Report: Fareham Wheelers Road Race


After a long hot morning across the top of Portsdown Hill overlooking Portsmouth the race came down to a little more than the width of a tyre as Steve Calland (South Downs Bikes out sprinted Ben Davis (Bristol RC).

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The Fareham Wheelers promoted the event over 88km on a hard course designed for those who like climbing. There were seven passes through the finish line as the riders challenged the course.


Once the early morning mist cleared the sun came out and by mid race the temperatures started to climb towards the high twenties. Soon after the race started, Robert Ward (Felt Colbornes-Hargroves RT) attacked and soon he had pulled out a good lead of over 20secs.

He was the first to appear on the downs and the bunch were chasing him down. On the second lap Robert was joined by Ian Paine (London Dynamo) and Richard Phillips-Schofield (HantsPol CC), and these three soon had an advantage of 30secs.

It took the chasing bunch nearly a whole lap to reel them in and then the whole race split into two groups with 11secs between them and then Ian Paine attacked off the front and managed to build himself a lead. Both Phillip Peters (Peter Hansford Racing) and Phillips-Schofield gave chase along with Robert Ward but Ian soon built a lead of 50secs and the chasers drifted back to the bunch content to wait their time.

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At the bell Iain’s lead was hovering around the minute mark with the bunch all together keeping a good tempo up the climb and through the finish line for the last time. Once the bunch had cleared the corner and onto the Down the speed increased and soon the race was all lined out heading downhill and on towards Staple Cross.

Iain was beginning to tire and the bunch soon began to reel him in, but it took them to the climb in South Boar Hunt to get him. Once over the climb the race had little more than 1km to go when Steve Calland and Ben Davis took up the race. As they approached the finish line it was so close it might have been a photo finish but Steve just had the extra push of the cranks to win by a narrow margin.

Provisional Result

1. Steve Calland Southdowns Bikes Cycling Club
2. Ben Davis Bristol RC
3. Tom Morris Portsmouth North End CC
4. Michael Lancaster VC Meudon
5. Michael Ward Ride 24/7
6. Stuart Williams Reading CC
7. Philip Peters Peter Hansford Racing
8. Oscar Hutchings University of Exeter Cycling C…
9. Gray Turnock Finsbury Park CC
10. Gavin Starling Brighton Mitre CC
11. Thomas Bowering Swindon Cycles Race Academy
12. Graham Austin East St
13. Brook Elgie Peter Hansford Racing
14. Richard Phillips Schofield
15. John Heaton-Armstrong Felt-Colbornes-Hargroves RT
16. Steve Thomas Bristol RC
17. Paul Helyer Blazing Saddles Cycles
18. Michael Ford Salisbury Road and Mountain CC
19. Robert Bolwell VC St Raphael
20. Chris Hutchings Velo Club Venta
21. David Bird London Phoenix CC
22. Steven Richards
23. Chris Johnson Blazing Saddles Cycles
24. Dave Dalton Fareham Wheelers Cycling Club
25. Nick Watson Ride 24/7
26. Thomas Goodyer Portsmouth North End CC
27. Ian Paine London Dynamo
28. Owen Owen Rutrainingtoday CC
29. Robert Ward Felt-Colbornes-Hargroves RT
30. Simon Healey Andover Whls
31. Sebastian Ottley VC St Raphael
32. Stuart Thompson Andover Whls
33. Andrew Gough JMJ Cycles
34. Nigel Pratt Andover Whls
35. Jamie Ford Southdown Velo
36. Tom Stocker Bournemouth Jubilee Whls
37. Paul Giles Portsmouth North End CC
38. John Hyde VC St Raphael
39. Ashley Morris Fareham Wheelers Cycling Club
40. Rupert Silman Bournemouth Jubilee Whls
41. Richard Burch Sotonia CC
42. Fraser Houston Team Quest – The Bike Shop
43. Stanley Thompson One and All Cycling
44. Joe Barry Ride 24/7



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