A day in the break for Johnny McEvoy and Connor Swift at a scorching Beaumont Trophy
The 117 mile race was held in sweltering hot conditions and the riders were greeted with brilliant sunshine all day long as they took on a hilly and challenging six laps in Northumberland.
With the British Road Race Championships next weekend, the Beaumont Trophy was destined to be a testing ground and from the start riders were looking to impress with a furious pace on the opening ‘small’ lap.
After 30km a group of 15 riders established themselves and a gap of over five minutes was gained. In amongst the large breakaway was Johnny McEvoy and Tour Series stage winner Connor Swift.
After lap two, the Ryals – a series of short, sharp climbs, started claiming riders and the peloton began to fragment. Chase groups were formed but all the teams were well represented in the break and a gap remained to the 15 leaders.
A key attack came from Steve Lampier on lap four tore the front of the field up entirely. Team riders Matt Holmes and Rich Handley helped lead the chase but the hilly circuit ensured that it would not come back together.
Going into the final 3km it was Pete Williams and James Gullen who jumped clear and took the top spots respectively. After his day in the break Jonny McEvoy was rewarded with a top-10 in the final sprint with Connor Swift not far behind in 15th.
Result – Beaumont Trophy
1. Pete Williams ONE Pro Cycling
8. Jonny McEvoy Madison Genesis
15. Connor Swift Madison Genesis
21. Richard Handley Madison Genesis