Middlesbrough DMC Cleveland National Trial, Castleton, Sunday

JACK Peace claimed a hard-fought victory over brother Dan and Scarborough's Michael Brown on Sunday, adding his name to the list of great riders on the famous Cleveland trophy.

Held high on the North York Moors, the first group at Commondale saw Dan Peace and Tom Affleck drop a nervy one on the tricky rock gulley. Mark Gaskin and Mark Smith fived on Clubman route, but there were impressive clean rides here from Simone Wallis and Nikita Smith, as Clubman winner, Askrigg's Phil Alderson and Kevin Tate were caught for two each. It was wild wet and windy to start but the sun was out as they reached Clitherbecks.

In his first ride back after injury, Dan Peace was first expert through most sections and lost only his second mark on the tight river turn of ten and Andy Chilton's clean sheet was also lost here, two going on this one. Ian Austermuhle followed suit. The Peace lads lost five each at Birk's Wood, leaving Brown the only rider still un-penalised. The rocks of Crossley Side were hard but the Peace lads both cleaned the penultimate section before the petrol stop.

Brown still held the lead at the halfway stage and looked in good form. Darren Gill and Alderson were locked on four each to lead the huge entry of Clubmen, with Ben Burgin and Roger Williams fighting for third, and John Crinson headed veteran, John Shirt, by six marks for Intermediate class glory

Gill and Alderson could not be separated after another 20 sections and it was only decided on the most ones rule in Alderson's favour, with Burgin easing Williams into fourth place. Great Ayton gardener, Tate, was best Middlesbrough Clubman on 25 marks lost.

Jack Peace lost one at Botton and Brown the same in the savage rocky gulley at the Dale Head group. Approaching the final stages of Stormy Hall and Blackmires, Brown held a slim lead on five, Jack was on six, Dan on eight. Austermuhle and Chilton had dropped away with marks lost at Crossley. The leaders cleaned the first two, but the last huge rock climb at Stormy Hall saw only the Peace lads remain un-penalised. Brown knew he had to match him but lost grip on the vicious angled rock and three marks were lost, before another two went astray at Blackmires, dropping him to third place.

Dan Peace remarked at the finish: "My arms are dropping off. It's been a hard comeback ride but a brilliant day."


Best Expert: 1. Jack Peace (MRS Factory Sherco) 6. 2. Dan Peace (MRS R+T Factory Sherco) 8. 3. Michael Brown (MBR Sherco) 10.

Best Intermediate: 1. John Crinson (Vertigo) 10. 2. John Shirt (JSM Gas Gas) 17. 3. Tom Middleton (Vertigo) 25.

Best Clubman: 1. Phil Alderson (TRS) 8. (most ones)

!st Class. Darren Gill (Vertigo) 8, Ben Burgin (Vertigo) 9, Roger Williams (Beta) 11, Alistair Dalton (Beta) 17.

2nd Class: Stuart Blythe (Vertigo) 18, Gary M. Pears (Scorpa) 20, Ben Allison-Hughes (Montesa) 22, William Wainwright (Vertigo) 24.

Best Middlesbrough Clubman: Kevin Tate (Scorpa) 25.