Report: Solihull CC Circuit Races – 25th May


Another Solihull CC promotion at the increasingly popular Tudor Grange Circuit in Solihull where there were two separate races for women and men.

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The women’s event was well supported and was again run on a handicap basis which worked well now that the organisers are getting to know the different strengths and levels of experience of the riders.

It meant that everyone, regardless of category or ability, was able to enjoy a tough race with this concept having been used successfuly for many, many years in Australia where the format turns out tough racers who have to race from the gun with no “sitting in”.

Solihull’s rising star Sophie Faulkner recorded another win in a close sprint finish from the leading group of riders. There was a lot of enthusiasm from the participants for the format and the “No Frills” concept, keeping entry fees low, and because of the success of the women’s only events Guy Elliott and the Solihull CC team will be organising more of these in the future. It was also good to see Heather Bamforth, who does so much for women’s cycling in the north west, earn her second category licence.

1 Sophie Faulkner. Solihull CC.
2 Eleanor Jones. VC St Raphael
3 Annasley Park. Abergavenny RC
4 Emma Birtles. Lichfield CCC
5 Ellie Gilham. VC St Raphael
6 Kelly Moore. Private Member
7 Heather Bamforth. Stretford Wheelers CC
8 Lauren Humphreys. Rugby Velo
9 Verity Appleyard. Brotherton Cycles
10 Victoria Williams. RAF CC
11 Kimberley Creamer. W’ton Wheelers
12 Claire Rutherford. Team Wheelguru
13 Julie Caddick. Brotherton Cycles.
14 Nina Whitbrook. Lichfield CC
15 Becky Keogh. Solihull CC
16 Francesca Musgrave. Stratford CC
17 Grace Lodge. Solihull CC

In the men’s event the racing was slower than the exceptionally hard event that was held last Wednesday, which had spectators thankful they had not entered the race themselves, but nevertheless there was a well deserved win for Ben Mountford of Red Kite Cycles who has recorded numerous top ten finishes over recent weeks and deserved his victory.

The next event Solihull CC at Tudor Grange is this coming Wednesday evening at 7pm for 2/3/4 category riders.

Men’s result:
1. Ben Mountford. Red Kite Cycles
2. Adam Tempest. Lichfield CCC
3. Edward Silverton. Bicicielo
4. Preslav Dimitrov. Solihull CC
5. Michael Murray. Team Echelon Rotor
6. Damien Shakespeare. Bolsover Dist
7. Lee Ferreday. Clay Cross RT
8. Marcus Willday. MSW
9. Mark Wilkes Birmingham CC
10. Stuart Thompson. Hinckley CRC
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