STONE club cyclist Paul Belfield was celebrating a national title last week.
The Stone Wheelers member took in the National Road Race Championships at Audlem and pulled off an excellent victory in the 40-50 age group.
Over a new course around Audlem, on a difficult day weather-wise with a 15mph wind with 40mph gusts, riders tackled six laps of a 10.5 mile circuit.
Unlike most races the first lap was very subdued, with no-one willing to attack.
However, on lap two, two riders broke clear going uphill into the wind, producing a huge panic in the bunch with people scrambling to get into the first break of the day since both those riders are capable of staying clear all day.
Belfield managed to get over with a rider from Wrexham and Andy Prince from Stafford Road Club. They worked well together assisted by some excellent blocking from other Stone Wheelers.
Eventually, Belfield and two other riders were clear on the last lap after the Wheeler chose to attack again on the uphill section of the course.
With 300 yards to go, Belfield went to the front and stayed there to take the crown.