Pete Williams wins the Beaumont Trophy, making it two back-to-back victories at the event for ONE Pro Cycling.
In scorching sunshine, the peloton lined up in Stamfordham, Northumberland ready to tackle the 186.6km route. Opening the race with a small 20km circuit, riders headed out onto a larger 35km loop which they would tackle a total of four times and included the punishing climb up the Ryals. Once the four main laps were complete, the peloton made their way back towards Stamfordham where they would undertake the same 20km starting lap before crossing the finish line.
Plenty of action in the opening laps with numerous attacks forcing the peloton to split and regroup before a group of 15 including Pete Williams and Tom Stewart managed to escape the bunch 22km into the race. With all the major teams represented in the break, the peloton immediately allowed the leaders to increase their advantage to a maximum of 6 minutes. On the second time up the Ryals the four remaining ONE Pro Cycling riders in the peloton hit the front of the bunch with the aim of forcing a chasing group. This proved to be successful as 13 riders including James Oram, Kamil Gradek, Hayden McCormick and Karol Domagalski rode clear of the peloton. However they were only able to bring the gap to the leaders down to 3 minutes as the front of the race pressed on.
With 60km remaining, Steve Lampier of JLT Condor attacked, eventually opening up a gap of 2 minutes on the 14 leaders he left in his wake. Pete Williams and Tom Stewart started attacking the break to try and force a selection to bridge the gap to Lampier and quickly brought the gap down to 1 minute. Due to the nature of the course, riders began to lose contact with the break and with 15km to go, 10 remaining leaders managed to bridge across to Lampier of JLT Condor who was absorbed back into the leading group. With no one other than the 11 leaders in contention for the win, the cat and mouse tactics began with riders attempting to jump clear but immediately being chased down.
Pete Williams and Tom Stewart were two of the most aggressive riders in the group, trying time and time again to break away. Eventually the elastic snapped and Tom Stewart and 3 others went clear with just 10km remaining. Immediately sensing the danger, Pete Williams and 1 other rider jumped across to join the four leaders. Once again, the constant attacking began as Stewart and Williams attempted to go clear on their own. 7km remaining and it was Pete Williams and James Gullon of JLT Condor who broke clear in a move that would never be caught.
Heading into Stamfordham for the final time it was James Gullon who led into the village, with Pete Williams out sprinting him for victory on the line. Meanwhile behind, Tom Stewart surged home, sprinting what was left of the breakaway to take a very credible 3rd place. A great day out for ONE Pro Cycling with superb performances throughout the team, topped off with Pete Williams and Tom Stewart stepping onto the podium side by side.