hill ahead of Germain Burton of De Ver Cycles.

In the veterans race there were age categories for riders aged 40 to over 70 years of age.

Riders a the turn at the  bottom of the course on the Tommy Simpson Memorial Road Race ,Picture: Howard Roe

Riders a the turn at the bottom of the course on the Tommy Simpson Memorial Road Race ,Picture: Howard Roe

Marsh said: “We had guys in their 70s racing.”

“Peter Ryalls, who rode in the Tour de France alongside Tommy Simpson in 1961, came second in his category on Sunday.”

Connor Swift, the cousin of Anston’s Team Sky star Ben, took part in the race, while Doncaster’s Paul Bell was well placed in the veterans event.

The Tom Simpson Memorial Race was established in 1968, the year after the famous rider died.

The leading group riders at the start of the Tommy Simpson Memorial Road Race ,Picture: Howard Roe

The leading group riders at the start of the Tommy Simpson Memorial Road Race ,Picture: Howard Roe

Marsh, who has been involved for 30 years, said: “The first one was run for pro riders, and a Belgian team came over to ride in it.”

“It’s been run on various courses over the years, with professional, amateur and junior events.”

“Dinnington Racing Club took over in the 80s and we’ve organised it ever since.”

Junior top 10: Alex Peters (Mosquito Bikes) 2 hrs 25 mins, Germain Burton (Team De Ver Cycles), Chris Lawless (Champion Systems Maxgear kyklos), James Knox (Mountivation Development Academy), Dan Pearson (Wilier live2Ride), Jonathon Dibben (Hargroves Cycles), Chris Latham (Champion Systems Maxgear kyklos), Sam Lowe (Hargroves Cycles), James Kings (Mountivation Development Academy), Tom Arnstein(Equipe Velo).

A rider on the Tommy Simpson Memorial Road Race  ,Picture: Howard Roe

A rider on the Tommy Simpson Memorial Road Race ,Picture: Howard Roe

The leading group of riders on the Tommy Simpson Memorial Road Race  ,Picture: Howard Roe

The leading group of riders on the Tommy Simpson Memorial Road Race ,Picture: Howard Roe