A 19-year-old student, Paul Sherwin, produced a devastating late burst to win the 100-mile (160 kilometres) Cycling Grand Prix at Beaconsfield in the United Kingdom on Sunday (11 April).
GV Start of race
GVs & SVs Race in progress (5 shots)
GV Front runners followed by cars and policeman diverting traffic (2 shots)
SV Crowd PAN TO cyclists past followed by car
SV Racers past posters
GV Motorcycle outriders leading winners in through crowd at finish line
GV Winner Paul Sherwin cycles to grass verge and collapses
SV Sherwin and second placed Paul Carbutt receiving award
RACE IN PROGRESS: SHERWIN COLLAPSING AT END OF RACE: SHERWIN AND CARBUTT RECEIVING AWARDS.
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Background: A 19-year-old student, Paul Sherwin, produced a devastating late burst to win the 100-mile (160 kilometres) Cycling Grand Prix at Beaconsfield in the United Kingdom on Sunday (11 April).
Competing against a field of experienced international cyclists, Sherwin of the Altrincham-Rotaalac club, took flight in the final few hundred yards (metres) after he and Paul Carbutt (Saracen R C) had reached the two earlier leaders with four miles left.
It was an exciting end to a fast race. The pace quickened in the last 20 miles when Bill Nickson (E. Liverpool Wheelers) and Bob Downs (V C Olympia-Simtech) got clear.
These two had been part of a 10-strong group that formed after only five miles. At halfway their lead was more than four minutes but then began to dwindle.
When news reached the group, which contained only one Dutchman from the 12-strong Holland entry, that six men were closing rapidly Downs and Nickson broke away.
Among those half dozen were Sherwin and the 1973 and 1974 winners, Dane Jurgen Hansen and New Zealander Vernon Hanaray. Sherwin was one of the main pacemakers.
With 10 miles (16 kilometres) and the last lap to go the two British riders, Sherwin and Carbutt stayed clear with the main field split into a dozen small groups. The last climb proved decisive.
Sharing the lead for over 90 miles (145 kilometres) told on Nickson who'd dropped back. Downs hung on for third place and that gave him the overall lead in the Pernod Star Trophy season-long competition.
SYNOPSIS: More than 50 riders set off on Sunday on the 100-mile Pernod Cycling Grand Prix in the United Kingdom.
The riders left from Beaconsfield in the morning and headed towards Hazlemere. The first home arrived back in Beaconsitled four hours, 11 minutes later. The victory was a surprise for all concerned. The winner was a 19-year-old student, Paul Sherwin from Britain's Altrincham-Rotaalac club.
Sherwin beat off an experienced international field, including several previous grand prix winners. It was an exciting race with the pace quickening in the last 20 miles. Bill Nickson and Bob Downs of Great Britain got clear after staying with a 10-strong pack from the early stages of the race. The two made the break when a six-man group began to converge on them.
Among those half dozen was Paul Sherwin and the 1973 and 1974 winners, Jurgen Hansen of Denmark and New Zealander Vernon Hanaray. Sherwin was one of the main pacemakers. With 10 miles and the last lap to go Sherwin and second place getter Paul Carbutt stayed clear. The rest of the field split into a dozen small groups. The last climb proved decisive.
Sherwin collapsed exhaustedly after his devastating late burst which meant victory. Second was Paul Carbutt of the Saracen R C club and third was Bob Downs of V C Olympia-Simtech. Downs earned the overall lead in the Pernod Star Trophy season-long competition.