halifax imperial whs

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  • Date: 24-Jun-17
  • Time: 15:00
  • Distance: 25 Miles
  • Course: v235
  • Closing Date: 13-Jun-17 23:59
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Thaxter powers to Halifax 25 victory

  • Published: 25 Jun 17
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Veteran Mark Thaxter took an impressive victory at the Halifax Imperial Wheelers 25 in North Yorkshire whilst Nikola Matthews was the fastest woman.

The course runs parallel to the A1(M) in North Yorkshire with 63 riders completing the race on Saturday afternoon.

Thaxter (HD Revolutions) was amongst the later starters with only five competitors to set off after him and he set the pace with a time of 53.50.

The 45-year-old would not be beaten and claimed the victory with a winning margin of 10 seconds.

Thaxter failed to finish on the same course a fortnight ago at the Yorkshire RC 25, so this was a good return to form for the Huddersfield man.

In that race two weeks ago, Richard Dean and Ian Mitchelson were second and third respectively behind winner Philip Graves and the pair had to settle for the same result again but both in significantly quicker times.

Dean (Team Swift) posted a time of 54 minutes exactly on Saturday, an improvement of 58 seconds on his previous performance on the V235, whilst Mitchelson (Albarosa CC) was again third, bettering his time by 44 seconds to stop the clock in 54.17.

Nikola Matthews took the women’s prize, the Boot Out Breast Cancer rider with a sizable victory.

The 35-year-old from Ripponden won by nearly eight minutes from her opponent Jo Short in a time of 1:03.38.

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