Report/Full Results: Imperial winter Series Final


On a deceivingly cold, damp and gloomy day the Imperial Winter Series drew to a close with many positions still up for grabs resulting in an excellent entry for all of the races.

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Words by Imperial Racing Team | Race 12 (last of series) | Hillingdon Cycle Circuit | 9th February 2013

Perhaps the presence of our guest, Tony Doyle MBE, and the rider’s lucky dip prizes had an influence? The 4th Cat race followed its usual pattern with riders attacking strongly from the front and causing the group to string out. The prime was keenly contested and won by Ian O’Sullivan (Kingston Wheelers) from David Beckett (London Dynamo) with his team mate Scott Shepherd third.

With Scott’s third place, he secured the overall win in the Neon-Velo Prime Competition, a very consistent effort from him. The race was marred by a crash 300m from the finish, otherwise it was a clean and furious sprint won by consistent Will Greig of SWRouleurs, second place was Ewan Tuohy (Catford CC) with third place going to Alistair Gurney.

Sam Williamson (Hemel Hempstead CC) who had been very active throughout the series was more than pleased with his 7th place, one better than the previous week; these points enabling him to move up to 3rd Cat.

Third Category Race
The 3rd Cat race had a good entry of 48 riders. Twickenham CC riders James McCarthy, James Blackburn and Graham Crow were very prominent and led the race from the front; they have all progressed immensely as the series went on and gained a great deal of confidence. Neil Wass (TMG Horizon RT) took the prime after 18 km and has dominated the Neon-Velo Prime sprints in the series. After the prime Twickenham CC riders went to the front again, along with Ian Phillips (Army CC) and increased the pace which spread the field out.

The finish was getting ever nearer and again York and Crow tried to break, but were brought back by the efforts of the main group. There was a slight lull before the final 3 km when again Crow went to the front and pulled very hard, perhaps a little too early and in the sprint for the line William Goulbourne (Team V-Sprint Racing) had a clear 5 lengths gap over second place Wass and Jacek Reder and York. Reder’s third place was enough to clinch the overall 3rd’s series from Greg Wiltshire (Kingston Wheelers) with recently promoted 2nd cat Ken Buckley (AW Cycles) third.


A field if 31 riders lined up for the E/1/2/3 race with perhaps some preferring to rest with the Perfs Pedal Road Race in Hampshire on Sunday. Peter Wager (Felt-Colbournes RT) started the action very early on and was quickly followed by Robert Willcocks (RAF) and Matthew Bone (I-Team).

They were caught and then Willcocks went on his own, he looked very strong and determined. Wager went again this time with Rolandas Razgauskis and then another move including Phil Holloway (Southend Wheelers), Connall Yates (InGear Quickvit Trainsharp ) and Wilcocks. With the prime looming up after 35 minutes racing Steve Golla (High Wycombe CC) and Theo Doncaster (CC Ashwell) moved up.

The prime was taken by Yates from Holloway and Willcocks, although he had already secured the Neon-Velo prize. Golla dropped back and Vince Halpern (Handsling Racing) took up the chase and there was a lull in the main group before Simon Oxenham (VC 10) and Mario Manelfi (ASL360) and Bone moved up.

The break by this time had gained a lap and rode through the main group such was their pace and rhythm; it was set for an exciting finish with Willcocks looking the stronger and he had the strength to lead out and hold off Wager, Yates and Holloway for a well-deserved win. Halpern lead the main group in ahead of Golla, Oxenham, Tom Smith (Felt-Colbournes RT) and James Norris (High Wycombe RT). It was a brilliant end to the E123 racing of the Imperial Winter Series, with Smith edging out Halpern for the podium. Yates won the overall Prime prize for his attacking style and consistency and the ever popular Phil Holloway (Southend Wheelers) was awarded the Most Combative Rider Prize.


Series Round Up
This series was certainly one of highs and lows – revised circuit timings, malfunctioning equipment, a flooded circuit and instances of poor rider behaviour causing more than an ample helping of stress and frustration. We would also like to have seen a bigger field in the E/1/2/3 race but this was compensated for by the 3rds and they deserve their own race on this basis alone.

These issues were more than balanced by the positives – consistently good fields in the 4th category race and a strong entry for the single Women’s event. Our decision to continue racing in a clockwise direction but siting the finish adjacent to the opulent new Judge’s hut has been an undoubted success.

Great thanks go to our Sponsors Henry Furniss of WyndyMilla and MaxiFuel and Dan Stevens of Neon-Velo not just for the prizes which were both generous and fantastic but also for their support behind the scenes.

Our roll call of honour must also mention:
ALL THE RIDERS – for their support again and welcome feedback – good and bad

Doug – Series founder, we wouldn’t be here without him; Rich definitely wouldn’t be here without him!
Lucy – wouldn’t be here without Rich!
Isabel – photo-finish operator and successor to the Imperial empire
Harry and Dan – teas and homemade flapjacks again
Tom – occasionally
Sally – cousin, rider and first-aider
Barry – first-aider
Tracey and Maisy – all round support
Mark Doel – always around to help

The Prize Presentation commenced with the introduction of our honoured guest Tony Doyle MBE and he took a welcome opportunity to talk about the highs and lows of his racing career, followed by a few questions from the riders. The overall format of the Winter series will be reviewed again during the Summer, to ensure that we best meet the needs of the riders and provide racing for everyone.

Presentation photos: taken by imperial racing team


E/1/2/3 Race 12

1st Robert Willcocks Royal Air Force CC
2nd Pete Wager Felt-Colbornes RT
3rd Conall Yates InGear Quickvit Trainsharp
4th Phil Holloway southend wheelers
5th Vincent Halpern Handsling racing
6th Steve Golla High Wycombe RT
7th Simon Oxenham VC10
8th Tom Smith Felt-Colbornes RT
9th James Norris High Wycombe CC
10th Keiran Dineen Amersham RCC
11th Alex Paterson AW Cycles
12th Rory Townsend Pedal Heaven RT
13th Stoyko Bussarov Newdales RT
14th Henry Dawson Prestige Velo Club
15th Matthew Bone I-Team
16th daniel tamplin Aylesbury CC
17th George Withers AW Cycles
c Theo Doncaster CC Ashwell
19th Jerzy Kuzminski High Wycombe CC
20th Paul Bennett unattached
21st Robin Basford Wyndymilla
22nd Desmond Gayler Kenton Road Club
23rd Andy Lack Kingston Wheelers CC
24th Rolandas Razgauskis unattached
25th Mario Manelfi ASL360

Neon-velo prime
1st Conall Yates InGear Quickvit Trainsharp 1
2nd Phil Holloway southend wheelers 2
3rd Robert Willcocks Royal Air Force CC 2

E/1/2/3/ Cat Series Final Standing (Best of 9 races)
1st Tony Gibb Metaltek – Scott 1220
2nd Tom Smith Felt-Colbornes RT 1100
3rd Vincent Halpern Handsling racing 1170
4th Phil Holloway southend wheelers 850
5th Conall Yates InGear Quickvit Trainsharp 820
6th Robert Willcocks Royal Air Force CC 620
7th Steve Golla High Wycombe RT 550
8th Jerzy Kuzminski London Phoenix 550
9th James Norris High Wycombe CC 410
10th Daniel Tamplin Aylesbury CC 410
11th Alan Strang Dulwich Paragon 400
12th Matt Carden Team Quest 390
13th Jo Skelton Look mum no hands! 390
14th Ben Sumner Beeline Bikes RT 350
15th James Locker Team V-Sprint Racing 300

3rd cat Race 12

1st William Goulbourne Team V-Sprint Racing
2nd Neil Wass TMG Horizon RT
3rd Jacek Reder unattached
4th Graeme York Twickenham CC
5th James Locker Team V-Sprint Racing
6th Peter Hudson unattached
7th Greg Wiltshire Kingston Wheelers
8th Gavin Francis London Dynamo
9th Joshua Mitchell Bicester Millennium CC
10th Ed Rose progression/bikelux
11th Alexander Donaldson London Dynamo
12th Michael Skipsey TMG Horizon Cycling Team
13th Alex Toghill Twickenham CC
14th Spencer Robinson unattached
15th Ian Phillips unattached
16th Nathan Hereward Kingston Wheelers
17th Russell Jones Unattached
18th Lee Davies London Dynamo
19th Kevin Argent La Fuga/ Sigma Sport
20th Damien Lodge unattached
21st Graham Crow Twickenham cc
22nd Riyadh Khamis Personal Bike Fit
23rd Alvaro Alves Da Cunha unattached
24th Giles Porter London Dynamo
25th William Mcavock London Dynamo
26th Andrew Stronge unattached
27th Nathan Anscombe Bristol RC
28th Chris Yates East Grinstead CC
29th Dan Hazlewood Bonito Squadra Corse
30th Richard Rose Bikelux Progression
31st Chris Campbell London Dynamo
32nd Paul Moore Kingston Wheelers CC
33rd James Vanish team V-Sprint Racing
34th Clemence Copie High Wycombe CC
35th Anna-Marie Hughes Prestige VC A+disp
36th James Cracknell Team V-Sprint Racing 3
37th Andrew Harvey Kingston Wheelers 3
38th James Di Rico high wycombe cc 3
39th Mark O’Brien Archer RC 3
40th Martin Porter Thames Velo 3
41st Wayne Thomas G.S. HENLEY 3V
42nd Nick Franzini London Dynamo 3
43rd Richard Whitworth Dulwich Paragon 3
44th Andrew Granger Twickenham CC 3

Neon-velo prime
1st Neil Wass TMG Horizon RT
2nd Greg Wiltshire Kingston Wheelers
3rd James Cracknell Team V-Sprint Racing

3rd Cat Series Final Standing Best of 9 races
1st Jacek Reder unattached 990
2nd Greg Wiltshire Kingston Wheelers 910
3rd Ken Buckley AW Cycles 880
4th Steve Atkinson Southdowns Bikes CC 860
5th Simon Oxenham VC10 810
6th Ed Rose progression/bikelux 670
7th Neil Wass TMG Horizon RT 560
8th Graham Crow Twickenham cc 510
9th Alex Tinsley Twickenham CC 500
10th Graeme York Twickenham CC 380
11th Gavin Francis London Dynamo 340
12th Alex Toghill Twickenham CC 320
13th Alexander Donaldson London Dynamo 290
14th Peter Hudson unattached 280
15th James Di Rico high wycombe cc 260

4th cat Race 12

1st Will Greig SWRouleurs
2nd Ewan Tuohy Catford Cycling Club
3rd Alistair Gurney Unattached
4th Barney Edwards London Dynamo
5th Thomas Gibb Imperial College CC
6th Ian O’Sullivan Kingston Wheelers
7th Sam Williamson Hemel Hempstead CC
8th David Beckett London Dynamo
9th Grant Little London Dynamo
10th Greg Lewis VC10
11th Scott Shepherd London Dynamo
12th Zachary Bredemear Dulwich Paragon CC
13th Leo Bonito Bonito Squadra Corse
14th Paul Batchelor Charlotteville CC
15th Paddy Williams VC Dulwich College
16th Simon Potter unattached
17th Matthew Leary In Gear
18th Stuart Thomas unattached
19th Matthew Coulter Cowley Road Condors
20th James Turzynski Kingston Wheelers
21st Sarah Short Bonito Squadra Corse
22nd Steve Chiswell VC10
23rd Daniel Tripa Personal
24th Carlisle King Imperial College Cycling Club
25th Lee King Rides on air
26th Alec Saunders Velo
27th Catriona Ross PSUK CRT / WDMBC
28th Matt Chudley bonito Squadra Corse
29th James Marvin salford uni
30th Rick Gradidge SWRouleurs
31st Michael Gates Kingston Wheelers CC
32nd Mike Joseph Twickenham CC
33rd Constantin Mayer SW Rouleurs
34th Andrew Deans London Dynamo
35th Elwyn Powell Twickenham CC
36th Matthew Wyatt unattached
37th JW Tusting Bonito Squadra Corse
38th David Morgan Charlotteville CC
39th Chris Cleave unattached
40th Tim Childs Westerley CC
41st Stuart Irving Army Cycling Union
42nd Arnav Kapur Dulwich College
43rd Josh Blacker London Dynamo
44th James Baker VC10
45th Ben Goldsworthy unattached
46th Jon Shillingford unattached
47th Michael Coomber ICycle Cycling Club
48th Stuart Short Bonito Squadra Corse
49th Graham Austin East St
50th Claude Autrey London Dynamo
51st Jonathan Whybrow Reading CC
52nd Joshua Castola VC Dulwich College
53rd Olly Kan Team V-Sprint Racing
54th Christine Lindsay Bonito Squadra Corse
55th Claire Richardson London Dynamo
56th Harriet Hollis Aylesbury CC
57th Sally Stubbs Imperial Racing Team
58th Duncan Coulter unattached

Neon-velo prime
1st Ian O’Sullivan Kingston Wheelers 4
2nd David Beckett London Dynamo 4
3rd Scott Shepherd London Dynamo 4


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