Reigning champion Sam Allen (PedalOn) finally got his season underway with a win but was pushed all the way by former champion Michael Cotty (Col Collective) as the two inseparable throughout the hour long race.
The latest round of the league was promoted by the Take3 club and held on the airfield at Abingdon in Oxfordshire. The course used parts of the airfield runway and the adjacent 4×4 course as it rolled its way with no respite for the riders who had to be on the pedals for most of the lap. The course was dry despite recent rain and it was a nice sunny warm autumn morning.
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Report by Graham Robins.
In the early exchanges Allen had Tom Sewell (Cotswold Veldrijden) and the winner last week to contend with, closely followed by Cotty. Dan Guest decided that winning the earlier vet40+ race wasn’t enough and was close behind. Also at the front were the usual trio of Tom Budden (Sotonia CC), Jamie Norfolk (PedalOn), Joe Hickerton (Eden Veranda Racing) and Alex Forester (Zepnet.com RT).
After the early laps Allen and Cotty were 16secs ahead of Sewell and Guest who in turn were a further 10secs ahead of the trio of chasers. This order stayed the same until the seventh lap when with Allen and Cotty over 30secs clear the chasing group all came back together. The five were now locked together until the bell lap. The only change of the order in the last lap saw Sewell slip back and loose contact at the front.
Allen entered the final twisty section that led onto the runway first and exited a couple of seconds up on Cotty which he held to cross the line. We waited to see the outcome of the sprint to see who took the final podium position. It was Hickerton who held on to out sprint Guest, who in turn was followed in by Forrester, Norfolk and Sewell in that order.
In the women’s race Sarah Barber (North Hants RC) found the winning ways when returning to Wessex League duties after a successful trip to last week’s Three Peaks race where she managed to podium in third place. Making an excellent start again this week was junior rider Kara Perryman (Team Montezuma’s Hargroves) who quickly pulled a gap over a strong chasing bunch led by Helen Pattinson (Solent Pirates) and Harriet Guest (Cotswold Veldrijden)
After a couple of laps Barber had passed those in front of her and was soon on the back of Perryman and then once there made quick work of passing. Tamina Oliver (PM) was vying for a good finish but a puncture put paid to that despite a fine fight back she still managed to podium.
In the vet50+ race there was a one two finish for the GS Vecchi team as Tim Costello led Kevin Holloway over the line. In the earlier part of the race Costello had Mitch Purvis (Rides On Air) for company. Keith Sheridan (Cotswold Veldrijden) and team mate Dave McMullen were close at hand along with Chris Hutchings (VC Venta) and Andy Cracknell (PedalOn) not too far away. In the closing stages Holloway passed Purvis who was going backwards and was passed by Sheridan.
Dan Guest (Cotswold Veldrijden) made ease of the vet40+race but in the opening laps he had Paul Lloyd (Rides On Air) close by. Junior rider Callum Macleod (PPV) led the first lap before Guest and Lloyd slipped past. In the chasing group behind Macleod were junior riders Will Cooper (Team Montezuma’s Hargroves), Ed Gronbech (Oxford City RC) who soon broke his chain and retired and Erin Baker (Team MK). In the closing stages Guest held a lead of 18secs from Lloyd and Macleod a further 22secs back. Erin Baker held fourth ahead of Graham Rogerson (Cotswold Veldrijden) and Will Cooper.
In the male youth race Barney Clacy (Eden Veranda Racing) continued where he left of last week taking the win by 9secs ahead of Tom Cousins Zappi’s CC) and Matthew Coulson (PPV). In the female youth race Millie Couzens (Zappi’s CC) continued he good start to the season with the win ahead of Anna Wadsworth (Beeline Bicycles RT) and Amelie Prior (Zappi’s CC). Max Edgington (Oxonian CC) won the male youth under 14 classes and Maddie Wadsworth (Beeline Bicycles RT) won the female youth under 16 classes.
In the under 12’s there were wins for Thomas Cracknell (PedalOn) and Niamh Murphy (Cotswold Veldrijden).
1st Sam Allen PedalOn 57mins 16secs
2nd Michael Cotty Col Collective @1sec
3rd Joe Hickerton Eden Veranda Racing @18secs
4th Dan Guest Cotswold Veldrijden @19secs
5th Alex Forrester Zepnet.com RT
6th Jamie Norfolk PedalOn
7th Tom Sewell Cotswold Veldrijden
8th Tom Budden Sotonia CC
9th Chris Minter PedalOn
10th Trevor Allen
1st Sarah Barber North Hants RC
2nd Tamina Oliver PM
3rd Kara Perryman Team Montezuma’s Hargroves 1st Junior
4th Susan Parker North Hants RC
5th Harriet Guest Cotswold Veldrijden
Helen Pattinson Solent Pirates 1st Vet
1st Tim Costello GS Vecchi
2nd Kevin Holloway GS Vecchi
3rd Keith Sheridan Cotswold Veldrijden
4th Mitch Purvis Rides On Air
5th David McMullen
1st Dan Guest Cotswold Veldrijden
2nd Paul Lloyd Rides On Air
3rd Graham Rogerson Cotswold Veldrijden
1st Callum Macleod PPV
2nd Erin Baker Team MK
3rd Will Team Montezuma’s Hargroves