Kirkcaldy’s Spokes Racing Team continued their good early season form with a win at the Dunfermline Road Race on Saturday.
Their man in form, Grant Martin, took the win ahead of Pedal Power RT’s Jordan Doig to secure his second win of the season and make it two Jack Murray Junior Trophys in the last two years for Spokes.
The Lang Toun based team arrived at the start in Townhill off the back of impressive displays in both Northern Ireland and the hills of South West England against some of the best riders that Britain and Ireland had to offer, meaning all eyes were on them for this more domestic affair.
A team of seven riders took to the start line and, as one of the bigger teams in the bunch, they were quick to exert their influence.
They took command from the drop of the flag, riding aggressively and making life difficult for the rest of the racers.
This early pressure was rewarded within the first couple of laps of the ten lap race when Grant Martin slipped away from the bunch with another rider, gradually building what would become an unassailable advantage.
They left behind a bunch that was constantly dropping riders, yet one that always lacked any real impetus as they failed to organise themselves to chase the two escapees.
The Spokes riders that were left in this group used their numerical advantage very effectively as they took control of the front, chasing down any dangerous moves and not allowing any committed chase to gather any momentum.
As the likelihood of Martin and his companion going all the way became increasingly apparent to the pack, riders began to chance their arm at bridging the gap solo.
Spokes’ ex-British champion, Ben Forsyth, was in amongst this flurry of attacks and was unfortunate to miss the only successful one, coming from Pedal Power RT’s Doig inside the closing laps.
He went on to catch Martin, who was alone having dropped his companion, setting up a sprint to the line. Martin was too much for Doig, though, cruising to victory to continue his own current hot streak of form.
Forsyth managed to break from the pack in the closing metres to grab fourth with last year’s junior trophy winner, Kirkcaldy’s Calum Mitchell, coming in 19th.
With the third round of the British Junior Road Race Series taking place in Rutland on Sunday, Spokes Racing Team will be encouraged by this result as they make the trip to take on some of Britain’s best junior road racers.