Welcome to Bristol Road Club

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BRC is a diverse and inclusive cycling club with a long history of road cycle racing: watching racing, supporting races and taking part.

The club welcomes cyclists from all backgrounds.  Currently we have over 200 members. Please get in contact if you are interested in joining or coming along to an event, or have any questions. You can email us at bristolroadclub

Our BRC Women link rider, Ali Cameron, is there to support women within the club and can be contacted at ali@bristolroadclub.com. View more details at Women's BRC Cycling Page.

Our BRC BAME link rider is Dave Smallwood and he can be contacted at 

When you first join the club, if you contact us to let us know the first event you are joining, we will ensure that an experienced club member is there to welcome you.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Currently due to COVID restrictions, group activities are limited to comply with the current government guidance and British Cycling guidance. This varies frequently, so look on social media for immediate information regarding activities.

BRC activities - for more information see individual pages opposite

BRC Group Rides (Clubruns)
Every Saturday morning the club meets for group rides, which are split into groups based on speed and distance.  The routes vary but are 90-130km long with a cafe stop halfway. In addition, there is a “new starters ride” on the first Saturday of the month.

Friendly Chaingang
On Tuesday’s during summer (April-September) a friendly chaingang (not “no-drop”, but we try to keep together if possible), including a bit if a burn up in the final few miles.  It uses a fixed loop around chew lake of about 50km.

Hill Climb
In remembrance of Raj Soni, every October, the club runs a hill climb up Cheddar Gorge, with tea and cake before and after.

Velodrome and Track Racing
We are fortunate to be only 40mins away from the Geraint Thomas Velodrome in Newport where there are weekly training sessions for all levels of rider, including club specific sessions. Some require track accreditation, however we have many track riders in BRC as well as coaches who can advise and direct you about getting on “the boards”.

Cycling Holiday
Annual club biking holiday.  A week of cycling in the sun (hopefully) and on great new roads. This has been run in Mallorca and mainland Spain.

Road and Circuit Racing

  • BRC take part in the Cotswold League- which usually consists of 10 single stage road races. 
  • Castle Combe runs Thursday night racing on the motor racing circuit.
  • Odd Down, Bath, under AVID, run a winter and summer racing series on a closed circuit.
  • From the club, riders have proceeded to professional level.

Zwift Racing

New in 2020, British Cycling South ran two zwift racing series.  Over 50 BRC riders took part and BRC won both series overall as well as dominating (and winning) the individual women’s and men’s leagues.

Time Trials
BRC has many members that are dedicated Time Trialists. Although the club does not organise a regular TT itself there are many local clubs that do as follows:
  • The TT run by Dursley Road Club is a regular fixture for many during the summer. It is 10 miles up and down the A38.
  • Severn Road CC hold weekly 10TT- with HQ at Olveston.
  • Bristol South CC !0TT around Chew Lake on a Wednesday.

Hill Climbing
The Hill climbing season runs from September to October and there is local league called the WTTA Hill Climb Series. Local hill climb races include the University of Bristol on Belmont Hill, Bristol South on Burrington Combe as well as BRC’s own club and friends event on Cheddar Gorge.  In 2019 BRC members won the men’s veteran British Hill Climbing Championship at 40+ and 50+ levels.

The western cyclocross league runs regular races in Bristol for those who like the mud.

BRC organised events 
Severn Bridge Road Race
The Severn Bridge Road Race goes back nearly 50 years and has a rich heritage with many of the winners going on to ride in the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia. It is a British Cycling regulated National B, Cat E123 race, which takes place in March each year, using a circuit around Olveston.

A Bridge Too Far Road Race
This is a British Cycling regulated Regional A, Cat 2/3/4 race, which takes place in July each year and is part of the Cotswold League, which uses a circuit on the Mendips. It includes separate Cat 2/3/4 women’s and men’s races.

Other Activities

Club night
First Monday in the month at 8pm.

Annual Club Awards
Annual night out, for awards and chat, in November.

Audax ride
Bristol Audax Club is very active, so there are many great audax rides starting right in Bristol, for those who enjoy a longer adventure on the bike.

Although not a triathlete club, BRC do have some very accomplished triathletes in the club including national champions that have been selected at Masters level for Team GB.

The club is affiliated to British Cycling, so the club is covered in all events regulated by British Cycling as well as official Clubruns and Chaingangs.  We recommend individuals join British Cycling which provides legal and insurance benefits when you are cycling.

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Race report 8th May 2022

Gruff Lewis wins Severn Bridge Road Race
Photos courtesy of John Pierce PhotoSport International

The bunch rolled out at just after 1.00pm on a warm sunny day in South Gloucestershire, but as soon as the neutralised flag dropped, the racing started and by the end of the first lap a two-up breakaway was established with Archie Cross of the promoting club, Bristol RC and unattached rider, Alan Kenway forcing the pace. They quickly established a 30 second lead by the end of the second lap with Kenway leading over the top of the KOM on Old Down Hill, which was covered with spectators all the way up.

By lap 4 the breakaway had pushed their lead to a minute over another two-up break of Ben Millar, Primera-TeamJobs and Tom Day, Home Solution – Soenens, with the bunch a further minute back. With Kenway continuing to take top points on Old Down Hill each lap, the Cross and Kenway duo were still holding a minute over their pursuers, Millar and Day, but the bunch was pegging them back slowly and were now only 20 seconds back and ready to swallow them up. 

Then by lap 8 the bunch had caught Millar and Day, but Cross and Kenway were still holding 40 seconds, but looked like getting caught on the penultimate lap. Then Gruff Lewis, WiV Sungod and Tom Day made another move to get across to the break, but when they hit the bell lap, Lewis was driving hard with Kenway on his wheel followed by a Nopinz Motip RT rider at 10 seconds, then Archie Cross of Bristol RC a further 10 seconds back in 4th , with the bunch only 20 seconds behind. So it was looking like a bunch sprint and the judges were starting to get ready with several videos covering the finish line. But they needn’t have worried, as the last time up Old Down Hill did its job and shattered the bunch, with Lewis and Kenway staying clear and Lewis taking the sprint with arms aloft in victory. Adam Kenway had an amazing ride, finishing 2nd after being out in a break with Cross all day. Tom Day got clear of the bunch to take 3rd, outsprinting James Phillips, Nopinz Motip Rt and Euan Macleod, WiV Sungod, and then the remainder were lined out, with Archie Cross of Bristol RC, having also been in the break all day, holding off the main bunch and taking a very good 8th place.

 A great day’s racing with 45 finishers.



Race report 1st March 2020

George Mills-Keeling wins Severn Bridge RR

Photos from Dominic Wade, www.madebywade.co.uk

1st March 2020
First year senior, George Mills-Keeling (Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling) stamped his authority on the Severn Bridge Road Race today in Old Down, South Gloucestershire. George powered away from the five man break in the final km to win comfortably, with Joseph Rees (BIKESTRONG-KTM) taking the sprint for second from Eliot Ward (Inflite-Dynamic Rides Race Team), Samuel Clark (MB Cyclery) and Josh Housley (Team PB Performance), the dominant KOM winner.
The race returned to its original home on a circuit around Olveston and Odd Down in South Gloucestershire and the sun came out to celebrate, with the rain only returning on the lap. It was one of the fastest races recorded around this very challenging circuit, averaging over 27mph.

It wasn't long into the race that a series of early attacks became successful and time-trial specialist Matthew Downie found himself with a familiar face as Matt Witts also broke away from the bunch early on. They were then joined by PB Performance rider Josh Housley for the best part of 45 miles, who eventually won the King of the Mountains Competition and got a gap of just over one minute on the main bunch.

As the race wore on and the bunch got organised, their gap diminished and they were eventually caught by a group of 7 riders who quickly started working together well with just a couple of laps to go.

On the final climb, Ribble Weldtide rider George Mills Keeling attacked early and held it to the finish to claim the win.

This was a fantastic team effort by Bristol Road Club and friends to make the Severn Bridge Road Race such a great success. Officials, marshals, stewards, NEG, convoy, photographers, sign-on, catering, sponsors and many more, along with co-operation from residents, local parish councils and the police. That’s some 70 people that made the race happen and keep the riders safe - always our main priority.

Simply awesome is the only way to describe it. Well done to the riders for a great race and to everybody involved.

Full report and photos to follow.


Pos. First Name Last Name Club / Team Name Time
1 George Mills-Keeling Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling 2hr 52m
2 Joseph Rees BIKESTRONG-KTM at 5 secs
3 Eliot Ward Inflite-Dynamic Rides Race Team st
4 Samuel Clark MB Cyclery st
5 Josh Housley Team PB Performance st
6 Oliver Winwood Bratchell Velo Club Venta at 1.28
7 Nic McKibbin Zappi Racing Team at 1.45
8 Matthew Downie Nopinz Symec Race Team at 1.58
9 Ashley Cox Team Bottrill at 2.06
10 Chris McNamara Nuun-Sigma Sports-London RT at 2.08
11 Oliver Maxwell Saint Piran at 2.36
12 Joe Griffiths TORQ Performance st
13 Andrew Whittemore Exeter Wheelers st
14 Miles Burton Sixtysix RSN st
15 Alexander Welburn trainSharp Club at 2.51
16 Joseph West TBW23 Stuart Hall Cycling  st
17 Sam Freeman Z Junior Race Team st
18 Conor McGoldrick University of Bath Cycling Club at 2.52
19 David Kovacs Nopinz Symec Race Team st
20 Ross Holland Saint Piran st
21 Matthew Houlberg Meudon Pedal Heaven Le Col RT st
22 Joe Hill ActiveEdge Race Team at 2.55
23 Mark Richards DAP Cycling Club at 3.00
24 Luke Barfoot Tri UK st
25 Ethan Browne The Bulls at 3.05
26 Freddy Pett DAP Cycling Club st
27 Christopher Owram Primera-TeamJobs st
28 Peter Cocker Richardsons-Trek RT st
29 Eugene Cross Lifting Gear Prod/CyclesInMotion at 3.09
30 Matt Lelliott Steele Davis Via Roma RT at 3.13
31 Christopher Rothwell BW Cycling st
32 Matthew Clarke Wheelbase CabTech Castelli at 3.18
33 Carl Jolly University of Bristol CC at 3.27
34 Tom Couzens Zappi Racing Team st
35 Thomas Harrington Cardiff Ajax CC at 3.41
36 Andrew Turner SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling st

 t1diabetes.info KOM Winner: Josh Housley, Team PB Performance
BW Cycling 1st Local Rider: Joe Griffiths, TORQ Performance
1st Junior: Sam Freeman, Z Junior Race Team
Argos Team Winners: Nopinz Symec Race Team

National Criterium Championships 2019

National Criterium Championships 2019

Presented by Bristol Road Club
Under LVRC regulations

Saturday 3rd August 2019

For Categories Men D, E, F, G/H and Women All Categories


Odd Down Cycle Circuit
Chelwood Drive
Bath BA2 2PR

Race times/distance
12:30 - Men Cat D, 50mins + 5 laps
13:50 - Men Cat E, 50mins + 5 laps
15:10 - Men Cat F, 40mins + 5 laps
       16:20 - Men Cat G/H, 40mins + 5 laps *
           16:20 - Women All Cat, 35 mins + 3 laps *

* These are separate races and will start one minute apart, also race length might change slightly.

Organiser: Jim Grant
E mail   jim.grant62@live.com
Mobile 07800 713065

View programme at this link LVRC National Criterium Championships 2019

Alex Richardson powers to Severn Bridge lone win

Alex Richardson, Canyon dhb P/B Bloor Homes, wins the 47th Severn Bridge-BW Cycling Road Race in a lone breakaway late in the race from a break of 15 riders. Fantastic ride on a hard, wet day in which the Canyon dhb P/B Bloor Homes team dominated with Jacob Vaughan taking 2nd place and Sam Culverwell of Team Estera in 3rd.

The break of 16 riders established on the 7th lap of the 9 lap race, going away on the flat, windy avonmouth road and was 20 seconds up by the time they hit the main climb up Kings Weston Lane and through the finish with two laps to go. Within a lap Richardson was on his own, powering away on the flat to hit the climb again with over a minute lead. He extended this to the finish although struggling up the climb the final time, while the remaining 15 riders from the break attacked each other on the climb, with Vaughan and Culverwell pulling clear of the rest, but still coming in nearly 2 minutes down on Richardson.

Full race report to follow later.

Provisional Result

Pos.No.First NameLast NameClub/Team NameTime
112AlexRichardsonCanyon dhb P / B Bloor Homes02:53:43
214JacobVaughanCanyon dhb P / B Bloor Homes@1:43
322SamCulverwellTeam Estera@1:48
438JakeAldermanSaint Piran
517KieranSavageCycling Sheffield Giant Sheffield
621MorrisBaconDAP Cycling Club
741CharlesWalkerSpirit Tifosi Racing Team
875PeterKibbleWales Racing Academy
1016MaxStedmanCanyon dhb P / B Bloor Homes
1151CameronOrrTeam Inspired
1420FreddyPettDAP Cycling Club
1537AlexandreTouchePontypool RCC
1653JoshHousleyTeam PB Performance
1718LouisSzymanskiCycling Sheffield Giant Sheffield
1877WilliamRobertsWales Racing Academy
1923OliverHaywardHolohan Coaching Race Team
2063OliverWinwood BratchellVelo Club Venta
2157HaydenAllenTHRE Datawolves RT
2231GeorgeSmithNopinz Symec Race Team
2347AndrewTurnerSwiftCarbon Pro Cycling
2427AlexanderCrossMeudon Pedal Heaven Le Col RT
2515LouisRose-DaviesCanyon dhb P / B Bloor Homes
2628CameronBiddleMorvelo Basso
2733MarcinBialoblockiNopinz Symec Race Team
2878JamieCrumpZappi Racing Team
2988SamuelBeckettCardiff JIF
3065RossHollandVeloce Racing
3192Archie CrossTeam B 38 cyclies in motion
323GeorgeEvansActiveEdge Race Team
3449DanielNietoTBW23 Stuart Hall Gett Taxi Bottecchia 
3576SamuelTillettWales Racing Academy
3613CallumMacleodCanyon dhb P / B Bloor Homes
3773JoeBeckingsaleWales Racing Academy
3842CharliePassfieldSpirit Tifosi Racing Team
3934AndrewCritchlowNorwood Paragon CC
4079AndrewKirby73Degrees CC
4164OliverBeresfordVelo Club Venta
4244GeorgeClarkSpirit Tifosi Racing Team
4354GrahamCollinsTeam Tor 2000 KALAS
4483ShaunCookNopinz Symec Race Team
4567DanielMaclean-HowellVELOFLOW CC - ROWE & KING
4660AlexandrosMatsangosUniversity Of Portsmouth CC
4845JordanPeacockSpirit Tifosi Racing Team
4955JoshuaCroxtonTeam Tor 2000 KALAS
5080SamLindsay73Degrees CC
5274JoshPriceWales Racing Academy
5386RhysPilleyCC Plancoet

KOM Winner: Kieran Savage, Cycling Sheffield Giant Sheffield

1st Local Rider:  Max Stedman, Canyon dhb P / B Bloor Homes

Team Winners: Canyon dhb P / B Bloor Homes

1st Junior: Jamie Crump, Zappi Racing Team

Photos from MADE BY WADE and John Pierce Photosport

Photos from MADE BY WADE

View the circuit details at this link:2019 Severn Bridge RR Course Map - Amended Henbury Circuit

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Bethany Taylor, Bianchi Dama and James Phillips, Bristol RC take the wins in A Bridge Too Far Road Race on a hot day in the Mendips!

Sunday 22nd July 2018
Women's Race Result

Bethany Taylor of Bianchi Dama wins Women's A Bridge Too Far Road Race

Pos.No.First NameLast NameClub/Team Name
17BethanyTaylorBianchi Dama
336TinaHartwrightDulwich Paragon CC
419ClaireWaltersJeremy Rees Cycles RT
526HannahNewshamSomerset Road Club
64LaurenJohnstonAvid Sport
837LouiseHart Sigma Sport/Threo
931JasmineJonesVELOFLOW CC
109BethanStubbsBianchi Dama
1122NicoleCoatesPerformance Cycles
128AlexandraSheehanBianchi Dama
1314NikkiToomerExeter Wheelers
145NancyWalkerAvid Sport
1512AmyMarksCC London
1620CharlotteMitchellNewport Phoenix CC
1724SophieFennellPerformance Cycles
186EmilyWaltonBeeston Cycling Club
1911AliceThomsonBristol South CC
2110CatrionaRossBridport CC
2225OliveHollidaySomer Valley CC
2329ElizabethSandersUniversity of Exeter CC
2417ChrissieSlotIRIS Race Team
2515SarahHickmanIRIS Race Team

Men's Race Result
James Phillips of Bristol RC wins the Men's A Bridge Too Far Road Race
Pos.No.First NameLast NameClub/Team Name
123JamesPhillipsBristol RC
247PatrickClarkTeam B38 / Underpin Racing
46JackWebbArmy Cycling Union
549NicholasTyrieUniversity of Bath Cycling Club
651AshleyHutchisonVC St Raphael
719ColinParryBristol RC
825AndyEdwardsBristol RC
1029HefinEvansBynea CC
1145OliverYatesSomerset Road Club
1235TrevorSmithCotswold Veldrijden
1339JackThompsonPerformance Cycles
147KevinAlexisArmy Cycling Union
152DexterFoxArmy Cycling Union
1637GideonAroussiExeter Wheelers
1716ThomasHoganBPF Cycling
1844TimSouthcombeSomerset Road Club
1948StevenJonesTeam Tor 2000 KALAS
2146SteveThomasSteele Davis Via Roma RT
2243NicholasAndersonSalt & Sham Cycle Club
2333DeanHitchingsCotswold Cycles-TREK
2422PeterBurrowsBristol RC
2515TomRadburnBPF Cycling
2631ChristopherOwramCardiff Ajax CC
2761ThomasBassLatchem Sunwise Race Team
2818TomBrookesBristol RC
2921ChristopherHillBristol RC
3030RobWalkerCambridge University CC
3120TomSharpBristol RC
328DuncanLancashireBath Cycling Club
3442DavidBillingsRadeon-Cycology RT
3655RichardCleaverVelo Club Montpellier
3827ShaunCookBristol RC
3968AndrewWileyUniversity Of Manchester CC
4065ThomasPriceAvid Sport
4126RobHandleyBristol RC

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A Bridge Too Far RR circuit

Rupert Graham of Spirit Tifosi RT wins Severn Bridge RR

After second in the Perfs, Rupert Graham (Spirit Tifosi) went one better at the Severn Bridge Road Race with victory in the latest edition of this long running event.

South region champion Matt Downie (TAAP Cervelo) continues his solid start to the season, taking second place behind Rupert Graham. Downie, who won the king of the mountains classification, finished second behind Marcin Bialoblocki at the Devon Primavera race the previous weekend and surely a win cannot be too far away!

Downie said  " nothing was going for the first half of the race everyone was chasing everything. Then it was hacking it down and everyone started sitting up so I put in an attack and quickly got a decent gap. I bridged over to Andy Turner and we worked well together. I could see they were chasing behind but we kept pressing on. Rupert from Spirit Tifosi bridged across by himself and we were all working well together on the last lap we had well over 2 mins 30 seconds on the main bunch and about 50 seconds on some chasers. On the last climb Rupert went hard I followed, Andy got dropped then my legs just gave up and Rupert went on to win it and I crossed for second"

PosFirst NameLast NameClub/Team NameTime
1RupertGrahamSpirit Tifosi Racing Team02:49:00
2MatthewDownieTAAP Cerveloat 16s
3AndrewTurnerTeam KTM UKat 17s
4ChristopherRothwellBW Cyclingat 41s
5JoshuaPriceTeam Backstedt/Hotchilleeat 55s
6LouisSzymanskiCycling Sheffield Giant Sheffieldat 60s
7MattLangworthySaint Piranat 1m 9s
8MitchellWebberHalo Sports Cycling Teamat 1m 21s
9AlexFanshaweSaint Piranat 1m 38s
10JackWallerSpirit Tifosi Racing Teamat 1m 42s
11JakeHalesSpirit Tifosi Racing Teamat 1m 51s
12DouglasColemanSpirit Tifosi Racing Teamat st
13BreconBurnettCardiff Ajax CCat 1m 57s
14BenLockettTri UKat 2m
15DanteCarpenterMorvelo Bassoat 2m 2s
16AlexanderCrossVCEquipe/FlixOralHygiene/Propulseat 2m 4s
17DavidMiddletonCardiff Ajax CCat 2m 9s
18LeeFrostTri UKat 2m 13s
19RedWaltersSotonia CCat 2m 17s
20DanielPullenCycling Sheffield Giant Sheffieldat st
21CameronJeffersSaint Piranat st
22JamesPhillipsBristol RCat 2m 19s
23GeorgeKimberTeam PB Performanceat st
24AndrewKirbyVC St Raphaelat st
25OliverMaxwellRichardsons-Trek RTat st
26AndrewCritchlowWyndyMillaat 2m 23s
27JoeCharleyTeam PB Performanceat st
28LukeBarfootTri UKat st
29SamuelTillettWales Racing Academyat st
30SeanTownsendVCEquipe/FlixOralHygiene/Propulseat 2m 33s
31JosephReesCardiff Ajax CCat 2m 40s
32RichardHarrisCwmcarn Paragon Cycle Clubat 2m 43s
33GeorgeBazleyBristol RCat 2m 45s
34DavidKovacsTeam KTM UKat 2m 54s
35MarcinBialoblockiSteele Davis Via Roma RT
37CharliePassfieldSpirit Tifosi Racing Team
38JoeSwinnertonSwinnerton Cycles
39RyanWatkinsCardiff Ajax CC
40TomDuncanWORX Factory Racing

1st Junior98JoshuaPriceTeam Backstedt/Hotchillee
1st 2nd Cat51MatthewDownieTAAP Cervelo
Argos KOM 1st51MatthewDownieTAAP Cervelo
Argos KOM 2nd91JamesPhillipsBristol RC
1st TeamSpirit Tifosi Racing Team
1st Local Rider66BenLockettTri UK
2nd Local Rider91JamesPhillipsBristol RC
3rd Local Rider82AndrewKirbyVC St Raphael

Enter the race at this link: 46th-Severn-Bridge---BW-Cycling-Road-Race

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Race Report - A Bridge Too Far Road Race - by Mathew Blackmore

Joshua Croxton (Team Tor 2000 KALAS) sprints to victory in A Bridge Too Far Road Race in the penultimate round of The Steele Davis Cotswold Cycle Racing League

Joshua Croxton of Team Tor 2000 KALAS takes the win from Ian Cullen of Mid Devon CC

With only 10 points between Jamie Wilkins (Veloton) 152 pts, Ross Phelps (Bristol RC) 143pts, Ben Luckwell (24/7) 142pts and 2 rounds to go, it was all to play for in the overall for The Steele Davis Cotswold Cycling League. With Ross on holiday it was opportunity for Jamie and Ben to gain some ground.


With added presence from non Cotswold League teams such as Team Tor 2000 and Mid Devon CC, the race was far from predictable. However it was Bristol Road Club's Shaun Cook who was riding aggressively with two hard attacks within the first 3 laps. With the second attack sticking, he was joined by Nic McKibbin (Bath Cycling Club), Charlie Beake (Tri UK) and Ben Lockett (Saint Piran). With the four riders working well together they built up a lead of up to a minute from the main pack.

Aggressive riding by Bristol RC rider, Shaun Cook, helped establish the break after 4 laps

Back in the bunch, strong southerly crosswinds left limited space to hide on the long drag at the top of Cheddar and a string of attacks stretched out the bunch. However it also took its toll with the lead riders losing Nic McKibbin on lap 4 and Charlie Beake on lap 5. At the start of lap 5, Shaun Cook and Ben Lockett's lead had been reduced to 15 seconds by a chasing pack of 10 riders which had initially broke away on lap 4, which included Josh Croxton and Graham Collins (Team Tor 2000 Kalas), Ian Cullen and Ashley Towey (Mid Devon CC), Tom Sharp (Bristol RC), Lewis Braithwaite (24/7), George Kimber (Cycle Sport Dynamo), and Ashley Hutchinson (VC St Raphael).  With the chasing peloton 30 seconds behind including Ben Luckwell and Jamie Wilkins closely watching each other for the overall.

The Front group with a lap to go


By the last lap the 10 riders had caught Shaun Cook and Ben Lockett.   However a chase from the peloton had now been made by a further group of 6 riders of the main contenders for the overall including Ben Luckwell, Jamie Wilkins and Matt Franklin (Bristol RC  6th overall.) Jacob Pilkington (Velo Club Montpelier 7th overall).

On the last drag the climbers of the leading group were trying to make their attacks count. Attacks came from Alex Fanshawe, George Kimber and Ben Lockett but none of the remaining 12 riders were willing to give up, so it came down to a bunch sprint. In the final corner Graham Collins Team Tor 2000 took the lead with fellow teammate Joshua Croxton on his wheel. Joshua sprinted strongly from 200 metres to go to take the win, albeit with a slight scare when celebrating a little bit to early as a close 2nd was Ian Cullen (Mid Devon CC) who was riding his first race since a double fractured of the left pelvis in the Totnes Vire RR earlier this year and had only started riding his bike again after a 12 week layoff. Lewis Braithwaite (24/7) took 3rd place. Best Bristol RC rider was Tom Sharp in 5th.

Tom Sharp of promoting club, Bristol RC, comes in 5th from the sprint in the race winning break

With chasing group of 5 riders coming in 50 seconds behind, Matt Franklin had managed to make a breakaway to come in 13th, followed in with a hard fought sprint between Ben Luckwell (14th), Jacob Pilkington (15th) and Jamie Wilkins (16th).

Matt Franklin breaks away from the second group to finish alone


1st Place - Joshua Croxton on the race.

"Knowing there was a race within a race, with the Cotswold League regulars looking at one another, I felt confident a group of non-threats could be allowed to get away. I managed to miss the first and my teammate Graham went with the second, so needed to bide my time. On lap 6, I went over the top, just as two were brought back - stupid really, I was never bridging that gap alone! Thankfully Mid Devon's Ian Cullen made it over and we were full gas. 14 minutes of hurt later, we'd made it. 

I was fortunate to personally know half the riders in the break, meaning I knew a couple of them would have to try something on the climb. I made sure I was positioned near the front and followed the panicked chase when Alex Fanshawe & George Kimber showed their hands, doing my best to preserve my fast-diminishing box of matches. 

Once the hill had been dealt with I was happy, I'm always happy to sprint! I was unsure who's wheel to follow, but Graham's work in putting me in the right position was perfect and it all fell into place nicely - even if I did need to cancel the early celebration to finish the job!"


2nd Place -  Ian Cullen (Mid Devon CC) on the race

Yes - This was my first RR back since the crash.   Which left me with a double fractured my left pelvis, I couldn't walk for 6 weeks and was on crutches permanently. I did another 6 weeks in rehab. Then I started training properly at the end of July. It's taken me a while to get my confidence for riding in a bunch again so I'm pleased to be re-acquainted with road racing again.

I missed the early breaks by sitting to far back in the peloton so with 2 laps to go at the foot of the drag Josh and I hit it hard to bridge across. We made contact with the front group with a lap to go. I'm pleased with 2nd although a win would have been a great return.



Ben Luckwell determined to gain some extra points over Jamie Wilkins for the overall.


1.  Joshua CroxtonTeam Tor 2000 KALAS
2.  Ian CullenMid Devon CC
3.  Lewis BraithwaiteRide 24/7
4.  George KimberCycle Sport Dynamo
5.  Tom SharpBristol RC
6.  Ashley ToweyMid Devon CC
7.  Graham CollinsTeam Tor 2000 KALAS
8.  Ashley HutchisonVC St Raphael
9.  Shaun CookBristol RC
10.Ben LockettSaint Piran
11.Richard CleaverVelo Club Montpellier
12.Alex FanshaweSaint Piran
13.Matthew FranklinBristol RC
14.Benjamin LuckwellRide 24/7
15.Jacob PilkingtonVelo Club Montpelier
16.Jamie WilkinsVeloton Team
17.George JonesVC St Raphael
18.Charlie BeakeTri UK
19.Mark PerryRide 24/7
20.Robert WillcocksRoyal Air Force CA
21.Ashley FletcherSouthfork Racing.co.uk
22.Steven JonesMid Devon CC
23.Jack MundinanoCheltenham & County CC
24.Trevor SmithCotswold Veldrijden
25.Jack ThompsonPerformance Cycles
26.Simon WardBristol RC
27.Charlie ShieldsBath Cycling Club
28.Samuel WestlakeBristol RC
29.Steve ThomasRide 24/7
30.Rick HawkerVeloVitesse
31.Mike SkidmoreCheltenham & County CC
32.Christopher HillBristol RC
33.Matthew GriffinRadeon-Bike Science RT
34.George DallimoreRadeon-Bike Science RT
35.Johnny Arce UruenaUnattached
36.Cameron SmalleyCotswold Cycles-TREK
37.Dave TillingRide 24/7
38.Matt LelliottSevern RC
39.Craig WallduckLatchem Sunwise Race Team
40.Nic McKibbinBath Cycling Club
41.Aled JonesVeloton Team
42.Daniel MarshallT1Diabetes.info


Unfortunately the women's race has been cancelled due to too few entries.
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Race Programme

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The Circuit

The Riders
No.First NameLast NameClub/Team Name
1PaulChurchillArmy Cycling Union
2CharlieShieldsBath Cycling Club
3SimonWilliamsBath Cycling Club
4NicMcKibbinBath Cycling Club
5SamuelWestlakeBristol RC
6TomSharpBristol RC
7MatthewFranklinBristol RC
8ChristopherHillBristol RC
9SimonWardBristol RC
10WillBudgeBristol RC
11ShaunCookBristol RC
12KrispinGardinerBristol RC
13JackMundinanoCheltenham & County CC
14ThomasBarlowCheltenham & County CC
15SimonWorsleyCheltenham & County CC
16MikeSkidmoreCheltenham & County CC
17CameronSmalleyCotswold Cycles-TREK
18JamesPughCotswold Veldrijden
19TrevorSmithCotswold Veldrijden
20GeorgeKimberCycle Sport Dynamo
21MatthewClarkeHalesowen A&CC
22CraigWallduckLatchem Sunwise Race Team
23PeterHodson-ThomasLatchem Sunwise Race Team
24JoeHarrisMaxxis 4 Racing Team
25StevenJonesMid Devon CC
26IanCullenMid Devon CC
27AshleyToweyMid Devon CC
28JackThompsonPerformance Cycles
29StevenWhitehurstRadeon-Bike Science RT
30MatthewGriffinRadeon-Bike Science RT
31GeorgeDallimoreRadeon-Bike Science RT
32DeaconCutterham CGCRide 24/7
33BenjaminLuckwellRide 24/7
34MarkPerryRide 24/7
35DaveTillingRide 24/7
36SteveThomasRide 24/7
37LewisBraithwaiteRide 24/7
38ArchieWhyteRide 24/7
39MattLelliottSevern RC
40AshleyFletcherSouthfork Racing.co.uk
42AlfiePetersTeam Novo Nordisk (Development)
43GrahamCollinsTeam Tor 2000 KALAS
44JoshuaCroxtonTeam Tor 2000 KALAS
45CharlieBeakeTri UK
46LukeBarfootTri UK
47AndrewKirbyUniversity of Bristol CC
48PeterBurrowsUniversity of Bristol CC
49AshleyHutchisonVC St Raphael
50GeorgeJonesVC St Raphael
51JacobPilkingtonVelo Club Montpellier
52RoryGillingVelo Club Montpellier
53RichardCleaverVelo Club Montpellier
54LloydDobsonVelo Club Vitesse
55JamieWilkinsVeloton Team
56AledJonesVeloton Team
61RobinHuntBristol RC
62JohnnyArce UruenaUnattached
63BenLockettSaint Piran
64AlexFanshaweSaint Piran
65MorganJonesCwmcarn Paragon Cycle Club
66JosephWestTeam Backstedt/Hotchillee
67AlexanderCrossTeam Vision Innovative Leisure
68TobySmithVC Bristol Webbs of Warmley
70RobertWillcocksRoyal Air Force CA

Edward Clemens returns to take win in Severn Bridge RR

The Severn Bridge Road Race in Bristol today was won by Edward Clemens (Spirit Tifosi RT) by 8 seconds from Matt Langworthy (Mid Devon CC) and teammate Charlie Passfield (Spirit Tifosi RT) a further 40 seconds back.

This was just reward for Clemens who lost out last year by inches in a tight sprint to Dale Appleby.
Ed Clemens pulled clear from teammate Charlie Passfield, Matt Langworthy and George Smith (VC Equipe-Flix) before the final climb of Kings Weston Lane, to win alone. Riding his first race of the UK season the 23 year old had spent half the winter racing in Australia and showed he was in good shape. These four had been part of a seven man group that had pulled clear the first time up the steep gradient, consolidating their lead across the flat, exposed industrial Avonmouth roads.

Thomas Scott-Collins (Spirit Tifosi RT), Oscar Hutchings and Lee Frost (VC Equipe Flix), had also made the move and the gap to the peloton was holding at 40 secs after 25 of 68 miles. A full field of 80 faced rain, hail and sunshine but most agreed the strong south westerly wind scudding in off the Severn Estuary had the most influence on the race, only the bigger riders citing the climb. The wind deterred any concerted chase but also started to take its toll on the break away as Scott-Collins, Hutchings and finally Frost lost contact.  

The catch was always likely given the race distance but a crash in the bunch that sent Will Bjergfelt, Elliot Porter (Neon-Velo CT) and Jason White (Bristol RC) among others, tumbling onto the verge took the impetus out of the pursuit.

Clemens & Passfield opened a small gap the sixth time up the hill with two to go but the impressive Langworthy, a winner last week at the Primavera race closed the gap over the top and at the bell it was the Devonian making the pace.  

Behind, the race was splitting with late entry Rob Partridge (Bike Channel Canyon) Doug Coleman (Spirit Tifosi RT), Harry Veale (Cycleworks) and Team Wiggins pair Etienne Georgi & Ashley Dennis doing the damage. Clemens made his move on a slight rise before the main climb, Langworthy followed but could not make contact, Passfield did not have to and Smith was already settling for fourth place.

Full results are as follows:



First Name

Last Name

Club / Team Name





Spirit Tifosi Racing Team





Mid Devon CC





Spirit Tifosi Racing Team





VC Equipe - Flix





BIKE Channel Canyon





Team Wiggins





Spirit Tifosi Racing Team





VC Meudon





Team Wiggins





Spokes BPC Racing





Saint Piran





Spirit Tifosi Racing Team





Catford CC Equipe/Banks





Bath Cycling Club





VC Equipe - Flix





Bush Healthcare CRT










Catford CC Equipe/Banks





Team Backstedt/Hotchillee





Swinnerton Cycles





PMR@Toachim House





Latchem Sunwise Race Team










Tri UK





Latchem Sunwise Race Team





Team Wiggle





VC Londres





Team Tor 2000 KALAS





DRK Racing





Cwmcarn Paragon Cycle Club










University of Birmingham CC





Ride 24/7










Ride 24/7





VC Equipe - Flix





Bristol RC





Hosté TAAP Storck





Velo Club Venta





Ride 24/7





Tri UK





Radeon-Bike Science RT





Catford CC Equipe/Banks





Catford CC Equipe/Banks





BIKE Channel Canyon





Bristol RC





Latchem Sunwise Race Team

Other categories:

1st Team: Spirit Tifosi RT

KOM Winner: Charlie Passfield, Spirit Tifosi RT

KOM 2nd place: Lee Frost, VC Equipe – Flix

1st Local Rider:George Smith, VC Equipe – Flix

1st Junior: Rhys Britton (16th), Bush Healthcare CRT

1st 2nd Cat: Matt Langworthy, Mid Devon CC

More photos below and on our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/bristolroadclub/

45th Severn Bridge - BW Cycling Road Race on 5th March 2017
This year the race is on a new circuit, close to Bristol and starts in Henbury, then goes past Blaise Castle and through Hallen, Chittening and Lawrence Weston, climbing up sharply from Long Cross roundabout to the finish on Napier Miles Road.

A very fast circuit with a horrible climb every 8 miles which is not for the faint hearted.

Please check out and share this filmed lap https://t.co/DakIj6hsxV via @YouTube

Entries are now open for the 45th Severn Bridge - BW Cycling Road Race which will be taking place on Sunday 5th March 2017.

Please note that you must have a 2017 Race licence to enter this event.

Bristol Road Club are very excited to be able to bring this prestigious and challenging event into the Bristol area for the first time and also within view of the Severn Bridge.

The HQ will be at Avon Riding Centre, Kings Weston Road, Henbury, Bristol BS10 7QT

The circuit can be viewed at the following link: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/1320148710

The circuit is just under 13km (7.9 miles) and the race is currently stated to be 10 laps, however this may be reduced to 9 laps. In addition the start time of 11.00am may be changed to an earlier time, but this information will be reviewed and updated if necessary in the next few weeks.

If you have any questions, please contact the organiser, Brian O'Kelly, at brian.okelly@bristolroadclub.com.

George Harper of One Pro Cycling winning the 2015 race

Matthew Woods of Performance Cycles wins A Bridge Too Far Road Race

Matthew Woods of Performance Cycles took a lone victory in Round 9 of The Steele Davis Cotswold League. 

The penultimate race of the Cotswold Cycle Racing League near Priddy saw autumnal weather on top of the Mendips, with a heavy rain shower and dropping temperature sorting the men from the boys, with only around 35 riders finishing.

With the main contenders for the Steele Davis Cotswold League overall standings, current leader Colin Parry (24/7), Rory Gilling (VC Montpelier), Simon Ker (Bath CC) and Sean Townsend (Radeon-Bike Science RT) all trying to establish a breakaway, it made the race hard going for many riders from the outset.

On the second lap up the long drag of Plummers Lane showed Jacob Pilkington (Performance Cycles) putting the power on with the aim of making a breakaway group, which would include his teammate Matthew Woods.  With Matt pushing the pace even further towards the top of the climb thinking the stronger riders would follow, he had established a 15 sec time gap by himself. In the next two laps he awaited further riders to join him but while riders tried to bridge the gap, all these attempts were soon reeled back from the peloton.

He then realised that he may have to do this all by himself.

Matthew said "I decided, that to stay away, I would need to back off into the headwind on the flat section and push hard on the climb.  Knowing that the group dynamics would ease up towards the peak of the climb so I could make the gains on the climb."

With 3 laps to go the time gap went down to 15secs but it was also the lap Matt backed off his pace, but then he pushed on harder and saw his advantage increase lap by lap.

On the final lap, riders were still trying to bridge the gap. Matt Franklin (Bristol RC) and Duncan Lancashire (Bath Cycling Club) had established a 20 second gap from the peloton.  By the time the chasing 30 riders came through they were now a minute behind the leader.

Unfortunately Matt Franklin lost contact with Duncan Lancashire who now had to hold off an ever increasing speeding peloton for the final 3 miles.

Matthew Wood came in celebrating his victory with 35 secs to spare.  On the final bend Duncan Lancashire was still holding off for second place, however, Jamie Wilson (Veloton Team) peeled off from the fragmented peloton to overtake Duncan for second place in the final 100 metres. With Sean Townsend (Raedon-BikeScience) 4th, Colin Parry Perfomance Cycles  5th and last year's winner Gerry Bowditch (Dream Cycling Race Team) 6th,  coming in for the minor places.

Provisional Results
1.  Matthew WoodsPerformance Cycles
2.  Jamie WilkinsVeloton Team
3.  Duncan LancashireBath Cycling Club
4.  Sean TownsendRaedon-BikeScience
5.  Colin Parry                  Ride 24/7
6.  Gerry Bowditch            Dream Cycling Race Team
7   Ashley Fletcher           North Devon Wheelers
8   Sebastian Lewis          Madison Du Velo-Storck Bikes UK
9   William Crofts              Performance Cycles
10. Alex Fanshawe           University of Exeter Cycling Club
11  Nicholas Anderson      Salt and Sham Cycle Club
12  Alastair Kay                Velo Vitesse
13  Rory Gilling                 Velo Club Montpellier
14  Andre Mouton             Bath Cycling Club
15  Shaun Cook                Bristol Road Club
16  George Jones              VC St Raphael
17. Richard Cleaver           Cheltenham & County CC
18. Jamie Penton              Dream Cycling Race Team
19. Simon Ker                   Bath Cycling Club
20. Nick Watson                Ride 24/7
21. Tom Clements              Offcamber
22. Felix Wilkinson             Veloton Team
23. Lloyd Dobson               Army Cycling Union
24. Trevor Smith                Cotswold Veldrijden
25. Darren Gardner             Bath Cycling Club
26. Jacob Pilkington           Performance Cycles
27. Steve Thomas              Dream Cycling Race Team
28. Rob Yeatman                Cotswold Cycles RT
29. Matthew Franklin           Bristol RC
30. Graham Reeves            Bristol RC
31. Adam Maslen               Bristol RC
32. Will Swarbrick               Bath CC
33. Thomas Grigson           Raedon-Bike Science RT
34. David Stoyle                Bath CC
35. Chris Nyonyntino           Bath CC     

2016 44th Severn Bridge - BW Cycling RR

Dale Appleby takes win in Severn Bridge RR

The Severn Bridge Road Race in Bristol on Sunday was won by Dale Appleby who escaped late in the race with two others, Edward Clemens (Spirit Bikes RT) and Max Stedman (Pedal Heaven).

On the downhill finish situated on a bridge over a lake, Appleby, without the use of an 11 sprocket and worried he wasn’t going to get past his rival Clemens, just managed to do so at the line to take the victory with the ever aggressive Max Steadman third.

A very tight finish with Dale Appleby (NFTO) just edging it from Ed Clemens (Spirit Bikes racing Team)

On a tough circuit, testing the legs of many for the first time this season, the riders only had a few miles in their legs after the start before they approached the main climb at Stowey. The pressure was applied and a few riders found wanting but most of the action was at the back as riders tried to hang on.

Another lap and the field was still together at the bottom of Stowey but the cracks soon started to appear in the peloton as Jon Tiernan Locke who admits to being 10 kilos heavier than he should be, Dexter Gardias in the first race for his new team, Pedal Heaven, and Liam Bromiley, a uni student from Bath who has already won this year, escaped.

The three of them held onto that lead for around four laps, fighting out the KoM’s and forcing a selection of around a dozen riders to come up to them. The gap between groups was never big and so many riders chasing always looked a good chance of making it across but crossing the small gaps was harder than many expected.

In the lead group, the slimming down process continued lap after lap as attacks came and went until over the top of the climb last time, three riders escaped, Dale Appleby, Edward Clemens and Max Stedman (Pedal Heaven).

Top 3 in KOM going over Stowey. New signing for Pedal Heaven, Dexter Gardias racking up the KoM points ahead ofLiam Bromiley, Bath Uni CC and Jon Tiernan-Locke, Saint Piran

Jon Tiernan Locke said later he hesitated and then too late realised he was chasing a break with the three main teams represented and so wasn’t going to get any help bringing them back. In the leading three, a handy sprinter on the track, Stedman, threw in a few attacks to try and escape but no-one was getting clear on this mainly downhill run to the finish over the last five miles.

And so came the final sprint between Appleby and Clemens which was ever so close with Stedman in third. The rest of the break came in less than a minute later with Jacob Hennessy winning that sprint for fourth from Rob Partridge.

Dexter Gardias (Pedal Heaven) was next, out front for most of the race and the winner of the KoM award whilst the best local rider was Liam Bromiley, who was part of the original break. Liam, studying a masters in Civil Engineering, was a 4th cat this time last year and from what his fellow escapees said, was very strong until he blew his doors off.


PositionNo.First NameLast NameClub/Team NameTime
261EdwardClemensSpirit Bikes Racing Teamst
343MaxStedmanPedal Heaven3sec
460JacobHennessySpirit Bikes Racing Team01:35
642DexterGardiasPedal Heavenst
722ConnorSwiftEnvelopemaster Giant Sheffieldst
85BenStockdaleCotswold Cycles RTst
992LiamBromileyUniversity of Bath Cycling Clubst
1057JonathanTiernan-LockeSaint Piranst
1145AlexandarRichardsonPedal Heaven Excel Academy01:48
1228BarnabasPurbrookLondon Dynamost
1321JosephClarkEnvelopemaster Giant Sheffield02:15
1420JakeTannerEnvelopemaster Giant Sheffieldst
1558JakeAldermanSaint Piranst
1718JamesPhillipsDream Cycling Race Teamst
189AndrewWilliamsCwmcarn Paragon Cycle Clubst
1967MichaelSmithTeam Corley Cyclesst
2023EtienneGeorgiGiant Cycling Club - Halo Filmsst
2127KinseyMcIlquhamKTM Impsport RTst
238RyanBrainCwmcarn Paragon Cycle Clubst
2436HefinEvansNFTO Race Clubst
2515JamiePentonDream Cycling Race Teamst
2641HarrisonJonesPedal Heavenst
2778LiamWalshVC Equipe - Flixst
2891JohnMulveyCambridge CCst
2930GuntherZechmannLondon Phoenix CCst
3082ThomasBoweringRide 24/7st
3183AlexFanshaweZappi's Racing Teamst
3248MatthewWoodsPerformance Cyclesst
3362JoeHarrisSpirit Bikes Racing Teamst
3446WilliamHarperPedal Heaven Excel Academyst
3525AndrewTurnerKTM Impsport RTst
3751JoshuaLawlessPMR@Toachim House05:34
3931OliverMaxwellNeon-Velo Cycling Teamst
4066EdwardWatkissTeam Corley Cyclesst
4155TimothyAllenRP Vision Racing Teamst
4216SteveThomasDream Cycling Race Teamst

Remaining 38 riders DNF

Argos KOM Winner      Dexter Gardias, Pedal Heaven

Team winner     Envelopemaster Giant Sheffield

BW Cycling 1st Local Rider   Liam Bromiley, University of Bath CC

Deliveroo 2nd Local Rider  James Phillips, Dream Cycling Race Team

First Junior          Etienne Georgi, Giant Cycling Club - Halo Films

First 2nd Cat       Liam Bromiley, University of Bath CC

Download the 44th Severn Bridge race programme


Gerry Bowditch Wins A Bridge Too Far Road Race
A lovely sunny day on top of the Mendips on a rolling 8 mile circuit, in the final race of the Cotswold Cycle League.

At the start of the 2nd lap the race was neutralised due to crash involving half a dozen riders of which Carl Luke -Live2ride Sunwise with a suspected broken collarbone and Adam Carter- Offcamber having a puncture wound to his ankle.   

The next 2 laps were neutralised whilst awaiting the return of the paramedics as the riders were taken back to HQ.

At the start of Lap 4 with 5 laps remaining the race was back on.

On the long drag, a break established with a group of 7 riders.  3 of the group consisted of Dream Cycle Racing Team, Steve Thomas, Gerry Bowditch and Jamie Penton. They were also joined by Mark Perry - Ride 24/7, Ross Evans - Live 2 Ride, Jack Thompson - Performance Cycles and George Wise - Veloton Team.  

The break held at 30-40 seconds until the final lap, with 6km to go Gerry Bowditch pulling through, unexpectedly got a gap and went away from the lead group. Steve Thomas and Jamie Penton were no longer going to contribute while their team mate was ahead.

With about 4km to go the rest of the break were caught by the peloton. However, Gerry Bowditch was able to hold off to take the victory. 

Luke Nolan - Live2ride Sunwise took 2nd place with 3rd place going to Sean Townsend - Radeon Cycle Coaching.

2nd Overall in the Cotswold League Mark Perry came in at 10th place which he believes is not enough to leap frog current leader Lee Davies - Ride 24/7.  


Rider update - Adam Carter - Offcamber suffered a cracked bone in spine, a puncture wound to ankle and a bump to head.  However he would like to thank the paramedics and anyone who offered help and support.

The Bristol Road Club wishes Carl Luke and Adam Carter both a speedy recovery.   

Provisional Results

1.  Gerry Bowditch      Dream Cycle Racing Team

2.  Luke Nolan            Live2ride Sunwise

3.  Sean Townsend     Radeon Cycle Coaching

4.  Charles Ormerod    University of Bristol CC

5.  Justin Belcher        Shutt VR/Digital Keystone

6.  Ross Evans           Live2Ride Sunwise

7.  Thomas Leach       Raedon Cycle Coaching

8.  Jack Thompson     Performance Cycles

9.  Daniel Marshall      T1 Diabetes.info

10. Mark Perry            Ride 24/7

11. George Smith        Gillingham and District Wheelers

12. Jamie Penton        Dream Cycle Racing Team

13. Stuart McCombie   T1 Diabetes.info

14. George Wise          Veloton Team

15. Haydon Burton       Bath Cycling Club

16. Christopher Harris   Bristol RC

17. Adrain Lawson        Ride 24/7

18. George Jones         Clevedon & District RC

19. Robert Slocombe    Offcamber

20. Malcolm Dixon        Dream Cycle Racing Team

21. Dave Tiling             Veloton Team

22. Stephen Brown       Dream Cycle Racing Team

23. Tom Clements        Offcamber

24. Hamish Belding      Cardiff Ajax CC

25. John Russell           T1 Diabetes.info

26. Steve Thomas        Dream Cycle Racing Team

27. Matthew Franklin     T1 Diabetes.info

28. David Stoyle           Bath Cycling Club

29. Ashley Martin          Easton Ritte

30. Vincent Harding       Unattached

31. Ben Millar                Cardiff Univerity Marmots

32. Casmir Ludwig         Bristol RC

33. Stuart Gorley           Radeon Cycle Coaching

A Bridge Too Far Road Race
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A Bridge Too Far RR
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George Harper (One Pro Cycling) wins the Severn Bridge Road Race from Yanto Barker (One Pro Cycling) and Eddie Dunbar (NFTO)


1. George Harper One Pro Cycling 2-46-45
2. Yanto Barker One Pro Cycling
3. Eddie Dunbar NFTO all same time
4. Will Bjergfelt SportGrub KUOTA at 41sec
5 .Marcin Bialoblocki One Pro Cycling at 1-23
6. Rob Partridge NFTO at 1-34
7. Rhys Lloyd NFTO at 2-07
8. Rory Townsend Pedal Heaven RT at 2-55
9. Lee Frost Tri UK at 3-00
10. Gunther Zechmann London Phoenix CC at 3-50
11. Joseph Clarke Team Envelopemaster/Bikeboxalan at 5-34
12. Colin Parry Ride 24/7
13. Ben Davis Wheelbase Altura MGD
14. Joshua Jones Bikeshed - Exeter Uni all same time
15. Richard Harris Cwmcarn Paragon Cycle Club at 5-42
16. Thomas Baylis One Pro Cycling at 6-04
17. Andrew Syme Primera-Sports.Com at 6-32
18. Ashley Proctor Team Envelopemaster/Bikeboxalan
19. Oliver Maxwell SportGrub KUOTA
20. Andrew Williams Cwmcarn Paragon Cycle Club
21. Anthony MOYE Easton Ritte
22. Jack BEEZER Spirit Bikes Racing Team
23. Russell FALDER Team Envelopemaster/Bikeboxalan
24. Dion BLACK Kenilworth Wheelers CC all same time
25. Graham COLLINS Tanks Direct
26. Robert MOOREPedal Heaven RT
27. Tom BOWERINGRide 24/7
28. David BILLINGSVC St Raphaël / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles
29. Joe ATKINSRide Coventry
30. Liam WALSHVC St Raphaël / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles
31. Robert WARDDanny Shane-Storck Racing
33. Kris KASPERBritish Cycling Private Member - South West
34. Tom STRINGERArmy Cycling Union
35. George CLARKHigh Wycombe Cycling Club
36. Harry VEALECycleworks.co.uk
37. Jordan FRAMPTONPrimera-Sports.com
38. Callum CROFTPrimera-Sports.com
39. Oscar HUTCHINGSBikeshed- Exeter Uni
40. Ross EVANSLive2Ride Sunwise
41. Mark PERRYRide 24/7
42. George FOWLEREaston Ritte
43. Steve THOMASDream Cycling Race Team 
44. John SPANAPOLOUSEaston Ritte
45. Daniel McQUILLANTri UK
46. Thomas LEACHFelt-Colbornes-Hargroves RT
47. Ryan BRAINCwmcarn Paragon Cycle Club
48. Callum LISTERCotswold Veldrijden
49. Niel DUNNAGECotswold Veldrijden
50. Thomas GRIGSONRadeon Cycle Coaching
51. Nicholas BUCKBritish Cycling Private Member - South
52. Frederick CORETHBritish Cycling Private Member - South

Report courtesy of VeloUK

George Harper showed just how good his form is right now to win the Severn Bridge Road Race. On a hilly circuit to be covered ten times, a small lead group soon formed and from that first Eddie Dunbar (NFTO) and George Harper and then Eddie and George’s teammate Yanto Barker took flight.

It was the latter two up break that saw the race shook up as Harper and Will Bjergfelt (SportGrub KUOTA Cycling Team) joined them to make four leaders. Behind, NFTO had two more riders (Rhys Lloyd and Rob Partridge) with Marcin Bialoblocki.

The last lap saw Yanto Barker attack and force the pace to the top before Eddie Dunbar went over the top with Harper on his wheel. Barker and Harper were not going to shake the young Irishman and it came to a sprint at the foot of the climb where Harper triumphed from Barker and Dunbar. Fourth was Will Bjergfelt.

A few laps to go and there were four leaders  led here by Will Bjergfelt and George Harper

George Harper: “I had to ride into the race as at first and I was a bit worried. We were just concentrating on making sure we had riders in every move. Just constantly trying to put people up the road. I went off with Eddie who’s bloody strong a few laps in and we were away for a lap. Then Yanto and Eddie went and Marcin and I were just judging our effort behind, wondering if they were going to come back or not.”

"On the drag, on the far side of the circuit, I got the thumbs up from Marcin and tried to get over and after a long hard effort we (with Will Bjergfelt) got over. It was all go from then on and Yanto did a bloody good job helping me out. Eddie was outnumbered and we worked him over a bit.”

“I was happy with the sprint, and it was a good day. It is the first time I have worked with a team that works so hard to get someone across the line to win. I learn a fair bit about what groups to go with and when to ride hard and when not to ride hard and I am getting a hell of a lot of help from the guys on the team as we have a very experienced riders.”

After a lap away with George Harper, Eddie Dunbar of NFTO then went away for a few laps with Yanto Barker before two more riders caught them.

Yanto Barker: “I’m happy with that. These are not the biggest races in the country but we’ll take them seriously and we’re all motivated and I think that shows in the way everybody in the team conducts themselves in key phases in the race.”

“I wanted to whittle down the variables and Will is a strong guy and I respect him but I’d rather the sprint was straight forward. I put in a dig in here and went all the way to the top and Eddie attacked over the top of me and went pretty hard but George was on him and I stayed there with the two of them.”

Rob Partridge of NFTO, keen to get racing

“He’s a talented boy that Eddie. I’m going to look forward to watching him progress and he could definitely benefit from a bit more calculation in the way he rides. He’d do well in this team LoL! He’s a good kid and really wants to race and that’s good to see.”

Rob Partridge leads the break which dominated the race

A great debut by the young Irishman
“It was a good race” said Dunbar who had impressed his rivals in the race. “I’m happy with where I am at the moment even though not fully 100 per cent. It was a good day out, I really enjoyed it and fair play to the One boys there, they rode a good race and they came out on top but hopefully in a few weeks, it will be us on top. “

“They attacked me and after a 100 metres, I counter attacked and that quietened them a bit and they didn’t attack me again. I wouldn’t class myself as a sprinter but if the race had finished at the top, it might have been a different result but I’m happy with third place.”

Rob Partridge crossed to what was left of the break, Dunbar and Barker were up the road as were Harper and Bjerfgelt.

George Harper with Will Bjergfelt crossing to the break of Dunbar and Barker

A few riders from clubs and smaller teams made it into the break with the pros

Lap 1 and George Harper is feeling his way into the race at the front




 Why You Should Join Bristol Road Club
Bristol Road Club has a long and successful history, however over the past 10 years it has been run mainly by the older members.  We want to attract more younger riders that are interested in road racing so please feel free to come along to the Saturday morning club run leaving at 9.00am from BW Cycling. Get directions.

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