Report/Full Results: Imperial Winter Series 2012/13


Report & full results from week 8 of the 2012/13 Imperial Winter Series at Hillingdon where Steve Golla of High Wycombe RT was a winner last Saturday

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A complete change in the weather greeted the riders in Round 8 – an icy cold day with the east wind blowing across the circuit created difficult conditions for anyone at either end of the main groups – trying to break away and trying to hang were both challenging with limited shelter available.

However, in the 4th Cat race which started the afternoon racing, an excellent field of 57 riders took part including Emily Mellor (VO2 Development Team) and Harriet Hollis (Aylesbury) – 47 finished. There were several efforts on the front stretching the main group out from Sean Bradley (Team Trisports), Alex Milne and Sean Bathe-Taylor (Pearson Cycles) before the Prime loomed up after 25km of racing.

This was won in a well-judged effort by Niven from Giles Porter (London Dynamo) and Milne. Two crashes shortly afterwards disrupted the second half of the race but in the finale Porter held his position and line to score an outstanding win from Josh Jones (Cambridge Uni CC) with Riyadh Khamis (Personal Bikefit) taking third place. The random prize is awarded to 12th place finisher Peter Blencowe (Imperial College CC) who will ‘go faster’ courtesy of a WyndyMilla cycle fitting at their Manor Farm Cycle Centre.

The 3rd Cat race also had an excellent field of 45 riders, with five women mixing it with the men, including three under 16’s. There were several riders pulling hard at the front for the first 10km with Alex Tinsley (Twickenham CC) particularly strong and helped by team mate James Blackburn.

The Prime was won by Greg Wiltshire (Kingston Wheelers) from Mark Longstaff (Colchester Rovers) with Neil Wass (TMG Horizon RT) featuring again. Two attacks followed, one by Tinsley which was short-lived and another from Ken Buckley (AW Cycles); then with 2 km to go Callum Oliver (Rapha Condor) made a brave effort to go alone to the finish before a crash disrupted the flow of the race and left riders trailing. The strength and experience of Wiltshire got him to the line first, beating in-form Buckley and Gavin Francis (London Dynamo).

The women riders finished strongly again with the two U-l6 ladies Abigail Dentus (Welwyn Wheelers) in 21st and Anna-Marie Hughes (Prestige Velo Club) in 33rd place; Monica DaPolenza was 25th and Rachel Przybyiski 34th, both from series sponsor WyndyMilla.

Sportingly, winner Greg Wiltshire turned round immediately after the finish to support the First Aider in the aftermath of the crash on the ‘bus stops’ straight. The Maxifuel random prize is awarded to 5th place finisher Jacek Reder who receives a Maxifuel rucksack comprising of Viperactive energy fuel, gels and bottles.

The Elite race attracted 31 entries for their one hour plus 5 laps race and from the start Steven Jackson (HotChillee), lead. After he was reeled in Matthew Butt (Team ASL360) tried on his own before a very determined effort by Simon Oxenham (VC10), now riding with the Elite class moved away.

He was chased down by Vince Halpern (Handsling)and they all came together after another 2 km, before Steve Golla (High Wycombe CC) and Henry Furniss (WyndyMilla) showed at the front. After 40 minutes Connall Yates (InGear Quickvit Trainsharp) took the prime from Phil Holloway (Southend Wheelers).

A very determined break formed with Yates to the fore with Tom Smith (Felt-Colbornes RT), Halpern, Golla, Holloway and a new name to the series RAF rider Robert Willcocks; the speed in which they moved away caused all sorts of panic in the main group which split into several chasing groups. The ride of the day came from Golla who attacked up the main drag to the old finish; he quickly opened a substantial gap on his breakaway companions to cross the line for a brilliant and well deserved win. Tony Gibb (the pack racing) was second, Smith third, the two out and out sprinters with Willcocks beating the three remaining riders.

The wind and cold created a tough day for the organisers, officials and riders with a number of crashes and some riders having difficulty acting on race directions when the 3rds and E123 fields came together; these issues need to be addressed by the next race.

Race 9 Saturday 19th January 2013

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1st Steve Golla High Wycombe RT
2nd Tony Gibb the pack racing
3rd Tom Smith Felt-Colbornes RT
4th Robert Willcocks Royal Air Force CC
5th Vincent Halpern Handsling racing
6th Conall Yates InGear Quickvit Trainsharp
7th Phil Holloway southend wheelers
8th Matthew Butt Team ASL360
9th Rudie Marais La Fuga/ Sigma Sport
10th Jerzy Kuzminski High Wycombe CC
11th daniel tamplin Aylesbury CC
12th Stuart Williams Reading CC
13th Jon Lewis Charlotteville CC
14th Rupert Beale Beeline Bikes RT
15th Henry Furniss WyndyMilla
16th Keiran Dineen Amersham RCC
17th Adam Capes London Dynamo
18th Robin Basford Wyndymilla
19th Jo Skelton Look mum no hands!
20th Paul Bennett unattached
21st Martin Garratt London Dynamo
22nd Joseph Crolla AW Cycles
23rd George Withers AW Cycles 2J
24th Ralph Keeler Cambridge CC

3rd Cat Race 8
1st Greg Wiltshire Kingston Wheelers
2nd Ken Buckley AW Cycles
3rd Gavin Francis London Dynamo
4th Neil Wass TMG Horizon RT
5th Jacek Reder unattached
6th Charles Batho Dulwich Paragon CC 3v
7th Graham Crow Twickenham cc
8th James Blackburn Twickenham CC
9th Paul Moore Kingston Wheelers CC
10th Alex Toghill Twickenham CC
11th Ed Rose progression/bikelux
12th Andrew Stronge unattached
13th Callum Oliver Rapha Condor CC
14th Alex Tinsley Twickenham CC
15th James Di Rico high wycombe cc
16th Chris Yates East Grinstead CC
17th Graeme York Twickenham CC
18th Michael Skipsey Welwyn Wheelers
19th Richard Rose Bikelux Progression
20th Russell Jones Unattached
21st Abigail Dentus Welwyn Wheelers CC A+dispW
22nd William Jones unattached
23rd Serge Hunt Addiscombe CC
24th Chris Campbell London Dynamo
25th Monica DaPolenza WyndyMilla
26th Ian Phillips unattached
27th Mark Longstaff Colchester Rovers CC
28th Mark O’Brien Archer RC
29th Alexander Donaldson London Dynamo
30th Drew Holmes unattached
31st Hugh Vivian Finsbury Park CC
32nd Dominic Lowden Lewes Wanderers CC
33rd Anna-Marie Hughes Prestige VC A+disp
34th Rachel Przybylski WyndyMillaUKYouth
35th Martin Porter Thames Velo
36th Wayne Thomas G.S. HENLEY 3V

4th Cat Race 8
1st Giles Porter London Dynamo
2nd Joshua Jones Cambridge Uni CC
3rd Riyadh Khamis Personal bike fit
4th Greg Lewis VC10
5th Damien Lodge unattached
6th Luke Samuel OUCC
7th Oliver Jedrej Dulwich Paragon CC
8th Ian O’Sullivan Kingston Wheelers
9th Zachary Bredemear Dulwich Paragon CC
10th Sam Williamson Hemel Hempstead CC
11th Alex Milne unattached
12th Peter Blencowe Imperial College CC
13th Steve James High Wycombe CC 4J
14th Daniel Tripa Personal
15th Elwyn Powell Twickenham CC
16th Josh Day Imperial College
17th Mike Joseph Twickenham CC
18th Alvaro Alves da Cunha unattached
19th Steve Chiswell VC10
20th Jon Shillingford unattached
21st Alistair Gurney Unattached
22nd David Beckett London Dynamo
23rd Paul Batchelor Charlotteville CC
24th Chris Cleave unattached
25th Cyprien Brochard London Phoenix
26th Scott Shepherd London Dynamo
27th Sean Bathe-Taylor Pearson CC
28th James Audley Kingston Wheelers
29th David Morgan Charlotteville CC
30th Nick Humphreys unattached
31st Jason Snell Thames Turbo
32nd Nicholas Roux unattached
33rd Ben Voller Twickenham CC
34th Tim Childs Westerley CC
35th James Marvin unattached 4J
36th Emily Mellor vo2 Development Team 4Jw
37th Adam Rowles unattached
38th Jesse Baines unattached
39th Arnav Kapur Dulwich College 4J
40th Nigel O’Brien Brighton Mitre
41st Edward Cox Imperial College CC
42nd Jonathan Whybrow Reading CC
43rd Shane Kearney Kingston Wheelers
44th Ron Walls London Dynamo
45th Lisa Dunne Army Cycling Union
46th Harriet Hollis Aylesbury CC 4Jw
47th Terry Hammond VC10


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