Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Fountain Springs into Action

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Fountain Springs into Action

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Paul Fountain had enough strength in reserve to edge Cleveland Coureurs' hard-fought road race for third and fourth category riders.

Fountain, wearing the orange jersey of the promoting club, outpaced his fellow breakaway rivals at the finish to chalk top spot after 72 rapid miles near Stokesley.

Mike Milen (Kamus Racing), winner of the previous week's Philip Russell Memorial on the same course, made it a Redcar one-two in second.

Hartlepool CC's Gerry Watson finished third having led the sprint with 300 metres to go.

And Ride On's impressive John Dibble was fourth after being at the head of the race since the 16-mile mark.

Dibble moved clear of the field with three other riders, including Cestria's Stuart Lawson, on the second of eight laps.

Lawson and Dibble went on their own on the third ascent of Skutterskelfe Bank, having built up a 30-second lead over the bunch as they headed along the back road to Rudby.

Noel Clough (Caygill Frames) caught them and the trio created a maximum gap of a minute to the chasers before everything came together with 18 miles remaining.

The top four then surged ahead, being joined by Cleveland Wheeler Tony McGouran before he lost touch approaching the final turn to the finishing straight.

Tony McCullagh (Bishop Auckland CC) led home the 70-strong main group in fifth place, 30 seconds behind.

Result: 1, P Fountain (Cleve Cour) 72 miles in 3hrs 10min; 2, M Milen (Kamus); 3, G Watson (H'pool CC); 4, J Dibble (Ride On) all st; 5, T McCullagh (Bishop Auckland); 6, P Brighton (Samson RT); 7, C Bell (Ferryhill Whs); 8, A Ramsay (Road Peace); 9, B Kipling (SIS.com); 10, D Maughan (Middridge CRT) all at 30 sec.

LEWIS Meadows won his second successive race in Cleveland and Stockton Wheelers' on-going League 2000 Series for juniors and juveniles.

The promising Eston pedaller clinched the over-16 contest at the Offroad Centre, South Bank, despite a brief thunderstorm and heavy shower that lashed the first of the 36 riders on the time trial section. …

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