Report/Results: Elveden Road Race series


Tom Neale (Spalding CC) went one better in the latest round of the Elveden Road Race series and tasted victory in the main event for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Category riders.

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This was also the last race of the day and whilst the quantity was down on the previous three rounds, the quality was most definitely there. It provided a fitting finale for an outstanding days racing on the new and exciting circuit being used on the Elveden Estate of Lord Iveagh for the first time this year.

Glyndwr Thomas (VC Norwich) and Hugo Robinson (Ipswich BC) attacked after just two-laps and stayed away for two laps until they were joined by Malcolm Smith (St Ives CC) and Richard Dunnett (Private Member) who had jumped away from the uninterested bunch.

It looked as though these four, working very well together, would stay away for the remainder of the 12-lap race. However and surprisingly, they were later joined by a group of four riders that included the eventual winner Neale. He was accompanied by Jamie Caldwell (MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling), Phillip Hetzel Ipswich BC and Lee Desborough St Ives CC.

Although there were eight riders in the breakaway group, they had to be on their guard as the main bunch were less than two-minutes behind and there are parts of the course where it’s possible to see across the open arable fields for the riders to each other.

In the end they weren’t able to haul back in the leading bunch and on the uphill finish Neale out-smarted the breakaway group to take the victory by just one second. Elite rider Caldwell won the sprint for second place ahead of Thomas, Desborough and Robinson respectively, who were all credited with the same time.

In the closing stages three riders, John McClelland (Prestege VC), Rob Muzio (Braintree Velo Cycle Racing Club) and Ross Fawcett (Ipswich BC) had launched an attack from the main bunch to contest the minor placing’s and although they did cut the deficit to the leaders, they were still one minute 46 seconds back. The remaining riders finished a further one minute 16 seconds behind them, just over three minutes behind Neale.

In the previous round Neale had finished second to Joishua Green (Glendene CC) where he just lost out in the bunch sprint on the line, with the first three finishers all given the same time!

After the excitement and euphoria surrounding Laura and Emma Trott’s appearance in round three, the women’s race didn’t quite live up to the same high standards. In the early stages all the riders stayed together, but local girl Tanya Griffiths riding for Ipswich BC, took a leaf out of Laura Trott’s book and made a lone break. While not as spectacular as Trott’s, she still finished over a minute ahead of her nearest rival, Beth Coley (VC Norwich) who won the sprint for the line from Susan Freeburn (WyndyMilla) and Jennifer Lake (Squadra Donne – Shutt VR).

The excitement in the first race of the day, for 4th Category riders, came not at the front of the race but as the back markers crossed the finishing line. John Bradbury (Boxford Bike Club), George Alexander (Newdales Cycles RT) and Chris Errington (Autostrasse Porsche RT) were racing for nothing other than pride for 59th to 61st places and having just sprinted for the line as the first two eased up, Errington misjudged the space and clipped them bringing him down. Other than bruised pride and a broken collar bone, the Autostrasse Porsche rider has lived to tell the tale!

In the Youth’s A & B race, Frank Longstaff (Colchester Rovers CC) won the sprint for the line ahead of George Sewell (Braintree Velo Cycle Racing Club), William Mapus-Smith (West Suffolk Wheelers & Triathlon) and Chris Jackson (Strada Sport), who were all given the same time!

The next and last round of this exciting series of racing takes place on Saturday 28th June 2013.

Complete results listing and photographs from the event can be found at

1st, 2nd, 3rd Cats
1 Tom Neale Spalding CC 1st 01:49:49
2 Jamie Caldwell MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling Elite 01:49:50
3 Glyndwr Thomas VC Norwich 3rd 01:49:50
4 Lee Desborough St Ives CC 2nd 01:49:50
5 Hugo Robinson Ipswich BC 2nd 01:49:50
6 Malcolm Smith St Ives CC 1st 01:49:51
7 Philip Hetzel Ipswich BC 2nd 01:49:52
8 Richard Dunnett Private 3rd 01:49:52
9 John McClelland Prestege VC E 01:51:38
10 Rob Muzio Braintree Velo Cycle Racing Club 01:51:38

4th Cats
1 Paul Groombridge Iceni Velo 4th 59:53:00
2 Will Smith CLA 4th 59:54:00
3 Owen Marsden VC Norwich 4th 59:55:00
4 Gareth Turner Stowmarket & District CC 4th 01:00:16
5 John Swindells Gt Yarmouth CC 4th 01:00:17
6 Jonny O’Neill East Coast Riders 4th 01:00:17
7 Callum Riley Newdales Cycles RT 4th 01:00:18
8 Kevin Curtis Stowmarket & District CC 4th 01:00:19
9 Spencer Laborde Iceni Velo 4th 01:00:19
10 James Moore Strada Sports 4th 01:00:19

1 Tanya Griffiths Ipswich BC 2nd 01:10:35
2 Beth Coley VC Norwich 4th 01:11:46
3 Susan Freeburn WyndyMilla 2nd 01:11:46
4 Jennifer Lake Squadra Donne – Shutt VR 3rd 01:11:46
5 Becky Hime St Ives CC 4th 01:11:47
6 Ruth Hamilton-Barr 01:11:47
7 Erica Howe VC Norwich 4th 01:11:48
8 Sarah Strong Elite cycling 01:11:48
9 Hannah Dimesher North Road CC 4th 01:13:52
10 Jane Paterson-Todd Newmarket Cycling & Triathlon Club 4th 01:13:53

Youth A (under 16) & B (under 14)
1 Frank Longstaff Colchester Rovers CC A 53:51:00
2 George Sewell Braintree Velo Cycle Racing Club A 53:51:00
3 William Mapus-Smith W. Suffolk Wheelers & Triathlon Club A 53:51:00
4 Chris Jackson Strada-Sport A 53:51:00
5 Dougal Toms Iceni Velo B 53:52:00
6 Callum O’Hara Lee Valley Youth Cycling Club A 53:52:00
7 Jali Packer Gt Yarmouth CC A 53:52:00
8 Mostyn Taylor Crockett LVYCC A 53:52:00
9 Matt Bridges Strada-Sport A 53:52:00
10 Max Cheatle VC Londres B 53:52:00



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