CYCLING: Grantham’s Baillie triumphs in national road race series

Karl Baillie takes the chequered flag. Photo: Andy Whitehouse/British Cycling
Karl Baillie takes the chequered flag. Photo: Andy Whitehouse/British Cycling
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Former Witham Wheeler Karl Baillie won the Dave Rayner Memorial road race at the Oliver’s Mount circuit, Scarborough, at the weekend,

Riding for the HMT Academy team, Karl crossed the finish line solo in the ninth round of the Junior National Road Race Series.

He attacked on the short but viciously steep climb to catch the lone leader and together they worked to build up an advantage with half the race still remaining. Three chasers tried to bridge the gap but Karl and his breakaway companion were too strong.

Karl attacked on the penultimate climb but was caught over the top, but on the final ascent he proved too strong for his rival and opened up a gap of 10 seconds by the chequered flag. The three chasers came in 36 seconds behind, with the remaining peloton more than a minute further adrift.