Report: Masters Road Race Championhips (30+)

Nicolas Hutchings, Marianne Britten and Jason White are new British Masters champs for the 30-39 age categories

Eamonn Dean writes … Driving rain and strong winds made for a tough race at Thruxton, nr Andover. There were few complaints when the race was reduced from 32 laps to 28. The original course at Southwick, Hants had been lost to roadwork’s, so the Championships were switched to the former R A F base.

See the pictures from Eamonn here —

The rain eased but the wind continued to blow across the motor racing circuit and the long drag up to the chicane and through the start/finish area saw riders struggling to hold the wheel. Rowan Horner (VC ST Raphael/Waites Contracts) was very active in the early stages of this 70 mile race. Riding aggressively as always Horner got away in several moves but missed the one that mattered. A group of seven moved off the front of the race with 10 laps of the 2.4 mile circuit remaining.

Despite only holding a gap of 20 seconds, they were never challenge as the chasing groups behind fractured. The seven were still together as they entered the finishing straight but the pure speed of sprinter, Jason White saw him home. As the new champion caught his breath he spoke about the race “It was very, very windy and very hard coming up the finishing straight, it was splitting every lap and it was fast round the back. There were moves all day we were always working, when its flat people always work hard behind you.

It was dodgy on the corners to start with because of the rain, very slippery. I’m a bit of an all-rounder but I can kick a bit, I’m chuffed” Of the original break of seven, six were from the 35-39 age group, the lucky “youngster” was Nic Hutchings (GS Grupetto) all he had to do was hang on to take the title. “I think I lucked out getting in the lead break being the only one from my age group, I buried myself trying to keep it away, I was suffering like a dog. I am delighted, form has not been great and I have been at a wedding all weekend, so I though I was in for a bit of a pounding” said the new 30-34 age group champion.

Marianne Britten (VC ST Raphael/Waites Contracts) took the ladies 30-39 title. The small field stayed together for whole of the 40 mile race. Britten led out the sprint and Cara Chesworth (Ford viored racing) had no answer. Britten’s team mate Adele Tyson-Bloor looked strong but punctured on the last lap and rolled in last.

Report brought to you by

Grant Bayton, Jason White and Ian Knight

Richard Cartland, Nicolas Hutchings and Graham Sumner.


1st    53    Marianne BRITTEN    VC St Raphaël / Waite Contract / Hewitt Cycles
2nd    56    Cara CHESWORTH    For Viord Brookvex
3rd    52    Lisa WOOD    South Perth Cycling Club
4th    55    Helen McKAY    Look Mum No Hands
5th    54    Adel TYSON BLOOR    VC St Raphaël / Waite Contract / Hewitt Cycles

MASTERS [30-34]
1st    Nicolas HUTCHINGS    GS Grupetto
2nd    Grahame SUMNER    Great Britain Fire Service RT
3rd    Richard CARTLAND    Team Corley Cycles / Corley Cycles / Madison
4th    Richard MARDLE    Felt Colbornes RT
5th    Robert KING
6th    Dean SHANNON    23c-Orbea/Oriel Securities
7th    Steve ABBOTT    Team Wallis CHH Telent
8th    Colin PARRY    Wilier/Goselfdrive
9th    Tavis WALKER    ADEO Cadence RT / Cadence
10th    Justin HOY    Felt – Colbornes RT
11th    Andrew HASTINGS    Finchley RT
12th    Robert WILLCOCKS    Primal Europe / rutrainingtoday / Bike Chain / Ricci
13th    Duncan LANCASHIRE    Behind the Bikeshed

MASTERS [35-39]
1st        Jason WHITE    Cycle Premier
2nd        Grant BAYTON    Wilier/Goselfdrive
3rd        Ian KNIGHT    Team Corley Cycles / Corley Cycles / Madison
4th        Richard WOOD    Team Milton Keynes
5th        John WAGER    Felt-Colbornes RT
6th        James SMITH    Primal Europe / rutrainingtoday / Bike Chain / Ricci
7th        Allan RIDLER    Team Cycle Kingdom / Cycle Kingdom
8th        Chris McNAMARA    Team Corley Cycles / Corley Cycles / Madison
9th        Rowan HORNER    VC St Raphaël / Waite Contract / Hewitt Cycles
10th        Anthony GREENHALGH    Max Gear RT
11th        Jason STREATHER    VC St Raphaël / Waite Contract / Hewitt Cycles
12th        Simon HEALEY    Andover Wheelers
13th        Stuart THOMPSON    Andover Wheelers


Under 10/8’s
1st        Sam CLARK    i-team Cyclist’s Club
2nd        Caitlin PETERS    Fareham Wheelers CC
3rd        Lauren BOOTH    Chippenham & District Wheelers CC
4th        Scott CURTIS    Chippenham & District Wheelers CC
5th        Marshall THOMPSON    Andover Wheelers

Under 12’s
1st        Ryan WHITE    1st Chard Wheelers
2nd        Alex HALL    Andover Wheelers
3rd        William CROFTS    Chippenham & District Wheelers CC
4th        Thamana NEL    Velocity Bikes CC
5th        Joss BANFIELD    NC PM – South

Non South
1st    121    Ryan WHITE    1st Chard Wheelers

Under 14’s
1st        Peter KIBBLE    Abergavenny Road Club
2nd        George MOORE    i-team Cyclist’s Club
3rd        Jed WEBBER    Andover Wheelers
4th        Joseph TRUMAN    i-team Cyclist’s Club
5th        Cameron THOMPSON    Andover Wheelers
6th        Brendan DREWETT    Fareham Wheelers CC
7th        Joseph CLARK    i-team Cyclist’s Club

Under 16’s
1st        Matt GODDEN    Gloucester City CC
2nd        Matt HARGROVES    Hargroves Cycles /Specialized
3rd        Adam BEDDALL    Gloucester City CC
4th        Mitchell WEBBER    Andover Wheelers
5th        Matt MILDON    Poole CSC
6th        Harry LOADER    Mid Devon CC
7th        Hugo WALTERS    New Forest Cycling Club
8th        Tomas BAYLIS    Mid Devon CC
9th        Joe DONOHUE    Fareham Wheelers CC
10th        Luke BANDY    VC Jubilee
11th        Katie METALLI    Bristol Cycling Devt Squad

Non South
1st        Harry LOADER    Mid Devon CC
2nd        Tomas BAYLIS    Mid Devon CC
3rd        Luke BANDY    VC Jubilee

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