Saturday, 13 September 2014

Primera Purbeck Race #2; Horton Riding High


Proving strongest on the final climb of East Creech Hill, James Horton (Cannondale) pulled away to win the Primera Purbeck Road Race in Dorset. The 43 mile 3rd/4th cat race was an absorbing affair on the popular 5 mile Furzebrook circuit with constant attacks keeping the pace high.
Paddy Dunn (CC Weymouth) was the first to go but no one was following his wheel and Dunn was soon back in the bunch. Matt Dunsbier (Veloton Team) was happy to ride shotgun for most of the race, third last week on the flat at Cricklade, Dunsbier is not a climber and position was important.
Seventeen year old George Smith (Gillingham & Dist Wh),Mountain biker, Kim Little (Merida), Ryan Weston (Poole Wheelers), Roland Tilley (Ridebike.co.uk), Chris Noble (Westbury Wheelers) & Horton all tried to escape the peloton but with primes on offer each time across the line, it was proving difficult to get away. East Creech hill establishes an order but the fast descent to the duck pond allows the stragglers to regain contact and the speed is always kept high back passed the HQ.
Paul Double (VC Venta) attacked on the 4th of 8 laps, the 18 year old pulling out a slender lead of 7 seconds, Double had made the race winning move on the same course in July but had run out of legs, this time he looked stronger but needed company. He was still out front with 2 to go but was never out of sight of the pack, a bidon and some sage advice from father Len saw him sit up and they were all together at the bell.
Once more Paddy Dunn tried but just like on the first lap, he was going nowhere. Double had another go and led again as the race reached the hill; an older,wiser head might have waited a little longer, it was too early, he knows that now , at least the combativity award was his. Little took over at the front but Horton was waiting to pounce and as the climb swung left to the finish he had too much power for the off-roader, as did Chris Tomsett (Southampton Uni CC) and Weston who both came round the fading Little. Post-race, Organiser Steve Dring was busy fielding compliments from satisfied customers on an excellent promotion. The Primera-UK Biking team offer a packed lunch & a crisp tenner to all their Marshalls & race officials ensuring a smooth, trouble -free afternoon on the Isle of Purbeck.
Brief Result
1 11 James Horton Cannondale Racing 1:51:15
2 52 Chris Tomsett Southampton University RC
3 28 Ryan Weston Poole Whls CC
4 21 Kim Little Merida Factory Racing
5 47 Roland Tilley Ridebike.co.uk
6 58 Paul Double Velo Club Venta
7 19 George Smith Gillingham and District Wheelers/Wheels Cycles
8 7 Bob Richardson Bournemouth Jubilee Whls
9 56 Andrew Ellison VC Meudon
10 45 Adam Thompson Reading CC
11 55 Matt Dunsbier Veloton Team
12 42 Wayne Roberts Private Member
13 43 Robert Slocombe Private Member
14 34 David Clegg Private Member
15 5 Jon Clemas Bournemouth Jubilee Whls
16 60 Christopher Noble Westbury Wheelers
17 9 John Samways Bournemouth Jublilee Wheelers
18 22 Joe Brindley Mud Sweat n Gears
19 13 Patrick Dunn CC Weymouth
20 14 Bryce Riglar CC Weymouth
21 4 Dave Pickering Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers
22 57 Shaun Culpin Witham Wheelers CC
23 59 Theo Webb Velo Club Venta
24 15 Noah Godman Dream Cycling
25 6 Chris Courage Bournemouth Jubilee Whls
26 3 Richard Smith Army Cycling Union
27 1 Adam Hunneyball Primera-UK-Biking
28 24 Tom Clements Offcamber
29 23 Robert Midmore Mud Sweat n Gears
30 10 Tom Stocker Bournemouth Jubilee Whls
31 31 Kelly Brocklehurst Private Member
32 2 Simon Merritt Primera-UK-Biking
33 27 Mark Valentine Poole Whls CC
34 38 Tim Lee Private Member
35 33 Robert Clark Private Member
36 48 James Meakin Salisbury Road and Mountain CC
37 16 Douglas Tandy Fareham Wheelers Cycling Club
38 8 Simon Rogers Bournemouth Jubilee Whls
39 12 Jon Brumfield CC Weymouth
40 44 Jonathan Weber Private Member
41 41 Craig Ludlow Private Member
42 46 Thomas Hogan Ride 24/7
43 39 Seb Lloyd Private Member
44 17 Neil Watts Fit to Ride
45 20 Gary Hill JMJ RT

PRIME 1
1, HORTON
2 LITTLE
PRIME 2
1, HORTON
2 WESTON
PRIME 3
1 LITTLE
2 SMITH
PRIME 4
1 LITTLE
2,HORTON
PRIME 5
1 DOUBLE
2 WESTON
PRIME 6
1 DOUBLE
2 WESTON
PRIME 7
1 DOUBLE
2 HORTON

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