Report/Results: Imperial Winter Series


Vince Halpern increases his series lead with a win in round 9 of the Imperial Winter Series on Saturday, 25th January at Hillingdon (West London)

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An unseasonably warm day with a rising wind towards the end of the afternoon, a portent of the torrential storms that luckily arrived an hour after racing ended.

The 4th Cat race was very animated with many attacks from the start with Twickenham CC rider’s challenging London Dynamo for control. Early on Philip Shuttleworth, James Leech (London Dynamo) and Tim O’Rourke (Twickenham CC) forced the pace and O’Rourke active during the whole of the race, along with Leech and time triallist Nic Stagg (Hounslow & District).

O’Rourke forced a break before Matt Thorne (Paul Milnes Cycles/Bradford Olympic RC) and Ben Nichol (Amersham RCC) moved forward at the bell but sprinting is for sprinters so Justin Slater won fairly comfortably from Dan Brocklebank (London Dynamo) and Jon Freeman with Thorne and Stagg in 4th and 5th. 3rd cat woman Jennifer Crouch of London Dynamo made the top ten with a fine 7th place.

Tim Marshall wins the Imperial Cycles random prize and still has time to get down to Imperial Cycles for a tune up in time for the final rounds of the series!

Ladies Race

Twenty ladies started in the Go Race and there was a split almost immediately leaving a group of seven riders away and they raced together for the 30 minutes with Sally Stubbs (Imperial RT) sitting comfortably in the front group.

Unfortunately on their final lap they became attached to the rear of the 4th Cat race but it is difficult to say if it had a bearing on the outcome. The first three were ahead by a few lengths with Hannah Cannell (VC Londres) winning from Catherine Zahra (Dulwich Paragon) and Lindsey Ackland (Zappi’s Racing Team) taking third place. With 1 round to go the first four riders are covered by 10 points, which will make for a tactical finale on 8 February.

Without the two dominant riders of the series, Jake Martin and Lawrence Carpenter, both still at their training camp and no obvious patron to follow the race took on an unfamiliar pattern. This encouraged Twickenham CC’s Alex Tinsley and Graham Crow, along with Mario Manelfi (Blazing Saddles) to move off the front.

Tinsley moved off the front alone chased by Christ Tomsett (Southampton Uni RC) and Adam Thompson (Reading CC) but lost ground on the ramp up to the old finish. Henry Furniss (WyndyMilla) again determined to avoid a sprint, soloed away and held the lead for 3 km.

Vince Halpern finally won a Winter series race holding off two very fast finishing juniors, SPEG Project 51 team mates Oliver Moors and Daniel Gardner, both half Halpern’s age! The first 3rd cats were Andy Colsell (High Wycombe CC), Furniss and James Bradley (Twickenham CC) in 8th, 9th and 10th respectively. Vince Halpern who is expected to become a father for the first time this Monday still holds the overall lead.

Next Race (10 of 11) Saturday 1st February 2014
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1st Vincent Halpern Handsling racing 200
2nd Oliver Moors SPEG – Project 51 190
3rd Dan Gardner SPEG – Project 51 180
4th James Norris High Wycombe CC 170
5th Rory Townsend Pedal Heaven Colbornes RT 160
6th Josh Jones Cambridge University CC 150
7th Mark Smith Welwyn Wheelers CC
8th Andy Colsell High Wycombe CC 140
9th Henry Furniss WyndyMilla 130
10th James Bradley Twickenham CC 120
11th ralph keeler Cambridge CC 110
12th Graham Crow Twickenham cc 100
13th Jerzy Kuzminski High Wycombe 90
14th Alex Tinsley Twickenham CC 80
15th Peter Hitt VC Meudon 70
16th Tom Sefton Palmer Park Velo RT 60
17th Tyler Lemmon Medway Velo 50
18th Jason Wood London Dynamo 40
19th Will Houghton Hillingdon CC 30
20th Robin Basford Wyndymilla 20
21st Neil Heffernan Inverse – Cycling Components RT 10
22nd Andrew Lowe Team MK
23rd Matthew Cryer Army Cycle Union
24th simon potter WyndyMilla
25th Andrew Marriott spirit race team
26th mike saunders Unattached
27th David McNeill London Dynamo
28th Riyadh Khamis Personal bike fit
29th Donal Linehan Newbury Road Club
30th Jacob Nicholson Medway Velo
31st Will Greig SW Rouleurs
32nd Angelo Christides Unattached
33rd Mark Smith Welwyn Wheelers CC
34th Robin Mould Velosport Racing Team
35th Graeme York Twickenham CC
36th Kevin Argent Sigma Sport La Fuga
37th alvaro alves da cunha Unattached
38th Joshua Mitchell Bicester Millenium
39th Keira McVitty WyndyMilla
40th Alistair Gurney Rapha Condor CC
41st Ben Smith Welwyn Wheelers
42nd James Leach Imperial Racing Team
43rd Damien Lodge Imperial Racing Team
44th Adam Thompson Reading CC
45th Amritpal Virdi Norwood Paragon CC
46th Chris Tomsett Southampton University RC
47th Darryl Green Inverse/Cycling-Components RT
48th Dani Christmas SPEG – Project 51
49th Justin Lord G.S. Henley
50th Duncan Rimmer Morden CRC
51st Owen Barnes SRAM
52nd Rudie Marais La Fuga-Sigma Sport CC
53rd Mario Manelfi Blazing Saddles
54th Russell Short London Dynamo
55th Michael Skipsey Tmg horizon
56th Neil Wass TMG Horizon Cycling Team
57th Mickael Metayer Thames Velo
58th Andy Fowkes Thames Velo
59th Scott Shepherd London Dynamo
60th Leo Tong The 5th Floor CC
61st Kieran Woods Charlotteville CC

4th cat race
Place No. Club
1st Justin Slater Unattached
2nd Dan Brocklebank London Dynamo
3rd Jon Freeman Unattached
4th Matthew Thorne PaulMilnesCycles/BradfordOlympicRC
5th Nic Stagg Hounslow & District Wlrs
6th James Leech London Dynamo
7th Jennifer Crouch London Dynamo
8th Elwyn Powell Twickenham CC
9th Huw Dymond Reading. CC
10th Russell Hughes Army Cycling Union
11th Ben Nichol Amersham RCC
12th Andrew Weighill Unattached
13th Bruce Baxter Unattached
14th Ian Murray VC10
15th Jake Phipps SW Rouleurs
16th Alex Woods Unattached
17th Alan Nixon Amersham RCC
18th james spackman London Dynamo
19th Steven pellowe Hounslow District Wheelers
20th miles rice hounslow wheelers
21st Ed Everett Unattached
22nd Ben Leach Unattached
23rd Nathan Sweeney London Dynamo
24th christina stephenson Twickenham CC
25th Anthony Middleton WyndyMilla
26th Richard Moss WyndyMilla
27th Tim Marshall Unattached
28th ian loades Team Dassi
29th Andy Brown Thames Velo
30th Robert Abbey Hemel Hempstead CC
31st Tom Herbert Kingston Wheelers
32nd George Eyles Maidenhead & District CC
33rd Ali Akhtar Unattached
34th Tim O’Rourke Twickenham CC
35th Ross Lindsay Unattached
36th laurence Plant GS Henley
37th Shane Townsend Westerley CC
38th Tim Childs Westerley CC
39th James RAPINAC London Dynamo
40th Massimo Saetta Kingston Wheelers
41st Ian McNally Westerley CC
42nd Michael Woodland Team Dassi
43rd Philip Shuttleworth Unattached
44th Alex Pierce Willesden Cycling Club
45th Calvin Tucker Southgate CC
46th Chloe Weller Norwood Paragon
47th Eng-Jon Ong Charlotteville CC
48th William Murphy Dulwich Paragon CC
49th Richard Anderson Twickenham CC
50th David Jack Loveman Verulam CC
51st Clarice Chung Twickenham
52nd Steven Green Thames Velo
53rd Keith Loveman Verulam CC
54th Andrew Goulding Hounslow & District Wlrs
55th James Gregory Wyndy Milla

Go-Race 4 of 5
1st Hannah Cannell VC Londres 100
2nd Catherine Zahra Dulwich Paragon 90
3rd Lindsey Ackland Zappi’s Racing Team 80
4th Gem Atkinson unattached 70
5th Lucy Manning Dulwich Paragon CC 60
6th Anneke Prins Welwyn Wheelers CC 50
7th Sally Stubbs Imperial Racing Team 40
8th Nasima Siddiqui WyndyMilla 30
9th Alice Jackson UCL CC 20
10th Emma Derby UCL CC 10
11th Polly Farrington unattached
12th Harriet Hollis Imperial Racing Team
13th Sarah Cashman WyndyMilla
14th Lise Richards Wyndymilla
15th Yoko Aoki RCCC
16th Lucy Wright UCL CC
17th Clara Jones Dulwich Paragon
18th Tamala McGee London Phoenix
19th Andrea Parish Camel Valley C&TC
20th Judith Mulvihill Dulwich Paragon

Go-Race Leader Board
1st Clarice Chung Twickenham 170
2nd Nasima Siddiqui WyndyMilla 170
3rd Gem Atkinson unattached 160
4th Sally Stubbs Imperial Racing Team 160
5th Christine Pout Verulam CC 140
6th Alexandra Hamilton Kingston Wheelers 120
7th Hannah Cannell VC Londres 100
7th Patricia Keegan London Dynamo 100
7th Sarah Odell Boom 100
7th Sasha Quarrington zappis ladies team 100

Series Leader Board after 9 rounds of 11 (Best of 9)
1st Vincent Halpern Handsling racing 1430
2nd Josh Jones Cambridge University CC 1100
3rd James Norris High Wycombe CC 1090
4th Jake Martin Pedal Heaven RT 1000
5th Jerzy Kuzminski High Wycombe 770
6th Rory Townsend Pedal Heaven RT 690
7th Jo Skelton Look Mum No Hands! 650
8th Lawrence Carpenter Catford Equipe Banks 580
9th Jacek Reder Unattached 570
10th Graham Crow Twickenham cc 520
11th Phil Holloway southend wheelers 460
12th Joshua Mitchell Bicester Millenium 450
13th Tyler Lemmon Medway Velo 420
14th James Bradley Twickenham CC 360
15th Henry Furniss WyndyMilla 310
16th Sam Humpheson Look mum no hands! 300
16th Si Cox NFTO 300
18th Andy Colsell High Wycombe CC 250
19th Jacob Nicholson Medway Velo  230
20th Ralph Keeler Cambridge CC 210
21st Ben Sumner Beeline Bikes RT 200
22nd Dominic Gabellini Rapha Condor 200
23rd Oliver Moors SPEG – Project 51 190
24th Oliver Bates Welwyn wheelers 190
25th Dan Gardner SPEG – Project 51 180
25th Dominic Clegg Redhill CC 180
27th Lee Desborough St Ives CC  180
28th Alex Tinsley Twickenham CC 180
29th Alexander King GPM10 Cycling 170
29th Luke Merrilees WyndyMilla  170

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