Ollie Peckover believes that his individual victory in round six of the Sportsbreaks.com Tour Series in Barking on Saturday is the perfect confidence booster going into the second half of the 2022 season.

The Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling rider pipped Rory Townsend (Wiv SunGod) to the win by just 0.006s after being part of a four-rider group that broke clear in the closing stages of the round.

Peckover started the season as a support rider, uncertain of his chances of individual wins, however he has proved to be as competitive as his team-mates as he’s raced through the series.

“I came into the team this year having a sort of supporting role,” he said. “We have the likes of Harry and Charlie [Tanfield] on the team, big names who have a lot of big results on their palmarès. I was originally going to be down as supportive rider, so to come in and take a win like this is a massive confidence boost.

“I started the year not quite knowing where the legs were at, but then in the last few weeks, having ridden a few rounds of the series, they’ve started to come into a bit of form. It’s really nice to actually get the win because obviously that shows that there’s hopefully better things to come for the second half of the season.”

Video: highlights from round six of the Sportsbreaks.com Tour Series in Barking

 

The finish was so close on Saturday night that nobody was sure who had won until the results were announced.

Peckover added: “I had absolutely no idea [I’d won] until a good five minutes afterwards. I did a cool down lap and the TV motorbike guy was asking if we knew who got it! Then it came over the radio that I’d just got it – at that point it was a massive relief, I could finally actually breathe.

“These are some of the biggest races you get in the UK, with a lot of publicity around them and going all around the country. It attracts quite a lot of attention.”

The Sportsbreaks.com Tour Series concludes with the 2022 Grand Final in Manchester city centre on Tuesday (24 May). Elite racing action gets underway with the women’s race (5pm) followed by the men’s race (7.30pm).

Both events streamed will live on the series websiteYouTube channel and Facebook page with no geo-restrictions.

[Words: Sarah Abbott]