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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!”

Result
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:

http://www.bristolroadclub.com/home/severn-bridge-rr-program

 
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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......

Enter

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        
Charlton        
Malmesbury        
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:
http://gb.mapometer.com/running/route_3747539.html



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.

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

http://www.openstreetmap.org/?lat=51.362&lon=-2.3739&zoom=17&layers=M

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 

Junior Heffernan, 23

An appeal in Junior’s name has been created, as requested by Bernard and Denise. All monies being donated will go towards the “Olympic Legacy Project”. Bernard and Denise believe this is something that Junior would have been fully in support of.
Please use the following link.  
Junior Heffernan Memorial Appeal
 
Many of you will be aware of the tragedy in the Severn Bridge Road Race on Sunday 3rd March where Junior Heffernan lost his life.
Junior, based in Devon, was an Elite racing cyclist and a member of the Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes.com racing team.
 

He was in a collision with a vehicle on the third lap of the ten-lap race and died at the scene. The race was immediately halted.

The police are investigating the accident and we will provide further details as they become available.

The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Bristol Road Club go out to Junior’s family and friends at this very sad time. 

Bristol Road Club would also like to thank the Medibike paramedic and doctor who were immediately at the scene, the South Western Ambulance Service, Avon and Somerset Constabulary and British Cycling who have assisted during this tragic accident.

We have been informed that the occupants of the vehicle involved in the collision were not injured but of course were terribly shocked by the experience.

The Severn Bridge Road Race is organised by Bristol Road Club and has been held annually for the past 41 years. It has an excellent safety record with good co-operation from local police and residents. It is regarded as a premier early season race and attracts a top class field of experienced riders from all over the country.

Rider and spectator safety is paramount with a race planning process backed up on the day by experienced NEG motorcycle marshals and teams of static marshals and signage all around the circuit.

Details for Junior’s funeral and celebration of his life are now available. The service will be held at ST Eustachius Church in Tavistock (Plymouth Road, Tavistock, PL19 8AU). The service will commence at 1300 hours on Wednesday 20th March 2013. After the service the reception will take place at Kelly College (Parkwood Road, Tavistock, PL19 0HZ). Bernard and Denise would like to invite ALL to these events in celebration of Junior’s life.

RESULT OF THE 3RD CATEGORY SUPPORT RACE
1st Stephen WILLIAMS Ystwyth Cycling Club
2nd Jack REED Royal Dean Forest CC
3rd Ryan BEVIS NFTO
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
27th Mick BALLANTYE NFTO
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

 

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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
Enter
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:
 

 
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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.

Results:

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)
1st
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
page

 

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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.

 

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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;

1

Zak Dempster

E

Rapha-Condor-Sharp

2:34:57

2

Marcin Bialoblocki

E

Motorpoint Pro Cycling

st

3

Matt Jones

E

Team Raleigh

st

4

Simon Richardson

E

Sigma Sport Specialized CT

+2 secs

5

William Bjergfelt

E

Motorpoint Pro Cycling

+53 secs

6

Magnus Backstedt

E

Team UK Youth

+1:02

7

Simon Gaywood

E

Team Corley Cycles/Cervelo/Mavic

st

8

Casey Munro

E

Rapha-Condor-Sharp

+1:05

9

Grant Bayton

E

Wilier/LifeCare/GoSelfDrive.com

+1:07

10

Frederik Johansson

E

Team UK Youth

+1:26

11

Matt Gee

1

Team Raleigh

+1:54

12

Lee Davis

E

Motorpoint Pro Cycling

+2:16

13

Colin Parry

E

Wilier/LifeCare/GoSelfDrive.com

+2:26

14

Jon Tiernan-Locke

E

Rapha-Condor-Sharp

+2:30

15

Liam Holohan

1

Team Raleigh

st

16

Martin Ford

E

Mammoth Lifestyle RT

st

17

Jack Adams

E

Forme Procycliste SanLamere

st

18

Dillon Byrne

E

Herbalife/Wheelbase

st

 See complete result for all 67 finishing riders at this link Result of Severn Bridge RR 2011
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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.
 
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