Odd Down Winter Series Round Three – Report, Results and Overall Standings

The breakaways take the day as Johnston, White and Revell make it two wins on the spin each and Elizabeth Pressage takes her first win of the series
Last week’s winners all followed up with another victory as all four of the races at Round Three of the Odd Down Winter Series saw powerful breakaways hoover up the top spots. However, consistent performances by the other riders near the top of the overall series standings have prevented them pulling out a significant advantage on the rest of the field.

Revell takes the win

The finale of the men’s 2/3 race was marred by a crash with only five laps to go. The last few years at Odd Down have rarely seen large crashes but unfortunately a number of riders were caught behind this crash on the exit of the top hairpin. A touch of wheels brought down Charlie Kelly (BCDS) near the front of the field and there was nowhere for the riders behind to go. The race was briefly halted as the riders were attended to before being restarted with the light fading – fortunately after a visit to hospital for Charlie no serious injuries came about as a result of the crash.
Ahead of all of this, three riders were ahead of the bunch; last week’s winner Charlie Revell (Team Tor 2000 Kalas) being pursued by last week’s runner up John Russell (Bristol RC) with Johnny Arcg for company.

When the race restarted, there was no catching Revell who powered away for a win by a significant margin. Russell and Arcg were less comfortable with the bunch winching in their 10 second gap. On the final lap Arcg could no longer hold on and that left Russell clear to take second whilst his breakaway companion was swallowed up by the fast closing bunch. Will Page took the sprint for third on his Winter Series debut and Rob Hardyman (Forever Pedalling) improved on his eighth-place finish last week to come in fourth.

Pressage on her way to solo victory

The women’s E/1/2/3 race was also taken by a long-range breakaway – with Elizabeth Pressage (University of Bath CC) showing her TT skills to leave the rest of the field behind going into the last phase of the race. The group had stretched several times over the course of the race but had never split apart – with the exception of IRIS Race Team’s Emily Slavin who had to chase back on several times. Slavin admitted that she needs to get back to the circuit to practice her cornering, but it was an impressive show of persistence and strength to fight her way back to the group on numerous occasions.
As the pace ramped up on the final lap for the sprint behind Pressage, it was Round One’s winner Jenny Bolsom (Bikechain – Ricci) who looked to have put herself clear of the others with Radeon BikeScience’s Maria Powell her closest challenger. However, as they came into the finish straight it was Slavin who completed another miraculous recovery to sprint past Bolsom merely metres from the line for second. Bolsom had to settle for third and closing to within five points of the series leader Lauren Johnston.

Nash, Hodges and Johnston on the attack again

Johnston preserved her lead in the standings the same way as she had established it by taking yet another win in the women’s 4th cat race. Rebekah Nash (University of Bristol CC), who had been second to Johnston in both the previous rounds immediately set to work ripping the field to pieces on the front. With such a large group though, it took an attack from Johnston, joined by Nash and Avid Sport’s Molly Hodges, to fully establish a gap.
This trio were in a familiar position now to both the previous rounds and again showed why they have been the class of the women’s 4th cat field. They worked hard together to put the top three positions beyond doubt, with again Johnston overhauling Nash in the sprint. All three of them now move up to third cat, opening the door for the other 4th cats in the next races. One to watch will be the fast finishing Katherine Moore (Das Rad Klub) who used her cyclocross form to great effect to take the group sprint for fourth place ahead of Claire Nott (Army Cycling Union).

Osborne forces the winning move clear

With the same riders consistently showing their form at the front of the women’s 4th cat race, it was no surprise to see Andrew White (Okehampton CC – last week’s winner), Ben Osborne (NFTO RT – last week’s third place) and Jamie Atkins (University of Bristol CC – second place in Round One) make the decisive move midway through the 4th cat men’s race. Numerous other riders were alert to the danger and tried to get into the move, but the pace at the front was too fierce and so a second chasing group of five riders formed with the main group behind.
With what might have been a hard pursuit the race could have all come back together, but the gaps between each group were only growing as Osborne, White and Atkins pressed home their advantage. By the closing stages of the race the leading trio had such a gap that although Atkins slipped off the pace he was still comfortably third across the line ahead of his pursuer from Round One: Ed Gray (University of Bath CC) who took the sprint for fourth from the chasing group. There was no denying White at the front though, who didn’t hesitate in the sprint this time to comfortably take the win.
White moves up into joint third (with David Mixell – Bikestrong UK) in the overall standings behind Revell (2nd) and Russell (1st).

Results:

Women’s 4th Cat

Pos Number First Name Surname Club
1 71 Lauren Johnston
2 15 Rebekah Nash University of Bristol CC
3 3 Molly Hodges Avid Sport
4 14 Katherine Moore Das Rad Klub
5 4 Claire Nott Army Cycling Union
6 1 Sophie Barnes Army Cycling Union
7 8 Emily Walton Beeston Cycling Club
8 9 Heidi Blunden Racing Chance Foundation
9 18 Kate Millard Clevedon
10 13 Aimee Parsons Avid Sport
11 2 Sally Crocker Salt and Sham CC
12 5 Taegan Pomeroy Royal Navy and Royal Marines CA
13 10 Joanna Goodhead Avid Sport
14 12 Emily Harford
15 16 Sarah Crowther Avid Sport
16 7 Deborah Sterling
DNF 6 Stephie Prince Cotswold Veldrijden
DNF 11 Janet Horton MCC

Women’s E/1/2/3:

Pos Number First Name Surname Club
1 3 Elizabeth Pressage University of Bath CC
2 4 Emily Slavin IRIS Race Team
3 1 Jenny Bolsom Bikechain – Ricci
4 2 Maria Powell Radeon-BikeScience

Men’s 4th Cat:

Pos Number First Name Surname Club
1 15 Andrew White Okehampton CC
2 18 Ben Osborne NFTO RC
3 21 Jamie Atkins University of Bristol CC
4 6 Edward Gray University of Bath CC
5 16 Steve Martin Tri UK
6 5 Alex Ficke Army Cycling Union
7 7 Spencer Hardman Salt and Sham CC
8 23 Will Acworth Bristol South CC
9 12 Peter Smith Cowley Road Condors
10 13 Thomas Southey University of Nottingham SCC
11 20 Andy Butler University of Bath CC
12 8 Mark Hardyman VC Walcot
13 3 Chris Brennan DHCyclesport
14 10 Daniel Riggs Corsley CC
15 4 Nigel Burton Bath CC
16 101 Matthew Skeats University of Bristol CC
17 22 James Barber University of Bath CC
18 19 Saxon Ridley
DNF 14 Daniel Tyrie Imperial College CC
DNF 107 Darren Hayter Tri UK
DNF 9 Si Potter Mid Cornwall CC

Men’s 2/3:

Pos Number First Name Surname Club
1 101 Charlie Revell Team Tor 2000 Kalas
2 22 John Russell Bristol RC
3 27 Will Page
4 8 Rob Hardyman Forever Pedalling
5 23 Kyle Dovey Ely RC
6 28 Colin Smith Ely RC
7 10 David Mixell BikestrongUK
8 25 Tim Southcombe SRC
9 14 Jack Salvidge Cycleservice Sidmouth
10 20 Daniel Carr Salt and Sham CC
11 9 Julian Lockwood Primera-TeamJobs
12 1 Thomas Bass Salt and Sham CC
13 18 George Bazeley Bristol RC
14 7 Samuel Gaskin
15 32 Josh Griffiths Bristol South CC
16 102 Adam Robertson Contour Cycles RT
17 15 Richard Smith Bruton CC
18 21 Johnny Arce
19 26 John Carter Radeon BikeScience
20 30 Stefan Barnett VC Walcot
21 6 Rowan Ellis 1st Chard Wheelers
22 19 Richard Franklin VC St Raphael
DNF 24 Adrian Reynolds Somerset RC
DNF 31 Charlie Kelly BCDS
DNF 16 Daniel Soltys University of Bath CC
DNF 29 Tom Turner Ely RC
DNF 33 Nick Price Gateway Racing
DNF 2 Steven Cottington Bath CC

Overall Series Standings:

Women:

First Name Surname Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Lauren Johnston 30 50 30 110
Jenny Bolsom 50 15 40 105
Rebekah Nash 25 45 25 95
Maria Powell 45 35 80
Molly Hodges 15 35 20 70
Elizabeth Pressage 20 50 70
Frances Bromley 20 40 60
Emily Slavin 13 45 58
Lucy Austin 30 30
Stephie Prince 25 1 26
Katherine Moore 9 15 24
Rebecca Gregson 14 14
Aimee Parsons 8 5 13
Vanessa Royals 12 12
Claire Lawrence 10 10
Claire Nott 10 10
Kate Millard 3 6 9
Sophie Barnes 9 9
Sally Crocker 4 4 8
Emily Walton 8 8
Janet Horton 7 7
Joanna Goodhead 5 2 7
Heidi Blunden 7 7
Olive Holliday 6 6
Taegan Pomeroy 3 3
Victoria Jones 2 2
Sarah Crowther 1 1 2
Hannah Cockerill 1 1
Emily Harford 1 1
Deborah Sterling 1 1
Janet Horton 1 1

Men:

First Name Surname Round One Round Two Round Three Total
John Russell 50 45 45 140
Charlie Revell 50 50 100
David Mixell 40 20 60
Andrew White 30 30 60
Jared Linden 30 25 55
Rob Hardyman 15 35 50
Joe Twelvetrees 25 20 45
Nathan Hallett 45 45
Thomas Bass 20 14 11 45
Jamie Atkins 25 20 45
Ben Osborne 20 25 45
Edward Gray 20 7 15 42
Will Perrin 40 40
Will Page 40 40
Scott Fryer 35 35
James Dudden 35 35
Samuel Gaskin 14 9 9 32
Daniel Martin 30 30
Thomas Collins 30 30
Kyle Dovey 30 30
Spencer Hardman 6 15 8 29
Iain Duggan 25 25
Colin Smith 25 25
Steven Cottington 13 8 1 22
William Acworth 10 5 7 22
Adam Robertson 13 7 20
Richard Smith 8 3 6 17
Josh Griffiths 9 8 17
Simon Starling 15 15
Anthony Corke 15 15
Tim Southcombe 15 15
Jack Salvidge 14 14
Tom Allport 9 4 13
Adrian Reynolds 12 1 13
Daniel Carr 13 13
Nick Anderson 12 12
Daniel Soltys 11 1 12
Julian Lockwood 12 12
Felix Young 11 11
William Hayes 10 10
Thomas Grigson 10 10
George Creasey 10 10
Daniel Tyrie 9 1 10
Johnny Arcg 5 5 10
Steve Martin 10 10
George Bazeley 10 10
Alex Ficke 9 9
Elliot Barratt 8 8
Will Clarke 8 8
Peter Smith 1 1 6 8
Luke Churchus 7 7
Guy Tucker 7 7
Edward Jackson 7 7
Stefan Barnett 4 3 7
Joel Thomas 6 6
Graeme Rout 6 6
Ian Hicks 6 6
Dave Cullen 5 5
Si Potter 4 1 5
Thomas Southey 5 5
Mark Hardyman 1 3 4
Andy Butler 4 4
John Carter 4 4
Noel Charlton 3 3
Graham Townsend 1 2 3
James Kay 2 1 3
Jonathan Oakley 3 3
Daniel Riggs 1 1 1 3
David Gwynne 1 1 2
Jonathan Ashby 1 1 2
Luke Craddock 2 2
Nigel Burton 1 1 2
Charlie Kelly 1 1 2
Matthew Skeats 1 1 2
Chris Brennan 2 2
Rowan Ellis 2 2
Tom Moffat 1 1
Martin Andrews 1 1
Michael Parkin-White 1 1
Jack Enright 1 1
Jeremy Bigg 1 1
Alan Adams 1 1
Paul Watkins 1 1
Alexander Atkins 1 1
Joanathan Ashby 1 1
Chris Parry 1 1
Michael Banfield 1 1
Alex Williams 1 1
Joel Thomas 1 1
James Barber 1 1
Saxon Ridley 1 1
Dareen Hayter 1 1
Richard Franklin 1 1
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Odd Down Winter Series Round Two – Results and Report

Johnston makes it two from two whilst Russell takes a commanding lead in the men’s standings

Fran Bromley leads the 4th Cat group

Lauren Johnston took the sprint win from a hard working 4th Cat group that held off the higher category riders in the handicap pursuit race. With the same four riders finishing at the top of the standings in the 4th cat race we knew that it would be a hard task for the senior riders to bring the group back. Whilst Johnston, Nash (University of Bristol CC), Nott (Army CU), Prince (Cotswold Veldrijden), Bromley and Hodges (both Avid Sport) settled straight into a working group, the riders behind struggled to get organised. Lucy Austin (Army Race Team) charged across the gap and had halved her deficit one third of the way into the race, leaving the other second and third category riders in her wake. In the end the effort told, and with one against six she ended up going backwards in the second half of the race rather than forwards. Johnston was pleased with the win in a tough race:

“Everyone was working really hard which meant the finish was really tough. It was part of the plan, we wanted to get as much of a gap to the third cats as we could.”

Lucy Austin in pursuit

Johnston said that she was worried about the threat of Avid Sport rider Fran Bromley going into the finish. Bromley was disappointed after the race saying “Lauren just went, Molly went and then I tried to follow Molly’s wheel. Rebekah started coming round on my left and instead of carrying on I tried to go on her wheel. I think I just caught myself in, but the others were all riding super strong.”

Behind the leaders, Jenny Bolsom (Bikechain-Ricci) was putting in a solid ride to take the third spot in the series standings behind Johnston and Nash. It is shaping up to be a close run thing between the top riders, and it wasn’t an easy day for those further down the pack with Uni of Bath’s Elizabeth Pressage describing it as a “brutal” race and saying that it was “six people working well together against me on my own”.

Three riders dominated in the 4th Cat race

The men’s 4th cat race saw dominance from another strong co-operating group at the front with Jared Linden (Royal Dean Forest CC), Andrew White (Okehampton CC) and Ben Osborne (NFTO RC) going away early and quickly establishing a large gap. With their gap more than secure, the three started to cat and mouse a little going into the final stages of the race with Osborne like he was starting to play games with the other two and last weeks’ winner Linden looking to follow Johnston’s lead and make it two from two. He came in solo last week and this time around had White to contend with who had the jump coming into the finish. It looked like that was things done and dusted, but White clearly hadn’t seen the video of the finish from the men’s 2/3 race last week – he started to ease up and look over his shoulder as the line approached. Linden hadn’t sat up, and drew up alongside but couldn’t quite overhaul white. Another great ride from Linden puts him up to second in the series standings.

John Russell had to settle for second this week after his close victory last time out, but can settle for padding his series lead by a healthy margin. This week’s race was far more aggressive than last time out, with many of the moves lead by VC Walcot’s Stefan Barnett. With a few small groups getting away early it was a solo move from Barnett that was the only one to stick, but the bunch always had the one rider in its sights and closed him down before the final laps. Team Tor 200 Kalas’ Charlie Revell had been patrolling the front of the bunch throughout and confirmed his dominance taking the sprint by a good margin – no controversy this time around. Revell and Russell were followed in by Will Perrin of Gannet CC, with Barnett rolling in off the back of the bunch having burnt his matches before the sprint.

Round Two Results:

Women’s

Pos Number First Name Surname Club
1 8 Lauren Johnston
2 10 Rebekah Nash University of Bristol CC
3 3 Frances Bromley Avid Sport
4 7 Molly Hodges Avid Sport
5 16 Lucy Austin Army Race Team
6 13 Stephie Prince Cotswold Veldrijden
7 12 Elizabeth Pressage University of Bath CC
8 2 Jenny Bolsom Bikechain – Ricci
9 4 Rebecca Gregson The Racing Chance Foundation
10 15 Emily Slavin IRIS Race Team
11 14 Vanessa Royals Army Cycling Union

4th Cat Men:

Pos Number First Name Surname Club
1 26 Andrew White Okehampton CC
2 16 Jared Linden Royal Dean Forest CC
3 29 Ben Osborne NFTO RC
4 13 Spencer Hardman Salt & Sham CC
5 15 William Hayes UK Biking/Bmth Cycleworks
6 25 Daniel Tyrie Imperial College CC
7 27 Elliot Barratt Bath CC
8 101 Edward Gray University of Bath CC
9 23 Joel Thomas
10 1 William Acworth Bristol South CC
11 3 Tom Allport University of Bath CC
12 9 Noel Charlton Fareham Wheelers CC
13 24 Graham Townsend Devizes Town CC
14 8 Nigel Burton Bath CC
15 102 David Gwynne University of Bath CC
16 31 Tom Moffat University of Bath CC
17 4 Martin Andrews VC Venta
18 14 Mark Hardyman VC Walcot
19 18 Michael Parkin-White University of Bristol CC
20 19 Daniel Riggs Corsley CC
21 30 James Kay University of Bath CC
22 10 Jack Enright University of Bristol CC
23 28 Jeremy Bigg Oldfield Old Boys
24 2 Alan Adams
25 22 Peter Smith Cowley Road Condors
26 5 Jonathan Ashby Devizes Town CC

2/3 Men:

Pos Number First Name Surname Club
1 12 Charlie Revell Team Tor 2000 Kalas
2 19 John Russell Bristol RC
3 101 Will Perrin Gannet CC
4 7 Scott Fryer
5 10 Daniel Martin University of Bath CC
6 6 Iain Duggan Gannet CC
7 16 Joe Twelvetrees The Cycle Room
8 9 Rob Hardyman Forever Pedalling
9 2 Thomas Bass Salt and Sham CC
10 23 Adam Robertson Contour Cycles RT
11 20 Adrian Reynolds Somerset RC
12 15 Daniel Soltys University of Bath CC
13 8 Thomas Grigson BIKESTRONGUK
14 107 Samuel Gaskin
15 4 Steven Cottington Bath CC
16 3 Luke Churchus Gannet CC
17 13 Graeme Rout Gannet CC
18 18 Johnny Arcg
19 1 Stefan Barnett Velo Club Walcot
20 14 Richard Smith Bruton Cycling Club
21 26 Luke Craddock MCCC
22 21 Paul Watkins Somerset RC
23 22 Charlie Kelly BCDS

Women’s Series standings after Round Two:

First Name Surname Round 1 Round 2 Total
Lauren Johnston 30 50 80
Rebekah Nash 25 45 70
Jenny Bolsom 50 15 65
Frances Bromley 20 40 60
Molly Hodges 15 35 50
Maria Powell 45 45
Lucy Austin 30 30
Stephie Prince 25 25
Elizabeth Pressage 20 20
Rebecca Gregson 14 14
Emily Slavin 13 13
Vanessa Royals 12 12
Claire Lawrence 10 10
Katherine Moore 9 9
Aimee Parsons 8 8
Janet Horton 7 7
Olive Holliday 6 6
Joanna Goodhead 5 5
Sally Crocker 4 4
Kate Millard 3 3
Victoria Jones 2 2
Sarah Crowther 1 1
Hannah Cockerill 1 1

Men’s standings after Round Two:

First Name Surname Round One Round Two Total
John Russell 50 45 95
Jared Linden 30 25 55
Charlie Revell 50 50
Joe Twelvetrees 25 20 45
Nathan Hallett 45 45
Will Perrin 40 40
David Mixell 40 40
Scott Fryer 35 35
James Dudden 35 35
Thomas Bass 20 14 34
Andrew White 30 30
Daniel Martin 30 30
Thomas Collins 30 30
Edward Gray 20 7 27
Iain Duggan 25 25
Jamie Atkins 25 25
Samuel Gaskin 14 9 23
Spencer Hardman 6 15 21
Steven Cottington 13 8 21
Ben Osborne 20 20
William Acworth 10 5 15
Rob Hardyman 15 15
Simon Starling 15 15
Anthony Corke 15 15
Tom Allport 9 4 13
Adam Robertson 13 13
Adrian Reynolds 12 12
Nick Anderson 12 12
Daniel Soltys 11 11
Richard Smith 8 3 11
Felix Young 11 11
William Hayes 10 10
Thomas Grigson 10 10
George Creasey 10 10
Daniel Tyrie 9 9
Josh Griffiths 9 9
Elliot Barratt 8 8
Will Clarke 8 8
Luke Churchus 7 7
Guy Tucker 7 7
Edward Jackson 7 7
Joel Thomas 6 6
Graeme Rout 6 6
Ian Hicks 6 6
Johnny Arcg 5 5
Dave Cullen 5 5
Stefan Barnett 4 4
Si Potter 4 4
Noel Charlton 3 3
Graham Townsend 1 2 3
James Kay 2 1 3
Jonathan Oakley 3 3
David Gwynne 1 1 2
Daniel Riggs 1 1 2
Peter Smith 1 1 2
Jonathan Ashby 1 1 2
Luke Craddock 2 2
Nigel Burton 1 1
Tom Moffat 1 1
Martin Andrews 1 1
Mark Hardyman 1 1
Michael Parkin-White 1 1
Jack Enright 1 1
Jeremy Bigg 1 1
Alan Adams 1 1
Paul Watkins 1 1
Charlie Kelly 1 1
Alexander Atkins 1 1
Joanathan Ashby 1 1
Matthew Skeats 1 1
Chris Parry 1 1
Michael Banfield 1 1
Alex Williams 1 1
Joel Thomas 1 1

 

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Results, photos, report and series standings – Odd Down Winter Series Round One

Saturday 2nd December 2017

John Russell almost drops the win to Nathan Hallett by raising his arms too soon as Jenny Bolsom takes the lead in the women’s series


John Russell (Bristol Road Club) looked to have a commanding win wrapped up in round one of the Odd Down Winter Series but was almost mugged on the line by a fast charging Nathan Hallett of Latchem-Sunwise. Russell had been just off the front of the bunch in the final laps with Hallett’s teammate James Dudden and had the lead coming into the final metres.

“I put my hands up with about 10 metres to go and as I put my hands up a guy came straight under me in a full speed sprint and it looked so close on the line and I think, I think I’ve saved myself the embarrassment.”
Russell was indeed right, upon review the judges gave the result to him by the finest of margins. A lesson though to all that you sprint past the line, not until 10 metres to go. Hallett was more circumspect about the finish;
“Who knows? I’ll leave it to the powers above,” he said with a grin and a shrug.

Katherine Moore leads the chase of the breakaway pair

Jenny Bolsom took the win in a small field in the E/1/2/3 women’s race, outsprinting Maria Powell at the finish to take an early series lead. It was disappointing that the field was so small, but there is a bright future with 15 women starting in the women’s 4th cat race. A few of the regular faces from Odd Down over the last few years were present and it turned into a hard fought and competitive race. Lauren Johnston (Unattached) and Rebekah Nash (University of Bristol) took a commanding lead very early on in the race and despite a spirited chase from two Avid Sport riders – Fran Bromley (3rd) and Molly Hodges (4th) – the lead pair were not to be denied.

Johnston took the win ahead of Nash, with Claire Lawrence (Sodbury Cycle Sport ) and Katherine Moore (Das Rad Klub) mopping up the top places in the bunch sprint for 5th and 6th. All of the top four 4th cats have already entered for next week so the higher category riders are going to have a chase on their hands to bring these strong new racers back into the fold in the handicapped pursuit next week.

Atkins had given his all to hold onto second

With the men’s 2/3 race coming down to the finest of margins, there was no doubt about the winner in the 4th cat men’s race. Jared Linden was well clear of the rest of the field having dispatched his breakaway companion Jamie Atkins (University of Bristol) to take the win. Atkins looked to have second place comfortably sealed up but an impressive late charge from University of Bath’s Ed Gray out of the bunch almost saw Atkins pipped at the line.

Gray had to settle for third with Simon Starling taking the sprint for 4th from the bunch. These riders will be ones to watch for the next few rounds of the series with points on the line and it surely won’t be long before they are testing themselves against the 2nd and 3rd cats.

A huge thanks to Francisco Mora and the guys from GLL for organising this round, Andy Stewart in his role as chief Commissaire, fauxpro.cc for the interviews, photo and video, the South Region for their support for the series as well as everyone who came out to race. See you for the rest of the series!

 

Race Results:

Position Number First Name Surname
4th Women
1 6 Lauren Johnston
2 13 Rebekah Nash
3 1 Frances Bromley
4 5 Molly Hodges
5 9 Claire Lawrence
6 12 Katherine Moore
7 7 Aimee Parsons
8 10 Janet Horton
9 14 Olive Holliday
10 4 Joanna Goodhead
11 2 Sally Crocker
12 15 Kate Millard
13 8 Victoria Jones
14 3 Sarah Crowther
15 11 Hannah Cockerill
E/1/2/3 Women
1 1 Jenny Bolsom
2 2 Maria Powell
4th Men
1 12 Jared Linden
2 3 Jamie Atkins
3 8 Edward Gray
4 19 Simon Starling
5 25 Will Atworth
6 1 Tom Allport
7 6 Will Clarke
8 22 Guy Tucker
9 10 Spencer Hardman
10 7 Dave Cullen
11 16 Si Potter
12 13 Jonathan Oakley
13 11 James Kay
14 18 Peter Smith
15 26 Alexander Atkins
16 9 David Gwynne
17 2 Joanathan Ashby
18 71 Matthew Skeats
19 21 Graham Townsend
20 24 Daniel Riggs
21 15 Chris Parry
22 4 Michael Banfield
23 23 Alex Williams
24 20 Joel Thomas
2/3 Men
1 16 John Russell
2 9 Nathan Hallett
3 101 David Mixell
4 6 James Dudden
5 2 Thomas Collins
6 13 Joe Twelvetrees
7 1 Thomas Bass
8 15 Anthony Corke
9 8 Samuel Gaskin
10 3 Steven Cottington
11 19 Nick Anderson
12 14 Felix Young
13 4 George Creasey
14 18 Josh Girffiths
15 102 Richard Smith
16 17 Edward Jackson
17 10 Ian Hicks

Series Standings:

Women after Round One:

1 Jenny Bolsom 50
2 Maria Powell 45
3 Lauren Johnston 30
4 Rebekah Nash 25
5 Frances Bromley 20
6 Molly Hodges 15
7 Claire Lawrence 10
8 Katherine Moore 9
9 Aimee Parsons 8
10 Janet Horton 7
11 Olive Holliday 6
12 Joanna Goodhead 5
13 Sally Crocker 4
14 Kate Millard 3
15 Victoria Jones 2
16 Sarah Crowther 1
17 Hannah Cockerill 1

Men after Round One:

1 John Russell 50
2 Nathan Hallett 45
3 David Mixell 40
4 James Dudden 35
5 Jared Linden 30
6 Thomas Collins 30
7 Jamie Atkins 25
8 Joe Twelvetrees 25
9 Edward Gray 20
10 Thomas Bass 20
11 Simon Starling 15
12 Anthony Corke 15
13 Samuel Gaskin 14
14 Steven Cottington 13
15 Nick Anderson 12
16 Felix Young 11
17 Will Atworth 10
18 George Creasey 10
19 Tom Allport 9
20 Josh Griffiths 9
21 Will Clarke 8
22 Richard Smith 8
23 Guy Tucker 7
24 Edward Jackson 7
25 Spencer Hardman 6
26 Ian Hicks 6
27 Dave Cullen 5
28 Si Potter 4
29 Jonathan Oakley 3
30 James Kay 2
31 Peter Smith 1
32 Alexander Atkins 1
33 David Gwynne 1
34 Joanathan Ashby 1
35 Matthew Skeats 1
36 Graham Townsend 1
37 Daniel Riggs 1
38 Chris Parry 1
39 Michael Banfield 1
40 Alex Williams 1
41 Joel Thomas 1
1 John Russell 50
2 Nathan Hallett 45
3 David Mixell 40
4 James Dudden 35
5 Jared Linden 30
6 Thomas Collins 30
7 Jamie Atkins 25
8 Joe Twelvetrees 25
9 Edward Gray 20
10 Thomas Bass 20
11 Simon Starling 15
12 Anthony Corke 15
13 Samuel Gaskin 14
14 Steven Cottington 13
15 Nick Anderson 12
16 Felix Young 11
17 Will Atworth 10
18 George Creasey 10
19 Tom Allport 9
20 Josh Griffiths 9
21 Will Clarke 8
22 Richard Smith 8
23 Guy Tucker 7
24 Edward Jackson 7
25 Spencer Hardman 6
26 Ian Hicks 6
27 Dave Cullen 5
28 Si Potter 4
29 Jonathan Oakley 3
30 James Kay 2
31 Peter Smith 1
32 Alexander Atkins 1
33 David Gwynne 1
34 Joanathan Ashby 1
35 Matthew Skeats 1
36 Graham Townsend 1
37 Daniel Riggs 1
38 Chris Parry 1
39 Michael Banfield 1
40 Alex Williams 1
41 Joel Thomas 1
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Preview – Odd Down Winter Series Round One

Series points are up for grabs at round one; with only a light wind forecast and slightly warmer temperatures will this early season event prove to be a Battle Royale or a Leg Loosener?

Will Latchem Sunwise continue their dominance in the men’s series?

Latchem Sunwise bring three riders to round one and the team that dominated the summer series will look to gain an early hold on the standings at the winter series. James Dudden, Nathan Hallett and Ian Hicks will be racing in the men’s 2/3 and with Bath CC as the only club fielding more than one pre-entry it looks like it is set up to be a showdown between two of the well-established racing setups in the area, with a challenge from Bristol RC also expected as the series goes on. With no racing for several months we will be looking to see who has the best race sharpness during the off season to give us a clue as to how the series will pan out.

University teams out in force

The uni clubs of Bath and Bristol have been flourishing over the past few years, and there are six riders from across the universities entered in the 4th cat race. It is always hard to establish control over a 4th cat race, especially this early in the season – but with no points on the line will the race take on a more tactical feel? Historically the early season 4th cat races at Odd Down have been at least a match for the senior 2/3rd Cat race, with a few very strong new racers making their racing debut. It is likely we will find out who will start making waves on the local scene this year in the 4th cat races this winter and there is no better place to look than the two uni clubs.

Avid Sport make their entrance

With five 4th cat women entered, and three of those racing for the first time ever, Avid Sport is proud of the progress both the team and the individuals who are stepping up have made. With two more experienced racers to guide them, hopefully Joanna, Sarah and Aimee have a blast and make a splash on their first racing start. Sally Crocker and Lauren Johnston will have to keep their wits about them to manage the teammates as the race progresses. All eyes are on the women’s races this winter, as we try and shake up the way women’s races are run – Manchester is taking a keen interest to see if we can prove that we are making steps forward.

Fighting for the top women’s honours

In the summer series, it turned into a two horse race for the top place in the leaderboard between Charlotte Berry (Performance Cycles) and Bethany Taylor (Vertex Biemme). In the end, it was the Performance Cycles rider’s consistent high finishes that won the series and so make her a rider to watch in the upcoming winter series. With a few new faces already looking to make an appearance in the early rounds, will we see some new challengers taking to the top of the standings?