Report/Photos/Results: Imperial Winter Series Week 6

Report from Lucy Collins on the sixth round of the Imperial Winter Series at Hillingdon last weekend as well as a full results listing.

Possibly the last road race in the World in 2011, on a gloomy, mild but breezy day was uplifted by a very encouraging entry in all categories after the disappointing Boxing Day entry.

In the 4th cats, the racing is becoming more aggressive with attacks and counter attacks and in particular from Andrew Kennard, Jordan O’Neill and Phil Sowton. Inevitably it came down to a close finish with Karl Moseley (Stourbridge Velo) finally achieving his goal and crossing  the line in first place in front of Ben Wimpory (Sydenham Wheelers) and Neil McCann (VC Elan). The WyndyMilla 4th cat random prize is awarded to 12th place finisher Charles Batho (Dulwich Paragon CC) so he can look forward to a WyndyMilla ‘go faster’ cycle fitting at their Manor Farm Cycle Centre in Seale.

Edited Photos from Guy Swarbrick (slideshow below)

The 3rd cat race was similarly animated with Dominic Clegg (Redhill CC), James Walker (High Wycombe CC), Nicholas Baker (Zappis CC) and then Rob Sharland (Kingston Wheelers) all trying to force a gap.  Next Neil Heffernan (Inverse Racing/Cyclaim) and Jason Gardiner (Kingston Wheelers) tried but the main group was very attentive and was not letting any moves go too far. In the aftermath of a pile up at the end of the back straight 7 riders broke away and opened a decent gap, beyond the grasp of the remaining group. In the run in to the line the lead group disintegrated but Baker, Stephen Morrell (Aylesbury CC) and Dave McMullen (GWR Team) were clearly the strongest. The Maxifuel random prize is awarded to 6th place finisher Ian Donohue (Fareham Wheelers) who receives a Maxifuel rucksack comprising of Viperactive energy fuel, gels and bottles.

The Women’s race saw a strong field of 26 line up with big teams from both Pearson Cycles and WyndyMilla and although it started relatively calmly continual pressure by the likes of Mathilde Pauls (Pearson CC), Louise Mahè (Mule Bar Girls) and Keria McVitty (Kings Cliffe Flyers) gradually whittled down the main group. In the sprint nobody could top confident Karla Boddy (High Wycombe CC) with Tamina Oliver (Squadra Donne) a fine second and Sarah Brook (Mule Bar Girls) holding the rest off for 3rd place.  The overall series winner this year was U-16 rider Kimberley English (Welwyn Wheelers) sister of Felix, 2nd Emily Bagnall (WyndyMilla) and in 3rd place Keria McVitty (Kings Cliffe Flyers). They each received a small cash prize and courtesy of Maxifuel a Maxitone holdall with Maxitone fuel and bottles. The 3 events more than justified their slot in the series and hopefully this will encourage more organisers to include a specific women’s class in their race programme.

The E123 race was full on from the start as expected with the number of class riders in the line up. Steve Golla and Adam Brittain (both High Wycombe CC) were the first to stretch the field with returning Angus Macalister (Norwood Paragon), previous series winner Jerone Walters (now VC St Raphael), rising star Adam Cotterell (Zappis CC) pulling away with Pete Wager (Felt-Colbornes RT) after 20km. Wager sat up (perhaps thinking of his overall position?) which appeared to give Andy Betts (now Felt Colbornes RT) his cue to jump away joining Walters (in his first race back) and Golla. In the finale Golla seemed to be hanging on, leaving gaps and generally grimacing but all this proved to be a feint as he came in well clear of Betts and Walters. A tight sprint followed for the next 3 places with only hundredths separating  Wager, Jamie Pine(London Dynamo) and young Rory Townsend (Prestige VC). Max Stedman of Palmer Perk Velo impressed again and having recovered from his big effort on Boxing Day finished a fine 10th.

Date for next race: Saturday 7th January 2012 4th Cat & 3rd Cat start @ 13:00 with the E123 @ 14:15
All race info

Photos from Antony Edmonds – More can be found here:

Photos by Guy Swarbrick …


E/1/2/3 Race
1st  Steve Golla High Wycombe
2nd  Andy Betts Felt Colbornes RT
3rd  Jerone Walters VC St Raphael
4th  Pete Wager Felt-Colbornes RT
5th  Jamie Pine London Dynamo
6th  Rory Townsend Prestige VC
7th  Phil Holloway Southend Wheelers
8th  Adam Brittain High Wycombe CC
9th  Conall Yates InGear Quickvit RT
10th  Maximilian Stedman Palmer Park Velo
11th  Mark Edwards Thames Velo
12th  Adam Cotterell Zappis CC
13th  Vincent Halpern Handsling Racing
14th  Steve Legg Police Sport UK
15th  Michael Cowland St Ives CC
16th  Peter Cole Handslingracing
17th  Martin Garratt London Dynamo
18th  Jon Lewis Charlotteville CC
19th  Rupert Beale Beeline Bikes RT
20th  Samuel Gilzean Welwyn Wheelers
21st  Ed Rose progression/bikelux
22nd  Christian Yates East Grinstead CC
23rd  Brock Duncumb Rogers GWR Team
24th  Nicholas Beale Beeline Bikes RT
25th  Bill Butterworth Twickenham CC
26th  Simon Whiten Handsling Racing
27th  Rob Enslin Handsling Racing
28th  Patrick Martin Wyndymilla
29th  Jez Cox bike and run london
30th  Jake Norman WyndyMilla
31st  Mario Manelfi Blazing Saddles
32nd  Carl Ferri Addiscombe CC
33rd  Henry Latimer Zappi’s CC
34th  Krisztian Borbely Cyclelab
35th  Jerzy Kuzminski London Phoenix
36th  Geoff Powell High Wycombe CC
37th  Jo Skelton Look Mum No Hands!
38th  Mike Knight VC Meudon
39th  Pete Smith Team Jewson/M.I Racing
40th  Robin Basford WyndyMilla
41st  Ralph De Kanter Norwood Paragon CC
42nd  Stoyko Bussarov WyndyMilla
43rd  Liam Bremer London Phoenix CC
44th  Andy Waterman Vicious Velo
45th  Tom Smith Felt Colbornes

Overall E/1/2/3
1st     Steve Golla     High Wycombe     920
2nd     Jamie Pine     London Dynamo     870
3rd     Pete Wager     Felt-Colbornes RT     680
4th     Rory Townsend     Prestige VC     640
5th     Conall Yates     InGear Quickvit RT     460
6th     Adam Brittain     High Wycombe CC     320
7th     Arjan Planting     Dulwhich Paragon     300
8th     Peter Cole     Handslingracing     290
9th     Phil Holloway     Southend Wheelers     280

3rd Cats
1st  Nicholas Baker Zappis
2nd  Stephen Morrell Aylesbury CC
3rd  Dave McMullen GWR Team/Swindon Cycles
4th  Gareth Thomas Kingston Wheelers
5th  Vaughan Luff Team De Ver / Neovite
6th  Ian Donohue Fareham Wheelers
7th  Daniel Stevens
8th  Tim Benham Wyndy Milla
9th  Jacek Reder private member
10th  Stuart Jackson Bath Road Club
11th  Peter Hudson Durham University – AURA Cycles
12th  Mark Northover CC Giro
13th  Craig Mclean London Dynamo
14th  Michael Widera ViVelo-bikes/Inverse CyClaim RT
15th  Jez McCann VC Elan
16th  Angelo Christides unattached
17th  Daniel Tamplin aylesbury cycling club
18th  Alex Burrage Loughborough Students CC
19th  James Di Rico High Wycombe CC
20th  Adam White VC10
21st  Stuart Clapp Vicious Velo
22nd  Joe Donohue Fareham Wheelers
23rd  Jason Painton Rides on Air
24th  Jason Gardiner Kingston Wheelers
25th  Colin Gunn Kingston Wheelers
26th  James Foster Team Quest
27th  Neil Heffernan Inverse Racing/Cyclaim
28th  Nick Franzini London Dynamo
29th  Phil Adams Cycle Club Ashwell
30th  Mark O’brien Archer RC
31st  Lubomir Belak Team Welwyn
32nd  James Curry ViVelo-bikes/Inverse CyClaim RT

Women E/1/2/3/4
1st  Karla Boddy High Wycombe CC
2nd  Tamina Oliver Squadra Donne
3rd  Sarah Brook Mule Bar Girls
4th  Kimberley English Welwyn Wheelers
5th  Emily Bagnall Wyndy Milla
6th  Jacky Gibbens London Dynamo
7th  Mathilde Pauls pearsons
8th  Keria McVitty Kings Cliffe Flyers
9th  Clemence Copie unattached
10th  Tanya Hunt WyndyMilla
11th  Laura Cheesman PPYCC
12th  Nicole Om Pearson CC
13th  Coralie Giaunes Pearson CC
14th  Katharine Broadbent Durham University – AURA cycles
15th  Vikki Filsell Pearsons CC
16th  Claire Leonard Brighton Mitre
17th  Monica DaPolenza WyndyMilla
18th  Rachel Przybylski WyndyMilla
19th  Catherine Hills Wyndy Milla Maxifuel
20th  Abbie Dertus Welwyn Whls CC
21st  Kate Fisher Pearson CC
22nd  Mary Hannah Evans High Wycombe CC
23rd  Sally Stubbs Imperial Racing Team
24th  Deborah Mallinson Pearson CC
25th  Caroline Hodge Pearson Cycling Club

Women E/1/2/3/4  Series Overall Results
1st  Kimberley English Welwyn Wheelers
2nd  Emily Bagnall Wyndy Milla
3rd  Keria McVitty Kings Cliffe Flyers
4th  Jacky Gibbens London Dynamo
5th  Sally Stubbs Imperial Racing Team

4th Cats
1st  Karl Moseley Stourbridge Velo
2nd  Ben Wimpory Sydenham Wheelers
3rd  Neil McCann VC Elan
4th  Simon Oxenham VC10
5th  Marc Townsend
6th  Dave Spragg Kingston Wheelers
7th  Adam Capes London Dynamo
8th  Henry Robertshaw Private Member
9th  Darren Gardner Cadence RT
10th  Doug Bruce Oxford University CC
11th  Andrew Macey Ashford Wheelers
12th  Charles Batho Dulwich Paragon CC
13th  Stephen Ralston London Dynamo/Prologue
14th  Andrew Wright La Fuga/Sigmasport
15th  Lee King Beeline Bikes RT
16th  Paul Martin Dulwich Paragon
17th  John-Paul Brophy
18th  James Roberts Amersham
19th  Andrew Kennard unattached
20th  Tim Osborne High Wycombe CC
21st  George Lancaster unattached
22nd  Will Humphris Dulwhich
23rd  Andrew Deans london dynamo
24th  George Kirkin Twickenham CC
25th  Mark Grigg Cult Racing
26th  Jan Marzec London Dynamo
27th  Mike Holborow Swindon RC
28th  David B London Dynamo
29th  Paul Batchelor Charlotteville CC
30th  Michael Vance Dulwich Paragon
31st  Andrew Gibson Kingston wheelers cc
32nd  Jon Coulson Sydenham Wheelers
33rd  Richard Lewey Crystal Palace Triathletes
34th  Jordan O’neill unattached
35th  Jake Benefield London Dynamo
36th  Phil Sowton Wyndymilla
37th  Creighton Varney High Wycombe Cycling Club
38th  Jon Train Private Member
39th  Stuart Smith High Wycombe
40th  Simon Lewington Dulwich Paragon
41st  John Polak Private Member
42nd  Mo Mansoori Twickenham CC
43rd  Alan Nixon Amersham RCC
44th  Richard Carrington London Dynamo
45th  Andy Leatherbarrow Kingston Wheelers CC
46th  Chris Hacking High Wycombe
47th  Paul Morrissey High Wycombe CC
48th  Jordan-Tyrone Clarke unattached


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