Odd Down Winter Series Round 1 – Race Report

No stopping the breakaways as the conditions start the series with a bang

Strong winds and changeable conditions made for fierce racing and nowhere to hide at the start of the Odd Down Winter Series with three out of the four races going to the breakaways.

It should have come as no surprise to the riders that the racing would be tough at Odd Down and they stepped up to the mark, putting on a display of aggressive and attacking riding that the circuit is becoming notorious for. The most impressive of the efforts on the day came from Louise Hart (Performance Cycles) in the women’s 2/3 race; sustaining a long solo ride against the wind that the chasers were left unable to contain. Hart had attacked from the moment the neutral start was ended and had her rivals chasing her coat tails from that point onwards.

Her closest rivals were Lucy Gadd (Liv Halo CC) and Kate Baker (Avid Sport) who managed to fight back on terms initially with Olive Holliday (Somer Vally CC) also prominent in the chase. However, the onslaught from Hart was only beginning and on the third punch she was away, with Gadd and Baker finding themselves collaborating to hold off the chase bunch rather than in any hope of a pursuit of Hart.

By the finish Hart had almost a kilometre’s advantage over her pursuers, where Gadd came round Baker into the headwind finish for second. Becky Evans (PDQ Cycle Coaching) took the bunch sprint behind for fourth.

Last winter’s men’s races were dominated by a handful of riders who showed no hesitation in barging away from the main bunch, and the early indications are that we are in for more of the same this year. With the main bunch already shredded by the wind, the winning move was triggered by Oliver Beresford (VC Venta) with just under half of the race to go. He was quickly joined by three others as it quickly became clear that is was now or never for the rest of the bunch.

Less than a minute later, a group of five had formed well clear of the bunch, with three riders charging into the gap in a desperate final attempt to make what was becoming the winning move. Latchem Sunwise had two riders in the front group; Nathan Hallett and Adrian Lawson and they were accompanied by Beresford, Will Page (Primera-TeamJobs) and Roman Piotrowski. As the finish drew near, Hallett was replaced in the front group by his teammate Kieron Goodwin who had been persevering in pursuit of the leaders whilst the rest of the chasers fell away.

Latchem were able to make these numbers count as Lawson clipped away just before the finish to hold off the rest of the group for the win; with Goodwin, despite his protracted chase, coming in second for a Latchem Sunwise one-two. Beresford reaped the rewards for triggering the winning move by taking third, with Page in fourth and Piotrowski in fifth. Hallett held off the bunch for sixth with Kristian Bond (Ystwyth CC) taking the bunch sprint behind for 7th.

In the men’s 4th cat, there was another successful breakaway, with Mike Beech (Matlock CC) powering away with three laps to go to build a substantial lead over the main pack. He had played it cool by hiding the bunch throughout the first part of the race, where the surges into the crosswinds had seen a steady stream of riders go off the back. Jacob Bacon (TY Cycles) took the bunch sprint for second with Conor McGoldrick (University of Bath CC) taking third.

The only race to come down to a bunch sprint was the women’s 4th cat race. The main protagonist throughout the early stages of the race was Avid Sport’s Joanna Goodhead who did not want to rely on her sprint against a large group. Her attacks were unable to get her clear of the other front-runners, but she was able to shrink the front group down to six riders by the final laps.

Lucy Collins had played a savvy game throughout, hiding in the wheels against the savage wind, and her tactics paid off as she took the win in the sprint. Goodhead was second with Laura Bosomworth (University of Bath CC) in third.

In the overall standings, the winners of the four races take the lead respectively in the 2nd cat and 4th cat standings. The best placed 3rd cat in the women’s race was Evans who takes the lead in the women’s 3rd cat series standings. The best placed 3rd cat in the men’s race was University of Bath’s Daniel Martin in 10th place, so he takes the lead in the 3rd cat men’s standings.

With three riders in the top six, it is no surprise to see Latchem Sunwise take the early lead in the team standings with 120 points. Behind them is Avid Sport with two podium finishes and eight riders in total to score 89 points. Univesity of Bath CC are third with 82 points and one of the largest teams fielded on the day.

Odd Down Winter Series 2019: What’s New?

Separate Prizes for each category.

Each category of 4th/3rd and 2nd will have their own series standings and associated prize money.

Riders who move category during the series will remain in the series standings for the category they compete for the first time in. E/1st riders will be eligible for the 2nd category series prizes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

All rounds to feature two women’s races and two men’s races.

After proving successful in the summer, there will be two women’s races at every single round this winter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two weeks with 3/4 and E/1/2 races.

Rather than only offering 4th cat and 2/3 races, this winter there will be two weeks where the 4ths can experience racing with the 3rds and the 3rds will get a break from the 2nd cats! This will be for both the men’s and the women’s races; Rounds 3 and 5.

 

 

 

 

 

Full series discounted entry.

Riders who want to race all eight rounds can enter the whole series in advance for £10 per round.

Chippenham Wheelers Team Time Trial

On Sunday 7th October, Isobel Crowther, Sally Crocker and I put out a solid performance at the Chippenham 3-up team time trial. This was a fantastic event and we all thoroughly enjoyed racing for Avid amongst the many SAS black and red jerseys that surrounded us. The course was mostly flat with a few rolling hills with only left-hand turns.

We arrived at Minety village hall near Malmesbury early, the sun was out with blue sky, but it didn’t quite have the heat yet as there was frost still in the field we parked in. We gathered in the warm village hall together before rolling down for a warm up and start. The start turned out to be a bit further than we expected and ended up just getting there a minute before our start time!!

The held start was good (thanks to all those practices in training!) and we were away starting the rotations smoothly as ever despite the road surface being the worst ever. There was plenty of teamwork and encouragement shown throughout the course using each other’s strengths on different parts. 

My favourite part was towards the end when there was a nice flat, straight road that we managed to rotate consistently increasing our speed rapidly before we turned left and heard Chris Crowther shout “It’s all downhill from here”, these were the best words we’d heard for the last hour and gave us a final boost to the finish.

As we rolled back into the village hall, we were greeted with plenty of hot drinks and cake ready for the prize giving. Congratulations to all but we were all very happy finishing in 1:05:00 just in front of a team of males on time trial bikes!

Overall a great event to experience and I would highly recommend it to get some more blue and white teams to next year!

Joanna

Odd Down Summer Series – Women’s Overall Standings

Position Name Surname Team Total
1 Charlotte Berry VeloVitesse 500
2 Lauren Johnston Avid Sport 305
3 Aimee Parsons Avid Sport 271
4 Stephie Prince VeloVitesse 244
5 Lucy Driver Forever Pedalling 242
6 Laura Curle Liv Halo CC 172
7 Laura Wells Mickey Cranks CC 169
8 Molly Hodges Avid Sport 135
9 India Lee Hargroves-Ridley-Montezuma’s 125
10 Joss Winter Athletique 124
11 Sophie Barnes Army Cycling Union 122
12 Joanna Goodhead Avid Sport 114
13 Karen Spiteri Avid Sport 113
14 Laura Rayner Westbury Wheelers 105
15 Alexandra Sheehan Bianchi Dama 104
16 Sally Crocker Salt and Sham CC 93
17 Rosie Nunnerley DAS RAD KLUB 90
18 Nikki Toomer Exeter wheelers 88
19 Miriam Whitehurst Somer Valley CC 85
20 Nicole Coates Performance Cycles 85
21 Olive Holliday Somer Valley CC 80
22 Lucy Rowe DAS RAD KLUB 76
23 Lucy Gadd Liv Halo CC 70
24 Heather Fell Cannondale Girls 69
25 Nancy Walker Avid Sport 66
26 Frances Bromley Avid Sport 60
27 Jen Horton UCY 59
28 Alice Thomson Bristol South CC 55
29 Maria Powell Radeon-Cycology RT 50
30 Olivia Hill Performance Cycles 50
31 Elena Shaw Cardiff Ajax 45
32 Heidi Blunden The Racing Chance Foundation 39
33 Karen Whyte VeloVitesse 36
34 Elizabeth Pressage University of Bath Cycling Club 35
35 Leah Brewer Ystwyth Cycling Club 35
36 Lauren Booth Camac Planet X 33
37 Amanda Karlsson VeloVitesse 32
38 Ashia Fenwick VC Venta 30
39 Rebekah Nash University of Bristol 30
40 Clare Parkin Elitevelo Kalas Sportswear CRT 30
41 Victoria Smith Aerocoach 30
42 Megan Dickerson Forever Pedalling 25
43 Sally Frapwell VeloVitesse 25
44 Emily Millar 25
45 Nicki Carr Tri UK 24
46 Beth Rolf VC St Raphael 22
47 Lois Brewer Ystwyth Cycling Club 22
48 Stephanie Parsonage Army Cycling Race Team (ACRT) 20
49 Chrissie Slot IRIS Race Team 20
50 Elizabeth Sanders University of Exeter Cycling Club 15
51 Naomi Eaton 15
52 Emily Harford 15
53 Juliet Elliott 15
54 Elizabeth Sanders University of Exeter CC 15
55 Frankie Durbin University of Bath Cycling Club 14
56 Imogen Hutchings VC Venta 14
57 Sarah Ward 14
58 Mia Hawkins University of Bath Cycling Club 13
59 Emily Slavin IRIS Race Team 13
60 Bethan Stubbs Bianchi Dama 13
61 Claire Lawrence Sodbury Cycle Sport 11
62 Charlie Barnard VeloVitesse 10
63 Deborah Sterling 9
64 Emily Bates Fauxpro.cc 7

Odd Down Summer Series Round Seven – Results

Men 4th

1 7 Stuart Hardy Bristol RC
2 27 Luke Voss Avid Sport
3 22 Will Clark Das Rad Klub
4 14 Ash Lilliott Performance Cycles
5 28 Simon Hunt 0
6 17 Christopher Owram Cardiff Ajax CC
7 15 Tilemachos Makropoulos 0
8 20 Adam Whittaker Salt & Sham Cycle Club
9 3 Christopher Chapman Bristol South CC
10 19 Lewis Whitcombe Webbs 1902 Cycling Club
11 2 Roger Chamberlain VCEquipe/FlixOralHygiene/Propulse
12 9 Dan Hopes Rapha Cycling Club
13 10 Robin Hunt Bristol RC
14 4 Matthew Dewey Complete Cycle Works
15 18 Michael Parkin-White University of Bristol CC
16 8 Oliver Hayward Team Striking Bikes
17 1 Paul Allen Bath Cycling Club
18 6 Finn Hammersley Rapha Cycling Club
19 11 Aron Jarvis 0
20 12 Mark Kemp 0
21 24 David Clarke London Dynamo
22 21 Sam Whitehead Bristol South CC
23 23 Joe Cierpik 0
24 13 Tim Lages 0
25 25 Joshua Lawson Das Rad Klub
26 29 Matt Smart 0
27 5 Stefan Golledge 0
28 16 Philip Mossman 0
29 26 Alex Moulder Webbs 1902 Cycling Club

Women 4th

Pos Number Name Surname Club
1 1 Nicole Coates Performance Cycles
2 2 Sally Frapwell VeloVitesse
3 5 Laura Wells Mickey Cranks CC
4 3 Joanna Goodhead Avid Sport
5 4 Sarah Ward

Men 2,3

1 19 Tom Sharp Bristol RC
2 6 Shaun Cook Bristol RC
3 1 Robert Abraham BIKESTRONG-KTM
4 11 Kieron Goodwin Latchem Sunwise Race Team
5 2 Nicholas Anderson Salt & Sham Cycle Club
6 4 Daniel Carr Salt & Sham Cycle Club
7 18 Thomas Price Avid Sport
8 14 Ashley Hutchison VC St Raphael
9 8 James Dudden Latchem Sunwise Race Team
10 3 Liam Cahill Somer Valley CC
11 24 Euan Taylor Avid Sport
12 7 Chris Downham Bristol RC
13 5 Jacques Coates Cycle Team OnForm
14 20 Matthew Stephenson Salt & Sham Cycle Club
15 23 Lee Evangelista BIKESTRONG-KTM
16 9 Darren Edwards Bath Cycling Club
17 10 Darren Gardner Bath Cycling Club
18 15 Edward Jackson Islington Cycling Club
19 16 Duncan Lancashire Bath Cycling Club
20 21 Paul Walsingham The Cycle Room
21 12 Rob Hardyman Forever Pedalling
22 22 Steven Whitehurst Somer Valley CC

Women E,1,2,3

1 1 Lucy Driver Forever Pedalling
2 9 Charlotte Berry VeloVitesse
3 5 Nikki Toomer Exeter Wheelers
4 8 Sophie Barnes Army CU
5 2 Lucy Gadd Liv Halo CC
6 10 Laura Curle Liv Halo CC
7 11 Laura Rayner Westbury Wheelers
8 12 Juliet Elliott
9 4 Rosie Nunnerley Das Rad Klub
10 7 Stehpie Prince VeloVitesse
11 14 Lucy Rowe Das Rad Klub
12 13 Olive Holliday Somer Valley CC
13 6 Karen Spiteri Avid Sport

Odd Down Summer Series Week 6 Wrap

Breakaways strike back but there’s no stopping Hallett and Driver

Nathan Hallett (Latchem Sunwise) and Lucy Driver (Forever Pedalling) have established themselves as the dominant sprinters in the Odd Down Summer Series, and with multiple bunch sprints in recent rounds there have been plenty of opportunities for the fast finishers. However, the pair have carried that form to take advantage of earlier escapes to secure an impressive pair of victories in Round Six last week.

Photo: Jon Curle

The returning India Lee defined the tactical approach of the women’s E/1/2/3 race on Thursday, with both Charlotte Berry (VeloVitesse) and Driver gluing themselves to the favourite’s rear wheel. This gave Lee little room to manoeuvre with and when her second attack of the race got some clear air to the bunch, it was Berry and Driver who were in place to capitalise and form the breakaway. This left second overall Lauren Johnston and her Avid Sport teammates in a position where they would have to do the chasing in the main group and at first the gap was not growing rapidly, helped by a wariness in the front three of a counter-attack.

However, despite this lack of cohesion, as the race wore on it was clear that the bunch were running out of ideas and the break would not be brought back. It was in this moment the Lee threw down the gauntlet again, with series leader Berry unable to hold the pace up front. Johnston took her prompt to bridge the gap to bring the fight for the overall series lead down to a two-up sprint behind the front pair. The question was whether Lee could find a way to dispatch Driver in the same way as she had done to Berry, with her companion offering little assistance in driving the pace now that their margin over the rest of the race was clear.

Despite Lee’s best efforts, Driver never looked in difficulty and so the finish was a first defeat for Lee at Odd Down this year and a huge scalp for Driver who re-asserted her overall series ambitions. Berry made sure that she forced Johnston to lead the sprint for third out, and used this to get the better of the rider who has pipped her to the line twice already in the series. A returning Laura Rayner (Westbury Wheelers) took the bunch kick behind for 5th.

In the women’s 4th cat race, Laura Wells (Mickey Cranks CC) continued her run of top-two finishes with second behind newcomer Nicole Coates (Performance Cycles). Coates had been looking strong throughout the race and had seemed to be prising the group apart with her attacks as the race passed the halfway point. However, Wells and third-placed Sally Crocker (Salt and Sham CC) held strong along with series first-timer Emily Harford to ensure Coates would have to win the race in a sprint.

The results see Berry extend her lead over Johnston at the top of the standings to twenty points at the halfway stage and brings Driver back into contention, only five points behind Johnston. Lee is also back in the top five with Wells not far behind in seventh.

The men’s series looked to be lined up as a shootout between some of the area’s biggest racing teams, but even with six rounds to go in the series, one team has emerged to dominate the racing over the first part of the series; Latchem Sunwise – led by one rider in particular: Nathan Hallett. He made it three wins in a row on Tuesday having had the help of his teammates to lock the race in two separate breakaways of three riders.

Having escaped early alongside Rob Hardyman (Forever Pedalling) and Sam Lindsay, Hallett was able to capitalise on a moment’s hesitation by the bunch to re-escape almost as soon as he was recaptured in the final 10 minutes of the race. Lindsay was also able to persist in front, whilst Hardyman was replaced in the move by Jared Linden (Royal Dean Forest CC).  

The initial move had barely been given any lead by the peloton, but this time the chase did not materialise and the gap quickly grew out to an unassailable advantage. This meant that with two laps to go the new leading trio were out of sight of the pursuers, and able to fight out the podium amongst themselves. Despite Linden having spent the least time out front, Hallett still had enough to jump past him and Lindsay was left to hang on for third.

In the men’s 3,4 race, it was a series of late moves from Bristol RC that posed the biggest threat to the sprinters. However, the bunch would not be denied and it was Bikestrong-KTM’s Rob Abraham who managed to build on very strong rides over the past few rounds to take win, narrowly edging out James Dudden (Latchem-Sunwise) and Daniel Carr (Salt and Sham CC) with a late surge on the left hand side of the finish straight.

Hallett’s win builds his overall lead out to 65 points ahead of James Phillips (Bristol RC) who has missed the last two round with injury. Phillips’ teammate Tom Sharp is in third place, a further 32 points behind.

Odd Down Summer Series – Week 3 Wrap – Women’s Event

Avid make their numbers count

Two solo wins as Bromley and Johnston take advantage

Avid Sport had the biggest numbers in both women’s races, and were able to make this advantage count to take two solo victories. Lauren Johnston was set up for the solo victory by her three teammates in the bunch, counter-attacking a move from Molly Hodges after 15 minutes to establish a 10 second lead on the main group. As the race drew on, her gap was never totally secure, as she hovered just out of the reach of the chasers who got as close as eight seconds behind as the race went into the final five laps.

But joint series leaders Charlotte Berry (VeloVitesse) and Lucy Driver (Forever Pedalling) were hesitant to commit to bringing back Johnston with both Hodges and Aimee Parsons (Avid Sport) poised in the group on their wheels. So, even with the gap hanging in the balance all the way into the final lap, the group were sprinting for second with Driver charging clear, followed over the line by Hodges ahead of Berry.

The results puts Driver into a 10 point lead overall ahead of Berry with Hodges now into third place overall another 10 points behind. Thursday’s winner Johnston now sits ominously in fourth place overall.

The 4th cat race was set up in a similar fashion to the E/1/2/3 race, despite the smaller field. Laura Wells (Mickey Cranks CC) was in an Avid Sport sandwich with Fran Bromley and Joanna Goodhead out to make her race difficult by trading counter attacks and leaving it up to their rival to cloase the gaps. Wells put up a very good fight, with both the Avid riders coming under pressure in the early laps – but as the finish started to loom, Wells could no longer cover the moves and Bromley was able to escape to victory.

Wells did not come away empty handed, as she was able to beat Goodhead in the sprint for second place. This glut of podium positions has handed Avid Sport the overall team series lead, which they reclaimed from Bristol RC again this week.

Results:

4th cat

1 1 Frances Bromley Avid Sport
2 3 Laura Wells Mickey Cranks CC
3 2 Joanna Goodhead Avid Sport

E/1/2/3

1 5 Lauren Johnston Avid Sport
2 2 Lucy Driver Forever Pedalling
3 3 Molly Hodges Avid Sport
4 1 Charlotte Berry VeloVitesse
5 6 Clare Parkin Elitevelo Kalas Sportswear CRT
6 9 Aimee Parsons Avid Sport
7 13 Joss Winter Athletique
8 12 Rebekah Nash University of Bristol CC
9 7 Emily Slavin IRIS Race Team
10 4 Olive Holliday Somer Valley CC
11 10 Lauren Booth Carnac Planet X
12 8 Karen Spiteri Avid Sport

Series Standings:

1 Lucy Driver Forever Pedalling 40 45 45 130
2 Charlotte Berry VeloVitesse 45 40 35 120
3 Molly Hodges Avid Sport 35 35 40 110
4 Lauren Johnston Avid Sport 50 50 100
5 India Lee Hargroves-Ridley-Montezuma’s 30 50 80
6 Aimee Parsons Avid Sport 20 20 25 65
7 Miriam Whitehurst Somer Valley CC 30 30 60
8 Frances Bromley Avid Sport 30 30 60
9 Stephie Prince VeloVitesse 30 25 55
10 Maria Powell Radeon-Cycology RT 25 25 50
11 Laura Wells Mickey Cranks CC 25 25 50
12 Karen Spiteri Avid Sport 14 20 11 45
13 Joanna Goodhead Avid Sport 10 14 20 44
14 Sophie Barnes Army Cycling Union 25 15 40
15 Jen Horton UCY 13 20 33
16 Joss Winter Athletique 13 20 33
17 Karen Whyte VeloVitesse 15 15 30
18 Ashia Fenwick VC Venta 30 30
19 Rebekah Nash University of Bristol 15 15 30
20 Clare Parkin Elitevelo Kalas Sportswear CRT 30 30
21 Rosie Nunnerley DAS RAD KLUB 12 14 26
22 Sally Crocker Salt & Sham Cycle Club 12 13 25
23 Megan Dickerson Forever Pedalling 25 25
24 Lauren Booth Camac Planet X 11 12 23
25 Stephanie Parsonage Army Cycling Race Team (ACRT) 20 20
26 Amanda Karlsson VeloVitesse 20 20
27 Elizabeth Sanders University of Exeter Cycling Club 15 15
28 Naomi Eaton 0 15 15
29 Lucy Rowe DAS RAD KLUB 14 14
30 Alexandra Sheehan Bianchi Dama 14 14
31 Heidi Blunden The Racing Chance Foundation 13 13
32 Olive Holliday Somer Valley CC 13 13
33 Claire Lawrence Sodbury Cycle Sport 11 11
34 Nicki Carr Tri UK 10 10
35 Deborah Sterling 9 9

Team Standings:

Position Team Points
1 Avid Sport 426
2 Bristol RC 324
3 Forever Pedalling 234
4 VeloVitesse 225
5 Latchem Sunwise 173
6 Portishead CC 109
7 Bath CC 97
8 BPF Cycling 86
9 Hargroves-Ridley-Montezuma’s 80
10 Bikestrong-KTM 77
11 Tri UK 63
12 Radeon-Cycology RT 51
13 TAAP Cervelo 50
14 DAS RAD KLUB 40
15 Army Cycling Union 40
16 Bristol South CC 36
17 VC Venta 34
18 UCY 33
19 University of Bath CC 30
20 Elitevelo Kalas Sportswear CRT 30
21 Salt and Sham CC 29
22 Ross CC 26
23 Camac Planet X 23
24 VC Walcot 21
25 Army Cycling Race Team (ACRT) 20
26 Cheltenham and County CC 16
27 Webbs 1902 CC 16
28 University of Exeter Cycling Club 15
29 University of Bristol CC 15
30 Bianchi Dama 14
31 Bruton Cycling Club 14
32 The Racing Chance Foundation 13
33 Torq Performance 13
34 Sodbury Cycle Sport 11
35 Team Tor 2000 Kalas 11
36 VC St Raphael 11
37 Total Fitness Bath 9
38 Rapha Cycling Club 6
39 Hereford & District Wheelers 5
40 Ely Race Club 3
41 Complete Cycle Works 3
42 Thornbury CC 2
43 Spokes BPC Racing 1
44 Pontypool RCC 1
45 Carpe Diem CC 1
46 Recycles RCC 1
47 Wellington Wheelers CC 1
48 Giant Cycling Club – Halo Films 1
49 Cheddar Cycling Club 1
50 VC Bristol 1
51 Islington Cycling Club 1
52 Westbury Wheelers 1

Odd Down Summer Series – Week 3 Wrap – Men’s Event

Calm conditions don’t stop the fierce racing with first-time winners

Fastest race for years leads to a bunch sprint

It was a calm evening at Odd Down, and the conditions contributed to the first bunch sprint of the series in the men’s 2/3 race as Kieran Blay (TAAP Cervelo) took the win ahead of Nathan Hallett of Latchem Sunwise. Unusually, the big teams were not able to leverage their numbers to split the race, with Bristol RC’s James Phillips picking up the consolation of third place in the sprint to extend his overall series lead.

Despite no solid move being established throughout the race, that was not for the want of trying, with Luke Barfoot (Tri UK) launching the first move, with Tom Sharp (Bristol RC), Andrew Kirby (VC St Raphael) and Jake Hollins visibly active throughout. But with the number of successful breakaways over the past few weeks, nobody wanted to miss out and as a result the large field provided many fresh legs to bring the group back to the escapees. This sustained pace resulted in the race averaging nearly 45kph – the highest average pace on record for a race at the venue.

This sustained speed was what made it nearly impossible for a group to get away, but it did not stop the main protagonists for the overall series standings rising towards the top of the order. Hallett’s second place sees him move up to become series leader Phillip’s closest challenger, with the leader’s teammate the next rider back in third ahead of Hollins.

The 4th cat race was also driven at a high pace, but unlike the 2/3 race, this was enough to prise the group to pieces under pressure from a front group of five riders. Joel Thomas (University of Bath CC), Will Crudgington and Frederick Webb were putting in a large amount of the early pace-making and as they finally started to create definitive space to the group behind they were joined by Martin MacDonald (Bath CC) and Simon Hunt.

The five were working together well, pursued by an ever decreasing peloton as the corners took their toll on the riders near the back of the group. As the race entered it’s final stages, and the chasing group was also reduced to five riders, it was clear that the win would come from the aggressors. Crudgington took the sprint ahead of Webb as the group stayed together all the way to the finish. MacDonald was the next rider across the line to round out the podium.

With the Elite and 1st category riders back in play again next week, will the likes of Luke Nolan (Latchem Sunwise) be able to put themselves back in the mix? The men’s results saw Bristol RC retake the team series lead from Avid Sport, who will have the chance to respond during the women’s races on Thursday.

Result:

4th Cat Men

Pos Number Name Surname Club
1 6 Will Crudgington
2 30 Frederick Webb
3 17 Martin MacDonald Bath Cycling Club
4 31 Joel Thomas University of Bath CC
5 102 Simon Hunt
6 2 Chris Bowie-Hill Bristol RC
7 54 Nick Cox Bristol South CC
8 107 Mark Hardyman Velo Club Walcot
9 4 Roger Chamberlain VCEquipe/FlixOralHygiene/Propulse
10 85 Max Hazell Total Fitness Bath
11 18 Tilemachos Makropoulos
12 26 Anthony Smith Portishead Cycling Club
13 5 Joe Cierpik
14 21 James Morris Hereford & District Wheelers
15 27 Frederick White
16 10 Jamie Ford Somer Valley CC
17 3 Shrirunga Bristowe Bath Cycling Club
18 29 Peter Wyatt Portishead Cycling Club
19 23 Marcus Pont
20 8 Paul Fearon
21 19 Steven Marsh Portishead Cycling Club
22 14 Luke Justin Somer Valley CC
23 7 Paul Enderson
24 13 Aron Jarvis
25 71 Ricky Goldswain
26 9 Christopher Featherstone Bristol RC
27 15 Mark Kemp
28 5 Joe Cierpik
29 24 Matthew Ralph BPF Cycling
30 80 Nic Meadows Somer Valley CC
31 22 Richard Pattemore
32 25 Sasha Smith Portishead Cycling Club
33 38 Farilee Williams Portishead Cycling Club
34 1 Alexander Atkins University of Bristol CC

2/3 Men

1 9 Kieran Blay TAAP Cervelo
2 25 Nathan Hallett Latchem Sunwise Race Team
3 41 James Phillips Bristol RC
4 48 Sean Townsend VCEquipe/FlixOralHygiene/Propulse
5 43 Tom Sharp Bristol RC
6 102 Jake Hollins 0
7 26 Rob Hardyman Forever Pedalling
8 47 Dave Tilling BPF Cycling
9 104 Robert Borek Forever Pedalling
10 5 Luke Barfoot Tri UK
11 53 Andrew Edwards Bristol RC
12 13 Conor Chandler Primera-TeamJobs
13 3 Jamie Atkins University of Bristol CC
14 10 Liam Cahill Somer Valley CC
15 23 Glyndwr Griffiths 73Degrees CC
16 28 Christopher Hill Bristol RC
17 21 Troy Fry BIKESTRONG-KTM
18 2 Jonny Allen Rapha Cycling Club
19 39 Jack Phillips Salt & Sham Cycle Club
20 11 Daniel Carr Salt & Sham Cycle Club
21 32 Charlie Kelly Primera-TeamJobs
22 15 Alex Collins Primera-TeamJobs
23 8 Sebastien Bernaert Bristol RC
24 31 Paul Jones BIKESTRONG-KTM
25 7 Thomas Bass Latchem Sunwise Race Team
26 50 Steven Whitehurst Somer Valley CC
27 34 Duncan Lancashire Bath Cycling Club
28 51 Nick Anderson Salt & Sham Cycle Club
29 1 Robert Abraham BIKESTRONG-KTM
30 37 Russell Peace BPF Cycling
31 16 Steven Cottington Bath Cycling Club
32 22 Darren Gardner Bath Cycling Club
33 35 Adam Maslen Bristol RC
34 107 Chris Downham Bristol RC
35 27 Andrew Henderson Latchem Sunwise Race Team
36 19 Ryan Edge
37 36 Colin Parry Bristol RC
38 42 Thomas Price Avid Sport
39 33 Andrew Kirby VC St Raphael
40 40 Peter Phillips Bath Cycling Club
41 71 David Stoyle Bath Cycling Club
42 30 Edward Jackson Islington Cycling Club
43 45 Richard Smith Bruton Cycling Club
44 29 Thomas Hogan BPF Cycling
45 18 Francis Eddolls BPF Cycling
46 49 David West Portishead Cycling Club
47 38 Mark Pettitt Portishead Cycling Club
48 44 Gary Sheppard Bath Cycling Club
49 12 John Carter Radeon-Cycology RT
50 20 Alex Faux Forever Pedalling
51 4 Andrew Banks Westbury Wheelers

Series Standings:

Position Name Surname Team Licence Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Series Points
1 James Phillips Bristol RC 869868 50 40 40 130
2 Nathan Hallett Latchem Sunwise 1219787 20 45 45 110
3 Tom Sharp Bristol RC 1143798 14 30 30 74
4 Jake Hollins 1008197 35 7 25 67
5 Rob Hardyman Forever Pedalling 972562 15 20 20 55
6 Luke Nolan Latchem Sunwise 896927 50 50
7 Kieran Blay TAAP Cervelo 936635 50 50
8 Simon Gaywood Portishead CC 405555 45 45
9 Dave Tilling BPF Cycling 985719 13 15 15 43
10 Duncan Lancashire Bath CC 823200 40 1 1 42
11 George Smith Tri UK 946208 40 40
12 Sean Townsend VCEquipe/FlixOralHygiene/Propulse 723874 35 35
13 Paul Jones Bikestrong-KTM 720068 30 1 1 32
14 Sam Lindsay 1461052 30 30
15 Will Crudgington 1054400 30 30
16 Alan Adams 20 0 9 29
17 Martin MacDonald Bath CC 1337767 9 0 20 29
18 Thomas Hogan BPF Cycling 967975 25 1 26
19 Simon Hunt 1379243 12 0 14 26
20 Andy Edwards Bristol RC 716368 25 0 25
21 Ben Jones Portishead CC 1341937 25 0 25
22 Sebastian Lewis VCEquipe/FlixOralHygiene/Propulse 1080188 25 25
23 Frederick Webb 1152384 25 25
24 Rob Borek Forever Pedalling 1107308 9 0 14 23
25 Patrick Henry Bristol RC 425316 20 20
26 Gareth Turner VCEquipe/FlixOralHygiene/Propulse 935358 20 20
27 Mark Hardyman VC Walcot 1106561 8 0 11 19
28 Anthony Smith Portishead CC 467574 5 7 7 19
29 Lewis Whitcombe Webbs 1902 CC 1458876 11 5 16
30 Finn Hannersley Ross CC 7 0 9 16
31 Tom Allport University of Bath CC 900760 15 0 15
32 Shaun Cook Bristol RC 1250509 15 15
33 Christopher Hill Bristol RC 954538 1 7 7 15
34 Joel Thomas University of Bath CC 1134706 15 15
35 Simon Worsley Cheltenham and County CC 961548 14 0 14
36 Christopher Chapman Bristol South CC 1144733 13 1 14
37 George Beck Bikestrong-KTM 1019040 14 14
38 Richard Smith Bruton Cycling Club 1342191 13 1 14
39 Chris Bowie-Hill Bristol RC 1425441 1 13 14
40 Robert Abraham Bikestrong-KTM 1046112 11 1 1 13
41 Daniel Carr Salt and Sham CC 1055111 7 3 3 13
42 Joe Griffiths Torq Performance 834005 5 8 13
43 Adam Robertson BPF Cycling 1002125 13 13
44 Luke Barfoot Tri UK 1051248 13 13
45 Liam Cahill Somer Valley CC 898481 3 0 9 12
46 Nick Cox Bristol South CC 1450889 12 12
47 Andrew Edwards Bristol RC 718368 12 12
48 Nick Ball Team Tor 2000 Kalas 893266 11 11
49 Peter Wyatt Portishead CC 932525 10 0 1 11
50 Andrew Kirby VC St Raphael 1002858 10 1 11
51 Conor Chandler Primera-TeamJobs 1113685 12 11 23
52 Deacon Cutterham Bikestrong-KTM 718173 10 0 10
53 Thomas Constantine 1 0 9 10
54 John Airey Ross CC 1 0 9 10
55 Stefan Golledge 1 0 9 10
56 Roger Chamberlain VCEquipe/FlixOralHygiene/Propulse 716082 10 10
57 Jamie Atkins University of Bristol CC 1399274 10 10
58 Graham Reeves Bristol RC 1224098 9 9
59 Craig Wallduck VCEquipe/FlixOralHygiene/Propulse 835409 9 9
60 Andrew Henderson Latchem Sunwise 887311 8 1 9
61 Tilemachos Makropoulos 1464710 1 8 9
62 Max Hazell Total Fitness Bath 0 9 9
63 Jeff Lawrence Salt and Sham CC 725753 8 0 8
64 Glyndwr Griffiths 73Degrees CC 451090 8 8
65 Jos Kertzman Bath CC 935750 1 6 7
66 Steven Whitehurst Somer Valley CC 702028 6 0 1 7
67 Joe Cierpik 1368052 1 0 6 7
68 Samuel Whitehead Bristol South CC 1343284 6 0 6
69 Oscar Hutchings VCEquipe/FlixOralHygiene/Propulse 831643 6 6
70 Troy Fry BIKESTRONG-KTM 1373595 6 6
71 Jack Phillips Salt and Sham CC 1342787 1 0 4 5
72 James Morris Hereford & District Wheelers 1005417 5 5
73 Jonny Allen Rapha Cycling Club 1104208 5 5
74 Oliver Beresford VC Venta 1168444 4 0 4
75 Matthew Carey University of Bristol CC 1398006 4 0 4
76 Sam Smith Bath CC 1318518 4 4
77 Frederick White 1457578 4 4
78 Mark Pettitt Portishead CC 423671 1 1 1 3
79 Carl Rose Ely Race Club 1338635 3 0 3
80 Matthew Dewey Complete Cycle Works 453620 2 1 3
81 Theo Brumhead Bristol South CC 449071 3 3
82 David Stoyle Bath CC 886338 1 1 1 3
83 Darren Gardner Bath CC 716889 1 1 1 3
84 Peter Phillips Bath CC 400389 1 1 1 3
85 Steven Marsh Portishead CC 963257 1 1 1 3
86 Jamie Ford Somer Valley CC 1046877 3 3
87 John Russell Bristol RC 418021 2 0 2
88 Darren Edwards Bath CC 828545 1 1 2
89 Paul Smith Thornbury CC 945483 1 1 2
90 Adam Henley Cheltenham and County CC 407102 2 2
91 Steven Cottington Bath CC 821116 1 0 1 2
92 Russell Peace BPF Cycling 1345404 1 0 1 2
93 Mark Kemp 984420 1 0 1 2
94 Aron Jarvis 1168454 1 0 1 2
95 Paul Enderson 840802 1 0 1 2
96 Christopher Featherstone Bristol RC 1268556 1 0 1 2
97 Richard Pattermore 969138 1 0 1 2
98 Nic Meadows Somer Valley CC 1120430 1 0 1 2
99 Sasha Smith Portishead CC 1252374 1 0 1 2
100 Nick Anderson Salt and Sham CC 1137920 1 1 2
101 Thomas Bass Latchem Sunwise 1256285 1 1 2
102 Paul Fearon 1202796 1 1 2
103 Ricky Goldswain 964463 1 1 2
104 Shrirunga Bristowe Bath Cycling Club 1172328 2 2
105 Charlie Kelly Primera-TeamJobs 914639 2 2
106 Luke Craddock Spokes BPC Racing 1182506 1 0 1
107 David Guy Bristol South CC 1445684 1 0 1
108 Michael Bradbury Bikestrong-KTM 958998 1 0 1
109 Michael Davis Bikestrong-KTM 1347649 1 0 1
110 Harry Tucker Avid Sport 1227337 1 0 1
111 Michael Holding 1465772 1 0 1
112 Dan Hopes Rapha Cycling Club 1106198 1 0 1
113 Matthew Lloyd Pontypool RCC 1224128 1 0 1
114 Harry Woodman VC Walcot 1378617 1 0 1
115 Benjamin Green Salt and Sham CC 1316965 1 0 1
116 Christopher Humphreys Carpe Diem CC 1188016 1 0 1
117 Paul Ashman Recycles RCC 882577 1 0 1
118 Michael Withers Portishead CC 1471808 1 0 1
119 Paul Thompson Wellington Wheelers CC 1352954 1 0 1
120 Jamie Bray Giant Cycling Club – Halo Films 1006823 1 1
121 David Atkinson Bath CC 827502 1 1
122 Liam Hicks Latchem Sunwise 1010539 1 1
123 Stuart Hardy Bristol RC 1267148 1 1
124 Anthony Corke Cheddar Cycling Club 708206 1 1
125 David Rutty VC Bristol 408232 1 1
126 Phillip Wilkinson Bristol RC 833289 1 1
127 Stefan Barnett VC Walcot 1014650 1 1
128 Daniel Waterston 970609 1 1
129 Jamie Duggan Latchem Sunwise 1247998 1 1
130 Simon Martin Bath CC 886604 1 1
131 Marcus Pont 1489929 1 1
132 Luke Justin Somer Valley CC 983219 1 1
133 Matthew Ralph BPF Cycling 1370919 1 1
134 Farilee Williams Portishead Cycling Club 968711 1 1
135 Alexander Atkins University of Bristol CC 1463800 1 1
136 Alex Collins Primera-TeamJobs 951140 1 1
137 Sebastien Bernaert Bristol RC 891818 1 1
138 Adam Maslen Bristol RC 1047986 1 1
139 Chris Downham Bristol RC 724848 1 1
140 Ryan Edge 1281806 1 1
141 Colin Parry Bristol RC 704712 1 1
142 Thomas Price Avid Sport 1160780 1 1
143 Edward Jackson Islington Cycling Club 1107289 1 1
144 Francis Eddolls BPF Cycling 1341745 1 1
145 David West Portishead Cycling Club 1134973 1 1
146 Gary Sheppard Bath Cycling Club 935706 1 1
147 John Carter Radeon-Cycology RT 1012822 1 1
148 Alex Faux Forever Pedalling 1150129 1 1
149 Andrew Banks Westbury Wheelers 878721 1 1

Odd Down Women’ Summer Series – Week Two Wrap

Lee steps up to dominate again

India Lee made short work of the fourth cat race last week and repeated the trick again this time around with the E/1/2/3 race, taking the win in dominant fashion with an early attack. Lucy Driver (Forever Pedalling) was able to hold the Hargroves-Ridley-Montezuma’s rider’s wheel the longest and got her reward with a second place finish, despite being caught by the main chasing bunch.

Lee did not hesitate, lighting the race up on the very first lap and stretching out the bunch behind her. Marking the step up Lee has made from fourth cat, the bunch were not rolling over and held the gap to the flying leader to only a handful of seconds for the first couple of laps. But as the elastic finally snapped, Driver was the only rider who was able to stay with Lee as the bunch fractured into small groups behind. Lee was not going to settle to ride with company for long however, and finally dispatched Driver a short while later with another attack to go solo; a lead she would hold and extend all the way to the chequered flag.

Driver’s task was now to hold off a regrouping bunch behind, as Charlotte Berry (VeloVitesse) and Aimee Parsons (Avid Sport) were reeled in by the chasing group of Molly Hodges (Avid Sport), Ashia Fenwick (VC Venta) and Stephie Prince (VeloVitesse). These five riders set to their task well, and as Driver started to stall out in front it looked like the catch would be made in the final laps.

Indeed, second place was up for grabs as Driver was caught with just over one lap to go; it looked like a fantastic opportunity for last week’s runner up Berry to take the sprint. However, Driver has won a Winter Series round at Odd Down from a bunch sprint and showed her speed again, despite all the laps ridden on her own, to pip the group in a close finish. Berry came in just behind in third.

In the fourth cat race, there was another dominant solo victory, this time from Avid Sport’s Fran Bromley. Aided by the presence of her teammate Joanna Goodhead, Bromley was well protected in the group until she made her move approaching halfway through the race. Bromley jumped clear and in similar fashion to Lee last week, rode her lead out significantly as the race wore on to take a comfortable win.

The group behind were content to fight it out in a sprint finish, with Laura Wells (Mickey Cranks CC) taking second ahead of Janet Horton (UCY).

The Master’s race took a similar form to last week; Miriam Whitehurst (Somer Valley CC) and Maria Powell (Radeon-Cycology RT) taking out an early lead against Karen Whyte (VeloVitesse) and Karen Spiteri (Avid Sport) and setting up what resembled a 2-up pursuit race. The final sprint for the win went the same way as well, with Whitehurst beating Powell to the line, whilst Spiteri took the sprint for second from the chasing group.

These results make things very tight at the top of the series standings, with Berry and Driver now tied on 85 points, only five ahead of Lee in third. A strong showing and good numbers from Avid Sport and VeloVitesse also sees them move up the order at the top of the team standings; with Avid Sport retaking the overall lead from Bristol RC and VeloVitesse climbing from fifth after the men’s races on Tuesday back to third overall. Driver’s second place moves Forever Pedalling up to fourth.

4th Cat

Pos No First Name Last Name Club / Team Name Member No. Series Points
1 11 Frances Bromley Avid Sport 1251227 30
2 5 Laura Wells Mickey Cranks CC 1307645 25
3 4 Janet Horton Merthyr CC 1103172 20
4 6 Naomi Eaton 1354656 15
5 3 Joanna Goodhead Avid Sport 1445415 14
6 12 Sally Crocker Salt & Sham Cycle Club 1305793 13

Masters

Pos No First Name Last Name Club / Team Name Member No. Series Points
1 4 Miriam Whitehurst Somer Valley CC 717051 30
2 2 Maria Powell Radeon-Cycology RT 893915 25
5 3 Karen Spiteri Avid Sport 921309 20
4 5 Karen Whyte VeloVitesse 879437 15

E/1/2/3

Pos No First Name Last Name Club / Team Name Member No. Series Points
1 5 India Lee Hargroves-Ridley-Montezuma’s 962042 50
2 2 Lucy Driver Forever Pedalling 1144183 45
3 8 Charlotte Berry VeloVitesse 1259806 40
4 4 Molly Hodges Avid Sport 1173752 35
5 3 Ashia Fenwick VC Venta 933490 30
6 7 Stephie Prince VeloVitesse 1325279 25
7 9 Aimee Parsons Avid Sport 1449722 20
8 1 Sophie Barnes Army Cycling Union 1279010 15
9 6 Rosie Nunnerley DAS RAD KLUB 1337012 14
10 10 Joss Winter Athletique 1365465 13

Series Standings

Position Name Surname Team Licence Round 1 Round 2 Series Points
1 Charlotte Berry VeloVitesse 1259806 45 40 85
2 Lucy Driver Forever Pedalling 1144183 40 45 85
3 India Lee Hargroves-Ridley-Montezuma’s 962042 30 50 80
4 Molly Hodges Avid Sport 1173752 35 35 70
5 Miriam Whitehurst Somer Valley CC 717051 30 30 60
6 Stephie Prince VeloVitesse 1325279 30 25 55
7 Maria Powell Radeon-Cycology RT 893915 25 25 50
8 Lauren Johnston Avid Sport 1422901 50 50
9 Sophie Barnes Army Cycling Union 1279010 25 15 40
10 Aimee Parsons Avid Sport 1449722 20 20 40
11 Karen Spiteri Avid Sport 921309 14 20 34
12 Jen Horton UCY 1103172 13 20 33
13 Karen Whyte VeloVitesse 879437 15 15 30
14 Frances Bromley Avid Sport 1251227 30 30
15 Ashia Fenwick VC Venta 933490 30 30
16 Rosie Nunnerley DAS RAD KLUB 1337012 12 14 26
17 Sally Crocker Salt & Sham Cycle Club 1305793 12 13 25
18 Megan Dickerson Forever Pedalling 1232745 25 25
19 Laura Wells Mickey Cranks CC 1307645 25 25
20 Joanna Goodhead Avid Sport 1445415 10 14 24
21 Stephanie Parsonage Army Cycling Race Team (ACRT) 1445128 20 20
22 Amanda Karlsson VeloVitesse 1294362 20 20
23 Elizabeth Sanders University of Exeter Cycling Club 1242646 15 15
24 Rebekah Nash University of Bristol 1349269 15 15
25 Naomi Eaton 0 1354656 15 15
26 Lucy Rowe DAS RAD KLUB 1046011 14 14
27 Alexandra Sheehan Bianchi Dama 722367 14 14
28 Heidi Blunden The Racing Chance Foundation 961952 13 13
29 Joss Winter Athletique 1365465 13 13
30 Claire Lawrence Sodbury Cycle Sport 11 11
31 Lauren Booth Camac Planet X 705816 11 11
32 Nicki Carr Tri UK 1091227 10 10
33 Deborah Sterling 9 9