Report: Imperial Winter Series Rd 10


Report & full results on week ten of the 2012/13 Imperial Winter Series at the Hillingdon Cycle Circuit, 26th January 2013

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In direct contrast to the previous week, it was an almost spring like day with a south west wind blowing down the finishing straight for week 10 of the Imperial Winter Series. With a good entry in all categories, it promised to be an entertaining afternoons racing and so it proved to be.

The 4th cat race started steadily with Lee Davies prominent from the start leading the main group along at a fair fast pace with Toby Payne (Sky Velo) helping out before Twickenham CC’s Stephen Rush moved forward.

An attack from Alex Milne opened a gap but they came together before the Prime which was won by Martin Williams (Sky Velo) on his own with Sam Williamson (Hemel Hempstead) second and Alvaro Alves Da Cunha in third place in a fiercely contested sprint.

It then settled down for the run in to the finish but then strung out as the bends and the climb were negotiated; Lee Davies (London Dynamo) won easily from Edmond Fowles and Alvaro alves da Cunha again taking third place.

The random prize is awarded to 32nd place finisher Martin Williams (Sky Velo) who will ‘go faster’ courtesy of a WyndyMilla cycle fitting at their Manor Farm Cycle Centre.

Third cats
The 3rd Cat race also started steadily until Andrew Stronge went to the front and injected pace into the main group: but after 10 km Graham Crow (Twickenham CC) and Ken Buckley (AW Cycles) pulled away and steadily increased their lead to ¾’s of a lap.

Buckley took the prime from Crow with Kevin Argent taking third leading the main group. The leading duo continued to work well together and steadily increased their lead. However, a lone effort from Jonathan Dredge (London Dynamo) saw him distance himself and although he was unlikely to catch the leaders he rode well for third place.

Unfortunately Crow, not being a sprinter, had to concede the victory to Buckley; nevertheless a brilliant effort by both riders and they should be now ready to move up into the Elite group. The Maxifuel random prize is awarded to 20th place finisher Alexander Donaldson (London Dynamo) who receives a Maxifuel rucksack comprising of Viperactive energy fuel, gels and bottles.

As in the previous races, it started at a fast pace but with the group staying together for the first 15 km. and in-form RAF rider Robert Willcocks pulling hard at the front together with previous winner James Locker (Team V-Sprint Racing) and ever active Connall Yates (InGear Quickvit Trainsharp).

Finally, a group of seven riders detached themselves from the main group, the Prime having been taken by last year’s Series winner Jamie Pine (Pedal Heaven RT) with in 2nd and Rudy Marais (La Fuga/ Sigma Sport) in third.

The break consisted of the all in-form riders with the exception of Vince Halpern (Handsling Cycles) who was having an off-day due to a cold. However, the important stage of the race was the run in to the finish; Steve Golla again attacked with 1.5 km to go but the remaining riders were watching very closely and did not allow him to do the same as in the previous round and in the final uphill stretch, having been caught, he had to dig deep to hang on.

However, he had the strength to recover and finish fourth. In the sprint for the line, pure sprinter Tom Smith (Felt Colbornes RT) held off Joseph Crolla (AW Cycles) and in third place fast improving Willcocks. The remainder of the breakaway consisted of Matt Carden (Team Quest) taking 5th by the narrowest margin from Steve Golla (High Wycombe RT) with Connall Yates and Phil Holloway (Southend Wheelers) bringing up the rear.

The second group was lead in by Jake Coward (Rapha Condor CC), Marais, Ben Knowles (London Phoenix) and Locker with Jerzy Kuzminski (London Phoenix) leading the main group home.

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Race 10 26th January 2013
Place No. Club Cat

1st Tom Smith Felt-Colbornes RT
2nd Joseph Crolla AW Cycles 2J
3rd Robert Willcocks Royal Air Force CC
4th Matt Carden Team Quest
5th Steve Golla High Wycombe RT
6th Conall Yates InGear Quickvit Trainsharp
7th Phil Holloway southend wheelers
8th Jake Coward Rapha Condor CC 3J
9th Rudie Marais La Fuga/ Sigma Sport
10th Ben Knowles London Phoenix
11th James Locker Team V-Sprint Racing
12th Jerzy Kuzminski High Wycombe CC
13th Mario Manelfi asl360
14th Vincent Halpern Handsling racing
15th Daniel Tamplin Aylesbury CC
16th George Withers AW Cycles 2J
17th Stuart Williams Reading CC
18th Robin Basford Wyndymilla
19th James Norris High Wycombe CC
20th Martin Garratt London Dynamo
21st Matthew Bone I-Team Cyclists’ Club
22nd Jo Skelton Look mum no hands!
23rd Paul Bennett unattached
24th Andy Lack Kingston Wheelers CC
Neon-velo prime
1st Jamie Pine Pedal Heaven RT
2nd Conall Yates InGear Quickvit Trainsharp
3rd Rudie Marais La Fuga/ Sigma Sport

3rd Cats
Place Club Cat

1st Ken Buckley AW Cycles
2nd Graham Crow Twickenham cc
3rd Jonathan Dredge London Dynamo
4th Jacek Reder unattached
5th Alex Tinsley Twickenham CC
6th Ian Phillips unattached
7th Joshua Jones Cambridge Uni CC
8th James Di Rico high wycombe cc
9th Alex Osborne High Wycombe CC
10th Ed Rose progression/bikelux
11th Greg Barber Charlottevillecc
12th Graeme York Twickenham CC
13th Steve Tribe Velosport
14th Mike Saunders team corridori
15th Hugh Vivian Finsbury Park CC
16th Ryan Witchell Welwyn Wheelers CC 3J
17th Chris Yates East Grinstead CC
18th Richard Rose Bikelux Progression
19th Andrew Stronge unattached
20th Alexander Donaldson London Dynamo
21st Adam Stone Velosport
22nd Kevin Argent La Fuga/ Sigma Sport
23rd Lewis Hutton Oxonian CC
24th Desmond Gayler Kenton Road Club
25th Chris Campbell London Dynamo
26th Jack Kennett Prestige Velo Club 3J
27th Mark O’Brien Archer RC
28th Martin Porter Thames Velo
29th Richard Skilton unattached
30th Callum Oliver Rapha Condor CC 3J
31st Michael Skipsey TMG Horizon Cycling Team
32nd Ray Wilson London Dynamo
33rd Matthew Buck vo2 Development Team
34th Leo Lerner vo2 Development Team 3J
Neon-velo prime
1st Ken Buckley AW Cycles
2nd Graham Crow Twickenham cc
3rd Kevin Argent La Fuga/ Sigma Sport

4th Cats
Place Club Cat

1st Lee Davies London Dynamo
2nd Edmund Fowles unattached
3rd Darryl Bates-Brownsword Zappi
4th Alvaro Alves Da Cunha unattached
5th Ian O’Sullivan Kingston Wheelers
6th Stephen Cavey Catford Cycling Club
7th Alex Milne unattached
8th Toby Payne Sky Velo
9th Nathan Sweeney London Dynamo
10th Mike Joseph Twickenham CC
11th Sam Owen London Dynamo
12th Lee King Rides on air
13th Riyadh Khamis Personal bike fit
14th Ewan Tuohy Catford Cycling Club
15th Michael Coomber ICycle Cycling Club
16th Zachary Bredemear Dulwich Paragon CC
17th Peter Blencowe Imperial College CC
18th Alec Saunders Velo 4J
19th Sam Williamson Hemel Hempstead CC
20th Stephen Rush Twickenham CC
21st Damien Lodge unattached
22nd Jon Shillingford unattached
23rd Dan Williams unattached
24th Sebastian Kroll Stevenage CC
25th Edward Cox Imperial College CC
26th Luke Samuel OUCC
27th Ben Goldsworthy unattached
28th Chris Cleave unattached
29th Simon Bromley London Dynamo
30th James Marvin salford uni
31st Graham Austin East St
32nd Martin Williams Sky Velo
33rd Stuart Irving Army Cycling Union
34th Grant Little London Dynamo
35th James Wilding
36th Matthew Twist unattached
37th Paddy Williams VC Dulwich College
38th Ron Walls London Dynamo
39th Scott Shepherd London Dynamo
40th Stuart Thomas unattached
41st Josh Day Imperial College
42nd Tim Childs Westerley CC
43rd Andrew Deans London Dynamo
44th David Taylor La Fuga/ Sigma Sport
45th Alistair Gurney Unattached
46th Adam Gardner GS Henley
47th Ned Kingdon Zappi’s CC
48th Piers Hugh Smith Zappi’s CC 4J
49th Daren Austin Twickenham CC
50th Anthony Steaman Crawley Wheelers
Neon-velo prime
1st Martin Williams Sky Velo
2nd Sam Williamson Hemel Hempstead CC
3rd Alvaro Alves Da Cunha unattached



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