Report & Full Results: Imperial Winter Series (Jan 5th)


Imperial Racing Team report of the event (week 7) on Janaury 5th at the Hillingdon Cycle Circuit

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It was one of those afternoons where an awful lot of riders tried really hard to break clear from the main group and form a breakaway, some almost made it, only one did; perhaps the weather had something to do with it being mild, overcast with little wind.

51 riders lined up in the 4th cat race; it is now a very competitive class and every point is being hard fought. The race on Saturday was no exception with a slow build up until Josh Jones (Cambridge Uni CC) and Alistair Gurney lifted the pace with long turns on the front before Edmund Fowles launched himself off the front with a determined attack. The Prime was then won by Ian Phillips from Giles Porter (London Dynamo) with Alvaro Alves Da Cunha taking third before a crash disrupted the flow of the race.

With 2 km to go Ian Phillips attacked very hard and opened a gap which he held to the line for a brilliant win, just holding off a fast-finishing main group and led in for second place by Ross Hallard (Pretorius CC) from Grant Little (London Dynamo) with Josh Jones in 4th place. The random prize is awarded to 21st place finisher Trevor Roberts (Brighton Mitre) who will ‘go faster’ courtesy of a WyndyMilla cycle fitting at their Manor Farm Cycle Centre.

The 3rd cat race started with a healthy entry of 43 riders, again riders settled themselves in before attacks from Nathan Hereward (Kingston Wheelers), Angus Fisk and James McCarthy (Twickenham CC) strung the main group out. There still remained a large group until James Lowden (Lewes Wanderers) drew clear. The prime loomed and was won by specialist in-form Neil Wass (TMG Horizon RT) from James Dunsbier (London Dynamo) with Greg Wiltshire (Kingston Wheelers) taking third.

There were several other attacks before the run in to the finish from Lowden and Jones before the final sprint where Simon Lewington of Dulwich Paragon and Ken Buckley (AW Cycles) made a dash for the line. In the end it was the strength of Buckley who managed to cross the line in first place, an excellent result, from in form Steve Atkinson (Southdowns Bikes CC) from James Dunsbier. The three women who rode – Monica Dapolenza, Rachel Przybyski (both from Series sponsor WyndyMilla) and Clemence Copie (High Wycombe CC) – clearly enjoyed the race back in with the men after riding in their own on New Year’s Day. The Maxifuel random prize is awarded to 24th place finisher Kenny Ross (Willesden Cycling Club) who receives a Maxifuel rucksack comprising of Viperactive energy fuel, gels and bottles.

The Elite race was action from the start with James Jones (Beeline Bikes RT) who went off the front alone after 1 km. Next to move was Connall Yates (In Gear Quickvit Trainshar) who looked very strong and determined. Thereafter there were so many attacks before the prime with Richard Prebble (Node 4) and Paul Holdsworth (Hounslow Wheelers) moving the group along at great speed nullifying all possible breakaways. The Prime was then taken by Gerry Collingwood (Portsmouth North End CC) from Holdsworth and Arjan Planting (Dulwich Paragon).

Finally, the most promising move of the race broke clear with 15km remaining with five riders – namely James Jones, Matt Carden (Team Quest), Phil Holloway (Southend Wheelers), Daniel Tamplin (Aylesbury CC) and Rolandas Razgauskis. There were several notable riders missing out, Halpern, Smith and Gibb (all sprinters) and this is perhaps why the breakaway was brought back so close to the finish.

Steve Golla made one valiant attack with 800m to go but the main group were having none of it and he was reeled in, which left it disappointingly to a bunch sprint with Gibb taking the win from Smith and Halpern, with Stuart Harvey (Team ASL 360) a close fourth. Arjan Planting sat out the finish having sprinted – clearly by mistake – with the 3rd cats having seen the chequered flag. This however, was not the only problem during the race, with this and another incident being reviewed.

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1st Tony Gibb the pack racing 200
2nd Tom Smith Felt-Colbornes RT 150
3rd Vincent Halpern Handsling racing 130
4th Stuart Harvey Team ASL 360 120
5th Adam Capes London Dynamo 110
6th Jerry Collingwood Portsmouth North End CC 100
7th Jerzy Kuzminski High Wycombe CC 90
8th Donal Linehan Newbury RC 80
9th James Jones Beeline Bikes RT 70
10th Daniel Tamplin Aylesbury CC 60
11th Joseph Crolla AW Cycles 50
12th Matthew Butt Team ASL360 40
13th Jon Lewis Charlotteville CC 30
14th Chris Rees Pearson CC 20
15th Richard Prebble Node4-Giordana Racing 2V 10
16th Rolandas Razgauskis unattached
17th Phil Holloway southend wheelers
18th Mark Smith Welwyn Wheelers
19th Rupert Beale Beeline Bikes RT
20th Ralph De Kanter Norwood Paragon CC
21st Steve Golla High Wycombe RT
22nd Frazier Carr AW Cycles
23rd Simon Oxenham VC10
24th Nick Beale Beeline Bikes RT
25th Stuart Williams Reading CC
26th William Hunt Army Cycling Union
27th Conall Yates InGear Quickvit Trainsharp
28th Ben Smith Welwyn Wheelers CC
29th Paul Holdsworth Hounslow & District Wlrs
30th Red jersey, Giant bike
31st James Milligan cyclesport international
32nd Paul Bennett unattached
33rd Robin Basford Wyndymilla
34th Sam Humpheson Look Mum No Hands!
35th Henry Furniss WyndyMilla
36th Kristian Woolf Prestige Velo Club 3J
37th Matt Carden Team Quest

Neon-Velo Prime
1st Jerry Collingwood Portsmouth North End CC
2nd Paul Holdsworth Hounslow & District Wlrs
3rd Arjan Planting Dulwich Paragon

Race 7 3rd Cats 5th January 2013
1st Ken Buckley AW Cycles 200

2nd Steve Atkinson Southdowns Bikes CC 150
3rd James Dunsbier London Dynamo 130
4th James Lowden Lewes Wanderers CC 120
5th Alexander Donaldson London Dynamo 110
6th Simon Lewington Dulwich Paragon 100
7th Liam Earl Prestige Velo 3J 90
8th James Coleman Cadence RT 80
9th Alex Toghill Twickenham CC 70
10th Andrew Stronge unattached 60
11th Jake Coward Rapha Condor CC 3J 50
12th Graham Crow Twickenham cc 40
13th Kevin Argent La Fuga/ Sigma Sport 30
14th Mike Saunders team corridori 20
15th Nathan Hereward Kingston Wheelers 10
16th Neil Wass TMG Horizon RT
17th Jacek Reder unattached
18th Peter Hudson unattached
19th William Jones unattached
20th Ralph Keeler Cambridge CC
21st Stephen Morrell Aylesbury CC
22nd Bob Hobson VC10
23rd Richard Rose Bikelux Progression
24th Kenny Ross Willesden Cycling Club
25th Robert Parker-Cole Kingston Wheelers CC
26th Brian Hennessey Redhill CC
27th Desmond Gayler Kenton Road Club
28th Hugh Vivian Finsbury Park CC
29th Andy Fowkes Thames Velo
30th Lewis Hutton Oxonian CC
31st Chris Campbell London Dynamo
32nd James McCarthy Twickenham CC
33rd Monica Dapolenza WyndyMilla 2w
34th Angus Fisk unattached
35th Rachel Przybylski WyndyMilla
36th Clemence Copie High Wycombe CC 2w
37th Ray Wilson London Dynamo
38th Dominic Lowden Lewes Wanderers CC
39th Mark O’Brien Archer RC

Neon-Velo Prime
1st Neil Wass TMG Horizon RT
2nd James Dunsbier London Dynamo
3rd Greg Wiltshire Kingston Wheelers

Race 7 4th Cats 5th January 2013

1st Ian Phillips unattached
2nd Ross Hallard Pretorius CC
3rd Grant Little London Dynamo
4th Joshua Jones Cambridge Uni CC
5th Nicholas Jones TRCC A+Disp
6th Patrick Drury Kingston Wheelers CC
7th Spencer Robinson unattached
8th Mike Joseph Twickenham CC
9th Peter Blencowe Imperial College CC
10th Greg Lewis VC10
11th Damien Lodge unattached
12th Edmund Fowles unattached
13th Ben Voller Twickenham CC
14th Darryl Green Vivelo Bikes – Inverse RT/Cyclaim
15th David Morgan Charlotteville CC
16th Alvaro Alves Da Cunha unattached
17th Spencer Nash Bishops Stortford CC
18th David Beckett London Dynamo
19th Graham Austin East St
20th Ron Walls London Dynamo
21st Trevor Roberts Brighton Mitre
22nd Scott Shepherd London Dynamo
23rd Sam Williamson Hemel Hempstead CC
24th George Lancaster unattached
25th Jon Shillingford unattached
26th Chris Stone Redhill CC
27th Tim Childs Westerley CC
28th Alistair Gurney unattached
29th Reiner Singh San Fairy Ann CC
30th Giles Porter London Dynamo
31st Christopher Pruvey unattached
32nd Emily Mellor vo2 Development Team 4Jw
33rd Dan Williams unattached
34th Lee King Rides on air
35th Sean Bradley Team Trisports
36th Matt Pickering Kingston Wheelers
37th Frank Proud Westerley CC
38th Ed Everett unattached
39th Jesse Baines unattached
40th Andrew Deans unattached
41st Jack Devlin Kingston Wheelers
42nd Darryl Bates-Brownsword Zappi
43rd Harriet Hollis Aylesbury CC 4Jw
44th Anthony Steaman Crawley Wheelers
45th Sally Stubbs Imperial Racing Team 4w

Neon-Velo Prime
1st Ian Phillips unattached
2nd Giles Porter London Dynamo
3rd Alvaro Alves Da Cunha unattached


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