Stockton Town Centre Race

McGowan takes second in Stockton Town Centre

The riders lined up in Stockton on Friday night for the fourth round of the national elite circuit series.

With all the top UK teams represented, they would face a tough circuit which included two tight hair pin bends and a twisty cobbled section which was sure to test all competitors.

As soon as the flag was dropped to indicate the start of the race the attacks began and the group began to be strung out across the course.

After half distance, it was Pedal Heaven RT doing the damage at the front with constant attacks. Notably from inform riders Stevie Williams and Alex Paton but with the fast pace of the peloton no breakaway was sticking at this point.

As the riders approached the final part of the race and with only 5 laps remaining it was Paton who took a flyer and opened up a gap on the rest of the bunch.

With the laps counting down it looked like this move would stick, and with team mate David McGowan and Will Fox watching for any moves at the front of the chase group his lead reached a maximum of 22 seconds.

With the tough course taking its toll on the riders there were now only around 20 riders left in the chasing pack which was now being led by NFTO and Team Wiggins who had their top sprinters ready to fire.

With two laps to go Paton was pulled back as last year’s Stockton winner George Atkins went on the attack trying for a repeat victory.

It was not meant to be as Pedal Heaven RT and Team Wiggins lead the charge on the final lap.

The race was now on for the final hairpin bend leading to the finish.

With the riders approaching at speed it was Chris Lawless who managed to jump through the bend and lead all the way to the line to take a great victory closely followed by McGowan in second.

On a Dominant night for Pedal Heaven RT they managed to place three riders inside the top ten with Will Fox and Paton finishing in fourth and eighth respectively.

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