SHAVINGTON ace James Williamson stepped up his preparations for one of the biggest events of the year with a super victory on local land.
The 24-year-old elite racer is gearing up for the East Yorkshire Classic BC Elite Men's National Road Race Championships, on Sunday, June 25.
And he is in fine spirits after a thrilling win in the fifth round of the Recycling.co.uk Road Race League, at Byley.
The 60M event took place on the flat country roads around Byley, and consisted of 12 laps of a 5M circuit. James, a key member of the professional Agisko-Dart team, broke away early on and wet the pace along with two others.
With three laps to go the chasing group were closing, promoting James to break away on an uphill drag, leaving everyone in his wake.
Despite the efforts of 18 riders to catch up, he remained in front and extended his advantage to more than 40 seconds, as he won in 2:13:00, averaging 27mph.
Now he has his sights set on the East Yorkshire Classic which is one of the most important one day events on the British Cycling Premier Calendar.
Covering 116.8M, the course starts at New Walk and heads towards the Yorkshire Wolds. It includes two full laps of a tough 20M circuit before eventually returning to New Walk.
The strength-sapping event will not phase James, as he has faced far tougher battles in the past, after being struck down with testicular cancer in 1998.
After 12 months of chemotherapy he saw off the disease and is now in the best of health. The former pupil at Brine Leas School and sixth-former at Malbank, won the 41st Perfs Pedal Race in Hampshire earlier this year.
Anyone interested in sponsoring James Williamson can reach him on 01270 568680.