Report/Results: Imperial Winter Series


Jake Martin rides away after 3k and is not seen again as he wins round 5 of the Imperial Winter Series on New Years day

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Probably one of the most atrocious days in the history of the Winter Series failed to deter a healthy number of riders signed on to race. The most worrying aspect was the gusting wind in localised sections and several of the lighter riders had a job to stop being blown over! Apart from receiving a thorough soaking everyone survived unscathed!

The 4th Cats started the afternoon’s racing: this was probably the best race of the series to date with 3 riders bravely attacking early on. The three, Christophe De Belder (VC10), Christopher O’Hearn (Dulwich Paragon) and Adam Thompson (Reading CC), with Chris Tomsett (Southampton Uni RC) jumping across when the break briefly started to come back. These four formed a cohesive break and eventually sprinted out the finish, with De Belder just beating Tomsett and O’Hearn, and Thompson finishing in 4th place.

Andrew Deans (GPM10 Cycling) wins the Imperial Cycles random prize and can look forward to his bike having a thorough spruce up at Imperial HQ in Isleworth!

The Womens’s championship race attracted a strong field of 27 riders was instantly animated by two of the stronger riders constantly attacking – young Abigail Dentus (Team DeVer) and Nikki Juniper (Pearl Izumi Boot Out Breast Cancer).

They were pulled back by the main group of riders and in the end it came down to a sprint with Dentus just getting the better of Juniper in the sprint with Rose Osborne (HWCC) in third place. Dentus’s performance was outstanding for a junior and she has a promising future. The top 3 prizes were presented by co-competitor Nissima Siddqui of WyndyMilla and included goodies from WyndyMilla, Maxifuel and Imperial Cycles.

The E/1/2/3 race has now formed a familiar pattern with Jake Martin (Pedal Heaven) causing all the other riders to dig deep from the start, but with his strength and speed few can match him, and after 3 km he was clear and away. Josh Jones (Cambridge Uni) and Sam Humpheson (Look Mum No Hands) got together and chased but to no avail.

Also showing good form was Iain Palmer (Twickenham CC) who attacked and stayed clear on his own for several laps. There were several other positive attempts by Graham Crow (Twickenham CC), Palmer again and Rory Townsend (Pedal Heaven), also comeback man Luke Merrilees (WyndyMilla) and ever present Phil Holloway (Southend Wheelers) revelling in the tough man conditions.

These riders formed the second group but didn’t look like making inroads into Martin’s lead. Vince Halpern (Handsling Racing) scored more good points for the overall holding off Jones with Merrilees in fourth place, taking first in the 3rd Cats. This was well deserved and beating James Bradley’s (Twickenham CC) into second place and Nathan Hereward (Kingston Wheelers) taking third. At the finish even Martin had to admit that the wind in the finishing straight was pretty challenging!

Happy New Year to all the riders and supports from Imperial Racing Team

Next race Saturday 4th January
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E 1 2 cat race
1st Jake Martin Pedal Heaven RT E 200
2nd Vincent Halpern Handsling racing 1 190
3rd Josh Jones Cambridge University CC 2 180
4th Si Cox NFTO 2 160
5th Phil Holloway southend wheelers 2 150
6th Iain Palmer Twickenham CC 2 140
7th Graham Crow Twickenham cc 2 130
8th James Norris High Wycombe CC 2 120
9th Jacob Nicholson Medway Velo 2 110
10th Brian Hennessey Redhill CC 2V 90
11th Matthew Butt Speg – Project 51 2 70
12th Jacek Reder Unattached 2 50

3rd cat race
1st Luke Merrilees WyndyMilla 3 170
2nd James Bradley Twickenham CC 3 100
3rd Nathan Hereward Kingston Wheelers 3 80
4th Sebastian Kroll Stevenage CC 3 60
5th Ewan Tuohy Catford CC Equipe Banks 3 40
6th Stephen Harvey Cardiff Ajax 4 30
7th Alex Jump Dulwich Paragon 3 20
8th Jon Shillingford Unattached 3 10
9th Neil Heffernan Inverse – Cycling Components RT 3
10th Andrew Macey Ashford Wheelers 3
11th Justin Lord G.S. Henley 3
12th edmond irwin london fire brigade CC 3v
13th Russell Painter Norwood Paragon 3
14th Phillip Aubert Velosport 0
15th bill butterworth Twickenham CC 3V
16th Michael Coomber iCycle 3
17th Duncan Rimmer Morden CRC 3
18th Kevin Argent Sigma Sport La Fuga 3
19th Damien Lodge Imperial Racing Team 3

4th cat race
1st Christophe De Belder VC10
2nd Chris Tomsett Southampton University RC
3rd Christopher OHearn Dulwich Paragon
4th Adam Thompson Reading CC
5th Theo Flack University of Bristol CC
6th Ewan Evans Dorking CC
7th Kevin Chandler Watford Velo Sport
8th Samual Dickinson Unattached
9th Ian Tosh Army Cycling Union
10th Ed Everett Unattached
11th Clark Anderson Thames Velo
12th Samuel Andrew Kingston Whls CC
13th Steven pellowe Hounslow District Wheelers
14th Phil Barella Kingston Wheelers CC
15th miles rice hounslow wheelers
16th Tim Childs Westerley CC
17th Ben Nichol Amersham RCC
18th Jon Overman 45 Road Club
19th Massimo Conforti Dulwich Paragon
20th Graeme Weeks London Dynamo
21st Tim Marshall Unattached
22nd Rich Jones VC10
23rd Andy Brown Thames Velo
24th Ian Murray VC10
25th Andrew Deans GPM10 Cycling
26th Robert Mosley Thames Velo
27th Hans Stiles Kingston wheelers CC
28th Tom O’Connell Velosport CC
29th Claude Autrey London Dynamo
30th Szilard Pinter Finsbury Park CC
31st Jon Smiles Kingston Wheelers
32nd Keith Loveman Verulam CC
33rd Douglas Innes Kingston Whls CC
34th Matt O’Connor Odiham Cycling Club
35th Eng-Jon Ong Charlotteville CC
36th Tom Dickinson Unattached
37th Andrew Goulding Hounslow & District Wlrs

Women only E/1/2/3/4 cat race
1st Abigail Dentus Team DeVer J
2nd Nicola Juniper Pearl Izumi Boot Out Breast Cancer 2
3rd Rose Osborne High Wycombe CC 3
4th Detta Guerrini Boomcycle cc 4
5th Jennifer Crouch London Dynamo 3
6th Anastasia Welsh Maidenhead CC 3
7th Darrelle Parker Boomcycle cc 4
8th Paula Rutherford Ful on tri 4
9th Anna Gibbney Twickenham CC 4
10th Charlotte Easton Look Mum No Hands 3
11th Parys Edwards Boomcycle cc 4
12th Jennifer Lake Squadra Donne – Shutt VR 3
13th Lindsey Ackland High Wycombe CC 4
14th Sarah Odell Boom! Cycle CC 4
15th Laura Cheesman Prestige Velo 2
16th Emma Towers Twickenham CC 2
17th Tracy Corbett London Dynamo 2
18th Andrea Parish Camel Valley C & TC 4
19th christina stephenson Twickenham CC 4
20th Claire Richardson London Dynamo 3
21st Nasima Siddiqui WyndyMilla 4
22nd Christina Jenkins Ful on tri 4
23rd Maeve Savage London Dynamo 3
24th Elizabeth Dunne Wyndy Milla 4
25th Sally Stubbs Imperial Racing Team 4
26th Jess Rhodes-Jones Twickenham CC 4

Overall Series Leader Board
1st Vincent Halpern Handsling racing 900
2nd Jake Martin Pedal Heaven RT 800
3rd Josh Jones Cambridge University CC 650
4th James Norris High Wycombe CC 600
5th Jo Skelton Look Mum No Hands! 490
6th Phil Holloway southend wheelers 460
7th Jerzy Kuzminski High Wycombe 450
8th Rory Townsend Pedal Heaven RT 370
9th Jacek Reder Unattached 310
10th Sam Humpheson Look mum no hands! 300
11th Joshua Mitchell Bicester Millenium 270
12th Tyler Lemmon Medway Velo 240
12th James Bradley Twickenham CC 240
14th Ben Sumner Beeline Bikes RT 200
15th Lawrence Carpenter Catford Equipe Banks 190
16th Dominic Clegg Redhill CC 180
17th Alexander King GPM10 Cycling 170
17th Luke Merrilees WyndyMilla  170
19th Jacob Nicholson Medway Velo  170
20th Si Cox NFTO 160


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