Report – Winchester Criteriums


Wins for Al Murison and Lucy Chittenden at the Winchester Criteriums on the weekend

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Report – Winchester Criteriums

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by Eamonn Deane – photos here

Murison Wins in Winchester!
Al Murison (Bikeshed-Uex)) won the second Winchester Criterium, sprinting to victory on the cobbled High Street after a near race-long break. Murison got away with Andy Hargroves & Richard Mardle (Felt Colbornes-Hargroves RT), Jody Crawforth (Hargroves-Ridley RT) Chris McNamara (Pedal Heaven Colbornes RT) , Daniel Guest (Performance Cycles) & Joe Barry (Ride 24/7).


These seven established a gap as early as the second lap and never really looked back on the one kilometre technical course.. Barry was always struggling to hold the pace and dropped back after a few laps leaving six at the front but the gap continued to grow as the half dozen knocked out 1 minute 50 second laps.

It was good to see Wouter Sybrandy (Sigma Sport riding strongly at the front of the chasing group, after a tough couple of years following a nasty crash in the Tour of Britain in 2012. Sybrandy looked good and the rest of the chasers were happy to leave him to it as he led the pursuit single handed. At half distance the gap was over 30 seconds and riders were being lapped, Sybrandy continued to push a huge gear but needed some help and none was forthcoming as the lead reached 40 seconds. Finally Sybrandy got some assistance as Ben Simmons (Team Wiggle), Mike Smith ( & Grant Bayton (Ride 24/7) began to ride.

Up front the goodwill continued as all took their turn, the injection of pace behind though had seen the gap drop to 24 seconds in just three laps. Andy Hargroves, last year’s winner, had got himself in the break but was the first to go when Murison & Mardle attacked. Crawforth & McNamara had it covered but Guest was left to chase as Hargroves faded.

The chasing group was also getting smaller as the pace started to tell with 3 to go. At the bell, McNamara led, he had not missed a turn for over an hour and was still on the front coming up the high street for the final time. Crawforth came round the too-honest McNamara but had Mardle & Murison on his wheel in the uphill finish and could hold neither off as Murison took his 10th win of the season. Guest fought his way back but the effort would cost in the finale, finishing 5th behind McNamara.

Al Murison “It was a case of get to the front as soon as possible Rich (Mardle) just dragged me on, I have been feeling tired all week. In the last two laps I knew I had a good chance, I like to wait for the sprint but you never know. We worked fairly well but to be honest I did not think we would be caught, it’s an odd little circuit, I hit the barriers with my shoulder a few times”

Winchester Win for Gutsy Chittenden
Lucy Chittenden (Unatt) produced a gutsy solo performance to win the Winchester Criterium ahead of sign-on-the-line favourite, Jo Tindley (Matrix Fitness -Vulpine). Chittenden, Tindley, Rebecca Carter (WyndyMilla) & Ruby Chappell (Behind the Bike Shed) had forged ahead early on in the 40 minute plus 3 lap race. Chittenden, a former GB funded triathlete knew she would not win a sprint finish and this was clearly on her mind as she opened up a gap on the cobbled rise through the finish line after 20 minutes of racing.


The 22 year old from Farnham, Surrey put her head down and rode away. The three chasers had the power to bring Chittenden back but too much early hesitation, as Chappell & Carter looked to Tindley to do the work, played into the hands of the lone leader. A knee injury cut short Chittenden’s multi-sport ambitions but that disappointment seemed to be far behind her as she powered around the streets of the historic city, building an unassailable lead. Unattached Chittenden crossed the line nearly 40 seconds clear, a victory that wil surely see her riding for a team next year. Tindley comfortably won the kick for second place but had hoped for better.

Lucy Chittenden “I wanted a break to go early, I tried to attack a couple of times and finally got away, it was bit of a shock to be honest. I knew Jo (Tindley) would finish fast, I am not really a time triallist but I am not a great sprinter either”


4th Cat 
1 Daniel Edwards Sotonia CC
2 Phil Wilks Sotonia CC
3 Louis Parker Velo Club Venta
4 George Clarke Fareham Wheelers Cycling Club
5 Stuart Waite Wightlink,LCM Systems Cycle RT
6 Gareth Dridge Southdown Velo
7 Ben Nichol Amersham Road Cycling Club
8 James Moore Rock N Road Cycles
9 Stephen Tiernan Primera-UK-Biking
10 Mark Hill Royal Navy & Royal Marines…
11 Edward Gurney Velo Club Venta
12 Timothy Poole Performance Cycles
13 Paul Ransom Sotonia CC
14 Leigh Bastable Outdoor Traders Cycling Club
15 David Treagust Southdown Velo
16 Basil Willson Performance Cycles
17 Thomas Hogan Ride 24/7
18 William Sawyer Abbotts Ann Cycles
19 Julian Sheppard Forest CC
20 David Martin Hargroves Cycles CC
21 Peter Cowell Rock N Road Cycles
22 Rupert Gaster

3rd Cat only
1 Samuel Sturgeon NRG Sports
2 Luke Gray Trek CycloCross Collective
3 Max Webber Andover Whls
4 Cameron Austin Look Mum No Hands!
5 James Franklin Velo Club Venta
6 Will Houghton Hillingdon Cycling Club
7 James Leach Imperial Racing Team
8 Christopher Meeus Hargroves Cycles – Ridley RT
9 Roland Tilley
10 Andy Hibberd North Hampshire RC
11 Jason Miller Caesarean CC Jersey
12 Grant Smith Crest Cycling Club
13 Chris Hutchings Velo Club Venta
14 Mitch Evans Ride 24/7
15 Andrew Daniels Zappi’s Cycling Club
16 Theo Webb Velo Club Venta
17 James Cocker
18 Matthew Trott Kingston Whls CC

Women E/1/2/3/4
1 Lucy Chittenden
2 Jo Tindley Matrix Fitness – Vulpine
3 Ruby Chappell Behind The Bikeshed
4 Rebecca Carter WyndyMilla
5 Jennifer Hudson VC St Raphael
6 Lydia Brookes G.S. Henley
7 Melissa Brand Epic Cycles – Scott WRT
8 Elisabeth Brama Bonito Squadra Corse
9 Bella Leach London Phoenix CC
10 Nicole Oh Les Filles Racing Team
11 Charlotte Roberge Dulwich Paragon CC
12 Harriet Guest Army Cycling Union
13 Christine Robson VC Londres
14 Rose Osborne High Wycombe Cycling Club
15 Natasha Reddy Palmer Park Velo RT
16 Lili McLean Felt-Colbornes-Hargroves RT
17 Chanel Mason Army Cycling Union
18 Veera Partanen Dulwich Paragon CC
19 Sophie-Jo Wylie-Morris M and D Cycles/Scimitar Sports…
20 Victoria Mackie Albarosa Cycling Club
21 Victoria Long Army Cycling Union
22 Charlotte Sampson Felt-Colbornes-Hargroves RT
23 Donna Short Army Cycling Union
24 Bryony Board Velosport – Pasta Montegrappa
25 Sarah Croucher London Phoenix CC
26 Keeley Spate Salisbury Road and Mountain CC
27 Jane Bennie

1 Alexander Murison Bikeshed – UEX
2 Richard Mardle Felt-Colbornes-Hargroves RT
3 Jody Crawforth Hargroves Cycles – Ridley RT
4 Chris McNamara Pedal Heaven Colbornes RT
5 Daniel Guest Performance Cycles
6 Andrew Hargroves Felt-Colbornes-Hargroves RT
7 Jamie Pine Pedal Heaven Colbornes RT
8 Ben Simmons Team Wiggle
9 Wouter Sybrandy Sigma
10 Robert Ward Felt-Colbornes-Hargroves RT
11 Grant Bayton Ride 24/7
12 Mike Smith
13 Benjamin Marks
14 James Wilson VC St Raphael
15 Joseph Wiltshire NFTO Race Club
16 Michael Ward Ride 24/7
17 Steven Roach
18 Joe Barry Ride 24/7


U16 Boys
1 Charles Page Hillingdon Slipstreamers
2 Elliot Lassiter Cotswold Veldrijden
3 Alex Jolliffe Team Terminator
4 Harvey McNaughton I-Team Cyclists’ Club
5 Charlie Cooper I-Team Cyclists’ Club
6 Jamie Hutchinson I-Team Cyclists’ Club
7 Tom Reid Forest CC
8 Alfie Franks Zappi’s Racing Team
9 Diane Wild Zappi’s Racing Team
10 Thamana Nel I-Team Cyclists’ Club
11 Ben Hogan Ride 24/7
12 Nic McKibbin Chippenham & Dist Whls
13 Frederick Coreth Salisbury Road and Mountain CC
14 Samuel Wadsley Poole Whls CC
15 Alexander Cross Oakley Pedalers
16 James Hywel-Davies Gillingham and District Wheele…
17 Jack Algar VO2 Development Team
18 Nicolas Kimish I-Team Cyclists’ Club

U14 Boys
1 Charley Calvert Bournemouth Arrow CC/Hotel Col…
2 Ieuan Woods Charlotteville CC
3 George Sloan VC Jubilee
4 Will Cooper I-Team Cyclists’ Club
5 Connor Geddes Gillingham and District Wheele…
6 Lewis Haller Charlotteville CC
7 James Geddes Gillingham and District Wheele…
8 Morgan Curle Sulis Scorpions YCA
9 Charlie Kelly Bristol Cycling Development Sq…
10 Harry Dridge Solent Pirates
11 Jay Allen Palmer Park Velo RT
12 Ben Hywel-Davies Gillingham and District Wheele…

U12 Boys
1 Joshua Giddings Heanor Clarion CC
2 Owen Giles Portsmouth North End CC
3 James Ashcroft Palmer Park Velo RT
4 Archie Sloan VC Jubilee
5 Stanley Kingshott Solent Pirates
6 Sam Freeman Solent Pirates
7 Sam Kelly Bristol Cycling Development Sq…
8 Max Mullen Solent Pirates
9 Lucas Dixon Solent Pirates
10 Harvey Algar Preston Park Youth CC
11 Lawrence Kinnison Gillingham and District Wheele…
12 William Dunn

U10 Boys
1 Daniel Wylie-Morris M and D Cycles/Scimitar Sports…
2 Josh Fawcett Solent Pirates
3 Elliot Moreve Hillingdon Slipstreamers
4 Joseph O’Brien Hillingdon Slipstreamers
5 George Gray Zappi’s Cycling Club
6 Thomas Ashcroft Palmer Park Velo RT
7 Alexander Uphill Hillingdon Slipstreamers
8 Oliver Emment Hillingdon Slipstreamers
9 Jamie Whitcher Solent Pirates
10 Felix Barrow
11 Finnbar Little Gillingham and District Wheele…
12 Callum Robins Solent Pirates
13 Sam Carter
13 Hugo Martinson

U8 Boys
1 Samuel Edmunds Velo Club Venta
2 Finn O’Brien Hillingdon Slipstreamers
3 Bobby Buenfeld Gosport BMX Club
4 Harry Gaster Velo Club Venta

U16 Girls
1 Sophie-Jo Wylie-Morris M and D Cycles/Scimitar Sports…
2 Victoria Lovett I-Team Cyclists’ Club
3 Kara Perryman Solent Pirates

U14 Girls
1 Caitlin Peters Fareham Wheelers Cycling Club
2 Saran Mullen Solent Pirates
3 Amy Perryman Solent Pirates
4 Ella Freeman Solent Pirates
5 Mercy Webb Velo Club Venta

U12 Girls
1 Isabella Escalera Hillingdon Slipstreamers
2 Poppy Pattinson Solent Pirates
3 Amy Cantelo Solent Pirates
4 Laura Curle Sulis Scorpions YCA

U10 Girls
1 Zoe Algar Preston Park Youth CC
2 Poppy Llewellyn Poole Whls CC
3 Emily Moreve Hillingdon Slipstreamers

U8 Girls
1 Millie Coleman Hillingdon Slipstreamers
2 Bobbie O’Brien Hillingdon Slipstreamers
3 Rose-Marie Moncrieffe Performance Cycle Coaching
4 Annie Mann
5 Daisy Pattinson Solent Pirates
6 Saskia Fawcett Solent Pirates
7 Livia Kersley Andover Whls
8 Isla Knight Andover Whls
9 Ava Mann
10 Evelyn Mills Andover Whls

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