STAVELEY'S Rob Jebb won Sunday's Three Peaks Cyclo Cross race for the 12th time - but his victory was not without incident.

The 44-year-old, who rides for Hope Factory Racing, led from start to finish after going off really hard to get away from the chasing pack on Ingleborough.

Billed as being the toughest and biggest cyclo-cross event in the UK, the 38-mile race (5,000ft of climbing), the race, which starts and finishes at Helwith Bridge, takes in the summits of Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-y-Ghent.

On the descent of Pen-y-Ghent, Rob suffered a puncture but was able to borrow a bike off a friend who was watching the race.

"I just took his bike," said Rob, who last won the race in 2014. "He is shorter than me and it was just like riding a child's bike off Pen-y-Ghent. It makes a massive difference, long legs on a small bike!"

Rob was able to pick up one of his own bikes at the bottom of the mountain to complete the final road section back to Helwith Bridge and win in a time of 2-59-28 from Scott-UK's Nick Craig (3-00-24). The first woman was Kerry MacPhee of BikeLove-Genesis in 3-43-31.

"It's a big stressful race. You are worried about getting injured and a puncture or a broken bike can end your race," said Rob, who first won the event in 2000 at the age of 25.