Report & Result – James Atherton Road Race


Mike Cripps (Army Cycling Union) wins the Southampton University Road Club’s James Atherton Road Race

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Report & Result – James Atherton Road Race
(report by Graham Robins – Results Sue & Tim Knight) | Sunday 13th April

After 7 laps of a lumpy circuit, a select group of five riders were left to sprint it out and it was Mike Cripps (Army Cycling Union) who had enough in the tank to ease away with a few meters to go to win the Inaugural James Atherton Road Race.

The five leaders eased away from the bunch with just over a lap to go and they all worked hard to put over one minute into them at the finish. The event was promoted and very well organised by The Southampton University Road Club and its members who were out in force all over the race course.

A lovely sunny day with warm temperatures saw a high drop out from the sixty rider field. The race course based in the village of Owslebury just north of Southampton was seven undulating laps of about ten miles making a sixty mile race.

After the initial run out, there were a couple of riders trying to attack but on each occasion it came back together. The first attack came as they approached the finish line for the first time when James Bevan (ACU) and William Griffiths (Ride 24/7) gained a gap of ten seconds. Joshua Jones (Cambridge Uni CC) had a go at getting across and the remainder of the peloton was at eighteen seconds.

When this lead came back together it was the turn of Michael Ward (Ride 24/7) and Luke Nolan (Westbury Wheelers) next to take up the lead. Their lead did go out to thirty seconds; however a lively peloton soon pulled it back again. We then waited until two laps to go for the next real move to stick when five riders built up a lead which turned out to be the decisive move.

So at two to go the five leaders, Cripps, Richard Prebble (Velosure-Giordana RT), Thomas Marshall (Velo Club Walcot), James Roe (GVC Edmond De Rothschild) and Matthew Osborn (Casp Racing). This group worked away and with just a lap to go they had built up a lead of just over a minute.

As they came into sight it was anyone’s race, Cripps found the speed and pulled out a lead of a couple of seconds as he crossed the line. At the finish Mike wanted to dedicate his win to his new baby Sebastian and wife Zoe, and he also was at pains to thank the Army Cycling Union and his sponsor Banjo Cycles for their support.

Result – James Atherton Road Race
1st Michael CRIPPS Army Cycling Union
2nd Richard PREBBLE Velosure-Giordana RT
3rd James ROE GVC Edmond De Rothschild
4th Matthew OSBORN Casp Racing
5th Thomas MARSHALL VC Walcot
6th Jack BEEZER Arbis – Colbert Cycles RT
7th Joe BARRY Ride 24/7
9th Alex TINSLEY Twickenham CC
10th Cameron THOMPSON VC St Raphaël / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles
11th Roland TILLEY
12th Matthew EXLEY
13th Andrew GOUGH JMJ RT
14th Adrian LAWSON Cadence RT
15th Oscar HUTCHINGS Bikeshed – UEX
16th Mike SMITH
17th Rob YEATMAN BH-Solidor-WAM Youth
18th Daniel BIGHAM
19th Billy OSMOND Ride 24/7
20th Rudie MARCAIS Sigma
21st Tom MORRIS Portrsmouth North End CC
22nd Craig WILSON VC Meudon
23rd James PLUMB
24th Andy EDWARDS Sigma
25th Paul HELYER Blazing Saddles Cycles
26th William GRIFFITHS Ride 24/7
27th Joshua GRAY Team Tor 2000
28th James MICKLEBURGH London Dynamo
29th Rowan HORNER VC St Raphaël / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles
30th Brook ELGIE Peter Hansford Racing
31st Andrew LOCKWOOD Southampton University Road Club
33rd Joshua JONES Cambridge University CC
34th Daniel WALKER Fareham Wheelers Cycling Club
35th Charles REES Ride 24/7
36th Luke NOLAN Westbury Wheelers
37th Liam WALSH VC St Raphaël / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles
38th Stuart BETTIS Southdowns Bikes Cycling Club
39th Andy REDDING i-team Cyclists Club
40th Charlie LEECH Southampton University Road Club
41st Chris TOMSETT Southampton University Road Club
42nd Stuart THOMPSON VC St Raphaël / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles
43rd Brendan DREWETT Fareham Wheelers Cycling Club
44th Frank KILSBY VC St Raphaël / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles
45th Edmund LEEMING Southampton University Road Club
46th Jed WEBBER Andover Wheelers
47th Richard STEPHENS Sotonia CC
48th Luce STACE I-Team Cyclists’ Club
49th Daniel STEPHENS Rock N Road Cycles
50th Peter DAY Fareham Wheelers Cycling Club


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