Doncaster’s Graham Briggs revels in Sheffield city centre victory

Champion: Graham Briggs
Champion: Graham Briggs

DONCASTER’S Graham Briggs triumphed in this week’s Claremont Sheffield Grand Prix.

The Raleigh-GAC rider emerged from a bunch sprint in front of a large city-centre crowd to record victory in the British Cycling Elite Circuit Race Series finale, a series the 29-year-old has dominated.

Briggs had wrapped up the series with two races to go after winning four of the previous six rounds, and managed to keep Rotherham’s Russ Downing of the Endura Racing team at bay as his fellow South-Yorkshireman finished in second place. Rico Rogers of Node4-Girodana came third.

Speaking afterwards, Briggs said “Downing was the one to watch. He’s never easy to beat in the sprint, he just doesn’t know when to give in. There was so much support out there tonight - it was fantastic. The atmosphere that Mark Etches (Race organiser) and his team have created here is second to none.”

Prior to Briggs’ win, Lucy Garner became the 2012 National Women’s Circuit Champion after winning a bunch sprint of her own.

She can now add this senior championship to the Junior World Road Title she won in 2011.

Garner said: “This jersey means a lot to me as it’s a senior championship win and I get to wear the National Championships jersey in all the circuit races next year.”