Report/Result/Photos: Poole Wheelers Cyclo-Cross


Steve James (Hargroves Cycles) sprinted away on the last lap to win round four of the Wessex Cyclo-Cross League from Michael Cotty and Luke Gray

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From Graham Robins | Sunday 29th September

Steve James (Hargroves Cycles) sprinted away on the last lap to win round four of the League from Michael Cotty (Wheelbase Cannondale) by 10secs, after the two riders could not be split from lap one.


In the Poole Wheelers promoted event, the Wareham course was a real mixture of woods, grass and tarmac to keep the riders on their toes. The course was dry and it stayed dry throughout the races.

The senior race had a quality field as they were gridded and a fast race soon ensued. From the start, Steve James, Michael Cotty and Luke Gray (Trek Cross Collective) were slightly ahead of Andy Hargroves (Felt Colbornes Hargroves RT) and younger brother Matt Hargroves (Hargroves Cycles). After lap one, Cotty and Gray were together with James @14secs, with Andy Hargroves @16secs and Matt Hargroves @21secs.

The lead stayed the same until lap three when Gray slipped back leaving James and Cotty together at the front clear of the local rider by 17secs. There was a battle behind when both Andy and Matt Hargroves retired leaving a large gap to fourth place between Jamie Norfolk and Chris Minter (Pedal On) and Richard Lewis (CC Basingstoke) @1min 30secs back.


At the bell, Cotty and James could not be separated, Gray was now @1min 23secs, Minter @1min 49secs, Norfolk @2mins 25 secs and Richard Lewis @3min 01secs. As the leaders came into view, James had attacked and managed to get some day light between himself and Cotty and James rode to the line a full 10secs clear. The other places did not change on the last lap.

Crispin Doyle (Hargroves Cycles) continued his great start to the season by winning the combined vet, women’s, junior race for the fourth race in succession. He raced away on the opening lap opening up and 11 secs lead over Keith Sheridan (Cotswold Veldrijden). There was a scramble for the next places as Robin Wilmott (Cotswold Veldrijden) Mike Simpson (GS Henley), Sean Williams (Wightlink Offshore) and Steve Davies were all locked together. Also riding high was Pete Scott (Cotswold Veldrijden).


The first rider to have trouble was Simpson who punctured, Steve Davies was enjoying all the technical sections and soon started to pick of places and by mid race. Doyle was leading Davies by 40secs. Williams was now down at 50secs. Sheridan was @ 1min 39secs, Wilmott was @2mins 50secs and Scott @3mins. At the finish Doyle won by 28secs from Davies.

Claire Smith (Cotswold Veldrijden) was first women making it four from four and Joseph Andrews won the junior section also for the fourth race of the season.

The earlier race for youth riders was won by a big margin by Chris Rothwell (SCRA) from Elliott Lassiter (Cotswold Veldrijden) by 40secs. Chris made a very quick start and Ed Gronbech (Oxford City RC) was second but he faded away on the second lap leaving Elliott to take up the chase. Angus Hawkins (PPV) was next up followed by Charlie Cooper (Chapel Tri Stars). Rothwell continued his charge at the front with Lassiter now @30secs. Gronbech was a further 1min down and Angus Hawkins was nearly five minutes down on the leader.


1st Steven James Hargroves Cycles
2nd Mike Cotty WheelbaseCannondale
3rd Luke Gray Trek Cross Collective
4th Christopher Mintor
5th Jamie Norfolk V
6th Richard Lewis CC Bassingstoke
7th Ryan Keynes Odiham CC
8th Aaron Taylor Cotswold Veldrijden at 1 lap
9th Gavin Spiers G.S. Henley at 1 lap
10th Karl Norfolk at 1 lap
11th Jason Blann Team Rosse Blann at 1 lap
12th Fraser MacDonald Cotswold Veldrijden at 1 lap
13th Stu Thompsom Andover Wheelers at 2 laps
14th Richard Clark Private Member at 2 laps
15th John Vinson Poole Wheelers at 2 laps
16th Simon Jodrell Odiham CC at 2 laps
17th Graham Dance Southdown Velo at 2 laps
18th David Belcher Sotonia CC at 2 laps
19th Alistair Moody Cycle Sport South Hams at 3 laps
1st Crispen Doyle Hargroves Cycles RT-Specialized Trant-Next-Elliotts V40
2nd Steven Davies Hargroves Cycles RT-Specialized Trant-Next-Elliotts V50
3rd Sean Williams Wightline/Offshore V40
4th Keith Sheridan Cotswold Veldrijden V40
5th Robin Wilmott Cotswold Veldrijden V40
6th Pete Scot Cotswold Veldrijden V40
7th Mike Simpson G S Henley V40
8th Time Hyde Pendragon V40
9th Martyn Dymond White Mountain V50
10th Pete Hutchinson Cotswold Veldrijden V40
11th Gary Barlow Reading CC V40
12th Joseph Andrews Fareham Wheelers JM
13th Gareth Dridge Southdown Velo V40
14th Peter Langworthy Private Member V40
15th Phill Connell Sotonia V45
16th Simon Meadwell Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers V40
17th Dan Tuley Chapel Tri Stars JM
18th Edward Gurney Velo Club Venta V40
19th Paul Thomas Velo Club Venta V40
20th Kiran Woods Charlotteville JM
21st Alan Millard Westbury Wheelers V50
22nd Will Soloman Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers V40
23rd Keith Allem VC Venta V50
24th Claire Smith Cotswold Veldrijden W
25th Phill Chinn Fareham Wheelers V45
26th Jez Hart Sotonia V40
27th Simon Guard Sotonia V45
28th Harjinder Obhi North Hampshire RC V40
29th Alan Collins Portsmouth North End CC V40
30th Kim Lassiter Cotswold Veldrijden V45
31st Mark Allan Jays Suppoet Crew V50
32nd Conal Low-Grier Portsmouth North End CC V40
33rd John Phillips Sotonia V55
34th Ray Woods Portsmouth North End CC V50
35th Tony Weeks TWIG Racing V50
36th Dean Prossor Hargroves Cycles RT-Specialized Trant-Next-Elliotts V40
37th Danielle Burry Poole Wheelers JW
38th Rhianna Jones Cotswold Veldrijden JW
39th John Burrows Poole Wheelers V50

1st Peter Bell 0
2nd Nathan Willmington 0
3rd Simon Jempson 0
4th Alex Rankin 0
5th Fiona Hawkins Palmer Park Velo
6th Anna Woods 0
7th Chris Thwaits 0
8th David Moss Poole Wheelers
9th Vi-Chun Kuo 0

1st Chris Rothwell Swindon Cycles Race Accadamy U16M
2nd Elliot Lassiter Cotswold Veldrijden U16M
3rd Edward Gronbech Oxford City Road Club U14M
4th Angus Hawkins Palmer Park Velo U14M
5th Charlier Cooper Chaple Tri-Stars U16M
6th Ieuan Woods Charletville CC U14M
7th Erin Baker Southdown Velo U14M
8th Caire Hutchinson Cotswold Veldrijden U16F
9th Rebecca Raybold Poole Wheelers U16F
10th Jay Allen Palmer Park Velo U14M
11th Alderney Baker Southdown Velo U14F
12th Harry Dridge Southdown Velo U16M
13th Abbie Manley Chaple Tri-Stars U14F
14th Fletcher Adams Hargroves U14M
15th Holly Powell Chaple Tri-Stars U14F
16th Rebecca Hurst Poole Wheelers U14F
17th Coner Hutchinson Cotswold Veldrijden U14M
18th Lucy Gadd Poole Wheelers U14F
19th Rachel Thompson Palmer Park Velo U14F

1st Rowan Turner Poole Wheelers U12M
2nd Max Meadwell Bournmouth Julilee U12M
3rd Alexa Hawkins Parlmer Park Velo U12F
4th Madalaine Cooper Chaple Tri U10F
5th William Gadd Poole Wheelers U10M
6th Tyler Smith Cotswold Veldrijden U12M
7th Ryan Hodgkyns Poole Wheelers U12M
8th Ben Fox Charlotteville Rascals U12M
9th Eithan Spiers 0 U12M
10th Hayden Gray 0 U10M
11th Lewis Seagrove Poole Wheelers U8M
12th Jamie Whitcher 0 U10M
13th Daisy Tayler Cotswold Veldrijden U8F
14th Poppy Llewellyn 0 U10F
15th Monty Neson Charlotteville Rascals U10M
16th Aidan Dewhurst Poole Wheelers U10M
17th Alex Burrows Poole Wheelers U10F
18th Cam Dewhurst Poole Wheelers U10M
19th Finley Avey 0 U10M



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