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Monday, 20 February 2017

Severn Bridge Road Race, 05/03/07, Start List

Adam Pinder Adept Precision RT/NE Healthcare 2
Hayden Burton Bath Cycling Club 1
Miles Burton Bath Cycling Club 2
Nic McKibbin Bath Cycling Club 2
Ross Phelps Bristol RC 2
Jason White Bristol RC 1
Andrew Edwards Bristol RC 2
Matthew Franklin Bristol RC 2
Christopher Hill Bristol RC 3
Rhys Britton Bush Healthcare CRT 1
Matthew Clarke Canyon UK E
George Fowler Catford CC Equipe/Banks 1
Alex Dalton Catford CC Equipe/Banks 1
Joshua Lawless Catford CC Equipe/Banks E
Callum Ferguson Catford CC Equipe/Banks 2
Laurence Kirby Catford CC Equipe/Banks 1
Ryan Brain Cwmcarn Paragon Cycle Club 2
Harry Veale 1
Robert Borek DRK Racing 2
Alex Hunt Flamme Rouge Cycling Team 2
William Scott Flamme Rouge Cycling Team 1
James Mitri HMT with JLT Condor 2
Sebastian Lewis Hosté TAAP Storck 1
Joseph Clark I-Team Cyclists' Club 2
Kinsey McIlquham KTM Impsport RT 2
Ross Evans Latchem Sunwise Race Team 2
Gareth Turner Latchem Sunwise Race Team 1
Luke Nolan Latchem Sunwise Race Team 1
Calum Croft Latchem Sunwise Race Team 2
Adrian Lawson Latchem Sunwise Race Team 2
Matt Langworthy Mid Devon CC 2
Edward Silverton Morvelo Basso RT 2
David Prickett Morvelo Basso RT 2
Elliott Porter Neon-Velo Cycling Team 1
William Bjergfelt Neon-Velo Cycling Team 1
Chris Carter Newport Shropshire CC 2
Ashley Cox Nopinz E
Thomas Bowering PMR@Toachim House 1
Jason Gault Primera-TeamJobs 2
Edward Hatfield Primera-TeamJobs 2
Matthew Downie Primera-TeamJobs 2
Ben Strain Radeon-Bike Science RT 2
Thomas Grigson Radeon-Bike Science RT 2
Matthew Griffin Radeon-Bike Science RT 2
Oliver Maxwell Richardsons-Trek RT E
Dave Tilling Ride 24/7 2
Colin Parry Ride 24/7 2
Grant Bayton Ride 24/7 2
Mark Perry Ride 24/7 2
Steve Thomas Ride 24/7 2
Charlie Passfield Spirit Tifosi Racing Team 1
Michael Smith Spirit Tifosi Racing Team 1
Edward Clemens Spirit Tifosi Racing Team E
Douglas Coleman Spirit Tifosi Racing Team E
Thomas Scott-Collins Spirit Tifosi Racing Team 1
Adam Thompson Spokes BPC Racing 2
Ken Buckley Spokes BPC Racing 1
Lewis Martin Spokes BPC Racing 2
Jake Stewart Swinnerton Cycles 1
Daniel Coombe Team Backstedt/Hotchillee 2
Alex Jones Team Cadence Colossi 1
Graham Collins Team Tor 2000 KALAS 2
Etienne Georgi Team Wiggins 1
Ashley Dennis Team Wiggins 2
Andy Shackel Team Wiggle 1
Luke Barfoot Tri UK 2
Giles Greening Tri UK 2
Daniel Mcquillan Tri UK 1
Oscar Hutchings VC Equipe - Flix E
George Smith VC Equipe - Flix 1
Andrew Turner VC Equipe - Flix E
Lee Frost VC Equipe - Flix E
Fred Wright VC Londres 1
Dominic Spear VC Meudon 2
Dylan Thomas VC Meudon 1
William Fleming Velo Club Venta 2
Neil Bond VeloVitesse 2
Lee Davis VeloVitesse 2
Andrew Critchlow WyndyMilla 2
Dexter Gardias BIKE Channel Canyon E
George Kimber Cycle Sport Dynamo 2
Graham Reeves Bristol RC 3
Alex Fanshawe Saint Piran 3
Sean Frost Tri UK 3
Olly Hacker University of Birmingham CC 3
Alastair Kay VeloVitesse 3
Steven Jones Mid Devon CC 3
Joe Hawksworth Bristol South CC 3
Samuel Holder DRK Racing 3

Cali Track World Cup Day 3,Neah Evans Fourth in Points Race

Neah Evans finished fourth in the points race on her Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup debut for the Great Britain Cycling Team in Colombia.
The Scottish Cycling Performance Programme rider dominated the opening stages of the race before being pushed out of the medal places in the final sprint.
Evans headed into the points race full of confidence following her 11th place finish in the scratch race on Saturday.
The 26-year-old got off to the perfect start, winning the first sprint before taking two points on the second to establish herself as the early leader.
Indeed, her form showed no sign of stopping as the race continued, with Evans pipping Belarus’ Tatsiana Sharakova on the line to take three sprint points on the third sprint.
Despite choosing not to contest the fourth sprint, Evans found herself two points clear on 10 points at the halfway mark before suffering a mechanical, which slowed down her progress.

Evans re-entered the race, just as Australia’s Amy Cure gained a lap, earning herself 20 points to take the lead.
With just 20 laps left, Evans attempted to join a four rider breakaway to gain a lap but the group were unable to bridge the gap - the Great Britain Cycling Team rider forced to settle for a solitary point, which meant she slipped to third with one sprint remaining as Italy’s Simone Frapporti leapfrogged her.
In the final stages, the formidable Sarah Hammer attempted to take a lap, the only way Cure could be beaten to gold, but just came up short.
Her efforts weren’t entirely in vain, as she won the final double points sprint to earn ten points and the silver medal, a result that cruelly pushed Evans out of the medal places with Frapporti taking bronze.

It was a day of near misses for the young Great Britain Cycling Team in Cali following a fifth place finish for the women's team pursuit quartet.
The British foursome improved upon their qualifying time by more than three seconds in Colombia - but missed out on a medal ride by less than half a second.
The lineup of Manon Lloyd, Neah Evans, Emily Kay and Emily Nelson posted the fifth fastest time in round one, crossing the line in 4:28.548.
The gold went to Australia, who beat Italy to gold in the final, with Canada picking up the bronze.
The Great Britain Cycling Team now head to the USA next weekend, with Elinor Barker, Ellie Dickinson and Chris Latham representing their country in Los Angeles.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Downie, Copeland & Dailey, Winners at ST Raph "Hardriders" 18

Disappointed to miss the winning move at the Perfs Road Race on the same roads the previous week, Matt Downie (PrimeraTeamjobs) got the frustration out of his system winning the VC ST Raphael Hardriders 18 mile time trial. Downie scorched around the Southwick-Boarhunt circuit, clocking 41:53 to win the road bike event, a time that would have given him third place in the TT race. The Primera Teamjobs road man finished 2 mintues clear of Craig Wallington (Sarum Velo) with Phil Wilks (Sotonia CC) third with 44:25. The Devon Primavera & Betty Pharoah races are up next for Downie who said "I chose my points to recover and to suffer but there was a lot of suffering, i am so glad today went well".
In the TT Bike event, James Copeland (Fareham Wheelers) got his season off to a winning start, his 41:37, 9 seconds clear of Tom Pritchard (Hampshire RC), James Mapley (Blazing Saddles), 42:26, had led at the first time check but slipped back to third. Copeland has only been back on the bike six weeks after breaking his shoulder blade back in the autumn , crashing while riding home from work. Pre race favourite Chris McNamara (Nuun-SigmaLondon RT) snapped his stem on the start line and was forced to withdraw. Disappointed yet philosophical, McNamara rode the 50 miles back home to Eastbourne on his training bike as planned but pushed a little harder than anticipated.
Simone Dailey (..A3CRG) led the women home and defended her title from last year. A triathlete and runner, Dailey recorded 46:53 to finish with over 3 minutes in hand on Sarah Mathews (..A3CRG) with Lili McLean (Abbots Ann Cycles) taking third spot with 56:05. Dailey is targeting the BBAR alongside her triathlon ambitions but before that she runs in the national cross country championships in Nottingham next weekend. Most agreed the slightly different course, although longer was faster than last year on a dull still morning on the Hampshire coast.
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1 Matthew Downie Primera-Teamjobs M ESP 00:41:53

2 Craig Wallington Sarum Velo M SEN 00:43:53

Road Bikes
1 Matthew Downie Primera-Teamjobs M ESP 00:41:53
2 Craig Wallington Sarum Velo M SEN 00:43:53
3 Phil Wilks Sotonia CC M SEN 00:44:25
4 Thomas Key Primera-Teamjobs M SEN 00:44:44
5 Will Ranoe Morvelo Basso RT M SEN 00:44:54
6 Kim Little Gillingham & District Wheelers M SEN 00:45:24
7 Dave Dent GS Stella M VET 00:45:27
8 Michael Cripps Army Cycling Union M SEN 00:45:45
9 James Peckham Sotonia CC M SEN 00:46:01
10 Ben Briffett Southdown Velo M ESP 00:46:47
11 Alex Collins Primera-Teamjobs M JUN 00:47:33
12 Joel Garner …a3crg M VET 00:47:39
13 Jason Frizzell Portsmouth Triathletes M VET 00:48:02
14 Sam Dorkings GS Avanti M SEN 00:48:09
15 Nick Jones Bournemouth Jubilee Whs M VET 00:48:20
16 Vaughan Marris Fareham Whs M JUV 00:48:42
17 Angela Carpenter i-team Cyclists Club W VET 00:48:46
18 Colin Mooney Portsdown Hill CC M VET 00:48:53
19 Tamina Oliver Oxford University CC W SEN 00:49:35
20 Andy Self North Hampshire RC M VET 00:49:43
21 Max Doyle …a3crg M JUV 00:49:51
22 Warren Peters …a3crg M VET 00:50:41
23 Patrick Brennan …a3crg M SEN 00:50:59
24 John Way …a3crg M VET 00:51:06
25 Ollie Mitchell …a3crg M SEN 00:51:16
26 John Schnabel Fareham Whs M VET 00:51:31
28 Dennis Tapping …a3crg M VET 00:51:55
29 Lara Clarke Bec CC W SEN 00:52:16
30 Tim Crumpton Velo Club St Raphael M VET 00:52:32
31 Tim Bailey Portsdown Hill CC M VET 00:52:35
32 Tom Bandy Portsdown Hill CC M SEN 00:52:39
33 Graham King Portsmouth North End CC M SEN 00:52:47
34 Peter Graham North Hampshire RC M VET 00:53:04
35 Mark Capocci Portsmouth North End CC M VET 00:53:08
36 Mark Dinwiddy Southdown Velo M VET 00:53:17
37 Sam Stewart Southdown Velo M SEN 00:53:27
38 Mike Garner …a3crg M VET 00:53:53
39 Andrew Phipps Royal Navy & Royal Marines M VET 00:54:00
40 Marianne Holt Fareham Whs W SEN 00:54:07
41 Ruud Jonkers Portsmouth Triathletes M SEN 00:54:57

1 James Copeland Fareham Whs M SEN 00:41:37

2 Tom Pritchard Hampshire Road Club M SEN 00:41:46

3 90 James Mapley Blazing Saddles M ESP 00:42:26

4 94 Jon Hughes VC Godalming & Haslemere M VET 00:43:24

5 96 John Samways Bournemouth Jubilee Whs M VET 00:43:25

6 87 James Brickell Fareham Whs M JUN 00:43:35

7 98 Charlie Leech Southampton University RC M SEN 00:43:53

8 97 Brendan Reese Bournemouth Arrow CC M SEN 00:44:02

9 93 Andy Smith Velo Club St Raphael M VET 00:44:04

10 57 Simon Berogna Velo Club St Raphael M VET 00:44:23

11 88 Andrew Langdown Blazing Saddles M VET 00:45:07

12 83 Paul Morris Fareham Whs M SEN 00:45:10

13 89 Andy Rivett Velo Club St Raphael M VET 00:45:36
14 78 Nigel Pratt Andover Wheelers M VET 00:45:44

15 64 Craig Haslam Poole Wheelers M VET 00:45:48

16 91 David Dalton Fareham Whs M VET 00:46:02

17 71 John Clark i-team Cyclists Club M JUN 00:46:18

18 Andrew Thomas ...a3crg M SEN 00:46:44

19 Simone Dailey ...a3crg W SEN 00:46:53

20 99 Peter Oliver Fairly United CT M VET 00:47:21

21 85 Phill Sykes Velo Club St Raphael M VET 00:47:37

22 60 Perry Lee Southdown Velo M VET 00:48:11

23 74 John Banham Southdown Velo M VET 00:48:26

24 77 Darryl Barr ...a3crg M VET 00:48:35

25 66 William Sawyer Abbotts Ann Cycles M VET 00:49:23

26 86 Arthur Venables ...a3crg M ESP 00:49:26

27 Stuart Thompson Andover Wheelers M VET 00:49:43
28 Sarah Matthews ...a3crg W VET 00:49:59 21.72 00:13:41

29 76 Martin Beale Velo Club St Raphael M VET 00:50:09

30 62 Gareth Smith Southdown Velo M VET 00:50:18

31 82 Shaun Smart Southdown Velo M VET 00:53:57

32 61 Martin Jones Fareham Whs M VET 00:54:11

33 Steve Hutt Portsmouth Triathletes M VET 00:54:57

34 Neil Dyble Bournemouth Arrow CC M VET 00:55:39

35 Lili McLean Abbotts Ann Cycles M ESP 00:56:05

36 Nigel Donaghy Portsmouth Triathletes M VET 01:01:17

Cali Track World Cup ,GB Sixth in Team Pursuit Qualifying

The Great Britain Cycling Team qualified sixth fastest in the opening round of the women’s team pursuit at the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Colombia.

The British quartet of Manon Lloyd, Emily Nelson, Emily Kay and Neah Evans were last to take to the track in Cali and rode together for the first time as a foursome in competition.

Their time of 4:35.651 was just over six and a half seconds behind the fastest qualifying time, set by the team from Italy.

The young Great Britain Cycling Team riders will return for the first round on Sunday, racing alongside Poland, knowing a strong time would put them in contention for the bronze medal final later that day.

Great Britain Cycling Team's Neah Evans finished 11th in the scratch race in Cali

Scottish Cycling Performance Programme rider Neah Evans, making her world cup debut for the Great Britain Cycling Team, performed double duty on the second day of competition in South America.

Evans took to the track for the scratch race in a strong field, including Australia’s Amy Cure, USA’s Sarah Hammer, and Italy’s Rachele Barbieri, bronze medallist in the omnium in Cali on Friday.

It was the formidable Hammer who took the spoils, leading a three rider group to take a lap on their opponents, with Russia’s Evgeniya Romanyuta getting silver and Ireland’s Lydia Gurley winning bronze.

Evans finished in a creditable 11th place and will take the experience of competing on the world stage in the scratch race, into Sunday’s points race.
Photos S W PIX

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Omnium Silver for Nelson in Columbia

Great Britain Cycling Team Senior Academy rider Emily Nelson won an impressive silver medal in the omnium on the opening day of round three of the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Colombia.

The 20-year-old rode consistently well across all four events and secured her silver with a third place finish in the final points race sprint.

Nelson got off to an excellent start in her first omnium at world level by finishing third in the scratch race.

Ireland’s Lydia Boylan got the win by taking a lap on her opponents, but Nelson wasn’t distracted by that move, sticking to the wheel of Belgium’s Lotte Kopecky and crossing the line behind her, in third place.

The second of four events in the new-look omnium was the tempo race, and Nelson again claimed third place.

Nelson was part of an eight rider group to take a lap on the rest of the field and also picked up three consecutive sprint points in the middle of the race.

With Kopecky continuing her impressive form taking the race win, Nelson was initially awarded the second place only to be reclassified in third behind Australia’s Amy Cure, based on final sprint positions.

Despite that, Nelson headed into the evening session in third place and again picked up a strong result in the elimination race.

The rider from Lichfield finished fifth, with Cure taking the win to move second, behind Kopecky - but Nelson held onto her third place going into the final points race.

Great Britain Cycling Team's Emily Nelson wins silver in the omnium at the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Colombia.

12 points behind her Belgian opponent, with Cure six points ahead, Nelson knew she had it all to do to secure a medal and got off to a flying start.

The Senior Academy rider came second and third in sprints two and three respectively, before winning sprint four, putting her clear in second place as Cure’s form faltered - the Australian picking up just two sprint points throughout the race.

Kopecky showed her class throughout, securing enough points for gold not to need to contest the final sprint, but with Italy’s Rachele Barbieri closing in on Nelson after winning the penultimate sprint points, Nelson wasn’t afforded that luxury.

In the new omnium format, double points are available in the final sprint - Nelson knew she had to score to take silver and secured her medal by finishing the race in third place, with Barbieri second, good enough to earn her bronz

The silver represents Nelson’s best solo performance on the world stage, following points bronze at the world cup round in Hong Kong last January - an all the more impressive performance for having beaten riders such as Cure and multi-time world champion Sarah Hammer of the USA to the podium.

After receiving her medal, she tweeted: “Extremely happy with a silver medal in the Omnium! On to the Team Pursuit now with qualification tomorrow."

Nelson links up with Manon Lloyd, Emily Kay and Neah Evans in the team pursuit qualifying round on Saturday afternoon, UK time, before Evans competes in the scratch race.

Photos SW PIX

Friday, 17 February 2017

BC South Inter-Regional Youth Championships Selection Criteria

BC South Region – Inter-Regional Championships 2017: Rider Selection Criteria

The following dates have been agreed for each of the Inter-Regional Youth Championships:

• The 2016 School Games will incorporate the Inter-Regional Road Championships from 1-3 September at Loughborough. There will be a wide-range of road-based events including a criterium, time trial, team time trial and road race. (Team Manager: Graham Hurst; Team Coach: Felix Young).

• The Inter-Regional Mountain Bike XC Championships will take place 16-17 September at …TBC… There will be a wide-range of off road events including a skills based competition and a full Cross-Country race. (Team Manager: Stephen Saunders; Team Coach: Richard Cromie).

• The Inter-Regional Track Championships will be held 23-24 September at …TBC... The event will be contested over the 9 World Championship events: Sprint; Keirin; Time Trial; Scratch; Points; Pursuit; Madison; Team Sprint and Team Pursuit. (Team Manager: Peter Georgi; Team Coach: Dan Coast)

All three teams can consist of up to 4 boys & 4 girls who were born between 2001 and 2004, with each event having one boy and one girl named as a non-travelling reserve.

The Inter-Regional Youth Championships are national level events and offer riders the chance to experience multi day events in a team environment with the best riders in the country. Riders wishing to be considered should be capable of competing in multi day events and at national standard events.


Given the national nature of the competition, National Series races, National Championships and Regional Series will form the basis of selection events. However, we do understand that some riders may not gain entry to the respective National Series if they have insufficient points. In that case large regional races will be key selection events.
Each rider will be assessed individually for their specific races using the table below with the overall aim of creating a balanced team to contest the Inter-regional events.
Bunch skills
Race Craft
Professional conduct
Team Work
Off bike conduct
Attacking skills
Finishing skills
Technical skills
Race Results

* For MTB XC the time back from the winner will also be taken into consideration.

The selection events for all disciplines are listed below.


National Youth Circuit Championships
Date …TBC… at Milton Keynes

National Youth Circuit Series
Sunday 26 March – LVYCC, Redbridge Cycling Centre
Saturday 8 April – Youth Tour of Scotland
Friday 28 April – Isle of Man Youth Tour
Saturday 27 May – North West Youth Tour
Saturday 3 June – Hillingdon Slipstreamers
Sunday 18 June – Crit at the Castle
Sunday 13 August – Scarborough Festival of Cycling

Regional Youth Circuit Events
Friday 14 April - Castle Coombe Easter Classic
Sunday 11 June - Winchester Cycle Festival (inc U16 Regional Circuit Race Championships)


National Youth Track Championship
Monday 31 July Day 1 – TBC
Tuesday 01 August Day 2 – TBC
Wednesday 02 August Day 3 – TBC
Thursday 03 August Day 4 – TBC
Friday 04 August Day 5 – TBC

National Youth Track Omnium Final
Sunday 02 July – Herne Hill, London

Regional Youth Track Omnium Series
Saturday 22 April – Mountbatten Track, Portsmouth
Saturday 13 May – Bournemouth Cycling Centre, Bournemouth
Sunday 21 May – Preston Park, Brighton


National XC Youth Championship
Saturday 22 / Sunday 23 July – Cannock Chase, Staffordshire

National XC Youth Series
Saturday 01 / Sunday 02 April – Pembrey Country Park, Llanelli
Saturday 22 / Sunday 23 April – Wasing Park, Reading
Saturday 13 / Sunday 14 May – Aske Estate, North Yorkshire
Saturday 10 / Sunday 11 June – Dalby Forest, Pickering
Saturday 5 / Sunday 6 August – Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells

Southern XC
Sunday 12 March - Wasing Estate
Sunday 16 April - Checkendon
Sunday 28 May - Crow Hill
Sunday 25 June - Matterley Estate
Sunday 10 July - Pippingford

As stated, we understand that not everyone will be able to get into National Series races at the start of the season. It is therefore expected that riders should enter: the Castle Combe Easter Classic and the Winchester Cycle Festival (incorporating the U16 boys’ and U16 girls’ Circuit Race Championships) for Road; the Youth Omnium Series for Track; and the Southern XC races for MTB XC. In addition to individual assessment the Selection Panel will also have full access to all race results and will judge performances against other riders who have registered for selection and who have competed in the same local events.

Team selection will be confirmed with riders, parents and coaches no later than one month before each individual Inter-Regional event. Please note that there will be some financial contribution from each rider selected to represent the Region in each discipline.

In addition to the Youth Road Championships (UK School Games) there will also be another opportunity for Road team selection at the Prudential Ride London Youth Grand Prix (Friday 28 July, Lee Valley VeloPark, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park). The event programme consists of a boys’ and girls’ race for Youth A category riders and a boys’ and girls’ race for Youth B category riders (each team consists of 4 riders, so a total of 16 for the South Region). In order to retain the key element of youth development any rider selected for the UK School Games (except for the non-travelling reserve) will not be eligible to be considered for Prudential Ride London selection. This will give other riders the opportunity to experience the atmosphere and competition at Inter-Regional level.


During the 2017 season there will also be opportunities for attendance at additional sessions such as Regional School of Racing (RSR) and team training days (South Days), a list will be advertised separately.

Applications to Date
Owen Giles – Portsmouth North End CC
Charlie Kelly – BCDS
Elliot Cox – VC Venta
Jacques Taylor – BCDS
Tom Day – Poole Wheelers
Charlie Walters – VC Venta
Fred Ball – Andover Wheelers
Oliver Chatting – Team Tor Kalas
Euan Taylor – Salt and Sham CC
Arthur Boulton – Palmer Park Velo
Harry Denness – Salt and Sham CC
Vaughan Marris – Fareham Wheelers CC
Ben Wainwright – Team Tor Kalas
Jamie Bray – BCDS
Sam Kelly - BCDS
Matthew Houlberg – Portsmouth North End CC
Mateusz Rydlewski – BCDS
Samuel Freeman – Solent Pirates
Luca Munday - BCDS
Jack Rive - JCAYA
Sam Smith – Cheltenham & County CC
Henry Johnson – Cheltenham & County CC
Ryan Abram - BCDS
Oscar Pratt – VC Venta
Jamie Whitcher – Poole Wheelers
Bryn Ruck - BCDS
Zackary Hamon - JCAYA
Jenson Skinner - BCDS
Isaac Warrington – Solent Pirates
Malo Monpetit-Le Brun
Samuel Butters

Freya Richardson – Portsmouth North End CC
Freya Thatcher – Liv CC Epic Coaching
Katie Scott – Cotswold Veldrijden
Amy Perryman – Solent Pirates
Lucy Gadd – Poole Wheelers Youth
Emily Bridson - JCAYA
Abbie Manley – Solent Pirates
Amy Cantelo – Solent Pirates
Daisy Davies – Gillingham & District
Ella Lawrence – Solent Pirates
Laura Curle – BCDS
Izzy Brickell – Fareham Wheelers

Andover Wheelers "Hardriders" 24 TT, 26/02/17,Startlist

– PART OF THE SPORTING TIME TRIAL SERIES Sunday 26 February 2017 Course P614

Hardriders Road Bike Event

1 09:01:00 Angela Carpenter i-Team Cyclists Club Female Veteran
2 09:02:00 Cameron Thompson Andover Wheelers Male Espoir
3 09:03:00 Tamina Oliver Oxford University CC Female Senior
4 09:04:00 David James-Cheesman Southdown Velo Male Espoir
5 09:05:00 Tom Bolton Cowley Road Condors CC Male Senior
6 09:06:00 Mike Garner ...a3crg Male Veteran
7 09:07:00 Andy Self North Hampshire RC Male Veteran
8 09:08:00 Matthew Buckley Andover Wheelers Male Senior
9 09:09:00 Den Tapping ...a3crg Male Veteran
10 09:10:00 Glenn Longland Antelope Racing Team Male Veteran
11 09:11:00 Tom Bandy Portsdown Hill CC Male Senior
12 09:12:00 John Glaysher ...a3crg Male Senior
13 09:13:00 Jerry Bromyard ...a3crg Male Veteran
14 09:14:00 Thom Hayward Velo Club Venta Male Senior
15 09:15:00 Rob Sherrin ...a3crg Male Veteran
16 09:16:00 Craig Wallington Sarum Velo Male Senior
17 09:17:00 Nick Jones Bournemouth Jubilee Whs Male Veteran
18 09:18:00 Phil Wilks Sotonia CC Male Senior
19 09:19:00 Michael Cripps Army Cycling Union Male Senior
20 09:20:00 James Peckham Sotonia CC Male Senior

Hardriders Time Trial

22 09:22:00 Neil Adlem Andover Wheelers Male Senior
23 09:23:00 Pippa O'Brien RT PODA Female Veteran
24 09:24:00 Lili Mclean Abbotts Ann Cycles Female Espoir
25 09:25:00 Perry Lee Southdown Velo Male Veteran
26 09:26:00 mark Dinwiddy Southdown Velo Male Veteran
27 09:27:00 Nicholas Cooper Andover Wheelers Male Veteran
28 09:28:00 Valentin Sulzer Oxford University CC Male Senior
29 09:29:00 William Sawyer Abbotts Ann Cycles Male Veteran
30 09:30:00 Tim Jude Andover Wheelers Male Senior
31 09:31:00 Sarah Matthews ...a3crg Female Veteran
32 09:32:00 Matt Kerin Oxford University CC Male Senior
33 09:33:00 Peter Hatt Velo Club St Raphael Male Veteran
34 09:34:00 David Churchill Bigfoot CC Male Veteran
35 09:35:00 Chris Cain Andover Wheelers Male Veteran
36 09:36:00 Bryn Davies Oxford University CC Male Espoir
37 09:37:00 Andrew Payne Maidenhead & District CC Male Veteran
38 09:38:00 Thomas Ash Oxford University CC Male Espoir
39 09:39:00 Stuart Thompson Andover Wheelers Male Veteran
40 09:40:00 John Chapman CC Weymouth Male Veteran
41 09:41:00 Richard Porter CC Weymouth Male Veteran
42 09:42:00 Graham Giggs Bath Road Club Male Senior
43 09:43:00 Bryce Riglar CC Weymouth Male Senior
44 09:44:00 Paul Morris Fareham Wheelers CC Male Senior
45 09:45:00 Shaun Smart Southdown Velo Male Veteran
46 09:46:00 Nigel Pratt Andover Wheelers Male Veteran
47 09:47:00 Andrew Rivett Velo Club St Raphael Male Veteran
48 09:48:00 James Brickell Fareham Wheelers CC Male Espoir
49 09:49:00 Brendan Reese Bournemouth Arrow CC Male Senior
50 09:50:00 Neil Mackley Fareham Wheelers CC Male Veteran
51 09:51:00 Jake Prior Velo Club St Raphael Male Veteran
52 09:52:00 Max Webber Abbotts Ann Cycles Male Senior
53 09:53:00 Rich Hunt Army Cycling Union Male Veteran
54 09:54:00 Simon Healey Andover Wheelers Male Veteran
55 09:55:00 Andy Smith Velo Club St Raphael Male Veteran
56 09:56:00 Richard Gildea Didcot Phoenix CC Male Senior
57 09:57:00 Peter oliver Fairly United Cycling Team Male Veteran
58 09:58:00 Russ danckert Army Cycling Union Male Senior
59 09:59:00 Simon Berogna Velo Club St Raphael Male Veteran
60 10:00:00 Jonathan Robinson Army Cycling Union Male Veteran
Course P614 – Start 0900hrs
START adjacent to Layby east of Faberstown (SU282502), 20 yds to the east of Layby. Proceed east along the A342 towards Andover. At Weyhill turn left towards Charlton continue through Penton. At Foxcotte roundabout turn left and proceed east towards roundabout where take 2nd exit straight over, proceed north east on Mays Down Lane, through ‘S’ bend where join A343 towards Hurstbourne Tarrant. Descend hill into Hurstbourne Tarrant and turn left onto unclassified road to proceed through Upton, Vernham Dean, Fosbury to Oxenwood, where bear left to continue through Marten to turn left onto A338. Proceed through ‘S’ bend and bear left towards Wexcombe and continue across Fair Mile Down to FINISH at entrance to field (SU250529). Riders are not to stop at the finish but should continue riding to the event headquarters which will be signposted. Riders are to note that the finish is approximately two miles from the start.

This is the first time the course has been used therefore the winner of each event will set a new course record.

Wellington Academy Sports Hall, The Wellington Academy, Tidworth, Wiltshire, SP11 9RR.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Devon Primavera Road Race, Start Lists

To be held on SUNDAY 26th FEBRUARY 2017

The Men’s E/1/2/3 race starts at 10.30 for and the Men’s 3 & 4 race starts at at 10.35

Cat E/1/2/3 Start at 10.30; Cat 3 & 4 Start at 10.35

Leave the HQ and ride as per the Highway Code to reach the start point by crossing the roundabout onto the A3072. At the top of the rise turn left into the Industrial Estate. Line up outside the Bones Unit to await the race start.
Leave the Industrial Estate and turn left onto the A3072. The race is denaturalised at the de-restriction signs. Continue on A3072 through Highampton to Beara Cross. Go s/o. Pass Brandis Corner to reach Dunsland Cross. Go left on to A3079 (M2). Continue to Halwill Junction and roundabout. Turn left (M3) into Station Road. Beware of narrow road with bollards on your right hand side. In 60 yards bear left again into Higher Station Road. Continue on unclassified road towards Chilla. At Graddon Cross where road goes left for Chilla bear right. At Beara Cross and A3072 turn left (M2) to complete one circuit of 11.3 miles.
E/ 1/2/3 Race - Repeat circuit 3 more times and then at the fourth time of reaching Beara Cross turn right back onto the A3072. Retrace the outward route past Highampton. At the Hatherleigh Roundabout (M2) take the first exit to finish in 800 metres level with “junction ahead” sign. E/1/2/3 race =58 miles (89 kms)
Cat 3 & 4 Race - Repeat circuit 2 more times and then at the third time of reaching Beara Cross turn right back onto the A3072. Retrace the outward route past Highampton. At the Hatherleigh Roundabout (M2) take the first exit to finish in 800 metres level with “junction ahead” sign. 3 & 4 race = 48 miles (77 kms)

The prime point is level with the bus stop on the RH side as riders approach Halwill Junction and just before the junction with Stags Wood Drive. There will be a prime each time the race passes this line.

Cat E/1/2/3

1 Ian Cullen Mid Devon CC
2 Andrew Hitchens Mid Devon CC
3 David Johnson Mid Devon CC
4 Jason Kettle Mid Devon CC
5 Matt Langworthy Mid Devon CC
6 Julian Pitocco Mid Devon CC
7 Joseph Saunders Mid Devon CC
8 Ashley Towey Mid Devon CC
9 Joshua Burns Alé DMT Cipollini UK
10 George Beck Bath Cycling Club
11 Miles Burton Bath Cycling Club
12 Hayden Burton Bath Cycling Club
13 Jake Hollins Bath Cycling Club
14 Nic McKibbin Bath Cycling Club
15 Rhys Thomas Cardiff Ajax CC
16 Zach Minto Cardiff JIF
17 George Fowler Catford CC Equipe/Banks
18 Jack Salvidge Charterbank Potburys RT
19 Ryan Brain Cwmcarn Paragon Cycle Club
20 Richard Harris Cwmcarn Paragon Cycle Club
21 Alexandre Touche Cwmcarn Paragon Cycle Club
22 Andrew Williams Cwmcarn Paragon Cycle Club
23 Harry Veale
24 Steve Thomas Dream Cycling Race Team
25 Oscar Mingay Giant Cycling Club - Halo Films
26 Joseph Clark I-Team Cyclists' Club
27 Ross Flashman Kibosh
28 Dexter Hurlock Kibosh
29 Josh Rochester-Greet Kibosh
30 Kinsey McIlquham KTM Impsport RT
31 Tim McEvoy Lanhydrock Wheelers
32 Calum Croft Latchem Sunwise Race Team
33 Peter Hodson-Thomas Latchem Sunwise Race Team
34 Tom Lane Latchem Sunwise Race Team
35 Luke Nolan Latchem Sunwise Race Team
36 Craig Wallduck Latchem Sunwise Race Team
37 James Dudden Latchem Sunwise Race Team
38 Adrian Warren Latchem Sunwise Race Team
39 Joe Harris Maxxis 4 Racing Team
40 Michael Mottram Morvelo Basso RT
41 Philip Bray Plymouth Corinthian CC
42 Samuel Woods Plymouth Corinthian CC
43 Matthew Downie Primera-TeamJobs
44 Edward Hatfield Primera-TeamJobs
45 Andrew Kerr Private member
46 Cliff Betts Private member
47 Thomas Grigson Radeon-Bike Science RT
48 Ben Strain Radeon-Bike Science RT
49 Jason White Ride 24/7
50 Jake Alderman Saint Piran
51 Alex Fanshawe Saint Piran
52 Duncan Heywood Saint Piran
53 Ben Lockett Saint Piran
54 Anthony Moye Spirit Tifosi Racing Team
55 Joshua Price Team Backstedt/Hotchillee
56 Joseph West Team Backstedt/Hotchillee
57 Jonathan Fowles Team Chronomaster
58 Joshua Croxton Team Tor 2000 KALAS
59 Shaun Reed Team Tor 2000 KALAS
60 Andy Shackel Team Wiggle
61 Luke Barfoot Tri UK
62 Sean Frost Tri UK
63 Giles Greening Tri UK
64 Daniel Mcquillan Tri UK
65 Harry Brook-Dobson University of Bath Cycling Club
66 Frederik Scheske University of Exeter Cycling Club
67 George Smith VC Equipe - Flix
68 Frank Kilsby VC St Raphael
69 Neil Bond VeloVitesse
70 Lee Davis VeloVitesse
71 Alastair Kay VeloVitesse

1 Karl Allen-Dobson Mid Devon CC
2 Gareth Bushnell Mid Devon CC
3 Mark Coombe Mid Devon CC
4 Stewart Dunn Mid Devon CC
5 Steven Jones Mid Devon CC (J)
6 Dave Lewis Mid Devon CC
7 Jamie Plummer Mid Devon CC (J)
8 Louie Priddle Mid Devon CC
9 William Thurgood Mid Devon CC (J)
10 Harrison Wood Mid Devon CC (J)
11 Bob Foxwell 1st Chard Whls
12 Lloyd Dobson Army Cycling Union
13 Jacob Aries Bath Cycling Club (J)
14 Conor Chandler Bath Cycling Club (J)
15 Ben Kavanagh Bath Cycling Club (J)
16 Jos Kertzman Bath Cycling Club (J)
17 Charlie Parry Bath Cycling Club (J)
18 Charlie Shields Bath Cycling Club (J)
19 David Stoyle Bath Cycling Club
20 Tom Temple Bath Cycling Club (J)
21 Emma Cockcroft Bianchi Dama UK
22 Simon Sheppard Bikechain - Ricci
23 Richard Whitehouse Bikechain - Ricci
24 Cameron Wilson Bikechain - Ricci (J)
25 George Bazley Bristol Cycling Development Squad (J)
26 Morgan Curle Bristol Cycling Development Squad (J)
27 Adam Faux Charterbank Potburys RT
28 Mark Puddicombe Charterbank Potburys RT
29 Morgan Jones Cwmcarn Paragon Cycle Club (J)
30 Bobby Cowsill Cycle Sport South Hams
31 William Hornby Cycle Sport South Hams
32 Corey Bale Cycle Team OnForm (J)
33 David Mixell Ely Race Club
34 Joe Peatson Ely Race Club
35 Gideon Aroussi Exeter Wheelers
36 Craig Lawson Exeter Wheelers
37 Danny Shaw Exeter Wheelers
38 Nicholas Hale Farnborough & Camberley CC
39 Joe Edwards G.S. Henley
40 Alex Dawson IBike Motion Race Team
41 Luke Craddock Mid Cornwall Cycling Club
42 Paddy Scullion Mid Cornwall Cycling Club
43 Henry Fawcett NFTO Race Club
44 Josh Coyne Okehampton Cycle Club
45 Benjamin Rule One and All Cycling
46 Alex Platt Penzance Wheelers
47 Robert Cartlidge Plymouth Corinthian CC
48 Jonathan Ellis Plymouth Corinthian CC
49 Will Horn Plymouth Corinthian CC
50 Michael Rogers Plymouth Corinthian CC
51 John Rollason Plymouth Corinthian CC
52 Scott Fryer Private Member
53 Evan Rouse Propello - Carb Cycles (J)
54 Isaac Rowe Propello - Carb Cycles (J)
55 Jack Elston Propello - Carb Cycles (J)
56 Andrew Cresswell Revo Racing
57 Aled Jones Royal Navy & Royal Marines CA
58 Robert Lewis Royal Navy & Royal Marines CA
59 Alistair Stubbs Royal Navy & Royal Marines CA
60 Adrian Prust Scuderia RT
61 Darren Webb Somerset RC - The Bicycle Chain
62 Daniel Wellings Somerset RC - The Bicycle Chain
63 Pete Douglass Southampton University Road Club
64 Mark Gibbs Tanks Direct Cycling
65 Phil Walter Tanks Direct Cycling
66 Ben Kerwin Tavistock Whlrs NorthShoreGallery
67 Daniel Strong Tavistock Whlrs NorthShoreGallery
68 Alfie Peters Team Novo Nordisk (Development) (J)
69 Mark Brock Team Tor 2000 KALAS
70 Leslie Thomas Tri UK
71 Oliver Cooper University of Bath Cycling Club
72 Jim Hamilton University of Exeter Cycling Club
73 George Humby University of Exeter Cycling Club
74 Max Moyles University of Exeter Cycling Club
75 Alex Painting University of Exeter Cycling Club
76 Sam Malam Velo Club Venta
77 Oliver Winwood Bratchell Velo Club Venta (J)
78 Felix Wilkinson Veloton Team
79 Phoebe Davis VeloVitesse
80 Andrew Banks Westbury Wheelers

Martin Smith Mid Devon CC
82 Panos Parpas Dulwich Paragon CC
83 Richard Wickenden Equipe Flamme Rouge
84 Iain Duggan Gannet CC
85 Daniel Benford Private Member
86 Harry Chamberlain Southampton University RC
87 Thomas Ellis Southampton University RC

London to Host Final Stage of Womens Tour of Britain

London will host the final stage of The Women's Tour on Sunday 11 June, as the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan helped Olympic Champion Katie Archibald unveil the route for the 2017 race, which takes place from 7 to 11 June.

The fourth edition of the world leading race will also include stages in Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire and Derbyshire, plus a major new charity partnership with Breast Cancer Care to celebrate 25 years of the pink ribbon.
All of the world's top 15 teams will take part in the race, which is a part of the UCI Women's WorldTour, including the world's number one team Boels Dolmans, of defending race champion Lizzie Deignan, and Wiggle HIGH5, ensuring British fans can again look forward to cheering on the world's best riders. In addition the British-based Drops and WNT teams will complete the 17 team field.

The final stage of The Women's Tour will take place over 14-laps of the same iconic 6-kilometre circuit as used by the men's Tour of Britain, starting and finishing on Regent Street St James and featuring the likes of Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall on every lap.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Rachel Atherton Crowned World Action SportsPerson

British Cycling Press Release
Four-time world champion Rachel Atherton was crowned as the Laureus Action Sportsperson of the Year 2017 at the ceremony in Monaco this evening.

Atherton won every round of the UCI Downhill World Cup series in 2016, topping the season off by winning the world champion title for the fourth time. British Cycling’s president Bob Howden paid tribute to Atherton’s achievements: “In what has been yet another remarkable year for Rachel, it’s fitting that she has been awarded the Laureus Action Sportsperson of the Year award. Her unprecedented results on the bike have made Rachel a true inspiration to many and her achievements are greatly valued by British Cycling.”

Jack Billyard, Back in the Bunch!

Dave Rayner funded rider Billyard won the southern region junior road title in 2015 but a potentially serious heart condition put and end to his ambitions early in 2016. The 19 year old from Devizesl, Wiltshire, is back, fit and healthy and if his 4th place finish at Perfs is anything to go by, is in good form going into a busy spring with his Zappis Racing Team.
"We're in Spain until March 14th doing a few small races then we move to Italy and have U23 San Remo and U23 Strade Bianchi 25th and 26th of March which will warm us up for our April of U23 UCIs including U23 Liege Bastonge Liege on the 15th."
Confident before the race Billyard told us " i would not have entered if i did not think i could win". Assured and cocky, just what you would expect and hope from a 19 year old. But that honesty and willingness to put pressure and expectation on himself could carry him far, on and off the bike.
Jack shares his view of Perfs from inside the bunch

"Returning to Perfs was a nostalgic experience to say the least. The last time I’d come to the race in 2015, I was a junior with a heart condition and unfinished homework due Monday. As I approached Southwick, two year old memories flooded back of lining up against the then new ONE Pro Cycling outfit. Equipped with baggy kit and an aluminium bike, I felt thoroughly intimidated by the likes of Yanto Barker and Marcin Bialoblocki. This year, however, would be different. Despite the newly formed Bike Channel – Canyon replacing ONE Pro as the only Continental level team, I was arriving as a second year U23 with European racing experience.
Instead of my usual nerves on the start line, I felt keen to get involved. It had be a long time since I’d last pinned on a number at the Piccolo Lombardia last October and I, like many others racing, wanted to see how well my winter had prepared me.
In theory, Perfs is a simple race but that doesn’t make it any easier. The start was predictably rapid and the fight for position inevitable. The first time up Portsdown Hill proved to be fatal to the majority of riders’ hopes for a result. Bike Channel’s combined power on the climb and positioning in the following cross winds meant only 13 riders made the front split – five of whom were on their brand new Canyon bikes.
This group of 13 was a good mix. Everyone committed to opening the gap in the windy stretches and in no time the cumulative effect of the chain gang had pulled out a one minute advantage on the peloton which was splitting behind.
It wasn’t until 30km to go when a flurry of attacks, initiated by myself on the climb, brought a group of five clear. Again, Bike Channel had safety in numbers with three infiltrating this move. The other solo rider in the group was 17 year old Junior National Road Race Champion; Jacob Vaughan, who demonstrated both race craft and pure ability to bridge the gap to Chris Opie and James Lowsley-Williams with minimal help from anyone else. The following laps were a flurry of attack after attack with almost all members of the break trying their luck and spending time off the front.
However, with five kilometres to go the race was back together but with only four leaders after dropping a Lowsley-Williams in the cross winds. There seemed to be daylight between the lead group and any chasers but in the closing 500 metres Rory Townsend notified team mate Chris Opie that a third Bike Channel rider (Rob Partridge) was bridging across. I decided immediately to launch an attack – rightly or wrongly - with just over 300 metres to the finish line. The result was a perfect lead-out for my competitors with Opie taking the win from a superb Vaughan in second with Townsend rounding out the podium.
There was a lot to take away from Perfs this year. Bike Channel’s dominance was expected from the moment the entry list was published given the strength in depth of their team which they used well to full advantage. Maybe the result was no surprise to anyone, but I’d like to think the path Chris Opie had to take to cross the line first was no walk in the park.
Personally, the most noteworthy performance was from Jacob Vaughan. The Junior National Road Race Champion played a cagey final and gambled on his sprint which was even more impressive considering the VC Londres rider spent the race attacking and chasing all on junior gears. In my eyes Vaughan’s performance wasn’t an insight into a future talent but in fact an exhibit of current ability that will be on display again at Junior Kuurne Brussels Kuurne in two weeks time where he will represent the Great Britain National team."

* Billyards appearence at Perfs is likely to be his only UK race in 2017 but look out for his regular racing updates on Local Riders, Local Races.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Mick Waite Hails Perfs Success!

Mick Waite has saluted everyone who got behind Sunday’s Perfs Pedal – from his own support team to those in the wider cycling community writes Rob Atkins.......
The organiser of Sunday’s National B race, which was won by BIKE Channel Canyon’s Chris Opie, revelled in the rides of emerging junior talents Jacob Vaughan, who was runner-up, Louis Rose-Davies and Fred Wright.And after such a successful day, the VC St Raphael man is already looking forward to doing it all again next February.

Emerging talent Jacob Vaughan crosses the line in 2nd
Waite said: ‘I’m really pleased with how it went. The level of rider and the interest we have had this year has been fantastic. We have got a few things we want to sort out, like parking and things like that but overall it went really, really well.
‘You can’t organise these things on your own, you would just want to throw it all up in the air. But the team I have around me are fantastic and they were brilliant again on Sunday.

Mick Waite (left in hi-vis) watches on as Chris Opie Wins the 52nd Perfs
‘We have more enquiries than ever now and we are so grateful for all the publicity. That is really important when you are holding an event like this. You don’t want to just say oh, by the way, we’re running this race.
‘I like to think the race has moved with the times. We have embraced everything we need to do to host an event of this nature.
‘And whatever we have picked up from Sunday, we will just sort for next year. We’ll be back!’
Waite admitted it was hard to look past Tim Elverson’s newly-formed UCI Continental set-up of BIKE Channel Canyon for the winner.
But he was pleased to see the professionals given a good workout around Portsdown Hill and reckons that was appreciated as they gear up for a busy season ahead.
Waite added: ‘It’s good they didn’t have it all their own way because maybe other people will look at it and think they can enter and have a go as well. You don’t want everyone to lay down as soon as they see those names on the start sheet and Tim wouldn’t want that either.
‘They must have thought it was a very good workout, which is good news for everyone, and I have thanked Tim for bringing the lads down and supporting the race.
‘While it was difficult to look past BIKE Channel Canyon for the winner, we did pick out Jacob (Vaughan) as one to watch beforehand. Along with Freddie and Louis, he is a quality young rider and they are lovely lads, too.
Future prospect Fred Wright
‘I was really pleased for them all. It was good to see them ride and, if they are going to be a world champion or of that level in the future, they have got to be able to do this. It certainly won’t do their GB aspirations any harm.’

Perfs 2017, What Did We Learn?

Five things we learned from this years Perfs Pedal Race in Hampshire
1, Bike Channel Canyon will get better

New bikes, built up two days before the race, team issue kit not ready till next week, small teething problems maybe but the sort of thing that can pray on a riders mind causing doubt. They say the winner of Perfs is forgotten come May as will the early frustrations of Bike Channel Canyon. They rode well, there is strength and talent in the squad and DS Tim Elverson will soon get things sorted

2 The Next Generation is Here!
Aggressive, confident rides from 17 year olds Jacob Vaughan & Louis Rose-Davis. Jack Billyard, 19, taking the race to Bike Channel Canyon, they said they weren't worried but they were certainly concerned. Dave Rayner funded, like Billyard, Jesse Yates comfortably in the race winning break and Fred Wright the third junior in the top 14. Great to see!

3 You had to be ready!
Everyone knew the first time up Portsdown Hill would be crucial, You had to be warmed-up, well positioned and prepared to "go into the red" hesitate and the race was gone. "I missed that split by about 5 meters , lost a lot of sleep last night . Kicking myself." said Gary Chambers (NOPINZ)

4 The old Generation is still here
Chris Mcnamara knew what to do, the 42 year old has ridden Perfs more times than he can remember, 35 minutes on the rollers, ready for the move he knew was coming, "once there it was actually quite comfortable, it would just be nice one year to............."

5 Perfs is popular
The 52nd Perfs Pedal race attracted over 130 entries, plenty of supporters around the course, local club runs all coming out to watch and test themselves on the climb. Spectators at the finish adding atmosphere and excitement, Organiser Mick Waite and his team needed to barrier-off the finish line, not 10 deep but not one man and his dog!

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Bike Channel Canyon off the Mark as Chris Opie Wins Perfs

Chris Opie won his second Perfs title as Bike Channel Canyon duly delivered, as expected, in Hampshire. Opie comfortably won a 4-up sprint atop the 1 kilometre One Hundred Acres Down, distancing 17 year old Jacob Vaughan (VC Londres), teammate Rory Townsend & a resurgent Jack Billyard (Zappis RT).
Attacking from the front the first time up Portsdown Hill, the UCI Continental team immediately put pressure on the bunch, all new it was coming, most could do nothing about it.
Across the top, into the easterly wind the 13 who remained would decide the race. The chasers were just 12 seconds adrift but it might as well have been an age. Opie, Townsend, Mitch Webber, Rob Partridge, James Lowsley - Williams , Billyard, Chris McNamara (Nuun Sigma Sport London), Louis Rose-Davies, Matthew Clarke, (Canyon UK), ELliot Porter (Neon Velo), Mikey Mottram (Morvelo Basso RT), Jacob Vaghan (VC Londres), Jesse Yates (IN-Gear Quickvit-Trainsharp), would work well together over the next 3 laps of the 47 mile race, stretching the lead to over a minute. Alexander Richardson the only Bike Channel rider not to make the cut, just failing to get on the wheel, his effort leaving him to roll in with the back markers.
Jack Billyard was the catalyst for the decisive selection, the Dave Rayner funded rider battled illness last year but looked full of riding as he attacked ferociously the penultimate time up the climb. Opie was quickly on the wheel as Porter was forced to chase stringing out the group.
Chasing to, was Mikey Mottram (Morvelo Basso), a puncture had taken him out of the break, he worked hard to regain contact. Over the top, Opie, Townsend, Lowsley-Williams, Billyard and national junior champion, Jacob Vaughan (VC Londres) pulled away as Porter hesitated.The drama continued as Townsend & Lowsley-Williams had a "coming together" taking the latter out of the group.
The gap to the remains of the break was only 15 seconds but with Partridge and Webber ready to counter, that was enough. Townsend tried to reprise his move of last year, going away on the descent to Southwick, only this time it did not stick. Into the finale, Billyard, reacting to the closing Partridge, went too early, Townsend tried too but did not have it, Opie did!
The profile of the Perfs Pedal race is bigger than the race itself, run in June it would scarcely make the round-up in reports, in February it is headline news. Opie, Townsend, Webber & co were hot favourites and felt the pressure that came with that, real or hyped up on social media. Racing in all black kit that did nothing for sponsors nor photogaphers, Bike Channel Canyon could be accused as pot hunters, they also could have ended with egg on their faces, they brought little colour to the race but should be applauded for bringing themselves. It is never easy!

Chris Opie
It did not go quite to plan, we all got our new bikes yesterday, so we are still getting used to them, position and stuff, we all hard sore legs which is not ideal. Because it’s so short you have to go hard from the start Its hard to go hard when it is so cold, Jack Billyard and Jacob Vaughan were riding well, I actually felt a bit sorry for them but that’s racing . Everyone rode to the plan but it was not windy enough, the plan was to ride like a team time trial first time up the climb, we rode hard but it would not break up and its just so short! We sat up a lot in the final because Rob (Partridge) was coming across, it was Jack who started the sprint, Rory went after him but it was a bit early. I won here 5 years ago today and 5 years ago tomorrow my son was born. There would be no pressure if the world of social media did not make a big deal of it, people sit at home saying why do people make a big deal out of Perfs but if teams and the supporters don’t make a big deal of races like this, who’s going to? It’s the only road race in the country this weekend worth doing so you may as well make a big deal out of it. It’s a big event, a fantastic event on a brilliant circuit.”

Jacob Vaughan
"I was really happy with how it went, after last year i kne Bike channel would get on the front and cause a massive split at the start so i made sure i was on the back of them. I felt quite strong, a bit tired mid race but strong at the end. Bike Chanel were driving it with five riders but we worked well together no one was sitting on. We could here them having a few words, we were hoping they weren't going to counter us. Jack (Billyard) went really hard then Rory went, i knew that was the move, i got on the back of Louis Rose-Davis wheel, we just got across. Coming across the top i followed Rory and we got away, Rory went again but we caught him with 5 k to go, me and Jack worked together to pull him back. It was cat & mouse then, Jack attacked, Rory followed, leading out Chris, i thought i was going to come fourth, i am really pleased!"

Rory Townsend

" I came third in a race i won last year but the important thing is as a team we took the win. The only reason we have be slightly disappointing is, it was almost perfecT, At one stage we had three up the road, the two young lads (Vaugah & Rose-Davies) managed to get to us, massive credit to them, they both rode really well. We had the moves covered, we were comfortable, Jack Billyard rode well as did Jacob Vaughan. I got away at the top of the descent, similar position to last year, at that point i thought it was race over but i could not sustain the power, just did not have the power in the legs but there will be plenty more this season. Jack went to early in the sprint even i did, a bit over confident perhaps"

Jack Billyard
" i am pretty happy with that, its a difficult race to play tactically when you are on your own. Bike channel, you cant fault them, they rode a perfect race, they worked me and Jacob over and got the gap to win the race. Everyone knew the race would go on the climb, i was at the back of the group but very quickly we had a gap and that was that! Its the bit across the top that is the hardest, once you are in the wind its hard, all it takes is one minute of a peloton not wanting to work and thirteen guys doing chaing gang, and thats it, you have got a couple of minutes to make it and if not, thats it. We worked well, nobody sat on, with two laps to go i had to had to do something, i had to have a go, i cant leave it to a sprint. I attacked hard on the climb, after that it was difficult, i wasted energy over the top chasing Chris who had got a gap. In the last kilometre i heard Rory say to Chris, Rob (Partridge) was coming across, i looked back and he was only about 10 seconds back, i panicked a bit and went to early, the boys came round me pretty easily. I am happy with this, the guys at the front are all strong, they are professionals, we've all got bigger races to do, my targets are in April. Its 70k in February, long term it does not mean anything but for the guys getting results its good for morale and for me i was not sure where my form was so to be able to be on the front attacking was good"

Tim Elverson (DS Bike Channel Canyon)
"We raced hard and learnt a lot about the bikes and our team performance. I was very pleased we took the win, but more importantly very pleased as to how this new team pulled together and bonded early days but the future looks like fun"

Chis McNamara
" Canyon absolutely nailed it, first time up the climb, we knew it was coming i'd had a good warm up, i did not have as good a position as id hoped, i made it by the skin of my teeth. Jack Billy was very strong, he really nailed it up the climb with 2 laps to go, that really split it, i think there was a little bit of panic. We had Mitch Webber and Rob Partidge with us, it was a lose, lose situation"

Elliot Porter " To be honest i am a bit disappointed but thts just the way it is, its a bit too short for me I just need more race fitness, we will see how the next few weeks, i have Severn Bridge and Wally Gimber. I should have been in that front group but thats just down to how i raced, its hindsight"

Mikey Mottram
"Pleased, yeah, yeah definitely, i had a good ride, not bad, i did not think it would be that hard that early on but it was, there were six or seven of them on the front, there was not much talking it was full gas. i knew it would be exposed over the top, i was caught about 20/30 riders further back than i should have been, so just had to put in a really big effort to get across. Itwas hardest over the top in the crosswinds, it was really grippy up there, once i got into that group and had a look round at who was there, you knew it would stick. It was definately hard work, just to get across, the hardest i have had to work for six months! I was really happy to get across, i punctured, i made contact with the remains of the break, we chased but the Bike Channel guys (Webber & Partridge) did well to disrupt the chase,. A good day!"

Louis Rose-Davis (17)
"Very pleased, it was good race, i have started the seasion well, it shows what form i have, i had a good feeling but you knever really know. I knew things were going to go down on that first lap, hopefully get in the right position, the road over top was hard with Bike Channel, smashing on the front. After the break was established we all worked well together, I saw Bilyard and Opie get away and i tried to follow but caught in no mans land then the break split in two, i tried to go on my own but they had more power"

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Brief Results

Best Southern Region
1. Jack Billyard, (Zappi)
2. James Lowsley-Williams
3. Mitchell Webber, (Bikechannel Canyon)

James Atherton/Richard Phillips Schoelfield Trophy
Jack Billyard, (Zappi)

1 Chris Opie BIKE Channel Canyon E
2 Jacob Vaughan VC Londres 1J
3 Rory Townsend BIKE Channel Canyon E
4 Jack Billyard Zappi Racing Team 2
5 Robert Partridge BIKE Channel Canyon 1
6 Michael Mottram Morvelo Basso RT 1
7 Mattew Clarke Canyon UK E
8 Louis Rose-Davies Canyon UK 2J
9 Chris McNamara Nunn-Sigma Sport-London RT 1
10 Elliott Porter Neon-Velo Cycling Team 1
11 James Lowsley-Williams BIKE Channel Canyon 1
12 Mitchel Webber BIKE Channel Canyon 1
13 Jesse Yates In Gear-Quickvit-Trainsharp RT 3
14 Fred Wright VC Londres 1J
15 Tom Hargreaves Nunn-Sigma Sport-London RT E
16 Thomas Power Strada-Sport 2
17 Ben Simmons Alé DMT Cipollini UK 1
18 Andy Shackel Team Wiggle 1
19 George Smith VC Equipe-Flix 1
20 Calum Croft Latchem Sunwise Race Team 2
21 Edward Hatfield Primera-TeamJobs 2J
22 Peter Merritt Goma Dakwerken vdb Steenhouwerij 2
23 Tristan Grigalis PMR@Toachin House 2
24 Daniel Nieto TBW Bottecchia Wigmore RT 2
25 Joshua Curtis Lovelo Cinelli RT 2
26 Robert Ormond Morvelo Basso RT 1
27 Chris Snook Nunn-Sigma Sport-London RT 2
28 Gary Chambers Nopinz 3
29 William Fleming VC Venta 2
30 Lewis Winfield VC Londres 2J
31 Warren Jesse Excel Pedal Heaven Academy 2
32 Andrew Williams Cwmcarn Paragon Cycle Club 1
33 Simon McNamara Southdown Bikes-Casco PET 2
34 Harry Veale 1
35 James Peckham Sotonia 2
36 Matthew Downie Primera-TeamJobs 2
37 Gary Brind Southdown Bikes-Casco PET 2
38 David Billings Radeon-Bike Science RT 2
39 James Horton VC St. Raphael/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycles 3
40 Thomas Key Primera-TeamJobs 2
41 ? - Yellow & black jersey
42 Lee Frost VC Equipe-Flix E
43 ? - Orange, white & blue jersey/Orange overshoes/Orange helmet
44 Will Ranoe Morvelo Basso RT 2
45 ? - Orange jersey/Black helmet/Blue water bottle
46 James Hywel-Davies Latchem Sunwise Race Team 2
47 Chris Carter Newport Shropshire CC 2
48 Daniel Mcquillan Tri UK 1
49 Joseph Clark I-Team CC 2

Friday, 10 February 2017

Big Field for VC ST Raphael "Hardriders" TT.

Hard Riders Pain on Portsdown Circuit ~ Course P828/18 (An 18.1 mile Sporting course with both Road and TT categories)
Sunday 19th February at 09:30 am

Winner last year, Chris McNamara (Nuun-Sigma Sport London RT) heads a 98 strong entry for the VC ST Raphael hardriders 18 mile time trial. Kim Little (Gillingham & Dist Wh), who won the road bike category in 2016 and Simone Dailey (.a3crg) also return to defend their titles. Matthew Downie, Thomas Key (Primerateamjobs) & Dave Dent (GS Stella) will challenge Little in the road bike category and Gary Chambers (NOPINZ), James Mapley & Andy Langdown (Blazing Saddles), James Copeland (Fareham Wh) & Jon Samways (Bournemouth Jubilee Wh) will ensure McNamara does not have things his own way in the TT bike event.

Road Bikes
1 09:31
2 Sarah Reese Bournemouth Arrow CC WS 09:32
3 Tim Crumpton Velo Club St Raphael Vet 09:33
4 Danny Havey Fareham Wheelers CC Juv 09:34
5 Jason Frizzell Portsmouth Triathletes Vet 09:35
6 Jacob Schnabel Fareham Wheelers CC Juv 09:36
7 Robert Pretorius ...a3crg Vet 09:37
8 Tamina Oliver Oxford University CC WS 09:38
9 Freya Richardson Portsmouth North End CC WJuv 09:39
10 Max Doyle ...a3crg Jun 09:40
11 Lara Clarke Bec CC WS 09:41
12 Vaughan Marris Fareham Wheelers CC Juv 09:42
13 Tim Bailey Portsdown Hill CC Vet 09:43
14 Marianne Holt Fareham Wheelers CC WS 09:44
15 John Way ...a3crg Vet 09:45
16 Angela Carpenter i-Team CC WV 09:46
17 Jonathan Lacey Southdown Velo Vet 09:47
18 Colin Mooney Portsdown Hill CC Vet 09:48
19 David Libby Portsmouth Triathletes Vet 09:49
20 Peter Graham North Hampshire RC Vet 09:50
21 Tom Kelly Poole Wheelers Vet 09:51
22 Peter Golding Twickenham CC Vet 09:52
23 Graham King Portsmouth North End CC Sen 09:53
24 John Schnabel Fareham Wheelers CC Vet 09:54
25 Mark Dinwiddy Southdown Velo Vet 09:55
26 Alex Collins Primera-Teamjobs Jun 09:56
27 John Pennington Bec CC Vet 09:57
28 Mike Garner ...a3crg Vet 09:58
29 Will Ranoe Morvelo Basso RT Sen 09:59
30 Den Tapping ...a3crg Vet 10:00
31 Mark Capocci Portsmouth North End CC Vet 10:01
32 John Glaysher ...a3crg Sen 10:02
33 Ruud Jonkers Portsmouth Triathletes Sen 10:03
34 Warren Peters ...a3crg Vet 10:04
35 Sam Dorkings GS Avanti Sen 10:05
36 Cameron Thompson Andover Wheelers Esp 10:06
37 Paddy Brennan ...a3crg Sen 10:07
38 Bob Richardson Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers Vet 10:08
39 Andrew Phipps Royal Navy & Royal Marines CA Vet 10:09
40 Dave Dent GS Stella Vet 10:10
41 Craig Wallington Sarum Velo Sen 10:11
42 Ollie Mitchell ...a3crg Sen 10:12
43 Andy Self North Hampshire RC Vet 10:13
44 Jerry Bromyard ...a3crg Vet 10:14
45 Thomas Key Primera-Teamjobs Sen 10:15
46 James Joel Garner ...a3crg Vet 10:16
47 Ben Briffett Southdown Velo Esp 10:17
48 Michael Cripps Army Cycling Union Sen 10:18
49 James Peckham Sotonia CC Sen 10:19
50 Matthew Downie Primera-Teamjobs Esp 10:20
51 Rob Sherrin ...a3crg Vet 10:21
52 Phil Wilks Sotonia CC Sen 10:22
53 Tom Bandy Portsdown Hill CC Sen 10:23
54 Nick Jones Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers Vet 10:24
55 Kim Little Gillingham and District Wheelers Sen 10:25
Event Two ~ Solo TT Spec: All the Gear and lots of bling.

56 Simon Berogna Velo Club St Raphael Vet 10:26
57 Steve Hutt Portsmouth Triathletes Vet 10:27
68 Sam Stewart Southdown Velo Sen 10:28
59 Neil Dyble Bournemouth Arrow CC Vet 10:29
60 Perry Lee Southdown Velo Vet 10:30
61 Martin Jones Fareham Wheelers CC Vet 10:31
62 Gareth Smith Southdown Velo Vet 10:32
63 Lili Mclean Abbotts Ann Cycles W Esp 10:33
64 Craig Haslam Poole Wheelers Vet 10:34
65 Deborah Smith Southdown Velo WV 10:35
66 William Sawyer Abbotts Ann Cycles Vet 10:36
67 Sarah Matthews ...a3crg WV 10:37
68 Stuart Thompson Andover Wheelers Vet 10:38
69 Graham Lenton New Forest CC Vet 10:39
70 Simone Dailey ...a3crg WS 10:40
71 Joe Clark i-Team CC 10:41
72 Andrew Thomas ...a3crg Sen 10:42
73 Craig Haslam Poole Wheelers Vet 10:43
74 John Banham Southdown Velo Vet 10:44
75 Nigel Donaghy Portsmouth Triathletes Vet 10:45
76 Martin Beale Velo Club St Raphael Vet 10:46
77 Darryl Barr ...a3crg Vet 10:47
78 Nigel Pratt Andover Wheelers Vet 10:48
79 Nick Cridlan Velo Club St Raphael Sen 10:49
80 Gary Chambers NOPINZ Sen 10:50
81 Jon Smith Velo Club St Raphael Vet 10:51
82 Shaun Smart Southdown Velo Vet 10:52
83 Paul Morris Fareham Wheelers CC Sen 10:53
84 Richard Porter CC Weymouth Vet 10:54
85 Phill Sykes Velo Club St Raphael Vet 10:55
86 Arthur Venables ...a3crg Esp 10:56
87 James Brickell Fareham Wheelers CC Esp 10:57
88 Andy Langdown Blazing Saddles Vet 10:58
89 Andrew Rivett Velo Club St Raphael Vet 10:59
90 James Mapley Blazing Saddles Esp 11:00
91 David Dalton Fareham Wheelers CC Vet 11:01
92 Tom Pritchard Hampshire RC Sen 11:02
93 Andy Smith Velo Club St Raphael Vet 11:03
94 Jon Hughes Velo Club Godalming & Haslemere Vet 11:04
95 James Copeland Fareham Wheelers CC Sen 11:05
96 John Samways Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers Vet 11:06
97 Brendan Reese Bournemouth Arrow CC Sen 11:07
98 Charlie Leech Southampton University Road Club Sen 11:08
99 Peter Oliver Fairly United Cycling Team Vet 11:09
100 Christopher McNamara Nuun-Sigma Sport-London RT Vet 11:10

Course Details: (Southwick - Boar Hunt - Portsdown -Southwick)
START at Mellish Bottom at Farm shop in layby on B2177.
Proceed East to Staple crossroads.
Continue on to Southwick rbt, carry straight on B2177 up Southwick Hill towards Portsmouth to turn at roundabout junction with James Callaghan Drive (GR 648066) (Portsdown Roundabout) 4.633 miles. Retrace to Southwick rbt taking the 2nd exit and Proceed on B2177 to Staple Cross road, then left to South Boarhunt across small bridge bear right on the bend to climb through South Boarhunt then turn left into Swivelton Lane (10 miles) continue on to junction with Portsdown Hill road turn left continue along Portsdown Hill road to main roundabout (Portsdown Roundabout). Take 1st exit onto B2177 to descend Portsdown Hill to Southwick Roundabout , Take the 2nd exit and proceed on the B2177 (15.00 miles ) towards Wickham passing through the start where the FINISH at Holts Mead in line with TP134 0.375 miles west of start (18.1)