Pullar and Gullen help Pedal Heaven to breakthrough result

Jack Pullar and James Gullen. Picture: Hugh McManus
Jack Pullar and James Gullen. Picture: Hugh McManus

Jack Pullar and James Gullen produced superb performances as their Pedal Heaven team enjoyed an unforgettable Tour of the Reservoir last weekend.

Pullar, from Bolton-le-Sands, sprinted to eighth place on stage one and fifth on stage two to claim ninth spot overall in the third round of the Spring Cup.

Meanwhile, Lancaster-based Gullen bagged 10th position in the general classification after an impressive show of strength saw him snatch third place on stage two in County Durham.

But while the pair delivered fine personal displays, they were also instrumental in the overall success of teenage team-mate Joe Fry.

The 19-year-old, who was third in the opening stage, became the youngest-ever winner of the two-day battle when he followed Pullar’s wheel to gap the peloton and finish sixth in Sunday’s finale.

Pullar, who showcased his sprinting prowess in the two finishes beside the Derwent Reservoir, was bouncing back after disappointment at the Manx International.

He failed to stay with the decisive split that day but his form was clear in Edmundbuyers and augurs well for the Tour Series, which begins next month.

Pedal Heaven directeur sportif Tim Elverson said: “I gave Jack a bit of stick after the Isle of Man but he proved himself in spades last weekend.

“He just got pipped by Graham Briggs in the bunch kick on Saturday and he won the bunch kick on Sunday.

“I know that finish suits him but it still proves where his form is. And while I would have loved him to have got a big road result, he has got to be in good shape for us in the Tour Series and beyond.

“And I think he is going to be. It is really coming together.”

Gullen jumped clear of the peloton to reel in the remnants of the breakaway and grab third place behind his team-mate Dexter Gardias, who had been up the road all day.

Elverson added: “Gullen’s attack was intentional. It meant we didn’t have to do the full lead-in with our sprinters.

“He is so strong at the moment. And he went so well he had almost caught Dex by the time they got to the line!”

Carnforth’s Matt Cronshaw was 43rd overall after finishing 58th and 45th on the two stages.

The Madison Genesis rider was in the breakaway on day two with team-mate Erick Rowsell with Rowsell going on to win the stage and finish seventh overall.