Report: Cheltenham Racecourse Circuit Races


Ryan Bevis of NFTO the winner at the Friday night Cheltenham Racecourse Circuit Races on July 5th

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Bevis Takes Series Grand Finale

The final round of the Leisure Lakes Circuit Series brought electrifying cycle racing to the home of national hunt racing, Cheltenham racecourse. The fast and furious 40km criterium race took place in hot and dry conditions, in front of a large enthusiastic crowd.


Over 35 riders took to the start line, including NFTO race team who had travelled from Hereford for the event. Their team included in-form Ryan Bevis who had recently taken a fine 3rd place overall in the 6-stage Ras De Cymru in Wales.

The hilly racecourse circuit and hot conditions put all riders under pressure in the early stages of the race. A strong group were able to establish a good lead after only 20 minutes of fast racing though, touching speeds in excess of 30mph. Bevis and his teammate, Ewen McDonald, who had taken a fine 2nd place at the series a week before, pulled hard at the front to ensure the remaining peloton stayed at bay.

Cheltenham based rider, Richard Cleaver (, had also made the leading group and was keen show the crowd how strong he currently is, putting in attacks off the front as the leaders passed the finish each lap. Mike Ward (Ride 24/7) played a marking game and covered any aggressive moves strongly to ensure he stayed fresh for the finish.

As the race entered it’s final stages, it was clear that the leading group of 5 riders had succeeded in staying clear of the chasing pack. Back in the pursuing peloton, Stow based Matt Ullmer (Dynamic Bicycles UK/RPC), was keen to put on a show for his family who were watching, as he attacked in the dying stages of the race in a brave attempt to jump across to the leaders. His efforts, unfortunately, came to nothing and he was swallowed up by the main bunch.

As the lead group left the final chicane at the foot of the finish climb, Bevis used his teammate, McDonald, to great advantage before sprinting clear of his rivals a take an emphatic win in front of the exuberant racecourse crowd.

Cirencester based Ward of Ride 24/7 took 2nd, while Bevis’ teammate McDonald was rewarded with a 3rd placing to round out the top 3. A special mention goes to Pat Alexander who took a fine 10th place for Cheltenham and County CC.

Velo Club Montpellier and Cheltenham and County Cycling Club would like to thank Leisure Lakes Bikes Cheltenham, Cheltenham racecourse and C&G Scaffolding for making this event possible.

Youth races:
Cheltenham and County Cycling Club promoted the Youth races at Cheltenham racecourse on Friday 5th July. A beautiful summers evening saw a terrific turnout of 44 enthusiastic and determined young riders competing across the various age categories.

Cheltenham and County Cycling Club, Maindy Flyers and Stratford CC all fielded strong teams.

Special mentions must go to the individual youth category winners; Jack Mattock (U16 boys), Claire Neil – Stratford CC (Under 16 Girls), William Crofts – Performance Cycles (Under14 Boys), Luke Simmonds – Stratford CC (Under 12 Boys), Bevan Smith – Maindy Flyers (Under 10 Boys), Charlotte Gray – Unattached (Under 10 Girls), Yusuf Morgan – Maindy Flyers (Under 8 Boys), and Cerys Simmonds – Stratford CC (Under 8 Girls)


Category 2/3/4
1. Ryan Bevis NFTO
2. Michael Ward Ride 24/7
3. Ewen McDonald NFTO
4. Dean Robson Somerset RC – Bicycle Chain
5. Richard Cleaver Leisure Lakes
6. Peter Banham Fred Williams Cycles
7. Daniel Marshall Team Diabetes UK
8. Deacon Cutterham CGC NFTO
9. Preslav Dimitrov Solihull CC
10. Patrick Alexander Cheltenham & County CC
11. James Jenkins Wyre Forest CRC
12. Lee Finch Gloucester City CC
13. Matthew Ullmer Dynamic Bicycles UK/RPC
14. Aled Jones AVSOMPOL CC
15. Joe Barry Ride 24/7
16. Garry Jones Gloucester City CC
17. Jack Coombe Wyre Forest CRC
18. Adam Beddall Gloucester City CC
19. Andrew Butler Stratford CC
20. James Knight Cheltenham & County CC

U10 Boys
1. Bevan Smith Maindy Flyers Youth CC
2. Ayrton Smith Maindy Flyers Youth CC
3. James Bullar Gannet CC
4. Harvey Jackson
5. Baden Green Stratford CC
6. Atom Gill
7. Jacob Barritt Stratford CC
8. Max Turner
9. Alfie Watkins
10. William Evans
11. Luke Flindall
12. Lewis Anderson

U10 Girls
1. Charlotte Gray

U12 Boys
1. Luke Simmonds Stratford CC
2. Henry Johnson
3. David Meyer Cheltenham & County CC
4. Ben Sluman
5. Milo Watkins

U12 Girls
1. Victoria Price

U14 Boys
1. William Crofts Performance Cycles
2. Will Swarbrick Cheltenham & County CC
3. Gabriel Chinn Cheltenham & County CC
4. Harry Mattock
5. Elliot Davis
6. Tom Fielding

U16 Boys
1. Jack Mattock One and All Cycling
2. Keir Lewis Stratford CC
3. Etienne Georgi Giant Cycling Club – Halo Film…
4. Thomas Lane Stratford CC
5. Patrick Fotheringham Halesowen A & CC
6. Joe Wood
7. Peter Musgrave Stratford CC

U16 Girls
1. Claire Neil Stratford CC

U8 Boys
1. Yusuf Morgan Maindy Flyers Youth CC
2. Kyle Jones Maindy Flyers Youth CC
3. Spencer Corder
4. Oliver Dade
5. Tom Evans
6. Leo Tarrant

U8 Girls
1. Cerys Simmonds Stratford CC
2. Jessica Johnson
3. Isobel Johnson
4. Hannah Gray


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