Champion elect Sam Allen (PedalOn) was in commanding form at the final round of the league leading from the first whistle to the chequered flag. Allen’s winning margin was nearly six minutes meant he lapped all but the remaining top four.
Today’s race at Southampton Sports Centre lived up to its usual mud fest as there were a few running sections which help sap riders strength. Our promoting club Crabwood CC had devised a tough course made harder with the mud but nevertheless riders did ‘enjoy’ the slog. Wessex League riders and supporters all came together for one last time this season for the Geoff Shergold Memorial race, a race Geoff would have been happy to put on.
With the light beginning to disappear Allen made a quick start and was soon nearly a minute up on the chasing bunch before he had completed the opening lap. Sam seemed to master the tricky conditions as others seemed to be slipping and sliding and the race was always going to be won from the pits. Those with a good pit crew and gallons of water were always going to benefit.
In the early stages of the race Joe Hickerton (Spokes BPC Racing) and Michael Guilford (VC Meudon) were dicing with each other whilst the next rider up was Tom Budden (Sotonia CC). Other riders within the top ten were Karl Norfolk (PedalOn), Tim Doole (Maybush CC) and Dan Atkins (Didcot Phoenix CC). After four laps Allen’s lead over Guilford was nearly two minutes with Hickerton, Norfolk, and Budden all covered by twenty five seconds.
The tussle between Hickerton, Guilford and Norfolk all came together on the mid race distance despite them now three down on Allen. Budden was slipping away and the remainder of the top ten were now over five minutes down on our leader. With Allen lapping at around the eight minute mark he was quickly picking of riders within the top ten.
In the closing stages of the race there were no significant position changes, although Doug Wollett (Maybush CC) did manage to pick up a couple of places only to see them slip away in the dying stages of the last couple of laps dropping him back down to tenth.
Allen’s win sealed a great season for the Overton rider taking not only the win but a Championship.
Helen Pattinson (Hargroves Ridley Montezuma’s) closed out here wonderful season by winning the race after an early tussle with team mate and junior rider Katie Scott. Scott was the first to make good in the tricky conditions and led for most of the opening lap before Pattinson found a way past and then once past was able to control her lines as conditions changed. After a couple of laps Pattinson had a gap of twenty seconds with only Jennifer Forrester (Zepnat.com) able to stay relatively close by but 49secs down. The remainder of the women with the exception of Lydia Brookes (Les Files) were now over two minutes plus down.
Pattinson pushed on over the next couple of laps which saw Scott beginning to lose time and she was now a minute down on the new UCI Master CX World Champion with Forester now the only other women not to be lapped. Ella Freeman another team mate of Pattinson and Scott was running in ninth and taking the second step on the podium in the junior category.
Pattinson took the top spot in the veteran’s race with Cotswold Veldrijden team mates Harriet Guest and Donna Short her first podium taking the other spots. The senior podium was topped by Jennifer Forrester with Lydia Brookes and Hargroves Ridley Montezuma’s rider Kara Perryman third.
The vet 50+ race was won by another UCI Master Champion as Dave McMullen (Cotswold Veldrijden) led from start to finish and finishing just over a minute ahead of Kevin Holloway (GS Vecchi). In the middle of the race Malcolm Cross (VC Venta) was having a good race moving up from fifth on the second lap to claim third spot on the podium. There were also places gain by Andrew Cracknell (PedalOn) and Malcolm Dymond (C&N Cycles RT) in the middle of the pack but they were both two minutes adrift of our leader.
The combined vet 40+ and junior race was won by junior Callum Macleod (PedalOn) leading from the front. In the early stages of the race Macleod had Barney Clacy and Will Cooper (Hargroves-Ridley-Montezuma’s) for company with both Dan Guest (Cotswold Veldrijden) and Paul Lloyd (Worx Bikes) holding up the vet 40+ section on the race.
By the third lap Macleod held a lead of 30secs over Clacy with Guest at 1min 08secs and Lloyd a further 6secs back. Beginning to pick away at Coopers position was Ben Bishop (Charlotteville CC) and as they started the last lap Bishop was eight seconds behind but Bishop’s last lap saw him catch and pass the Hargroves rider finally putting thirteen seconds into him.
In the youth races there were wins for Ella Lawrence (Solent Pirates Youth CC) and Euan Macleod Willebrord Wil Vooruit.
1st Sam Allen PedalOn 63mins 42secs
2nd Joe Hickerton Spokes BPC Racing @ 5mins 53secs
3rd Karl Norfolk PedalOn @7mins 04secs
4th Tom Budden Sotonia CC @8mins 04secs
5th Michael Guilford VC Meudon @10mins 13secs
6th Jamie Norfolk PedalOn @1lap
7th Tim Doole Maybush CC
8th Doug Wollett Maybush CC
9th Dan Crook Abbotts Ann Cycles
10th Daniel Atkins Didcot Phoenix CC
1st Helen Pattinson Hargroves-Ridley- Montezuma’s 47mins 33secs 1st Vet
2nd Katie Scott Hargroves-Ridley- Montezuma’s @2mins 28secs 1st Junior
3rd Jennifer Forrester Zepnat.com @4mins 07secs 1st Senior
4th Lydia Brookes Les Files @1lap 2nd Senior
5th Kara Perryman Hargroves-Ridley- Montezuma’s 3rd Senior
6th Lauren Cracknell PedalOn
7th Alison Rothnie Spokes BPC Racing
8th Kate Robson PedalOn
9th Ella Freeman Hargroves-Ridley- Montezuma’s 2nd Junior
10th Lindy Larkin Sarum Velo
12th Harriet Guest Cotswold Veldrijden 2nd Vet
14th Donna Short Cotswold Veldrijden 3rd Vet
1st Dave McMullen Cotswold Veldrijden 44mins 12secs
2nd Kevin Holloway GS Vecchi @1min 03secs
3rd Malcolm Cross VC Venta @2mins 05secs
4th Andrew Cracknell PedalOn @2mins 15secs
5th Martyn Dymond C&N Cycles RT
1st Callum Macleod PedalOn 36mins 28secs 1st Junior
2nd Barney Clacy Hargroves-Ridley- Montezuma’s 2nd Junior
3rd Dan Guest Cotswold Veldrijden 1st Vet
4th Paul Lloyd Worx Cycles 2nd Vet
5th Ben Bishop Charlotteville CC 3rd Junior
8th Anthony Turner Cotswold Veldrijden 3rd Vet