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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

Enter A Bridge Too Far Road Race
Entries close 8th July

RACE CIRCUIT MAP can be viewed on at:

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

Ride the circuit at this link: Ride the circuit for the 46th Severn Bridge-BW Cycling Road Race


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.
Download the race programme at this link:
Race Programme

Enter the races at:

Click on the link below to ride the circuit:
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

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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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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




Bristol RC Odd Down Winter Series Races

20 December 2014



1Bethany TaylorBonito Sqaudra Donne
2Kate BakerUniversity of Bath CC
3Chanel MasonArmy Cycling Union
4Joanne JagoPerformance Cycles
5Gabriella Leveridge
6Rebecca WatersPerformance Cycles
7Victoria LongArmy Cycling Union
8Corinne ClarkRide 24/7
9Phoebe SpeckRide 24/7
10Emma FudgeDulwich Paragon CC
11Gemma StuartPerformance Cycles
12Lucy WalkerBristol South CC


2/3 Cat
1Carl LukeLive2Ride/Sunwise
2John RussellDymag T-1-D
3Ashley HutchisonVC St Raphael
4Edward GilesRP Racing Team
5David BillingsVC St Raphael
6Ryan WitchellUniversity of Bristol CC
7Kurt GreenVC Montpellier
8Charlie Revell
Somerset RC The Bicycle Chain
9Ross EvansLive2Ride/Sunwise
10Jack BillyardSwindon RC
11Luke NolanLive2Ride/Sunwise
12Gareth TurnerUniversity of Bath CC

4 Cat
1Richard Bullett
2Richard Klee
3Stefan BarnettRadeon Cycle Coaching
4Gordon MarkusSevern RC
5Ben Thompson
Somerset RC - The Bicycle Chain
6Richard Woodward
7Robert ValdesIslington CC
8Chris WoodPerformance Cycles
9James DubbenLive2Ride RT
10Darrell RussellVeloton Team
11Donald FraserUniversity of Bristol CC
12David PlemingUniversity of Bristol CC






William Harper of Dulwich Paragon CC wins the Malmesbury RR

William Harper of Dulwich Paragon CC has won the Malmesbury Road race, breaking clear of the bunch in the final kilometre to win by only 3 seconds.



Malmesbury Road Race -31 August 2014

The penultimate stage of the Cotswold Cycle League took place on the rolling circuit via Minety-Charlton-Malmesbury-Brinkworth in perfect weather conditions.

Within the first lap Tony Kiss (Performance Cycles) and David Billings (VC St Raphael) were able to get away with lead of up 2 minutes by the end of the first lap.

After the first lap this lead was slowly brought back over the next lap and a half.  With the peloton nearing the finish William Harper (Dulwich Paragon CC) broke away to take the win by a couple of seconds.  Joe Barry (Ride 24/7) took the sprint for 2nd with Simon Coles (Norwood Paragon CC) following just behind.

Harper said “The race started quite gently, but by half way round lap 2, things started to get quite lively. An impressive 2 man break was finally brought back, and a series of attacks then went off the front.  I was involved in a break on the final lap with about 10 strong riders, which I thought would stay away, however we were reeled back in with about half a lap left. I knew that the last section of the course was a gradual climb with some steeper ramps, and that there was no wind, making it easier to stay away alone.  I kicked hard off the front with about 2 miles to go, and really tried to power up each ramp as hard as I could.  As I looked back after the initial effort, I saw there was a decent gap between myself and the chasers, so I put my head down and drilled it to the finish, managing a short sprint up the final rise. Thankfully I timed the move right, another few hundred meters and I may have been swallowed up by the group”.

Provisional Results from the Malmesbury Road Race
1 William Harper Dulwich Paragon CC
2 Joe Barry Ride 24/7
3 Simon Coles Norwood Paragon CC
4 Benjamin Luckwell Ride 24/7
5 Adam Capes Finchley Racing Team
6 Grant Bayton Ride 24/7
7 Lee Davis Velosure - Giordana RT
8 Matt Dunsbier Veloton Team
9 George Stainton-Ellis Team Dassi
10 Ross Evans Radeon Cycle Coaching
11 Malcolm Dixon Dream Cycling
12 Trevor Smith Cotswold Veldrijden
13 Mark Perry Ride 24/7
14 Harry Walton Cheltenham & County CC
15 Steve Thomas Dream Cycling
16 Shaun Green Army Cycling Union
17 Tim Wiggins Team Wiggle
18 Jed Webber Andover Whls
19 Dan Marshall Dynmag-T-1-D
20 Sean Townsend Gloucester City CC
21 David Billings VC St Raphael
22 Michael Ward Ride 24/7
23 John Russell Dymag-T-1-D
24 Stuart McCombie Bristol RC
25 Rob Handley Bristol RC
26 Matthew Ullmer Performance Cycles
27 Jamie Penton Radeon Cycle Coaching
28 Jack Billyard Swindon RC
29 Geoff Ripley Bristol RC
30 Justin Belcher Banbury Star CC
31 Thomas Leach Gloucester City CC
32 Richard Cleaver Leisure Lakes Bikes.com
33 Michael Porter Radeon Cycle Coaching
34 Simon Ker Bath Cycling Club
35 Stuart Gourley Radeon Cycle Coaching
36 David Hutchison VC St Raphael
37 Luke Souter Banbury Star CC
38 Chris Smith Python Racing Team
39 Charles Coleman Felt-Colbornes-Hargroves RT
40 Luke Nolan Live2Ride Race Team
41 Niel Dunnage Cotswold Veldrijden
42 Tony Kiss Performance Cycles
43 Anthony Lake Gloucester City CC
44 Matthew Franklin Dymag-T-1-D
45 Carl Luke Live2Ride Race Team
46 Peter Hutchinson Cotswold Veldrijden
47 Richard Jerome Team Dassi
48 Ashley Hutchison VC St Raphael
49 Gerry Bowditch Dream Cycling
50 ?
51 Scott Leakey Performance Cycles
52 Timothy Poole Performance Cycles
53 Dennis White Bristol RC


Frenchman Blain wins Severn Bridge

Photos and editorial courtesy of Eamonn Deane (more photos on his blog)

Team Raleigh’s Alex Blain secured victory in the 42nd Severn Bridge - BW Cycling Road Race in Wiltshire on Sunday, sprinting to victory ahead of his four breakaway rivals.

The 32-year-old Frenchman took the win by a couple of bike lengths ahead of Marcin Bialoblocki (Velosure-Giordana), while James Lewis (NFTO Pro Cycling) and Grant Bayton (Ride 24/7) were not far behind in third and fourth, then Richard Hepworth (Velosure-Giordana) in fifth.

Blain made it a weekend double for Team Raleigh, 24 hours after team mate Ian Wilkinson had triumphed further north in the Eddie Soens at Aintree Racecourse.

He was part of the initial break of four which went clear on the first of three laps of the 20-mile Malmesbury circuit.


Blain had gone clear early on with Marcin Bialoblocki (Velosure Giordana), James Lewis (NFTO) & 19 year old Edward Laverack (Rapha Condor JLT). Hiking in the snow in France had left Blain with a torn quad muscle that kept him off the bike all December, the rest has so obviously done him good as he put on a magnificent performance.

The quartet worked well together, building a lead of 35 seconds on the first of three 20 mile rolling loops, based around the village of Charlton near Malmesbury, Wiltshire. James Lewis had made the attack and even at this early stage it looked like a race winning move. The bunch did get organised though and the gap started to come down as the four up the road started to hesitate. The cold and wet is typical of early spring racing in the UK but it was the wind that had the biggest impact on the race, the south westerly stringing the riders out through Brinkworth (the longest village in England,so the sign says) and allowing the four to stay clear.

Three riders did make contact, including, Yanto Barker (Team Raleigh), Richard Hepworth (NFTO Pro Cycling) & Grant Bayton (Ride 24/7) as the bunch started to splinter. Through Charlton the second time Barker punctured and with the Neutral car servicing the bunch he was forced to take a wheel from a spectator. Despite the generosity he could not get back to the sharp end. Others too were feeling the pace as Blain, Bialoblocki, Bayton, Lewis & Hepworth forged on. Into the final few miles both Bialoblocki & Lewis attacked and got a gap but neither could make it stick.

Hepworth tried towards the end but his legs were gone and all had to settle for the sprint. Blain was “allowed” to sit on the front for the last two miles, the Frenchman had the best sprint and the others knew it! Bialoblocki tried to come on the right but could not quite get there, the effort taking both riders across the road, after the race Commisaires had a word with the pair but with the NEG escort ensuring the finish area was “sterile” it was more of a “hand around the shoulder” than a” wagging finger” conversation.

Rider Reaction
Alex Blain - “Good Good, really good, it was a fast start. I was watching Marcin. I know he can ride strong. It was a good group with a lot of power, everybody working well together; it was really fast, good for the start of the season. I was scared a bit because it is a short race.

The crosswinds made it hard and it split the whole race. Yanto got across to us but he punctured, I was a bit unsure how to manage the race with the two Velosure guys there. Everybody was waiting for my sprint; I had to do a turn for 5km with no one coming through, I knew Marcin would give it a good shot but I was confident”

Marcin Bialoblocki: “ I went from the gun, we worked together, I thought we would stay away even at that early stage. When the group came across a few people started to miss turns then we were just five riders, Everyone started to play games, I was thinking I could beat Alex, I can sprint well when I have good form but not yet”

James “Tank” Lewis (6’9″ and 97 kilos hence the nickname ‘Tank’: “ I got away on my own, it was a good group we were working well, I went for a flyer with 10km to go, I thought it was 2km I got a gap of about 200 metres but just blew my doors!”

Grant Bayton: “I came into the race a bit apprehensive, I have got a little leg injury, If you had said top ten before the race I would have taken it. Yanto Barker did a heck of a turn to get us up to the break. When Tank Lewis attacked I was biting my handlebars to stay with it. Alex did the business he rode well and deserved the win. I am happy with fourth though”

Richard Hepworth: “Marcin got in the first move, Metaltek seemed happy to chase they bought it back to about 10 seconds, then I just popped across. I will be honest though them lads can kick out some serious power, really I was a bit underpowered being a bit smaller, we should have won it really but I was blowing, when they are kicking out a hundred watts more than I can you have to duck and dive a bit. I am working with Sean Yates from Trainsharp and we have not done any top end stuff yet”.

Race organiser Brian O’Kelly was pleased with how the race went. The tragic events of last year were fresh in the mind. Race number 22 was not allocated in memory of Junior Heffernan, who so tragically lost his life in the race twelve months ago. A minutes silence was observed in the race HQ before the start.  “It was a hard decision but the will to continue this year was always there” said O’Kelly

Ed Laverack: “With John (Herety) not here we had no real plan, James went straight away, I went all the way around the bunch and got on, Marcin & Alex just came across and we were plugging away really hard, the bunch started to pull us back a bit, we tried again doing shorter turns. A group of six got to us but when Yanto punctured it got harder and started to fracture. I crashed yesterday at the Eddie Soens, my hip was sore and I started to miss my turns on the front but even that did not help. When James attacked with about 20km to go I popped!”

1st Alex BLAIN Team Raleigh 2:15:35
2nd Marcin BIALOBLOCKI Velosure-Giordana RT
3rd James LEWIS NFTO Pro Cycling
4th Grant BAYTON Rider 24/7
5th Richard HEPWORTH Velosure-Giordana RT all at same time
6th Samuel WILLIAMS NFTO Pro Cycling at 44 secs
7th Yanto BARKER Team Raleigh at same time
8th Steve LAMPIER Velosure-Giordana RT at 47 secs
9th George HARPER Velosure-Giordana RT at 1:08
10th Hugh WILSON NFTO Pro Cycling at same time
11th Perry BOWATER Starley Primal Pro Cycling at same time
12th Owen JAMES BH-Solidor-WAM Youth at same time
13th George ATKINS Team Raleigh at 1:14
14th Edward LAVERACK Rapha Condor JLT at 1:18
15th Nick NOBLE BH-Solidor-WAM Youth at 2:09
16th Josef METELKA Beeline Cycles RT st
17th Ashley PROCTOR Team Bike Box st
18th James PHILLIPS Dream Cycling Race Team st
19th Colin PARRY BH-Solidor-WAM Youth st
20th rider in black st
21st Rider in black st
22nd Tristan ROBBINS BH-Solidor-WAM Youth st
23rd Richard PHILLIPS-SCHOFIELD Peter Hansford Racing st
24th Robert WARD Felt-Colbornes-Hargroves RT st
25th Alistair HEPWORTH Team Bike Box at 2:12
26th rider in White st
27th William BJERGFELT Metaltek-Knights of Old Racing Team st
28th Justin HOY Felt-Colbornes-Hargroves RT at 2:17
29th Zachary MAY Cardiff JIF st
30th Dexter GARDIAS Metaltek-Knights of Old Racing Team st
31st Matthew FRANKLIN Bristol Road Club at 2:19
32nd Colton JARISCH Felt-Colbornes-Hargroves RT at 2:25
33rd Daniel FLEEMAN Metaltek-Knights of Old Racing Team at 2:27
34th Chris OPIE Rapha Condor JLT at 2:43
35th Matthew HIGGINS Felt-Colbornes-Hargroves RT at 3:38
36th Coutney ROWE Cardiff JIF at 4:59
37th Rider in black at 5:01
38th Micheal SMITH Team Corley Cycles st
39th Micheal WARD Rider 24/7 st
40th Steve THOMAS Dream Cycling Race Team st
41st Rider with blueshorts with a red stripe a/c backside st
42nd Connor SWIFT Team Bike Box st
43rd Robert ADLARD KTM Road-and-trail.com at 5:03
44th Anthony MOYE KTM Road-and-trail.com st
45th James CARTRIDGE Cadence RT st
46th Douglas COLEMAN CC Luton st
47th Rober ORR Metaltek-Knights of Old Racing Team st
48th Daniel STOREY Team Bike Box st
49th George PYM Starley Primal Pro Cycling st
50th Adrian LAWSON Cadence RT st
51st Charles REES Rider 24/7 st
52nd Jacob TIPPER KTM Road-and-trail.com st
53rd Billy OSMOND Rider 24/7
54th Oliver MOORS Speg-Project 51
55th Cameron CAMPBELL Pendragon
56th Sam SHANNON Starley Primal Pro Cycling
57th Geoff RIPLEY Bristol Road Club

LifeCare KOM Winner: Alex Blain (Team Raleigh)
Argos Team Winners: Velosure Giordana RT
First Junior: Tristan Robbins (BH-Solidor-WAM Youth)
BW Cycling First Local Rider: Nick Noble (BH-Solidor-WAM Youth)


Alex Blain receives the Severn Bridge Trophy from Oli Beckingsale of BW Cycling

Early breakaway of Blain, Laverack, Bialoblocki and Lewis
Peloton in full flow
Race starts to splinter

Cross wind and nowhere to hide
Early on the Peloton still in tact





To see the riders list go to this link: Severn Bridge - BW Cycling RR 2014 Riders

Download the race programme at this link:



Results & Report for Bristol RC Winter Circuits - Thanks to Geoff Ripley

VeloUK Report

Go-Race Women

Just 8 women took to the start line in strong winds and heavy rain for the first race, to battle not only each other but also the conditions. The race split in half early on but the two groups of four then worked well together doing their best to take turns on the front facing at one point stinging rain and sleet. Both groups contested their own sprints for the line. The race was won by a capable Georgina Snowdon-Brett (Uni of Bristol CC).

1. Georgina Snowdon-Brett – Uni of Bristol CC
2. Phoebe Heveron Uni Cardiff Marmots
3. Katie Thilthorpe Ride 24/7
4. Joanne Jago Performance Cycles
5. Kate Mactear Uni of Bristol CC
6. Harriet Somers VC Meudon
7. Georgina Panchaud Uni of Bristol CC
8. Harriet Simpole-Clarke Uni of Bristol CC

4th Cat
The sun came out as the wind seemed to pick up, causing the race to stretch out and then tear apart as groups formed behind four leaders, one of whom was last week’s race organiser Stuart Gourley of Radeon Cycle Coaching. Together with team mates Lee Davies and Andrew Callow of VC Bristol and Jake Hollins the quartet stuck their heads down and pulled out a lead over the chasers which they kept until the end. Jake Hollins took the sprint ahead of Stuart Gourley with Lee Davies in third.

1 Jake Hollins
2 Stuart Gourley Radeon Cycle Coaching
3 Lee Davies VC Bristol-Webbs of Warmley
4 Andrew Callow VC Bristol-Webbs of Warmley
5 Chris Molloy Bath Uni CC
6 Rhys Williams
7 Charles Ormerod Uni of Bristol CC
8 Tom Byers Bath Uni CC
9 Joel Bragg Bath CC
10 Daniel Gough Swansea Uni Cycling Team
11 Dave Mollison Monmouthshire Wheelers
12 Phil Thompson VC Walcot
13 Isaac Alcaide Bristol RC
14 Michael Gallagher Uni of Bristol CC
15 Theo Flack Uni of Bristol CC
16 Andrew Kirby Uni of Bristol CC
17 Alastair Stephenson Uni of Bristol CC
18 Peter Barlow Swansea Uni Cycling Team
19 Matthew Dale VC Bristol-Webbs of Warmley
20 Thomas Logan Ride 24/7
21 Rob Handley Bristol RC
22 Thomas Weir Cycle Club Ashwell
23 Felix Wilkinson Ride 23/7
24 Michael Porter Radeon Cycle Coaching
25 Tom Mowbray Uni of Bristol CC
26 Stefan Barnett VC Walcot
27 Jeremy Ash Bath CC
28 Tom Maisey

2/3 Cats
The final men’s race saw Iain Palmer from Twickenham CC keen to make sure he made the most of his long trip down to Bath. Trying the same tactic as his predecessors he charged off the front from the start. This time though the bunch reeled him back, although again the wind played its part with splits forming on the more exposed sections of the circuit.The main field split into two with several riders dropped leaving a front group of 11.

The chasers regained contact leaving the race all together. With around 4 laps to go, Iain Palmer our earlier escapee once again attacked alone. He pulled out an advantage of around 15 seconds and held it until the finish. Three riders set off in pursuit with Lee Comerford (London Dynamo) taking the sprint for second from Matthew Franklin (Bristol RC) and Duncan Lancashire (Andover Wheelers).

1. Iain Palmer Twickenham CC
2. Lee Comerford London Dynamo
3. Matthew Franklin Bristol RC
4. Duncan Lancashire Andover Wheelers
5. Paul Jones NFTO
6. Cameron Toms Uni of Bristol CC
7. Luke Nolan Westbury Wheelers
8. Craig Wallduck Dream Cycling
9. Gareth Turner Autostrasse Porsche RT
10. Paul Merryweather Bristol RC
11. Ross Evans Radeon Cycle Coaching
12. William Fleming Velo Club Venta
13. Steven Cottington Cadence RT
14. Adrian Lawson Cadence RT
15. Sean Polden Bristol RC
16. Ryan Witchell Uni of Bristol CC
17. Brian Glynn Bath Uni CC
18. Nick Creed Somer Valley CC
19. Christopher Crowther Army Cycling Union

The race is now open to enter online on the British Cycling website, just click on the button......


The 42nd Severn Bridge - BW Cycling Road Race organised by Bristol Road Club will take place on Sunday 2 March 2014, however it will be on a new circuit.

For 2014 the race will be held on a circuit in Wiltshire near Malmesbury, off J17 on the M4.

It will be National B for E/1/2/3 categories, for a maximum 80 riders with a priority for Teams of maximum 4 riders.

The HQ will be as follows:

Charlton Village Hall
The Street        
Wilshire SN16 9DL

In the meantime, if you have any questions please feel free to get in touch.
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Go to this link to view the new circuit:

Also Bristol Road Club are organising an event as part of the Winter Series Odd Down Circuits in Bath on Sunday 9 February 2014. This will  include 4 separate races for Women, Masters, 4th Cat and 2/3/4 Cat.

The cycle circuit is part of the Odd Down Playing Fields, off Bloomfield Road/Chelwood Drive BA2 2PR


More details to follow.

The Story of My Bike that I Made Myself

About a year ago, Owen Byrne of Bristol Road Club decided to make his own bike, from scratch.....YES, including the frame! 

Click here to read Owen’s story and it will take you on a journey from this......


To this......

41st Severn Bridge Road Race 

1st Stephen WILLIAMS Ystwyth Cycling Club
2nd Jack REED Royal Dean Forest CC
4th David CURTIS-WHITFIELD Avonlea Treasure RT
5th Ben DAVIS Bristol Road Club
6th Steve THOMAS Bristol Road Club
7th James LOCKER V-Sprint
8th Tom MARSHALL Velo Club Montpellier
9th Jordan BASON MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling
10th Richard BUSSELL Beacon Road Cycling Club
11th Peter BANHAM Fred Williams Cycles
12th Joe BARRY Performance Cycles
13th Joe FOX MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling
14th Sam DAVIES Abergavenny Road Club
15th Jonathon GOULD BC PM
16th Harry WALTON Cheltenham & County CC 
17th Hywel SILVESTER Bike Doctor
18th Sean BOLTON Swindon Road Club
19th Ashleigh JAMES Bristol Cycling Development Squad
20th Simon DAWE Bristol Road Club
21st Lewis BEVAN EC Cycles
22nd Tom BOWERING VO2 Development Team
23rd Simon COLES Norwood Paragon CC
24th Noah GODMAN Severn Road Club
25th Steve GLASS www.sports-coaching.com
26th Jake COWARD Rapha Condor Cycling Club
28th Mathew BLACKMORE Bristol Road Club
29th Jeremy RAYNER Somer Valley CC
30th Steven GREEN Bristol South Cycling Club
31st James GRIFFIN VC Montpellier
32nd Nathan ANSCOMBE Bristol Road Club
33rd David GORTON Team Tor 2000
34th Ethan LEE NFTO
35th Mitch EVANS Ride 24/7
36th Michael DANIELS Somerset Road Club -Bicycle Chain
37th Rob EDGELL Performance Cycles
38th Stephane PANG Onit Sports
39th Steven WHITEHURST Cheddar Cycle Club
40th John WOOD NFTO
41st Geoff RIPLEY Bristol Road Club
42nd David OSBORNE Bristol Road Club
43rd Gary SHEPPARD Bath Cycling Club
44th Joseph THOMAS University of Bristol Cycling Club
45th Gordon PARK NTFO
46th Stuart BAYLIS Bristol Road Club
47th Andrew PERRY Bristol Road Club



The 41st Severn Bridge Road Race takes place on Sunday 3 March 2013. This
year there will be a 3rd Cat race as well as the usual E123 event. So to enter go to the British Cycling Events Calendar 41st Severn Bridge RR
The 3rd Cat event starts at 10.00 and the E123 at midday from Olveston Sports & Social Club at Old Down, Olveston, riders then taking on 4 and 10 laps respectively of the 6.6 mile circuit which includes the tough Old Down Hill.
This Bristol Road Club event is one of the country's top and longest running early season road race events that dates back to the '60s.
Check out the hightlights of last years race on YouTube at this link:

2012 Severn Bridge RR on YouTube


The details of riders will appear on the website at this page link:
You can download the programme from this page link:
Report on the 2012 event, the 40th Severn Bridge Road Race
Marcin Bialoblocki of NODE4 Giordano Racing has won the 40th Severn Bridge Road Race in tremendous style with a lone win in wet and windy conditions on the challenging North Bristol circuit. Marcin was over a minute ahead of Matt Jones (Team Corley Cycles) and  Jamie Sparling (Team Raleigh).

Attacking from a ten-man break which formed on lap 2, Bialoblocki went away with three of the ten laps to go, with the remains of the break fragmenting and then getting back together as a 6 man group in vain pursuit of a flying Marcin. 

Despite being wet, windy and cold, 80 riders took to the line with the conditions making for a steady start before the break went away on lap two and quickly gained 30 seconds over the rest.

Irish under-23 Philip Lavery (NODE4 GiordanaRacing) consistently took maximum points for the King of the Mountains competition on Old Down Hill, and with most of the top teams represented in the break, there was no concerted chase as the gap continued to stretch.

With the sun trying to show its face and the roads drying out, Bialoblocki made his move on the eighth lap and was never seen again as the group splintered behind him under a number of futile attempts to get across.

“I feel good,” said the 28-year-old winner, based in Bridgwater, Somerset. “I’ve done a lot of training over the winter and been to two training camps, but it was a bit hard today – I got back from Singapore last night after a 24-hour journey and only managed a quick night’s sleep before the race.”

The race marked the return of Oli Beckingsale (Endura Racing) after a lengthy injury break. “I’m a month behind in my training and have only done endurance work,” he said. “On a day like today you want to get in the mix, but the break went so early I missed it and with a lot of strong teams with guys in there, it was job done.”

More photographs below but see them all on the Facebook page.  Also the complete race has been filmed, here is just a Youtube snippet.  More to follow.


1.   Marcin Bialoblocki E NODE4 Giordana Racing 2:34:00
2 .  Matt Jones E U23 Team Corley Cycles at 1-05
3.   Jamie Sparling E Team Raleigh - GAC at st
4.   Colin Parry E L Wilier/Live2ride at st
5.   Dale Appleby E Metaltek-Scott at st
6.   Robert Smail E Team Wallis CHH at 1-07
7.   Tom Stockdale 1 U23 Primal Europe-RUtrainingtoday.co.uk at 1-10
8.   Tobyn Horton E Team Raleigh - GAC at 4-40
9.   Toby Eichler 1 L Wilier-Live2ride at 5-05
10. David Clarke E NODE4 Giordana Racing at 7-05
11. Pete Vincent 1 Mid Devon CC at 7-1
12. Todd Hotchkiss 1 U23 Performance Cycles - CMI at 8-34
13. Tom Stewart 2 U23 RST Racing Team at 8-45
14. Andrew Griffiths E Team IG – Sigma Sport at st
15. Tommy Bustard 1 U23 Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes.com at st
16. Alexander King 1 U23 Loughborough Students CC at 9-10
17. Michael Smith 1 Team Corley Cycles at 9-21
18. Liam Holohan E Team Raleigh – GAC at st
19. Gruff Lewis 1 Team UK Youth Pro Cycllng at st
20. Adam Bright E Primal Europe/RUTrainingtoday.co.uk at st
21. Jake Hales E U23 Team IG – Sigma Sport at 9-50
22. James Millard 1 Team Corley Cycles at 9-57
23. Matt Sumpton 1 U23 RST Racing Team at 10-25
24. Philip Lavery IRL U23 NODE4 Giordana Racing at 10-35
25. Rupert Denny 2 U23 GWR Team/Swindon Cycles/Kalas at 10-40
26. George Moore E U23 CyclePremier Racing Team at 10-55
27. Matt Higgins E NODE4 Giordana Racing at st
28. Declan Byrne 1 U23 CyclePremier Racing Team at st
29. George Harper 1 U23 Felt-Colbornes RT at st
30. Mark Perry 2 L Wilier/Live2ride at st
31. Brennan Townshend 1 U23 Team Raleigh – GAC at st
32. Jack Waller 1 U23 Team Wallis CHH at st
33. Kieran Frend 1 U23 NODE4 Giordana Racing at st
34. Tom Smith E Felt-Colbornes RT at st
35. Ashley Cox E Team Corley Cycles at st
36. Dan Storey 1 U23 RST Racing Team at st
37. Ash Martin 2 J Cadence Cannondale RT at st
38. James Cartridge 2 Cadence Cannondale RT at 11-00
39. Phil Borrett 1 Primal Europe/RUTrainingtoday.co.uk at st
40. Jamie Pine 1 London Dynamo at st
41. James Gray 2 U23 L VC St Raphael at st
42. Unknown rider in black/white at st
43. Wayne Coombs 1 Primal Europe/RUTrainingtoday.co.uk at st
44. Simon Gaywood E Team IG – Sigma Sport at st
45. Paul Derrick 2 L Strada Cycles at 11-35
46. Steve Thomas 2 L Bristol RC at st
47. Jon Pain 1 LeisureLakesBikes.com at st
48. Will Bjergfelt E L Wilier/Live2ride at st
49. Oliver Beckingsale E L Endura at st
50. Unknown rider in blue/white at st
51. Dan Pearson 2 J Wilier/Live2ride at st
52. Scot Easter 2 L Felt-Colbornes RT at st
53. John Crellin 1 Team Wallis CHH at 1 lap

LifeCare K.O.M Winner
: Philip Lavery (NODE4 Giordana Racing)
Argos Team Prize: Team Raleigh - GAC
1st Local Rider: Colin Parry (Wilier/Live2ride)
2nd Local Rider: Toby Eichler (Wilier/Live2ride)
1st U23 Rider: Matt Jones (Team Corley Cycles)
Junior: Ash Martin (Cadence Cannondale RT)
1st 2nd Cat: Tom Stewart (RST Racing Team)


View more photos at
www.edrollasonphotography.co.uk  and

www.chrisrhymerphotos.com and
www.grahamrobins.net and
Bristol RC Facebook




This year's 40th Severn Bridge Road Race takes place on Sunday 4 March, as usual starting at 11.00am from
Olveston Sports & Social Club at Old Down, Olveston, riders then taking on 10 laps of the 6.6 mile circuit which includes the tough Old Down Hill.  View the riders and download the programme.

This Bristol Road Club event is one of the country's top and longest running early season road race events that dates back to the '60s. Like a lot of races, this event has used different circuits over the years with the current one of six miles just outside Bristol being used for the last 20 years.

This year's race is expected to be one of the best ever, with entries expected from many of the top teams including Wilier/Live2ride, TeamCorley Cycles, Wyndymilla-UK Youth and Sigma Sport Specialized.  For the first time in many years, Bristol RC will enter a team to include Steve Thomas who is riding the race for his 25th successive year.

Sponsors so far include The Giant Store - Bristol, LifeCare, Mud Dock, Argos Cycles, Blast Bikes, Strada Cycles, Academy Eyewear, Avon Valley Cyclery, Printech, Signboard, Terry's Cycles and more with a prize fund of £1,500 providing a real motivation for the riders to make it a splendid race.  There is a special KOM prize from LifeCare which will really make the race up Old Down Hill very fast and furious.

As usual the race will be marshalled by the brilliant National Escort Group, and there will be a motorcycle cameraman to catch all the highlights of the race on film.

Last year's winner, Zak Dempster, went onto have a phenomenal season culminating in a move to HTC-Highroad and riding for World Road Race Champion, Mark Cavendish, in the Paris-Tours Classic.


2011 Severn Bridge RR Report
Zak Dempster of Rapha Condor Sharp has won the 39th Severn Bridge - Felt Bicycles RR in a tight sprint finish from Marcin Bialoblocki (Motorpoint Pro Cycling), Matt Jones (Team Raleigh) and local rider Simon Richardson (Sigma Sport Specialized). 

The race was run at a very fast pace with the 65 miles taking only 2 hrs 34 mins and the fastest ever lap time was recorded around the 6.5 mile circuit, with 10 times up the testing Old Down Hill.

A break of 8 formed on lap 5, which included Dempster, Bialoblocki, Jones and Richardson, along with Grant Bayton (Wilier), Simon Gaywood (Team Corley), Frederik Johansson (Team UK Youth) and Casey Munro (Rapha).

They were being chased down by Magnus Backstedt (Team UK Youth) and William Bjergfelt (Motorpoint), who had escaped from the bunch after some aggressive riding by the 2004 Paris-Roubaix winner, Backstedt.  They got close to bridging the gap on lap 5 before the leaders split with Zak Dempster forcing the pace over the finish line on lap 6 and Gaywood, Johansson and Bayton dropping back to be caught by the chasing two.

So as they went up the hill on lap 8 it was a leading group of 5 with another 5 chasing then Steve Lampier (Sigma) and Liam Holohan (Raleigh) doing a two up to try and get across.  However as they went into the last lap the leading break had split again with Dempster and Richardson having a small lead  over Bialoblocki and Jones with Munro on his own and close to getting caught by the chasing 5.

Down the fast decent at 50mph and finally round to the last time up Old Down Hill and Bialoblocki and Jones had bridged the gap to make a four up sprint to the finish, with Dempster proving the strongest, taking it by a length from Bialoblocki, with Jones a further length back and Richardson in fourth.  A minute later came Will Bjergfelt, staying clear of the chasers who were led home by Backstedt, showing that all that track work was putting speed in his legs.

Then eight more riders came in ahead of the bunch which was a further two minutes back. There were 67 finishers from a field of 80 and a lap earlier Stuart Thompson of Banjocycles.com had claimed the Lantern Rouge after spending 6 laps on his own.  Marcin Bialoblocki had won the K.O.M title with some very strong riding up Old Down Hill, where there were points every lap.  The Team prize was just won by Motorpoint Pro Cycling consisting of Bialoblocki, Bjergfelt and Lee Davis, run very close by Rapha-Condor-Sharp.

A great day, great weather, a bit cold, but the sun came out for the afternoon and it almost felt like spring.  Can’t wait until next year!

Confirmed results;


Zak Dempster





Marcin Bialoblocki


Motorpoint Pro Cycling



Matt Jones


Team Raleigh



Simon Richardson


Sigma Sport Specialized CT

+2 secs


William Bjergfelt


Motorpoint Pro Cycling

+53 secs


Magnus Backstedt


Team UK Youth



Simon Gaywood


Team Corley Cycles/Cervelo/Mavic



Casey Munro





Grant Bayton





Frederik Johansson


Team UK Youth



Matt Gee


Team Raleigh



Lee Davis


Motorpoint Pro Cycling



Colin Parry





Jon Tiernan-Locke





Liam Holohan


Team Raleigh



Martin Ford


Mammoth Lifestyle RT



Jack Adams


Forme Procycliste SanLamere



Dillon Byrne




 See complete result for all 67 finishing riders at this link Result of Severn Bridge RR 2011
Magnus on the move
Steve Thomas of Bristol Road Club
Come back here later for many more race photos
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Also view photos of the race at www.chrisrhymerphotos.com and http://www.grahamrobins.net/.



Sykes looks to defend Severn Bridge title in 2011
Phill Sykes (Sigma Sport) will look to take back-to-back wins in the Severn Bridge Road Race on Sunday.

Sykes sprinted to victory in the 105km circuit race around Avonmouth last year, and will have team-mates Simon Richardson and Steve Lampier for company in the popular Bristol event.

Team UK Youth's James Stewart and Grant Bayton (Wilier/LifeCare/GoSelf) took the minor podium positions in 2010, and will look to beat Sykes this time around.

Motorpoint's Will Bjergfelt will also be a man to watch, as someone extra motivated to win on a circuit just a few miles from his front door.
 Also riding is Ben Stockdale of Team Qoroz, recent winner of the Perfs Pedal Race, along with 2004 Paris-Roubaix winner Magnus Backstedt who has made a comeback this year to lead Team UK Youth.
 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.

Who to contact?

Mat Blackmore
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Brian O'Kelly
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