Staithes cyclist wins memorial race

Martin Hopkinson wins his category at the Vic Sutton memorial races

Martin Hopkinson wins his category at the Vic Sutton memorial races

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A STAITHES cyclist rode to glory in a race held in memory of one of the earliest pioneers of the sport.

Martin Hopkinson (50) pulled away from his nearest challenger Dave Scargill to win the 50-60 age category of the Vic Sutton Memorial Race in the hilly Yorkshire Wolds near Pocklington.

Earlier in the 40-mile race, Scargill and Peter Connelly broke away from the pack and were 30 second ahead of Hopkinson, but he caught up and joined Scargill on the second lap of the course.

With Scargill unable to maintain the pace, Hopkinson was on his own at the bell lap with over a minute lead which he extended by the finish to cruise home 1m26s ahead of his nearest rival.

Hopkinson, who was competing for Stokesley-based Fietsew Tempo but also riders with Whitby Wheelers, said: “The conditions suited me really well.”

He wanted to thank Chapters Hotel of Stokesley for their ongoing support.

* Vic Sutton competed at the 1959 Tour de France, finishing a creditable 37th and then 5th in the Tour de Suisse the following year.