Simon takes the tape in Clitheroe cycle race

Simon Wilson claims victory in the 48th Clayton Spring Classic
Simon Wilson claims victory in the 48th Clayton Spring Classic

The 48th Clayton Spring Classic 58-mile cycle race in Clitheroe last weekend had a local winner.

Simon Wilson, 33, of Wheelbase Altura Race Team, crossed the line alone in a high quality 80 rider field that included several past winners.

Wilson is a full time British cycling schools coach from Padiham.

The race is run on a handicap format where the 16-18 year olds lead the race away, before a second group of around 30 riders leave the start line at three minutes, the final group on the road starting with a seven-minute deficit to make up are the professional and elite riders.

Wilson hit the front of the race with only 10 miles remaining with six elite riders for company, attacking with three miles to the finish to solo home by 15 seconds.

Second was Dave McGowan Team Metaltech from Liverpool and third was last year’s winner Team Rapha Condor Professional Richard Handley from Wigan.

Other local riders featured strongly, with Wilsons team mate Sam Boast from Colne in 21st, Aidan Holgate (North Lancs Road Club) from Padiham, Martin Woffinden (Cycle Sport Pendle), from Burnley, Hammish Graham from Earby and Oliver Payton (Colne) all in the top 40.

Mixing it with the men, three lady starters took to the start line, with Padiham rider Bex Rimmington finishing highest in 46th place.