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Yorkshiremen take over Sheffield’s Cycling Grand Prix’s podium

by cheeken

1. Dean Downing  2. Graham Briggs  3. Russell Downing

From left: Russell Downing, Dean Downing, Graham Briggs

The top three of Sheffield Grand Prix men category turned out to be all-Yorkshire men while Helen Wyman took a remarkable solo win ahead of other contestants in women category.

Sheffield’s Cycling Grand Prix formed the final round of the British Cycling Elite Circuit Race Series and incorporated a round of the British Cycling Women’s National Road Race Series.

The circuit took place around the city centre, including Pinstone Street, Furnival Gate, Arundel Gate, Norfolk Street and Surrey Street. Full lap of the circuit was 1.4kms.

Helen Wyman won with a lead of 41 seconds

1. Helen Wyman  2. Hannah Barnes  3. Eileen Roe

From left: Eileen Roe, Helen Wyman, Hannah Barnes

Browns Womens Grand Prix started at 7 p.m. and took less than an hour to cross the finish line at Pinstone Street.

Helen Wyman (Kona/ FSA Factory Team) took the victory with a solo lead of 41 seconds. Hannah Barnes (MG Maxifuel) came as second place while Eileen Roe (Breast Cancer care) took the final podium spot.

Click here to read on the race coverage by British Cycling.

32-year-old Kona FSA rider said the atmosphere was good and it was great to win in front of so many people.

Confusion at the Men’s finish line

Claremont Mens Elite Circuit Series started at 8:30 p.m. The speed of the men’s racing proved to be different when there were blow of winds whenever cyclists rode by.

It is hard to tell who won at the end as there is a confusion between the winners and the back markers.

10,000 spectators had to wait several minutes for the judges to decide on the top three places.

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Dean Downing (Madison Genesis) was announced as the winner while Graham Briggs (Team Raleigh) and Russel Downing (NetApp-Endura) took the second and third place.

Briggs and Russ Downing were disappointed as their final sprints were impeded by lapped riders. They appealed to the judges but did not successful.

Click here to read on the Men’s race coverage by British Cycling.

There were a lot of supporters and media surrounded Downing for greetings and interviews after he was confirmed as the winner.

39-year-old Downing said he was stunned for his winning when interviewed by British Cycling.


Sheffield Grand Prix 2013: Men’s race
1. Dean Downing (Madison-Genesis)
2. Graham Briggs (Raleigh)
3. Russell Downing (NetApp-Endura)

Women’s race (round eight of BC women’s national road series)
1. Helen Wyman (Kona-FSA Factory)
2. Hannah Barnes (MG-Maxifuel)
3. Eileen Roe (Breast Cancer Care)


Click here to know more about Dean Downing.

To know more about Helen Wyman, click here.

To get more information on Sheffield’s Cycling Grand Prix, click into the official page.


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