Report/Results: Third title for Steve James in Southern Champs


Steve James of Hargroves Cycles one of many winners for top team at South of England Regional Cyclo-Cross Championships

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Harwell Didcot | Report by Graham Robins  | Sunday 8th December



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Steve James (Hargroves Cycles) the 21 year old from Crowthorne in Berkshire soloed to his third successive Southern Regional Championships at the Harwell site near Didcot in Oxfordshire. Steve along with John Whittington (Team Diabetes UK) attacked a small group at the start of lap two and when John washed out on two successive corners Steve found himself alone with nearly 30secs lead, and this turned out to be the deciding move of the race.

It was a lovely warm dry day and the course was dry. The local club Didcot Phoenix that promoted the event had designed a challenging course as befits a Championship race. The laps were about six minutes long with steps to climb, several off camber turns and a steep decent to test the nerve of the riders.

At the start a group of ten riders formed on the front after the first lap. Along with Steve and John was Andy Hargroves (Felt Colbourne Hargroves RT), Adrian Lansley (PedalOn), Matt Hargroves and Matt Macdonald (Hargroves Cycles) and Scott Chalmers (Dream Cycling). These riders were very close together but it wasn’t long before gaps started to appear.

At the start of lap two James watched as Whittington attacked and decided to go with him, Andy Hargroves had Lansley for company with the others already slipping back. As Whittington had problems James was left clear at the front and he soon slipped back into the clutches of Hargroves and Lansley and soon these three riders joined up for a lap.

As the laps ticked away Lansley slipped away from Hargroves by ten seconds as James consolidated his lead to over a minute. Lansley further increased his advantage and at the bell he had 30secs cushion over Hargroves but he was one minutes eight seconds behind James.

At the finish James celebrated his third regional win with Lansley and Hargroves topping out the podium places. Whittington held on for fourth and Chalmers was fifth.
The combined vet junior women’s race was won by Crispin Doyle (Hargroves Cycles) after a tough tussle with Mike Simpson (GS Henley) with Jamie Norfolk (PedalOn) taking third. The leaders were locked together with only a handful of second s between them until the last lap when Doyle made his move and distanced himself making the finish a solo event.

Maddie Horton (Fully Sussed) led the women’s race from the start although she had to fend off a very strong Tamina Oliver (Team CTC). The two ladies were locked at the start of the race for a few laps but when Maddie decided to go Tamina was unable to stay with her.

The junior race was anyone’s race until an unfortunate as four riders vied for the honours until a crash in the sand trap broke up the momentum. Four riders were together for a couple of laps as Cameron Woolsey (CC Ashvile) managed to hold off Joseph Andrews (Fareham Wheelers) who fell of his bike at the bottom of the steep descent. He managed to re mount and hold off Joseph Taylor (Clevedon & District RC).

The youth race was won by Marcus Burnett (Club Corley Cycles) although he had to be patient as the lead was contested for a couple of laps by Edward Gronbech (Oxford City RC) and Christopher Rothwell (SCRA).


Senior Men
1 Steven James Hargroves Cycles RT-Specialize…
2 Adrian Lansley
3 Andrew Hargroves Felt-Colbornes-Hargroves RT
4 John Whittington Team Diabetes UK
5 Scott Chalmers Dream Cycling Team
6 Neil Ellison WDMBC Beyond Mountainbikes/Spe…
7 Peter Kench Banjo Cycles
8 Michael Guilford Team Silva
9 Sam Allen Hennebont Cyclisme
10 Daniel Bell Ellmore Factory Racing
11 Richard Lewis Cycle Club Basingstoke
12 Mike Brunsdon Velo Club Montpellier
13 Sean Downey WDMBC Beyond Mountainbikes/Spe…
14 James Cotty
15 James Britton Bristol CX
16 David Barnaville Bristol CX
17 Mike Wragg Arbis – Colbert Cycles RT
18 Benjamin Hall Bristol CX
19 Michael Miach Pretorius Bikes
20 Richard Collins Imperial Racing Team
21 Aaron Collins Cotswold Veldrijden
22 Vincent Cox Team Empella Cyclo-Cross.Com
23 Matthew Wakeford WyndyMilla
24 Martin Lenney Penzance Wheelers
25 Adam Buckland Banjo Cycles
26 Rob Allen Handsling Racing
27 James Leach Imperial Racing Team
28 Will Poole Bristol CX
29 Roy Wyle Smith Elitevelo
30 Julian Thrasher LBRCC-Solgar
31 Jesse Baines
32 Daniel Atkins Didcot Phoenix CC
33 David Lloyd Team Milton Keynes
34 George Kirkin Imperial Racing Team
35 Gavin Mitchell Twickenham CC
36 Steve Harris
37 Andrew Haines Cowley Road Condors
38 Andrew Kearsey

1 Maddie Horton Fully Sussed
2 Tamina Oliver Team CTC
3 Claire Smith Cotswold Veldrijden
4 Lucy Allan Fully Sussed
5 Christina White Team Milton Keynes
6 Helen Taylor Didcot Phoenix CC
7 Samantha Hughes-Dowdle Team Milton Keynes
8 Laura Cheesman Prestige Velo Club
9 Katie Edwards Bedfordshire Road Cycling Club
10 Zoe Sheehan Cotswold Veldrijden
11 Sasha Quarrington Zappi’s Ladies Team
12 Mandy Scott Cotswold Veldrijden
13 Lauren Randall Icknield Road Club

Junior Men
1 Cameron Woolsey Cycle Club Ashwell (CCA)
2 Joseph Andrews Fareham Wheelers Cycling Club
3 Joseph Taylor Clevedon & District RC
4 Joshua Mitchell Bicester Millennium CC
5 Tom Sefton Palmer Park Velo RT
6 Tom Plant Bicester Millennium CC

Veteran 40-49
1 Crispin Doyle Hargroves Cycles RT-Specialize…
2 Mike Simpson G.S. Henley
3 Jamie Norfolk
4 Keith Sheridan Cotswold Veldrijden
5 Gavin Rumbles CC Luton
6 Tim Carpenter 3 Sixty Performance RT
7 Roy Chamberlain Team Corley Cycles
8 Tim Hyde Pendragon
9 Lee Edmonds Welland Valley CC
10 Stuart Pickering
11 Simon Snowden Cycology Bikes
12 Peter Scott Cotswold Veldrijden
13 Jay Horton Fully Sussed
14 Andrew Plewes Royal Navy & Royal Marines…
15 Robin Wilmott Cotswold Veldrijden
16 Alan Drury Mid Devon CC
17 John Dalton Cheltenham & County CC
18 Paul Douglas
19 David Wadsworth Beeline Bicycles RT
20 Steve Mead
21 Peter Hutchinson Cotswold Veldrijden
22 Sean Bolton Cotswold Veldrijden
23 Chris Hutchings Velo Club Venta
24 Paul Carpenter Hounslow & District Wheele…
25 James Pilgrim-Morris G.S. Henley
26 Gareth Dridge Southdown Velo
27 Brian Bullen Elitevelo
28 Mark Shepherd Banjo Cycles
29 Graham Frogley Bicester Millennium CC
30 Richard Gostick Reading CC
31 Martin Winter Twickenham CC
32 Jez Hart Sotonia CC
33 Nicholas Onslow
34 Paul Jones Beeline Bicycles RT
35 Nicholas Roux G.S. Henley
36 Alan Collins Portsmouth North End CC
37 David Hobbs Cotswold Veldrijden
38 Andrew Martin LBRCC-Solgar
39 Dave Spragg Kingston Whls CC
40 Brendan Moylan
41 David Micklewright Hillingdon Triathletes
42 David Wrey Oakley Pedalers
43 Martin Heaton Team Milton Keynes
44 Brian Primett Team Milton Keynes
45 Simon Hudson Oxford City RC
46 Philip Clacy
47 David Lindsell
48 Jonathan Dudley Sotonia CC
49 Paul Loosemore Team Striking Bikes
50 Paul Moon Team Milton Keynes
51 Mark Winks Didcot Phoenix CC
52 Robert Corbishley Team Milton Keynes
53 Lester Young Team Empella Cyclo-Cross.Com
54 Jonathan Plant Bicester Millennium CC
55 David Jones Oxonian CC
56 Stephen Dicks Team Milton Keynes
57 Andrew Fountain Didcot Phoenix CC
58 Richard Bennett Cotswold Veldrijden

Veteran 50+
1 Steven Davies Hargroves Cycles RT-Specialize…
2 Dave McMullen Cotswold Veldrijden
3 David Phillips Cotswold Veldrijden
4 Tony Davis Dream Cycling Team
5 Mark Booth Team Milton Keynes
6 Martyn Dymond
7 Duncan Schwier Twickenham CC
8 Stephen Jones AW Cycles
9 Andy Smith Cotswold Veldrijden
10 Mark Eidem Hillingdon Triathletes
11 David Hamilton Hammer Sports
12 Geoffrey Booker Oxonian CC
13 Paul Banner Kingston Whls CC
14 John Phillips Sotonia CC
15 Robin Worman Royal Navy & Royal Marines…
16 Daniel Clemens VC10
17 Paul Haigh Team Milton Keynes
18 Mark Allen
19 Stuart Walters Kettering CC
20 Ian Tunnicliffe Team Milton Keynes

1 Marcus Burnett Club Corley Cycles
2 Christopher Rothwell Swindon Cycles Race Academy
3 Edward Gronbech Oxford City RC
4 Harry Birchill Mid Devon CC
5 Thomas Sewell Cotswold Veldrijden
6 Martin Blackman Sutton Cycling Club/De Ver Cyc…
7 Charlie Cooper Chapel Tri-Stars Junior Triath…
8 Thomas Timberlake
9 Thomas Durkin Welwyn Wheelers CC
10 Giles Clark Didcot Phoenix CC
11 Angus Hawkins Palmer Park Velo RT
12 Buauna Ball Team Milton Keynes
13 Archie Scott Cotswold Veldrijden
14 Erin Baker Southdown Velo
15 Emily Wadsworth Beeline Bicycles RT
16 Jacob Tresham Team Milton Keynes
17 Alexi Edwards Welwyn Wheelers CC
18 Charlie Quarterman Zappi’s Cycling Club
19 Louis Carter Team Milton Keynes
20 Elliot Haigh Team Milton Keynes
21 Joshua Murphy Hillingdon Slipstreamers
22 Lorna Bowler Hillingdon Slipstreamers
23 Thomas Zygo Team Milton Keynes
24 Jamie Lloyd Team Milton Keynes
25 Alderney Baker Southdown Velo
26 Lauren Murphy Team Milton Keynes
27 Evie Lane Fully Sussed
28 Noah Tresham Team Milton Keynes
29 Ria Mobbs Leicestershire Road Club
30 Liam Sewell Cotswold Veldrijden
31 Conor Hutchinson Cotswold Veldrijden
32 Barney Clacy Chapel Tri-Stars Junior Triath…
33 Rebecca Raybould Poole Whls CC
34 Abbie Manley Chapel Tri-Stars Junior Triath…
35 Matthew Thornton
36 Jade Mobbs Leicestershire Road Club
37 Jay Allen Palmer Park Velo RT
38 Evan Carter Team Milton Keynes
39 William Annells Didcot Phoenix CC
40 Lucy Gadd Poole Whls CC
41 Harry Dridge Southdown Velo
42 Rebecca Hurst Poole Whls CC
43 Matthew Dicks Team Milton Keynes
44 Elsa Kristiansson Hillingdon Slipstreamers



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