Report: Crabwood Boxing Day Cross


Under 23 rider Steve James (Hargroves Cycles) continued his fine run of form with a solo win at a very wet and muddy sports centre in Southampton.

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Wessex League Rd 11 | Sunday 26th December 2012


Graham Robins with report & pictures
Steve James (Hargroves Cycles) continued his fine run of form with a solo win at a very wet and muddy sports centre in Southampton. After a couple of laps James broke away from team mates Andy Hargroves, Stuart Bowers and Matt Hargroves and he soon had a large gap which he maintained to the end.

Soon after the start the four team mates had opened a good gap and were soon clear of a couple of chasing riders. Sam Allen (Hennebont) managed to have a tussle with a thorn bush in the wooded section and found himself slipping backwards despite a good start. Once Sam had stopped twice to remove the foliage he soon set of picking back the places he had lost.


On the first lap James and Andy Hargroves were together and Bowers was just five seconds adrift, Matt Hargroves was close by along with James Cotty (Wheelbase Cannondale) and Chris Atkinson (Specialized). Once the front order had been established the only movement came from Allen.

The next couple of laps sees James and Andy Hargroves pull away along with Bowers but the pace at the front sees the younger Hargroves rider Matt slip back to 28seconds with Allen now only 16secs behind him a catching fast. The next rider to slip away is Andy, which allows Bowers past but he is now 25secs down Andy is at 35secs, Allen is 1min back but more importantly ahead of Matt who is now 1min 30 down on the leader.

At the bell James has a lead of 54secs over Bowers, Allen is 1min 21secs adrift and Andy Hargroves is now 1min 52secs back with Matt Hargroves 3min 14secs further behind. The heavy conditions and the rain only managed to help Steve James and he managed to extend his lead by a few more seconds.


Provisional Result
1. Steve James Hargroves Cycles 48mins 20secs
2. Stuart Bowers Hargroves Cycles @1min 03secs
3. Sam Allen Hennebont @1min 31secs
4. Andrew Hargroves Hargroves Cycles @2mins 22secs
5. Matt Hargroves Hargroves Cycles

The combined vet/junior/women’s race was held it heavy rain throughout and as this was the final race of the day the course was very cut up on the corners and riders were having to carefully pick the race line in order to remain upright.


From the start Sean Williams (Wightlink/Offshore) and Mike Simpson (GS Henley) resumed where they have been all season at the front and soon the two riders had pulled away from the rest. Will Girvan (North Hants RC) and Keith Sheridan (Cotswold Veldrijden) soon eased away from David Hobbs and David Phillips both from the Cotswold Veldrijden team.

At half way the leader board saw Simpson from Williams by 15secs followed by Girvan 47secs, then Sheridan 1min 12secs. Hobbs and Phillips were having a good dice together and they were 1min 45secs down. The next rider was Robin Wilmott (GA Cycles) at 2mins 22secs. The leading lady was Melissa Brand (Pretorius) from London just down to race on Boxing Day.


Provisional Result
1. Mike Simpson GS Henley 38mins 27secs
2. Sean Williams Wightlink Offshore @8secs
3. Will Girvan North Hants RC @ 1min 11secs
4. Keith Sheridan Cotswold Veldrijden @ 1min 13secs
5. David Phillips Cotswold Veldrijden @ 2min 21secs
1st Women Melissa Brand Pretorius

The first race today saw a good fight at the front on the first lap with four riders quite close together. The race order was Anthony Anderson (Sigma Sport) Chris Rothwell (Swindon RC) Edward Gronbech (Oxford City RC) and Harry Sowden (Clayton Cars BMW). But on the second lap Anderson dropped away and Gronbech as Rothwell started to pull away. His lead went to 12secs over Edward and Anderson was now 40secs adrift. Anderson continued to have trouble and he tumbled away and at the bell he was fifth. Dan Tuley (Chapel Tri Stars) capitalised on the drop in form and he moved up to fourth.

Provisional Result

1. Christopher Rothwell Swindon RC 22mins 21secs
2. Edward Gronbech Oxford City RC @29secs
3. Harry Sowden Clayton Cars BMW @1min 14secs
4. Dan Tuley Chapel Tri stars @1min 48secs
5. Anthony Anderson Sigma Sport @2min 45secs


The under 12’s race was the race with it all to play for in the Wessex League as Angus Hawkins and Jay Allen (PPV) had both the same amount of wins and second places and with the dropped scores taken into account they were neck and neck going into the last race, winner takes all.

The two young riders were very evenly matched at the start and neither wanted to give an inch as they rode away from the front. But with just over a lap to go Angus slipped away and Jay was unable to go with him. So Angus took the win and along with it the Under 12’s League win

Provisional Result.
1. Angus Hawkins PPV
2. Jay Allen PPV @50secs
3. Rowan Turner Poole Wheelers
4. Anna Wadsworth PPV and 1st Girl
5. Maddie Wadsworth PPV and 2nd Girl
6. Madeline Cooper Chapel Tri Stars and 3rd Girl





1. Steve James Hargroves Cycles/Specialized/Trant/Next 7 laps 48 minutes 20 seconds
2. Stuart Bowers Hargroves Cycles/Specialized/Trant/Next @ 1 minute 02 seconds
3. Sam Allen Hennebont @ 1 minutes 31 seconds
4. Andy Hargroves Hargroves Cycles/Specialized/Trant/Next @ 2 minutes 22 seconds
5. Matt Hargroves Hargroves Cycles/Specialized/Trant/Next @ 4 minutes 04 seconds
6. James Cotty Wheelbase/Cannodale @ 5 minutes 40 seconds
7. Aaron Taylor Cotswold Veldrijden @ 6 minutes 12 seconds
8. Chris Atkins Specialized UK @ 7 minutes 00 seconds
9. Joe Griffiths Dream CC @ 7 minutes 16 seconds
10. Dave Wadsworth Beline Bicycles RT @ 7 minutes 45 seconds
11. Oscar Hutchings VC Venta @ 8 minutes 28 seconds
12. Scott Chapple Behind the Bikeshed @ 1 lap
13. Oliver Lee Unattached ”
14. Geoff Booker Oxonian CC @ 2 laps
15. Richard Clewes Swindon RC ”
16. Andy Kearsey Unattached ”

Junior / Veteran / Women
1. Mike Simpson GS Henley 5 laps 43 minutes 37 seconds
2. Sean Williams WightLink Offshore @ 08 seconds
3. Will Girvan North Hants RC @ 1 minute 11 seconds
4. Keith Sheridan Cotswold Vandrijden @ 1 minute 13 seconds
5. David Phillips Cotswold Vandrijden @ 2 minutes 21 seconds
6. David Hobbs Cotswold Vandrijden @ 3 minutes 45 seconds
7. Robin Wilmott GA Cycles @ 4 minutes 12 seconds
8. Malcolm Cross Hargroves Cycles/Specialized/Trant/Next @ 4 minutes 17 seconds
9. Chris Hutchings VC Venta @ 4 minutes 40 seconds
10. Tim Costello Southdown Velo @ 4 minutes 57 seconds
11. Simon Meadwell Bournemouth Jubilee @ 6 minutes 08 seconds
12. Matt Woods (Junior) Hargroves Cycles/Specialized/Trant/Next @ 6 minutes 38 seconds
13. Pete Bolke Unattached @ 6 minutes 48 seconds
14. Martyn Dymond Wight Mountain @ 7 minutes 05 seconds
15. Rob Carter VC Venta @ 7 minutes 12 seconds
16. Leon Mander (Junior) i Team @ 7 minutes 23 seconds
17. Andre Posthuma North Hants RC @ 7 minutes 31 seconds
18. Simon Guard Sotinia CC @ 7 minutes 39 seconds
19. Anthony Dyment North Hants RC @ 7 minutes 45 seconds
20. Jez Hart Sotinia CC @ 7 minutes 49 seconds
21. Joe Andrews (Junior) VC Venta @ 7 minutes 55 seconds
22. Martin Evans Cotswold Vandrijden @ 1 lap
23. Jon Dudley Sotinia CC ”
24. Graham Hughes Cotswold Vandrijden ”
25. Steve Robinson North Hants RC ”
26. Melisa Brand Woman Petronies Bikes ”
27. Andy Pond Wight Mountain ”
28. Keith Allam VC Venta ”
29. Paul Wood Swindon RC ”
30. Steve Dines Wight Mountain ”
31. Philip Connor Sotinia CC ”
32. Stuart Grace GA Cycles ”
33. Phill Chin Fareham Wheelers ”
34. Nick Wagget HereComeTheBelgiums ”
35. Sarah Woods Woman Wight Mountain ”
36. Simon Hudson Oxford City RC ”
37. Rob Tutt GS Europa ”
38. Lydia Gould Woman Torq Performance ”
39. Peter McEwan Unattached ”
40. Harjinder Obhi North Hants RC ”
41. Paul Langdon Hargroves Cycles/Specialized/Trant/Next ”
42. Chris Divine Unattached ”
43. Steve Cook HereComeTheBelgiums ”
44. Vernon Moore Crabwood CC ”
45. Richard Bennett Cotswold Vandrijden ”
46. Bethany George Woman Cotswold Vandrijden @ 2 laps
47. Hannah Gibs Woman Cotswold Vandrijden ”
48. Paul Wood Swindon Wheelers ”
49. Steve Cooke Soton Tri ”


Under 12
1. Angus Hawkins Palmer Park Velo Race Time 12 minutes 58 seconds
2. Jay Allen Palmer Park Velo @ 57 seconds
3. Rowan Turner Poole Wheelers @ 1 minute 43 seconds
4. Anna Wadsworth Palmer Park Velo @ 1 minute 43 seconds
5. Maddie Wadsworth Palmer Park Velo @ 3 minutes 01 seconds
6. Madeline Cooper Chaple Tri Stars @ 3 minutes 10 seconds
7. Ryan Hodgyyns Poole Wheelers @ 3 minutes 10 seconds
8. Alderney Baker Southdown Velo @ 3 minutes 25 seconds
9. Natelie Moore Swindon RC @ 1 lap
10. Freddie Horner Behind the Bikeshed ”
11. Alexa Hawkins Palmer Park Velo ”
12. Oliver Dawsons Hampshire Schools ”
13. Lucy Gadd Poole Wheelers ”
14. Finn Hawkins Palmer Park Velo ”
15. Lewis Seward Poole Wheelers @ 2 laps
16. Hugh Wilkinson Chaple Tri Stars ”
17. William Gadd Poole Wheelers ”
18. Lewis Jones Swindon RC ”
19. Livia Kearsey unnattached @ 3 laps

Under 16/14
1. Chris Rothwell U16 Swindon RC 3 laps 22 minutes 21 seconds
2. Edward Gronbech U14 Oxford City RC @ 29 seconds
3. Harry Sowden U16 Clayton Cars @ 1 minute 14 seconds
4. Daniel Tuley U14 Chaple Tri Stars @ 1 minute 48 seconds
5. Henry Dawson U16 Prestige CC @ 2 minutes 45 seconds
6. Elliott Lassiter U14 Swindon RC @ 3 minutes 25 seconds
7. Emily Wadsworth U14G Beelone Bicycles RT @ 5 minutes 15 seconds
8. Charlie Cooper U14 Chaple Tri Stars @ 5 minutes 25 seconds
9. Erin Baker U14 Southdown Velo @ 6 minutes 43 seconds
10. Rebeca Hurst U14G Poole Wheelers @ 8 minutes 56 seconds
11. Bryn Turner U14 Poole Wheelers @ 1 lap
12. Adam Lassiter U16 Swindon RC ”
13. Fletcher Adams U14 Hargroves Cycles/Specialized/Trant/Next



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