Report: South of England Cyclo-Cross Championships

Good day for Hargrove  Cycles as Steve James and  Tamina Oliver win the Men’s & Women’s titles in the South of England Cyclo-Cross Championships

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Report & Photos by Graham Robins

Sunday 9th December

Steven James (Hargroves Cycles) retained his South of England Championship with a hard fought battle from Adrain Lansley (PedalOn) winning by a second on the line. The two had pulled away from the start, and after a couple of laps they already had a clear lead as they followed each other all throughout the remaining laps. As the pair came into the finishing section Steven accelerated away to enter the twisty section first so as to exit first and it worked as he had just time to sit up to salute the win.

The race was held in the war Memorial Park in Basingstoke and consisted a couple of football pitches, some wooded sections and a BMX track. The course was very dry and did not cut up at all throughout the race. It remained dry but it was very windy throughout all the races.

After a furious start the pack started to string out and Steven and Andrew Hargroves (Hargroves Cycles) were at the head of the field as they came back across the main arena. There were already gaps appearing which was testament to the fast pace being set at the front. The first time through the ‘bmx’ section a small group of five had formed which included Matt MacDonald and Crispin Doyle (Hargroves Cycles.

Up the climb on the first lap John Whittington (CNP Obrea) joined in the action and was right on Steven’s Wheel. Once the race settled it was Adrian and Steven pulling away from Crispin and Andrew before Andrew started to slip away and this was allowing a hard charging Sam Allen (Hennebont Cyclsme) to start sees a chance of catching the chasing pair.

At mid distance with Adrain and Steven clear at the front the chasers Matt and Crispin along with Andrew were now stuck together along with John and the closing stages would see all the changes taking place. With the chasing group now beginning to fragment the leaders applied the pressure and extended their lead and gives the others the slip for good. With the leaders looking evenly matched Doyle was now doing his best to reel in Whittington which he managed as they swung into the arena section. Sam Allen continued his charge and finally got past Matt MacDonald but it looked like he was running out of time to chase down Crispin and John.

On lap five Crispin put an attack in and eases away from John to hone in on a medal but this effort looked in vain as John soon came back and got past again. Now with two laps to go Adrian makes his move over the hurdles but in the wooded section Steven comes back to him and is now on his back wheel again. In the battle for third Crispin has got back with John and Sam is now looking laboured as is safe in fifth spot.

At the finish Adrian leads into the arena and Steven is on his wheel but he eased past him to solo to the line. John Whittington took the remaining medal from Crispin with Sam coming in fifth after a hard race.

Provisional Result

1st Steven James Hargroves Cycle 58mins 14secs
2nd Adrian Lansley PedalOn @1sec
3rd John Whittington CNP Orbea @19secs
4th Crispin Doyle Hargroves Cycles @28secs
5th Sam Allen Hennebont Cyclsme @30secs


The mornings racing got underway with a very large entry from the under 12’s. Angus Hawkins and Jay Allen were once again at the front as they have been all season. Not too far behind was Freddie Birchill (Mid Devon) and Max Hinds. (First Chard Wheelers) These youngsters had a few laps over the fifteen minutes of racing but once Angus got his gap he soon pulled away from Jay and the race was won.

Provisional Result
1st Angus Hawkins PPV 15mins 38secs
2nd Jay Allen PPV @36secs
3rd Noah Tresham Team MK @41secs

Maddie Wadsworth PPV was first girl


In the youth race both the winners were convincing winners and well clear of their second place. The youth boy’s race was won by Anthony Anderson (LaFuga/Sigma Sport), and once the race started he pulled out a large gap leaving Christopher Rothwell (Swindon RC) and Edward Gronbech (Oxford City RC) to fight it out with Jack Saunders (Swindon RC).

Anthony’s lead is now over 40secs and despite ‘bumping’ into a senior rider on the course he managed to get back up to race pace and continue on to a clear win.

In the girl’s race Emily Wadsworth (Beeline CyclesRT) very quickly built up a commanding lead over Zoe Sheehan (Swindon RC) who in turn was clear of Emma Pitt (PPV) and this is how it stayed throughout the remainder of the laps

Provisional Result Boys
1st Anthony Anderson LaFuga Sigma Sport 29mins 13secs
2nd Christopher Rothwell Swindon RC @21secs
3rd Edward Gronbech Oxford City RC @26secs
4th Jack Saunders Swindon RC @1min 11secs
5th Daniel Tuley Chapel Tristars @1min 42secs

Provisional Result Girls
1st Emily Wadsworth Beeline Cycles RT 33mins 01secs
2nd Zoe Sheehan Swindon RC @3mins 15secs
3rd Emma Pitt PPV @3min 54secs
4th Ciara Hutchinson Swindon RC
5th Lauren Murphy Team Milton Keynes


The combined races for Vets/ Women and juniors saw some of the keenly contested racing of the day. Matt Hargroves (Hargroves Cycles) won the junior boys race and was over a minutes clear of second place Joe Griffiths (Dream CC). A group of four made the initial attack from the off with Matt and Joe were Harvey Lowe and Matt Woods (Hargroves Cycles). Matt Hargroves dropped Joe mid race and Matt Woods did the same to Harvey towards the end of the race.

The Women’s race saw Tamina Oliver (Hargroves Cycles) soon pull out a lead which she managed to control over Claire Smith (Cotswold Veldrijden) finishing over 2 minutes clear. Tamina had enough time at the end to allow race leader Matt Hargroves to pass her within sight of the finish line to allow her not too have to complete another full lap.

The vet race was won by Mike Simpson (GS Henley) from William Girvan (North Hants RC) with Robin Wilmott (GA Cycles) third. The only major causality of the race was Sean Williams (Wightlink Offshore) who broke his chain while he was in the leading group. He did manage to run to the pits and swap his bike but by now he was well done and retired. Steven Davies (Team Jewson) was the winner of the vet 50+ winner from Dave McMullen (Team GWR) with Malcolm Cross (Hargroves Cycles) third.

Tamina Oliver (Hargroves Cycles)

Provisional Result Junior
1st Matt Hargroves Hargroves Cycles 1hr 01min 40secs
2nd Joe Griffiths Dream CC @1mins 05secs
3rd Matthew Woods Hargroves Cycles @1min 59secs

Provisional Result Women
1st Tamina Oliver Hargroves Cycles 1hr 01mins 42secs
2nd Claire Smith Cotswold Veldrijden @ 41secs
3rd Maxine Filby RWD Brakes Factory RT @1min

Provisional Result Vet
1st Mike Simpson GS Henley 1hr 02mins 11secs
2nd William Girvan North Hants RC @48secs
3rdRobin Wilmott GA Cycles @ 1min 38secs

Provisional Result Vet +50
1st Steven Davies Team Jewson 1hr 03mins 15secs
2nd Dave McMullen Team GWR @1min 37secs
3rd Malcolm Cross Hargroves Cycles @3mins 29secs


1 Mathew Hargroves Hargroves Cycles
2 Mike Simpson Gs Henley
3 Joe Griffiths Dream Cycling
4 William Girvan North Hampshire Rc
5 Steven Davies Team Jewson
6 Mathew Woods Hargroves Cycles
7 Robin Wilmot Ga Cycles
8 David Hobbs Cotswold Veldrijen
9 Tim Carpenter Elitevelo
10 Dave Mcmullen Gwr
11 Harvey Lowe Hargroves Cycles
12 Peter Hutchinson Cotswold Veldrijdn
13 Peter Scott Cotswold Veldrijen
14 Chris Hutchings Velo Club Venta
15 Tony Davis Deam Cycling
16 Lee Edmonds Welland Valley Cc
17 Leon Mander
18 Malcolm Cross Hargroves
19 Roy Chamberlin Team Corley Cycles
20 Sen Bolton Swindon Rc
21 David Phillips Cotswold Veldrijden
22 Simon Meadwell Bournemouth Jubilee
23 Vilas Silverton Sri Chinmoy Ct
24 Andy Smith Cotswold Veldrijen
25 Andrew Roberts Gwr
26 Richard Collins Imperial Rt
27 Jason Pitt Aw Cycles
28 Martin Dymond
29 Peter Bolke
30 Tim Costello Southdown Velo
31 Martin Evans Cotswod V
32 John Dalton Cheltnham
33 Isaac Anslee Bedfordshire Rcc
34 Nick Walmsley Cotswold Veldrijden
35 James Pilrim-Morris Gs Henley
36 Simon Guard Sotonis Cc
37 Robert Carter Vc Ven
38 Martin Winter Twickenham Cc
39 Gareth Dridge Southdown Velo
40 Stephen Bale Reading C
41 Duncan Schwier Twickenham Cc
42 Andrew Posthuma North Hamphire Rc
43 Anthony Turner Cotswold Veldrijen
44 Darren Dollery Whightlink
45 Joshua Mitchell Bicester Cc
46 Tamina Oliver Hargroves
47 Andrew Pond Wight Mountain
48 Andy Halliday Beyond Mtbs
49 Phillip Chin Fareham Cc
50 Grahem Hughes Cotswold Veldrijen
51 Claire Smith Cotswold Veldrijn
52 Johnathon Dudley Sotonia Cc
53 Maxine Filby Rwd Brakes Factory Rt
54 Stephen Dines Wight Mountain
55 Paul Sewell Cotswold Veldrijeden
56 Paul Loosemore Team Striking Bikes
57 Simon Hudson Oxford City Rc
58 Lester Young Team Empella
59 Anna Cipullo Hargroves
60 Mark Shepherd Banjo Cycles
61 Sarah Barber North Hampshire Rc
62 Geoffrey Booker Oxonian Cc
63 Sarah Woods Wight Link
64 Harjinder Obhi North Hampshire Rc
65 Peter Tesar Behind The Bikeshed
66 David Woods Cotsold Veldrijen
67 Paul Langdon
68 Christopher Devine
69 Ruby Baker Behind The Bike Shed
70 Martin Ward Sotonia Cc
71 Mark Anstee Bedfordshire Rc
72 Bethany George Swindon Rc
73 Vemon Moore Crabwood Cc
74 Adama Newlove Chapel Tri Stars
75 Nicola Wadham Kingston Whlrs Cc
76 Richard Bennett Cotswold V
77 Lisa Emmerson
78 Hannah Gibbs Cotswald Velrijden
79 Sophie White London Dynamo
80 Paul Wood Swindon Wheelers
81 Andy Gibbs Cotswold Veldrijen
82 John Burrows Poole Whlrs

1 Mathew Hargroves Hargroves Cycles
2 Joe Griffiths Dream Cycling
3 Mathew Woods Hargroves Cycles
4 Harvey Lowe Hargroves Cycles
5 Leon Mander
6 Jason Pitt Aw Cycles
7 Joshua Mitchell Bicester Cc

1 Mike Simpson Gs Henley
2 William Girvan North Hampshire Rc
3 Robin Wilmot Ga Cycles
4 David Hobbs Cotswold Veldrijen
5 Tim Carpenter Elitevelo
6 Peter Hutchinson Cotswold Veldrijdn
7 Peter Scott Cotswold Veldrijen
8 Chris Hutchings Velo Club Venta
9 Tony Davis Deam Cycling
10 Lee Edmonds Welland Valley Cc
11 Roy Chamberlin Team Corley Cycles
12 Sen Bolton Swindon Rc
13 Simon Meadwell Bournemouth Jubilee
14 Andy Smith Cotswold Veldrijen
15 Richard Collins Imperial Rt
16 Martin Dymond
17 Martin Evans Cotswod V
18 John Dalton Cheltnham
19 Nick Walmsley Cotswold Veldrijden
20 James Pilrim-Morris Gs Henley
21 Simon Guard Sotonis Cc
22 Robert Carter Vc Ven
23 Martin Winter Twickenham Cc
24 Gareth Dridge Southdown Velo
25 Stephen Bale Reading C
26 Andrew Posthuma North Hamphire Rc
27 Anthony Turner Cotswold Veldrijen
28 Darren Dollery Whightlink
29 Andrew Pond Wight Mountain
30 Andy Halliday Beyond Mtbs
31 Phillip Chin Fareham Cc
32 Grahem Hughes Cotswold Veldrijen
33 Johnathon Dudley Sotonia Cc
34 Paul Sewell Cotswold Veldrijeden
35 Paul Loosemore Team Striking Bikes
36 Simon Hudson Oxford City Rc
37 Mark Shepherd Banjo Cycles
38 Harjinder Obhi North Hampshire Rc
39 Peter Tesar Behind The Bikeshed
40 Paul Langdon
41 Martin Ward Sotonia Cc
42 Mark Anstee Bedfordshire Rc
43 Vemon Moore Crabwood Cc
44 Richard Bennett Cotswold V
45 Andy Gibbs Cotswold Veldrijen

Vets 50+
1 Steven Davies Team Jewson
2 Dave Mcmullen Gwr
3 Malcolm Cross Hargroves
4 David Phillips Cotswold Veldrijden
5 Andrew Roberts Gwr
6 Peter Bolke
7 Tim Costello Southdown Velo
8 Duncan Schwier Twickenham Cc
9 Stephen Dines Wight Mountain
10 Lester Young Team Empella
11 Geoffrey Booker Oxonian Cc
12 David Woods Cotsold Veldrijen
13 Christopher Devine
14 Paul Wood Swindon Wheelers
15 John Burrows Poole Whlrs


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