Monday, 3 February 2020

Perfs 2020: The Boys are Back in Town!


PERFS 2020 WAS CANCELLED DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS
In 1979 18-year-old Sean Yates burst on the scene, winning the Perfs Pedal race, his first senior victory and the youngest ever winner of this South coast classic. Jacob Vaughan,19, won in 2019, the only other teenager to win Perfs, Vaughan also finished second to Chris Opie 2 years earlier aged 17 but has not entered this time round.. Some 41 years after Yates success could we see another youngster added to the Perfs Roll of Honour? Well, with 20 juniors, plus 4 reserves and a host of under 20 riders on the start list, 2020 could see another teenage winner. Organiser Mick Metcalf told us “There were just a lot of juniors that entered, those selected were on merit with some high points totals for 2019 in good events. Obviously, they will be keen to do well with the race distance and the finish suiting them.” Keen to do well will be Jack Rootkin-Gray(Z JunIor RT), Rootkin-Gray made the break last year only to run out of legs the 4th time up Portsdown eventually finishing 15th. Also returning a year older and more importantly a year stronger, is local lad Tom Day (Giant CC-Halo Films), Day impressed in 2019 on his way to 22nd place. Great Britain junior academy rider Oli Stockwell (Team Flamme RougeP/B Grenade) won the National Junior road title in 2019 and rode for Great Britain at the World Cyclocross championships in Dubendorf, Switzerland at the weekend, finishing 11th in the Junior race, Stockwell will be confident and full of riding. Likewise, Oscar Nilson-Julien, another GB junior academy rider from the VC Londres club that produced the likes of Ethan Hayter and Fred Wright. Aaron Freeman (Chelmer CC), second to Stockwell and Matthew Kingston (Z Junior RT) who finished 10th at the Championships also ride. Out of the junior ranks but still just 18, George Miles-Keeling (Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling) will look to build on his 2nd place in the Junior Tour of Wales last term and Leo Hayter of the Sunweb Development Team is another first year senior who could light up the race. (Two heavy crashes in training during January may mean Hayter does not start). Belgium-based Tom Portsmouth (Urbano CT), is coached by the Trainsharp team, the 18 year old, Dave Rayner funded rider will be out to impress Trainsharp coach and Perfs veteran, Chris McNamara (Nuun Sigma Sport London) and local rider Harvey McNaughton of the Wales Racing Academy will be another name to watch. The youngest ride in the field is Jacob Schnabel ( Meudon Pedal Heaven Le Col RT), who turned 16 just 5 weeks ago. It is hard to look past Rory Townsend, Alex Paton (fresh from Challenge Mallorca) and the well drilled Canyon DHB P/B Soreen team when it comes to winning Perfs but the talented youngsters in this years race will certainly make the Canyon boys concentrate. In a racing career winning Perfs is not the defining moment but the race does carry a certain kudos and all British racers would like Perfs on their palmares as Sean Yates told us:
Perfs was the first big race of the season, a great circuit and people always rode hard. Mick Waite does a great job organising, yeah i am proud to have won, its a real nostalgic part of the British scene."...

Juniors entered: Perfs Pedal 2020
Lucas Towers Cero/Cycle Division RT 2J
Jack Brough Cero-Cycle Division RT 2J
Kieran Riley Cero-Cycle Division RT 2J
Aaron Freeman Chelmer CC 2J
Thomas Day Giant Cycling Club – Halo Films 1J
Aidan Lawrence HMT Hospital Giant CT 2J
Charles Bailey Lee Valley Youth CC 2J
Matthew Houlberg Meudon Pedal Heaven Le Col RT 2J
Dan Byrne Poole Wheelers CC 2J
Oliver Stockwell Team Flamme Rouge P/B Grenade 1J
Bryn Davies The Bulls 2J
Joshua Giddings The MI Racing Academy 2J
Oisin Murphy VC Equipe/Flix Oral Hygiene/ProPulse 2J
Oscar Nilsson-Julien VC Londres 1J
Harvey McLean VC St. Raphael 2J
Joe Kiely Welwyn Wheelers CC 2J
Jack Rootkin-Gray Z Junior RT 1J
Matthew Kingston Z Junior RT 1J
Matthew Malone Z Junior RT 3J
James Ashcroft Nopinz Symec Development RT 3J

Reserves
Josh Ballinger Trainsharp DT 3J
Ben Ferris BC PM 2J
William Jewitt Giant CC/Halo Films 2J

The 46 mile Pers Pedal race will be run over 5 laps of the Portsdown Hill circuit before switching to the Newtown circuit and the final at One Hundred Acre wood. Race HQ will be at the D Day Memorial Hall, Priory Road, Southwick, Portsmouth, Hants, PO17 6ED, DEPART 11:00

COURSE DETAILS:
Start: NEUTRALISED outside Race HQ at Southwick, proceed to RAB on B2177 (M). DENEUTRALISE take third exit onto B2177 direction Wickham. Continue on B2177 to Staple Cross Roads (M), where turn left START CIRCUIT To South Boarhunt. Across the small bridge, bear right towards Boarhunt Mill. Once past Manor Farm continue to climb then bear left.Continue the climb, then turn left (M) into Swivelton Lane. Continue to junction with Portsdown Hill Road, where left (M), continue along Portsdown Hill until RAB (M) to take 2nd exit onto the B2177 to descent the back of Portsdown Hill to RAB at Southwick take the 2nd exit to Staple Cross Roads.Complete 5 laps then turn right (M) onto unclassified road to Newtown proceed through Newtown Village to crossroads. Turn left (M) onto Hundred Acres Road. Proceed on climb to finish line.

Total Race Distance 46 miles/74 Kms.
Lap distances : Portsdown Circuit 8.5 miles Newtown Circuit 3 miles.


Perfs 2020 Full Start List

1 Alex Paton Canyon DHB P/B Soreen WInner of this race in 2018 E
2 Rory Townsend Canyon DHB P/B Soreen E
3 Maximillian Stedman Canyon DHB P/B Soreen E
4 Andrew Tennant Canyon DHB P/B Soreen 1
5 Callum MacLeod Canyon DHB P/B Soreen 1
6 Andrew Critchlow 1904 RT 1
7 Joe Hill ActiveEdge RT 1
8 Michael Gill Aerolab Ward Wheelz 1
9 Oliver Hucks Aerolab Ward Wheelz 2
10 Sebastian Garry Aerolab Ward Wheelz 1
11 Taylor Johnstone Asfra Racing 2
12 Thomas Grigson Bikestrong/KTM 2
13 Christopher Rothwell BW Cycling 1
14 Rhys Hidrio Caesarean CC Jersey 3
15 Edward Morgan Caffi Gruff 2
16 Daniel MacLean-Howell Cardiff Ajax CC 1
17 Lucas Towers Cero/Cycle Division RT 2J
18 Jack Brough Cero-Cycle Division RT 2J
19 Kieran Riley Cero-Cycle Division RT 2J
20 Aaron Freeman Chelmer CC 2J
21 Henry James Crawley Wheelers RT 1
22 Kevin Nelson Crawley Wheelers RT 1
23 Mark Richards DAP CC 1
24 Morris Bacon DAP CC E
25 Leo Hayter Development Team Sunweb E
26 Thomas Day Giant Cycling Club – Halo Films 1J
27 Aidan Lawrence HMT Hospital Giant CT 2J
28 Charlie Heffernan HuntBikeWheels 2
29 Mark Day HuntBikeWheels 2
30 Charles Bailey Lee Valley Youth CC 2J
31 Jack Freeman Meudon Pedal Heaven Le Col RT E
32 Matthew Houlberg Meudon Pedal Heaven Le Col RT 2J
33 Elliott Barratt Nopinz Symec RT 2
34 Harry Johnson Nopinz Symec RT 1
35 Matt Witts Nopinz Symec RT 1
36 Matthew Downie Nopinz Symec RT 1
37 Matthew Webster Nopinz Symec RT E
38 Red Walters Nopinz Symec RT E
39 Cameron Fraser Nunn-Sigma Sport-London RT 2
40 Chris McNamara Nunn-Sigma Sport-London RT E
41 Ken Buckley Nunn-Sigma Sport-London RT E
42 Declan Hudson Omnipex Bio Racer RT 1
43 Joe Staunton Paceline RT 1
44 Gary Freeman Pedal Power Cycles Ipswich 1
45 Dan Byrne Poole Wheelers CC 2J
46 Christopher Owram Primera-TeamJobs 1
47 Nicholas Tyrie Primera-TeamJobs 1
48 George Miles-Keeling Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling E
49 Keith Henderson Southborough & District Wheelers 1
50 Rory Barrett Southborough & District Wheelers 1
51 Cameron Preece Southdowns Bikes-Casco Pet 2
52 Simon McNamara HuntBikeWheels 2
53 Tom Portsmouth Spiderking Soenens U19 DT 1
54 Angus Hawkins Spirit Tifosi RT 1
55 Charlie Passfield Spirit Tifosi RT 2
56 Joe Baker Spirit Tifosi RT 2
57 Jordan Peacock Spirit Tifosi RT 1
58 Rupert Graham Spirit Tifosi RT 1
59 Ross Holland St Piran 1
60 Joseph West TBW23 Stuart Hall Cycling 2
61 Ryan Watkins TBW23 Stuart Hall Cycling 2
62 Timothy Torrie TBW23 Stuart Hall Cycling 2
63 Oliver Stockwell Team Flamme Rouge P/B Grenade 1J
64 Bryn Davies The Bulls 2J
65 Joshua Giddings The MI Racing Academy 2J
66 Alexander Welburn trainSharp Club 1
67 Luke Barfoot Tri UK 1
68 Oliver Richardson Twickenham CC 1
69 Oisin Murphy VC Equipe/Flix Oral Hygiene/ProPulse 2J
70 Oscar Nilsson-Julien VC Londres 1J
71 Thomas Gloagg VC Londres 1
72 Harvey McLean VC St. Raphael 2J
73 Oliver Winwood Bratchell VC Venta 2
74 Patrick Brown VC Venta 2
75 George Beck VCU Schwenheim 2
76 Michael Mottram Vitus Pro Cycling P/B Brother UK E
77 Harvey McNaughton Wales Racing Academy 1
78 Joseph Rees Wales Racing Academy 1
79 Joe Kiely Welwyn Wheelers CC 2J
80 Matthew Clarke Wheelbase Cabtech Castelli 1
81 Jack Rootkin-Gray Z Junior RT 1J
82 Matthew Kingston Z Junior RT 1J
83 Matthew Malone Z Junior RT 3J
84 Tom Couzens Zappi RT 1
85 James Ashcroft Nopinz Symec Development RT 3J

Reserves
86 Jacob Schnabel Meudon Pedal Heaven Le Col RT 3J
87 Josh Ballinger Trainsharp DT 3J
88 Samuel Clark MB Cyclery 2
89 Ben Ferris BC PM 2J
90 Ben Williams GC Mossa 2
91 William Jewitt Giant CC/Halo Films 2J
92 Jordan Giles Southampton University RC 2
93 Samuel Wadsley Primera/TeamJobs 3

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