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.
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.
Club / Team Name
Spirit Tifosi Racing Team
Mid Devon CC
Spirit Tifosi Racing Team
VC Equipe - Flix
BIKE Channel Canyon
Spirit Tifosi Racing Team
Spokes BPC Racing
Spirit Tifosi Racing Team
Catford CC Equipe/Banks
Bath Cycling Club
VC Equipe - Flix
Bush Healthcare CRT
Catford CC Equipe/Banks
Latchem Sunwise Race Team
Latchem Sunwise Race Team
Team Tor 2000 KALAS
Cwmcarn Paragon Cycle Club
University of Birmingham CC
VC Equipe - Flix
HostÃ© TAAP Storck
Velo Club Venta
Radeon-Bike Science RT
Catford CC Equipe/Banks
Catford CC Equipe/Banks
BIKE Channel Canyon
Latchem Sunwise Race Team
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
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
|1. Matthew Woods||Performance Cycles|
|2. Jamie Wilkins||Veloton Team|
|3. Duncan Lancashire||Bath Cycling Club|
|4. Sean Townsend||Raedon-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.
|Position||No.||First Name||Last Name||Club/Team Name||Time|
|2||61||Edward||Clemens||Spirit Bikes Racing Team||st|
|4||60||Jacob||Hennessy||Spirit Bikes Racing Team||01:35|
|7||22||Connor||Swift||Envelopemaster Giant Sheffield||st|
|8||5||Ben||Stockdale||Cotswold Cycles RT||st|
|9||92||Liam||Bromiley||University of Bath Cycling Club||st|
|11||45||Alexandar||Richardson||Pedal Heaven Excel Academy||01:48|
|13||21||Joseph||Clark||Envelopemaster Giant Sheffield||02:15|
|14||20||Jake||Tanner||Envelopemaster Giant Sheffield||st|
|17||18||James||Phillips||Dream Cycling Race Team||st|
|18||9||Andrew||Williams||Cwmcarn Paragon Cycle Club||st|
|19||67||Michael||Smith||Team Corley Cycles||st|
|20||23||Etienne||Georgi||Giant Cycling Club - Halo Films||st|
|21||27||Kinsey||McIlquham||KTM Impsport RT||st|
|23||8||Ryan||Brain||Cwmcarn Paragon Cycle Club||st|
|24||36||Hefin||Evans||NFTO Race Club||st|
|25||15||Jamie||Penton||Dream Cycling Race Team||st|
|27||78||Liam||Walsh||VC Equipe - Flix||st|
|29||30||Gunther||Zechmann||London Phoenix CC||st|
|31||83||Alex||Fanshawe||Zappi's Racing Team||st|
|33||62||Joe||Harris||Spirit Bikes Racing Team||st|
|34||46||William||Harper||Pedal Heaven Excel Academy||st|
|35||25||Andrew||Turner||KTM Impsport RT||st|
|39||31||Oliver||Maxwell||Neon-Velo Cycling Team||st|
|40||66||Edward||Watkiss||Team Corley Cycles||st|
|41||55||Timothy||Allen||RP Vision Racing Team||st|
|42||16||Steve||Thomas||Dream Cycling Race Team||st|
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
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.
Bristol Road Club wishes Carl Luke and Adam Carter both a speedy recovery.
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
Online entries are now closed but we are accepting EOL as the race is not full. Contact the organiser, details at A Bridge Too Far RR
|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 MOORE||Pedal Heaven RT|
|27. Tom BOWERING||Ride 24/7|
|28. David BILLINGS||VC St Raphaël / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles|
|29. Joe ATKINS||Ride Coventry|
|30. Liam WALSH||VC St Raphaël / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles|
|31. Robert WARD||Danny Shane-Storck Racing|
|32. James ELDRIDGE||NFTO|
|33. Kris KASPER||British Cycling Private Member - South West|
|34. Tom STRINGER||Army Cycling Union|
|35. George CLARK||High Wycombe Cycling Club|
|36. Harry VEALE||Cycleworks.co.uk|
|37. Jordan FRAMPTON||Primera-Sports.com|
|38. Callum CROFT||Primera-Sports.com|
|39. Oscar HUTCHINGS||Bikeshed- Exeter Uni|
|40. Ross EVANS||Live2Ride Sunwise|
|41. Mark PERRY||Ride 24/7|
|42. George FOWLER||Easton Ritte|
|43. Steve THOMAS||Dream Cycling Race Team|
|44. John SPANAPOLOUS||Easton Ritte|
|45. Daniel McQUILLAN||Tri UK|
|46. Thomas LEACH||Felt-Colbornes-Hargroves RT|
|47. Ryan BRAIN||Cwmcarn Paragon Cycle Club|
|48. Callum LISTER||Cotswold Veldrijden|
|49. Niel DUNNAGE||Cotswold Veldrijden|
|50. Thomas GRIGSON||Radeon Cycle Coaching|
|51. Nicholas BUCK||British Cycling Private Member - South|
|52. Frederick CORETH||British 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.”
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
|1||Bethany Taylor||Bonito Sqaudra Donne|
|2||Kate Baker||University of Bath CC|
|3||Chanel Mason||Army Cycling Union|
|4||Joanne Jago||Performance Cycles|
|6||Rebecca Waters||Performance Cycles|
|7||Victoria Long||Army Cycling Union|
|8||Corinne Clark||Ride 24/7|
|9||Phoebe Speck||Ride 24/7|
|10||Emma Fudge||Dulwich Paragon CC|
|11||Gemma Stuart||Performance Cycles|
|12||Lucy Walker||Bristol South CC|
|2||John Russell||Dymag T-1-D|
|3||Ashley Hutchison||VC St Raphael|
|4||Edward Giles||RP Racing Team|
|5||David Billings||VC St Raphael|
|6||Ryan Witchell||University of Bristol CC|
|7||Kurt Green||VC Montpellier|
Somerset RC The Bicycle Chain
|10||Jack Billyard||Swindon RC|
|12||Gareth Turner||University of Bath CC|
|3||Stefan Barnett||Radeon Cycle Coaching|
|4||Gordon Markus||Severn RC|
Somerset RC - The Bicycle Chain
|7||Robert Valdes||Islington CC|
|8||Chris Wood||Performance Cycles|
|9||James Dubben||Live2Ride RT|
|10||Darrell Russell||Veloton Team|
|11||Donald Fraser||University of Bristol CC|
|12||David Pleming||University 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”.
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
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.
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
Download the race programme at this link:
Results & Report for Bristol RC Winter Circuits - Thanks to Geoff Ripley
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
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
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 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.
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
Wilshire SN16 9DL
In the meantime, if you have any questions please feel free
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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.
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......
Junior Heffernan, 23
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Junior Heffernan Memorial Appeal
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.
|RESULT OF THE 3RD CATEGORY SUPPORT 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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|46th||Stuart BAYLIS||Bristol Road Club|
|47th||Andrew PERRY||Bristol Road Club|
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.”
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)
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.
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!
Motorpoint Pro Cycling
Sigma Sport Specialized CT
Motorpoint Pro Cycling
Team UK Youth
Team Corley Cycles/Cervelo/Mavic
Team UK Youth
Motorpoint Pro Cycling
Mammoth Lifestyle RT
Forme Procycliste SanLamere
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.