Capital cyclist Sean Noon celebrated the end of his exams in spectacular style when he powered to victory in the Tom Simpson Memorial Junior Grand Prix in Nottinghamshire, the latest round of the British Cycling Junior Series.
The Edinburgh Road Club rider had limited his competitive outings in May when studies took precedence. But he made up for lost time in outstanding fashion. Noon formed part of a six-man group that fought out the closing sprint at the end of the 65 miles, contested over 18 laps of a course he had raced earlier in the season. And he had enough in hand to see off his rivals and post the most significant win of his fledgling career.
“I thought we’d get brought back because it’s a fast course and it’s difficult for a group to stay away, so it was quite surprising,” said the delighted winner.
Not to be outdone, Noon’s club mate Peigi Series took the honours in the latest round of the Scottish National Women’s Road Race Series in Munlochy on the Black Isle, leading Edinburgh Road Club to the team award. Elsewhere, Claire Thomas crashed out of the Surf & Turf 2 Day race in Lancashire. The Velosport – Pasta Montegrappa rider started the third and final stage in eighth place but came to grief and failed to finish.
Meanwhile, Evan Oliphant (Team Raleigh) delivered another strong performance to claim tenth place behind Adam Blythe (NFTO) in a strong field at the Jersey International Road Race.