Report by Graham Robins
Adrian Lansley (PedalOn) was crowned South of England champion for the fourth time today after leading the race from start to finish and winning with a comfortable 25secs margin over Chris Rothwell (BW Cycles) with Sam Allen Adrian’s team mate taking the third step of the podium.
Other winners today were Dan Guest (Cotswold Veldrijden) in the vet 40+ races and Owen Pattinson (Owens Cycles) in the vet50+ race. Whilst in the women’s races there were wins for junior Abbie Manley (Hargroves Ridley Montezuma’s), Senior Kara Perryman (Hargroves Ridley Montezuma’s) and Claire Smith (Cotswold Veldrijden) won the vet category.
Today’s host were North Hants RC and they even managed to find a new venue never used for a Wessex League round. The venue was in the field adjacent to Popham airfield which even included a small wooded copse. The course was firm and rode really quickly. Despite a chilly start to the morning it remained dry throughout the racing.
Lansley made a quick start on the opening lap leading into the twisty in field section before passing the pits and heading towards the woods. On the exit of the woods the riders had even more twists and turns before completing a lap.
Behind our leader they were beginning to queue up with Sam Allen ahead of Rothwell and Alex Forrester (Zepnat.com), whilst Michael Guilford, Tom Budden (Sotonia CC) and Tom Sewell (Cotswold Veldrijden) were already locked together.
With several laps completed there were no changes in the leaders until Rothwell finally managed to dispatch Allen, but by now he was already too far behind to Lansley to make a difference.
At the bell Lansley had a lead over Rothwell of 24secs with Allen now at 48secs. Forrester was in no man’s land behind the leading trio whilst Sewell had finally pulled away from Budden. Karl Norfolk (PedalOn) was next with Glyndwr Griffiths (72Degrees CC) finally climbing into the top ten as Guilford started to slip away.
In the combined Women’s races junior Abbie Manley and team mate Amy Perryman (Hargroves Ridley Montezuma’s) were setting the pace at the front along with senior Kara Perryman first senior and Katie Scott the third junior in the race making the front of the race all red and yellow. Claire Smith (Cotswold Veldrijden) was leading the vet women’s race with team mate Jessica Connor second.
Beginning to come through the field in the senior’s race was Iwona Szmyd (Royal Dean Forrest CC) running just ahead of Jennifer Forrester (Zepnat.com) and Lindy Larkin (Sarum Velo).
Manley continued her run of fine from last Sunday’s trophy race to take the junior crown with Kara Perryman the senior and Claire Smith the vet honours.
Dan Guest (Cotswold Veldrijden) was in imperious form in the vet 40+ race leading from start to finish winning by 43secs ahead of Jamie Norfolk (PedalOn) with Peter Kench (Ride 24/7) on the final step of the podium.
Alton based rider Owen Pattinson (Owens Cycles) won the vet50+ race but he had to wait a couple of laps as Mike Williams (Fareham Wheelers) made a strong start. Tim Costello (GS Vecchi) struggling with a bruised rib for racing at the masters in Belgium earlier in the week was slowly being caught by Anthony Dyment (North Hants RC) but the Basingstoke rider had left his charge a little late and finished only 15secs behind Costello.
Barney Clacy (Hargroves Ridley Montezuma’s) won the junior male race from Sam Smith (Cheltenham &County RC), with Harry Dridge Clacys team mate third.
(full results here)
1st Adrian Lansley PedalOn 59mins 05secs
2nd Chris Rothwell BW Cycles +25secs
3rd Sam Allen PedalOn +50secs
4th Alexander Forrester Zepnat.com
5th Thomas Sewell Cotswold Veldrijden
6th Tom Budden Sotonia CC
7th Karl Norfolk PedalOn
8th Glyndwr Griffiths 73 Degrees CC
9th Michael Guilford VC Meudon
10th Oscar Hutchings VC Equip/Flix
1st Abbie Manley Hargroves Ridley Montezuma’s
2nd Amy Perryman Hargroves Ridley Montezuma’s
3rd Katie Scott Hargroves Ridley Montezuma’s
1st Kara Perryman Hargroves Ridley Montezuma’s
2nd Iwona Szmyd Royal Dean Forest CC
3rd Jennifer Forrester Zepnat.com
4th Alison Rothnie Spokes BPC Racing
5th Lindy Larkin Sarum Velo
1st Claire Smith Cotswold Veldrijden
2nd Jessica Connor Cotswold Veldrijden
3rd Rachael Clay VC Meudon
4th Harriet Guest Cotswold Veldrijden
5th Miriam Whitehurst Radeon-Bike Science RT
1st Dan Guest Cotswold Veldrijden
2nd Jamie Norfolk PedalOn
3rd Peter Kench Ride24/7
4th Benoit Davies
5th Ben Anstie 73 Degrees CC
1st Owen Pattinson Owens Cycles
2nd Mike Williams Fareham Wheelers
3rd Tim Costello GS Vecchi
4th Anthony Dyment north Hants RC
5th David Coghill Dream Cycling