Matthew Bostock (WiV SunGod) won a comfortable victory on the British circuit tonight ahead of Sam Watson (Groupama-FDJ).
The Isle of Man driver perfected his gear selection on the final lap and launched a powerful sprint to beat both Watson and junior driver Joshua Tarling (Wales Racing Academy). A very popular winner at Dumfries, Bostock took a lap of honor receiving congratulations from the other riders.
Under the shadow of MacLellan’s Castle, the elite men’s race started with a lot of nudging and eagerness to find themselves in the limelight from the start. The absence of defending champion Ethan Hayter (Ineos Grenadiers) meant the race was wide open and a variety of runners were clearly imagining their chance of victory.
The opening lap was raced in under 1-30, which meant we were in for a relentless night of racing. Just 15 minutes into the race, the riders were in trouble.
The peloton was already stretched due to the vicious pace imposed by Groupama-FDJ in the lead.
After 20 minutes there were 35 riders left in the lead and Harry Tanfield (Ribble-Weldtite) fought his way towards the end of the race. Bostock then puts on an acceleration and will soon have a huge gap. Sam Watson (Groupama-FDJ) buried himself to get along with Joshua Tarling (Wales Racing Academy). Robert Donaldson (Team Inspired) would join the leaders and they quickly united in collaboration. The four, riding like a team chase, increased their advantage to 12-9 seconds.
Matt Gibson (Human Powered Health) was doing everything he could at the front of the main group, but the chaotic response meant the leaders were getting ahead. Askey was locked out of any bridge attempt, knowing his teammate, Watson, was in the way. Meanwhile, Donaldson was starting to wince in the lead group and was soon to be let go.
On the final run to the finish, Bostock unleashed a huge sprint with the line in sight. Watson was quickly trying to get along with WiV runner SunGod but in the end Bostock had too much power and had time to hit the air to celebrate a resounding victory.
Earlier in the evening, Josie Nelson (Coop Hitec) won the women’s circuit race, timing her final attack to perfection in the final sprint for the line, which was decided in a photo-finish. Flora Perkins (Le Col-Wahoo) completes the top three.
Bagpipes rang out through Kirkcudbright as the women tore up the course. Cams-Basso was one of the main protagonists as they consistently showed they were determined to dethrone last year’s champion Jo Tindley (Pro Noctis). Tindley and his Pro Noctis teammates launched a series of scathing moves seeking to stamp their authority on the proceedings, but Sammie Stuart (Cams-Basso) had none of it.
Amy Gornell (Pro Noctis) has proven to be a superb ally for defending champion Tindley, consistently giving Tindley a wheel to sit on in every move the team makes.
As the speed picked up after 30 minutes a massive crash knocked out over 10 riders although Tindley (Pro Noctis) was well placed up front and protected after swinging between second and fifth wheel while throughout the race.
The first hour of racing passed in a frantic blur as the drivers realized that timing would be everything to claim victory.
As they entered their final five laps, Stuart (Cams-Basso) and Tindley were locked in a fierce duel for position at every corner. Ultimately, the battle with Stuart would be Tindley’s undoing as she took the wrong line on the final lap, leaving her out of action.
This was an opportunity for Josie Nelson (Coop Hitec) to make her mark on the race. Emma Jeffers (JRC-Interflon) and Nelson had a faultless race to the finish with Jeffers stuck in Nelson’s wheel.
Nothing would stop Nelson as she held off Jeffers by millimeters to become the new national champion.
2022 BRITISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS CIRCUIT RACES: DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY, SCOTLAND
1. Matthew Bostock (WiV SunGod)
2. Samuel Watson (Groupama-FDJ)
3. Joshua Tarling (Wales Racing Academy)
4. Leon Mazzone (Saint Piran)
5. Lewis Askey (Groupama FDJ
6. Benjamin Peatfield (Vendée U – Pays de la Loire)
seven. Jim Brown (WiV SunGod)
8. Matthew Gibson (Human Powered Health
9. Joseph Beckingsale (Wales Racing Academy)
10. Oliver Stockwell (Friuli ASD Cycling Team)
1. Josie Nelson (Team Coop-Hitec)
2. Emma Jeffers (JRC Interflon)
3. Flora Perkins (Le Col-Wahoo)
4. Eluned King (Le Col-Wahoo)
5. Kate Richardson (Alba Development Road Team)
6. Charlotte Broughton (Awol-O’Shea)
seven. Jo Tindley (Pro Noctis)
8. Amira Mellor (Spectra Wiggle)
9. Sophie Enever (Alba Development Road Team)
ten. Sammie Stuart (CAMS-Basso)