Report: Ludgershall Winter Series Rd 11


James Wilson (AW Cycles) won the first and last races at the Ludgershall winter series to wrap up the overall series as winner.

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Report & Pics by Graham Robins | Saturday 23rd March 2013

The Newbury rider was the first to show on the opening couple of laps, then he was in the break of four that went away and was the first over the line to win ahead of Tavis Walker (Dream CC).

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The E/1/2 race beat the worst of the weather on a bitterly cold morning at the circuit in Wiltshire as a brave select few turned up for the last race of an enjoyable winter series run by the Army Cycling Union at the REME Test Track Corunna Barracks.

After a couple of attacks James eased of the front but without any help he decided to drop back to the bunch and await another chance. At half distance four riders slipped off the front and had gained ten seconds lead. The four included James, Tavis, Ben Rickaby (SURC) and Duncan Lancashire (Andover Wheelers). While these four worked hard to build a large lead of over a minute the remainder of the bunch there was still a twist in the remaining laps.

The four leaders were enjoying their lead when Duncan punctured and Ben slipped back all in the space of a couple of hundred meters. So with both James and Tavis clear the race came down to a sprint finish. James started to lead out and Tavis settled for second crossing the line a couple of seconds back. Ben was seven seconds back with the bunch lead by Martin Smith almost one minutes thirty back.

Provisional Result
1st James Wilson AW Cycles 45mins +3laps
2nd Tavis Walker Dream CC @2secs
3rd Ben Rickaby SURC @7secs
4th Martin Smith AW Cycles @1min 32secs
5th Tom Bowering Swindon Cycles Race Academy @st

The fourth cat races were split into odd and even numbers, and there were two women racing.

Provisional Result ‘odds’
1st Noel Waldron VC Bristol 30mins +3laps
2nd James Franklin VC Venta @st
3rd Daniel Walker Fareham Wheelers CC +st

1st Helen Gardiner VC Bristol
2nd Clair Wadden Bristol RC

Provisional Result ‘evens’
1st Alistair Barnard Bath Uni CC 30mins +3laps
2nd Adam Nichols Bath UNI CC
3rd Michael Gates Kingston Wheelers

Tristan Grigalis (SURC) also wrapped up the 3rd cat overall and winning today’s race with a well timed sprint from Tom Bowering (Swindon Cycles Race Academy). The race was a close run affair with several riders including Roger Theron (ACU) and then Michael Ford (SRAM), who held the lead for three laps until 3mins from the end of the race when the race all came back together.

At the bell Tristan came to the front and led the whole of the last lap and then easily pulling clear to win the sprint away from Tom.

Provisional Result
1st Tristan Grigalis SURC 35mins +3laps
2nd Tom Bowering Swindon Cycles Race Academy
3rd Joe Barry Performance Cycles


1st Noel Waldron Velo Club Bristol
2nd Jamie Franklin Velo Club Venta
3rd Daniel Walker Fareham Wheelers CC
4th Tom Jones Tor 2000
5th Andrew Knight Farnborough and Camberley CC
6th Tom Stocker
7th Andrew Costello BC PM – South
8th Gary Hill
9th Richard Lewis Chippenham & District Wheelers CC
10th Bob Richardson Bournemouth arrow CC/Hotel Collingwood
11th Richard Norris Yeovil CC
12th Oliver Berney BC PM – South
13th Adam Gardner G.S Henley
14th Helen Gowdiner Velo Club Bristol
15th Clair Wadden Bristol Road Club


1st Alastair Barnard Bath University CC
2nd Adam Nichols Bath University
3rd Micheal Gates Kingston Wheelers cc
4th Greg Lancaster VC Bristol
5th Jonathan Fowles Velo Club Walcot
6th James Fulcher Portsdown Hill CC
7th Tim Hammond Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service
8th Dan Murphy Army Cycling Union
9th Giles Prentice VC Walcot
10th Ben Williamson Velo Club Walcot
11th Keiran Murphy Velo Club Bristol
12th Clive Bowditch Yeovil CC
13th= Steve Lewis Salisbury Road and Mountain Bike CC
Andrew Banks Salisbury Road and Mountain Bike CC
Jeremy Isaac Onit Sports
16th Ian Robson Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service

3/J3 results:
1st Tristan Grigalis Southampton University RC
2nd Tom Bowering Swindon Cycles Race Academy
3rd Joe Barry Performance Cycles
4th David Barnaville Felt Colbornes RT
5th Cameron Campbell Army Cycling Union
6th Jan Labrooy Andover Wheelers
7th Barnaby Cox gillingham and district wheelers
8th James Cooper Sotonia CC
9th Ben Gritton offcamber
10th Sean Faulkner Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service
11th= Matt Walters Army Cycling Union
Chris Eccles Sid Valley CC
Paul Helyer Blazing Saddles
Calum Croft Mud sweat ‘n Gears
Roger Theron Army Cycling Union
Alistair Berry offcamber
Ben Urquhart Blazing Saddles
18th Sean Hanna Yeovil CC
19th Simon Parton Kingston Wheelers
20th Liam Walsh Salisbury Road and Mountain Bike CC
21st Michael Ford Salisbury Road and Mountain Bike CC
22nd Lewis Walker Reading CC
23rd Nick Skardon VC Walcot
E/1/2/3 /J1/J2/J3 results:
1st James Wilson
2nd Tavis Walker Dream Cycling
3rd Ben Rickaby Southampton University RC
4th Martin Smith AW Cycles
5th Tom Bowering Swindon Cycles Race Academy
6th Simon Barnes Procycling Magazine RT
7th David Barnaville Felt Colbornes RT
8th Mark Perry Dream Cycling
9th John Hyde VC St Raphaël/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycles
10th Henry Latimer aw Cycles
11th Charles Coleman Dream Cycling
12th Steve Cottington Cadence RT


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