Report/Result: Swindon Road Club Cotswold Road Race


Daniel Marks of Bristol RC was fastest up the final climb to win the category 2/3/4 Swindon Road Club Cotswold Road Race

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Thanks Sean Bolton, Swindon RC


The Swindon Road Club Cotswold Road Race had a full field of 60 riders from an original entry of over 140. This 2/3/4 category race also incorporated a round of the Cotswold Cycle Racing League (this being the 6th of 7 rounds).

The race left Brinkworth House in cool and overcast conditions with slight drizzle falling. Thankfully the drizzle didn’t last long and the roads quickly dried out making for generally good racing conditions.

The race was held over 4.5 laps of the Somerford/Brinkworth circuit, a total distance of around 54 miles. The peloton stayed together until the second lap and then on the short but testing Callow Hill, an injection of pace saw the race split and a group of seven riders gained a gap of around 40 seconds. A second group of about nine riders followed, then the remains of the peloton were some 30 seconds further behind.


By the final lap, the two front groups had merged and this group of around 16 riders held an advantage of about 60 seconds. Over the last lap, the peloton worked hard together and reeled in the front group and a single bunch approached the Callow Hill climb for the final time and a last leg-busting sprint to the finish line.

Dan Marks emerged from the group and gained about a three bike length advantage by the time he crossed the finish line. Tim Turrini-Rochford and Michael Serafin contested a sprint for 2nd place with Tim narrowly clinching it. Lee Davis was clear in 4th position with the remaining riders crossing the line in a steady stream.


1 Daniel Marks Bristol RC
2 Tim Turrini-Rochford Bristol RC
3 Michael Serafin GVC Edmond De Rothschild
4 Lee Davis Node4 – Giordana Racing
5 Jozef Metelka Beeline R T
6 Joe Barry Ride 24/7
7 Luke Dunbar Team Greenover
8 Rory Gilling Performance Cycles
9 Richard Harris Cwmcarn Paragon Cycle Club
10 Michael Ward Ride 24/7
11 Rupert Beale Beeline R T
12 Nicholas Tilling Ride 24/7
13 Jonathan Marchins Beeline R T
14 Rowan Marshall RT
15 Nick Beale Beeline R T
16 Justin Belcher Banbury Star CC
17 Wayne Coombs Winchcombe CC
18 Tom Marshall Velo Club Montpellier
19 Bevan Humphreys RT
20 Daniel Guest Army Cycling Union
21 Lee Finch Gloucester City CC
22 Simon Barnes Procycling Magazine RT
23 Malcolm Dixon Severn RC
24 Rupert Denny Dream Cycling
25 Iain Bullar Gannet CC
26 Gethin Llewelyn West Wales Cycle Racing Team
27 Joseph Henstridge Salisbury Road and Mountain CC
28 Mitch Evans Ride 24/7
29 John Russell Strada Cycles
30 Aaron Collins Swindon RC
31 Gerry Bowditch NFTO
32 Matthew Ullmer Dynamic Bicycles UK/RPC
33 David Billings Motivo RT
34 Stuart Gourley Radeon Cycle Coaching
35 Mike Cripps Banjo Cycles
36 Peter Medhurst University of Exeter Cycling Club
37 Matt Callaghan Gloucester City CC
38 Steve Dring Team Echelon – Rotor
39 Oliver Broadway Cheltenham & County CC
40 Rob Yeatman Dream Cycling
41 Peter Giddings Velo Club Walcot
42 Paul Dring Team Echelon – Rotor
43 Daniel Dolan Army Cycling Union
44 Oscar Hutchings University of Exeter Cycling Club
45 Ian Humble Gloucester City CC
46 Richard Cleaver Leisure Lakes


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