Blair Taylor of GD Pringle Buildings p/b Spoken Cycles enjoyed the highlight of his year yesterday when he came away with the win in the Onewhero Classic category 2 event, round 4 of the Grassroots Trust Team Championship presented by Dynamo Events.
After four years of trying at Dynamo Events Team Championship races the win is finally Blair Taylor’s and it came in one of the series’ most challenging circuits. Onewhero is renowned for its brutal climb to the line, but that’s not taking into account the exposure to some interesting windy conditions and the extra climbing around the back section of the circuit pre-finale.
The making of Taylor’s win came long before the final 6km drag to the finish in a breakaway that saw Taylor team up with Jim McMurray of Thermal Chemistry/Dynamo. The duo matched perfectly as they went in pursuit of the lone Tank Guy/Bike Box rider who made the chase effort a tough one for the duo. At the end of the first of two laps the pair had a one minute lead over the peloton, but that ballooned to 3 by the end of the next.
Although Paul Duynhoven made a valiant attempt to chase on the final climb – with the Velolab Valley Toyota Image Glass rider closing to within 1.17mins of the leading duo – Taylor and McMurray had built up enough of a gap to hold on and contest the win together; and in the end victory belonged to Taylor who finished ahead of McMurray, Duynhoven and Jamie Dennis of RCA-PBT; with Aaron Strong of BURNSCO BSR coming back to form after the long road back recovering from surgery.
Check out our interview with Blair above. For full results from the category 2 event click here.
|1||Blair Taylor||GD Pringle Buildings p/b Spoken Cycles||2.08.51|
|2||Jim McMurray||Thermal Chemistry/Dynamo||ST|
|3||Paul Duynhoven||Velolab Valley Toyota Image Glass||+1.17|
|5||Aaron Strong||BURNSCO BSR||+2.04|
|6||Charlie Tattersfield||Tank Guy/Bike Box||+2.05|
|7||Charles Richards||Ochulus Architectural Engineer||ST|
|8||Glen Carabine||Thermal Chemistry/Dynamo||+2.12|
|9||Mike Gilbert||GD Pringle Buildings p/b Spoken Cycles||+2.14|