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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