ALVECHURCH rider Cameron Biddle went through the gears to win the Halesowen Road Race.
The 20-year-old, who has been cycling since the age of six and is currently riding for Halesowen Cycling Club Racing Academy, topped an 80-strong field in Sunday’s race at Astley, near Stourport.
During the third lap of the five-lap, 70-mile race, five riders including Biddle pulled clear of the rest of the field to gain more than a minute on the rest of the riders.
Biddle had Josh Sandman, Jamie Crump, Joseph Rees and Harrison Knight for company before a further two riders – Matt Clarke also from Halesowen and Oli Hayward – pulled away from the rest of the field in a bid to catch the five-man breakaway but were unable to do so.
The finish line was uphill and during the final sprint it looked like Sandman had secured victory but, as he celebrated with his arms in the air, Biddle kept going full pelt and grabbed the win by two hundredths of a second.
It is the first time the Halesowen Road Race has been won by a Halesowen rider since the event was relaunched nine years ago.