Report: Imperial Winter Series 2013/2014


It’s always buzzing for the first event of the series and Saturday was no exception; the weather helped mild with little wind.

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Race 1 Saturday 7th December 2013

The 4th Cat race was dominated in sheer numbers by London Dynamo but, despite a late flourish when at least 10 of them took off practically on their own, they failed to capitalise with a win but did place 4 riders in the top 10. There was a fierce bunch sprint after 50 minutes won by a length by Thames Velo’s Laurence Manning Neil Fraser (Stevenage CC) and Roland Fejfar (London Dynamo). A good fast race run off without incident.

Steven Gordon-Head (Kingston Wheelers) wins the Imperial Cycles random prize (20th) and can look forward to his bike having spa-like treatment for Christmas!

The Elite/1/2 and 3rd cat event had an International flavour with new Imperial RT rider, Olympic Triathlete Stuart Hayes returning to Hillingdon after a gap of 8 years. He is looking to sharpen up his speed for the non-drafting events in America early next year.

The race started in its usual fashion from the start full on with evergreen Bill Butterworth (Twickenham CC) attacking and staying at the head for 2 laps. There were several other efforts to break up the large field with Rudy Marais (La Fuga-Sigma Sport CC) looking strong at the front.

However, there was only one racer who had the strength to break clear and stay away for several laps and that was Beeline RT’s Ben Sumner, who has been performing superbly in cyclo-cross and clearly carried his good form across to the road circuit. He was caught but attacked again before sitting up and waiting for the finish. His final effort was very impressive, holding off James Norris (High Wycombe CC) and Vincent Halpern (Handsling Racing) to gain a convincing win: he looks like the man to beat in future races.

The 3rd cats mixed it up with the E 1 2 riders contesting the sprint within a sprint with Simon Barnes (London Dynamo) finishing 1st (in 8th place overall) with Spencer Robinson (Newbury RC) 2nd and Greig Petrie (London Dynamo) placed 3rd. Barnes wins the Imperial Cycles voucher.

An otherwise good first day was disrupted with 3 laps to go on the sharp bend when someone caught their pedal on the ground and brought several riders down; it was an unfortunate occurrence after an excellent race.

Next race Saturday 14th December

Full race programme and information at


E 1 2 cat race
1st Ben Sumner Beeline Bikes RT
2nd James Norris High Wycombe CC
3rd Vincent Halpern Handsling racing
4th Jo Skelton Look Mum No Hands!
5th Sam Humpheson Look mum no hands!
6th Adam Capes Finchley Racing Team
7th Tyler Lemmon Medway Velo
8th Jacek Reder Unattached
9th Phil Holloway southend wheelers
10th Andy Betts Felt Colbornes Hargroves RT
11th James Freeman Dulwich Paragon CC
12th Jacob Nicholson Medway Velo
13th Rory Townsend Pedal Heaven RT
14th Alex Tinsley Twickenham CC
15th Steve James High Wycombe CC
16th Rudie Marais La Fuga-Sigma Sport CC
17th Tony Lock Nuun yb london
18th Michael Skipsey Tmg horizon
19th Neil Wass TMG Horizon Cycling Team
20th Black Kit, White Overshoes
21st Matt Carden Team Quest

3rd cat race
1st Simon Barnes London Dynamo
2nd Spencer Robinson Newbury RC
3rd Greig Petrie London Dynamo
4th Andrew Lowe Team MK
5th Simon Whiten Handsling Racing
6th Ross Hallard Pretorius CC
7th Alistair Gurney Rapha Condor CC
8th Ralph Keeler Cambridge CC
9th Peter Stuart Unattached
10th Ian Phillips Army Cycling Union
11th Luke Merrilees WyndyMilla
12th Andrew Macey Ashford Wheelers
13th Chris Grange TMG Horizon
14th Angelo Christides unattached
15th Ewan Tuohy Catford CC Equipe Banks
16th Tim Benham Unattached
17th Kevin Argent Sigma Sport La Fuga
18th Stephen Morrell Aylesbury CC
19th Ian Goodey Unattached
20th Bill Butterworth Twickenham CC
21st Andrew Bower High Wycombe Cycling Club
22nd Leo Lerner vo2 Development Team
23rd Cosmo Kedros WyndyMilla MaxiFuel
24th Robin Basford Wyndymilla
25th Tom Caldwell St Ives CC
26th Nigel Burns St Ives CC
27th Ray Wilson London Dynamo
28th Dan Thut London Dynamo
29th Cameron Judson Kingston Wheelers
30th Stuart Hayes Imperial Racing Team
31st Henry Robertshaw Glendene CC
32nd Andrew Wright High Wycombe
33rd Daniel Atkins Didcot Phoenix CC
34th Neil Heffernan Inverse – Cycling Components RT
35th Simon Parton Kingston Wheelers
36th Duncan Rimmer Morden CRC
37th Nicole Oh Les Filles RT
38th Emma Towers Twickenham CC
39th Alvaro Alves Da Cunha Unattached
40th Mickael Metayer Thames Velo

4th cat race
1st Laurence Manning Thames Velo
2nd Neil J Fraser Stevenage cc
3rd Roland Fejfar London Dynamo
4th Stephen Harvey Cardiff Ajax
5th Chris Whitehouse Twickenham CC
6th Mike Brewer London Dynamo
7th Sam Owen London Dynamo
8th Henry Charrington London Dynamo
9th Harry Bunnell Kingston Wheelers
10th Steven Pellowe Hounslow District Wheelers
11th Anthony Middleton WyndyMilla
12th Steve Morgan Twickenham CC
13th Andrew Weighill New Forest CC
14th Adam Thompson Reading CC
15th Tim Childs Westerley CC
16th Samuel Andrew Kingston Whls CC
17th Ed Everett Unattached
18th Tim Marshall Unattached
19th Barry Stingmore Kingston Wheelers
20th Steven Gordon-Head Kingston Wheelers
21st Clark Anderson Thames Velo
22nd John Bull London Dynamo
23rd BMC bike frame
24th Huw Dymond Reading. CC
25th Robert Abbey Hemel Hempstead CC
26th Andrew Tiller Glendene CC
27th Nathan Sweeney London Dynamo
28th Kurt Austin Cowley Road Condors
29th Ben Nichol Amersham RCC
30th Jennifer Crouch London Dynamo
31st Ralph Stokeld Cadence Performance
32nd Tom Simpson Dulwich Paragon CC
33rd James Spackman London Dynamo
34th Clarice Chung Twickenham
35th Keith Chanter London Dynamo
36th Paul Adams Thames Velo
37th Pinarello bike frame
38th James Rapinac London Dynamo
39th Tom Groom WyndyMilla
40th Andy Brown Thames Velo
41st Philip Mosley Thames Velo
42nd Nicholas Silva thames velo
43rd Claude Autrey London Dynamo
44th Alan Nixon Amersham RCC
45th Jorge Alberzoni London Dynamo
46th Massimo Saetta Kingston Wheelers
47th Martin Banfield London Dynamo
48th Andrew Deans GPM10 Cycling
49th David Jack Loveman Verulam CC
50th Mark Davison London Dynamo
51st Tom Herbert Kingston Wheelers
52nd Akis Kollaros London Dynamo
53rd Ollie Blagden HWCC
54th Max Burgess Unattached
55th Lloyd Cosgrove Unattached
56th Tom O’Connell Velosport CC
57th Elizabeth Dunne Wyndy Milla
58th Neil Kerr Twickenham CC
59th Rupert Baker London Dynamo
60th Andy Hancock Twickenham CC
61st Chris Gore Beckenham Rugby Cyclists Club
62nd Daren Austin Twickenham CC
63rd Sally Stubbs Imperial Racing Team

Overall Series Leader Board (Best of 9 races)
1st Ben Sumner Beeline Bikes RT
2nd James Norris High Wycombe CC
3rd Vincent Halpern Handsling racing
4th Jo Skelton Look Mum No Hands!
5th Sam Humpheson Look mum no hands!
6th Adam Capes Finchley Racing Team
7th Tyler Lemmon Medway Velo
8th Simon Barnes London Dynamo
9th Jacek Reder Unattached
10th Phil Holloway southend wheelers
11th Spencer Robinson Newbury RC
12th Andy Betts Felt Colbornes Hargroves RT
13th Greig Petrie London Dynamo
14th James Freeman Dulwich Paragon CC
15th Jacob Nicholson Medway Velo
16th Andrew Lowe Team MK
17th Rory Townsend Pedal Heaven RT
18th Alex Tinsley Twickenham CC
19th Simon Whiten Handsling Racing
20th Steve James High Wycombe CC



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