Report – Sotonia Winchester Crit Races


Matt Clarke from London Dynamo was a lone rider on the last lap to win the Sotonia CC promoted crit race at the South Winchester Park and ride

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Report – Sotonia Winchester Crit Races

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| From Graham Robins | Sunday 20th July

At the bell, Matt, along with Calum Gillespie ( were clear of the bunch by 6secs and then he sprinted clear down the back straight to solo across the line with Calum 4secs down and the fast charging bunch led in by Justin Hoy (Felt Colbornes RT ) winning the bunch sprint for third a further 4secs behind.


The race at the off road facility just off the M3 near to Winchester was very hot and humid making the 60 mins and five lap race a tough one and for much of the race the riders were all together although there was lots of solo attacks of the front but very few of them amassed a lot of time gaps.

With over half race distance completed Tavis Walker (Velo Club Walcot) found himself dangling out in front as he went away but the bunch were content to leave him there for about eight minutes until he slipped back to be collected by the fast moving bunch. Once the junction was made the race stayed altogether until the last couple of laps when Matt and Calum went away for what turned out to be the decisive move.

The busy day got underway with racing for youth riders of all ages and categories and all other groups. The 4th cat race was 30mins long and this came down to a bunch sprint which was won by David Fleming (BAD Tri), the women’s 50mins +3laps race again came down to a bunch sprint which was won by Megan Chard (M&D Cycles) and Andy Pickett (VC Venta) was the winner of the 35mins +3lap third cat race.

Provisional Results
E/1/2 Race
1st Matt Clarke London Dynamo 60mins +5laps
2nd Calum Gillespie @4secs
3rd Justin Hoy Felt Colbornes RT @8secs
4th Rob Sharland Kingston Wheelers @ st
5th Andy Shackel Team Wiggle @st

Women’s Race 50mins +3laps
1st Megan Chard M&D Cycles 50mins +3laps
2nd Ruby Chappell Behind The Bikeshed @1sec
3rd Sophie Jo Wylie-Morris @2secs
4th Florence Collyer-Powell SURC @3secs
5th Jennifer Powell Cheltenham & County RC @st

3rd Cat Race 50mins +3laps
1st Andy Pickett VC Venta
2nd Oliver Yates Royal Navy & Royal Marines CA
3rd Simon Jodrell Odiham CC
4th Jamie Newall Pedal Heaven Colbornes
5th Peter Beilby UK Biking Primera
4th Cat Race 30mins +3laps
1st David Fleming BAD Tri
2nd Dan Edwards Sotonia CC
3rd Phil Wilks Sotonia CC

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