Report & Results – Primavera Road Race


Solo win for Marcin Bialoblocki in the Primavera Road Race in horrendous weather conditions on Sunday.  Ellie Gillham wins the Women’s

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Report & Results – Primavera Road Race

Our thanks to organiser Ken Robertson
In horrendous weather conditions of high winds, rain that went from driving drizzle to torrential rain and temperatures from 4 degrees C to 8 degrees C, there were two fine displays of solo riding in the Men’s Primavera Road Races promoted by Mid-Devon CC/Colin Lewis Cycles.

The Women’s Race had a different character and after a brave 3 up effort, it came down to an elongated bunch sprint. In the Men’s race however, Marcin Bialoblocki of One Pro Cycling was the not unexpected winner of the Elite/1/2/3 category race coming home with nearly 4 minutes on the next riders.

After an elongated neutralised section from the Hatherleigh HQ to avoid potential emergency traffic lights, the race got going on leaving Highampton.

It was not long before the gaps appeared and a quartet were just ahead of the bunch when the prime got Halwill Junction. Bialoblocki took the prime. With him were Alexander Murison, Easton Ritte, Andrew Fweather, Bike Shed / Uni of Exeter and Calum Croft, Primera. The bunch already showing signs of shedding riders was about half a minute behind.

Croft being a second category rider, was prepared to mix it with his elite companions. Eleven miles later at the second prime, he just edged out Bialobloki by millimetres. The pace of the front quartet had pulled them away sufficiently for onlookers to know that the winner lay within the front two.

There was a counter attacking group of about 10 but their chase was more in hope than expectation. As the quartet came up the slope to the final prime Bialoblocki, went clear. A few seconds at first then the gap grew and grew. Over the final 18 miles, with the slightly hiller terrain, the Polish rider moved further and further ahead to cross the line arms aloft.

Murison held off Croft and Feather comfortably. Mark Lees, Tanks Direct, broke clear of the chasers with Private Member, Harrison Fielding edging out Andrew Williams, Cwmcarn Paragon and Joshua Jones, Bike Shed, Exeter Uni.

1 Marcin Bialoblocki One Pro Cycling
2 Alexander Murison Easton Ritte
3 Calum Croft Primera-Sports.Com
4 Andrew Feather Bikeshed – Exeter Uni
5 Mark Lees Tanks Direct Cycling
6 Harrison Fielding
7 Andrew Williams Cwmcarn Paragon Cycle Club
8 Joshua Jones Bikeshed – Exeter Uni
9 Ben Davis Clay Cross Road Team
10 Ryan Brain Cwmcarn Paragon Cycle Club
11 Charlie Meredith Giant Cycling Club – Halo Film
12 Lee Frost Tri UK
13 Philip Bray Plymouth Corinthian CC
14 James Curson Tri UK
15 Gareth Turner University of Bath Cycling Clu
16 Andrew Hitchens Mid Devon CC
17 Charlie McFadzean Cycle Sport Dynamo
18 Jason Kettle Mid Devon CC
19 Luke Nolan Live2Ride Sunwise
20 Harry Luxton Rutrainingtoday CC

3/4 Category
As with the E/1/2/3 race there was the same pattern to the first prime with Jake Hollins, University of Bath holding off Craig Hickson of the promoting club and the bunch in close attendance.

On the country road to Beara Cross Hollins went clear and that was the last he rest of the field saw of him – a solo ride of some 40 miles. His lead steadily grew and he had had a comfortable margin over a pair of chasers and nearly 5 minutes on a dispirited bunch led home by Hickson.

1. Jake Hollins University of Bath 53 miles in 2 hours 20 mins 10 secs
2. Liam Bromily University of Bath @ 1 min 40 secs
3. Oliver George Team Tor 2000 @ 2 mins
4. Craig Hobson Mid-Devon CC/Colin Lewis Cycles @ 4 mins 40 secs
5. Bunch @ same time
(video malfunctioned and we have numbers that were DNS – will sort out and advise.)

The Women’s Race which was handicapped with 3 minutes between the front groups and the scratch group turned out about tight in terms of handicapping. The front group of 10 split up on the opening 7 mile circuit to the East of Hatherleigh.

Three riders headed the field as they went through the lap end prime. They were Elliie Twentyman, Kerry Paul, Lanhydrock Wheelers and Ellie Gillham, Primera Sports who was returning to racing having had 12 months out of competition. She made her experience tell she not only took the first prime but the other 3.

On the final lap the junction was made. With 400 yards to go a small group went clear and from that group Gillham won by a couple of lengths from her erstwhile companion, Twentyman. The rest of the bunch was very close behind.

Womens E/1/2/3/4
1 Ellie Gilham Primera-Sports.Com
2 Elle Twentyman University of Bath Cycling Clu
3 Mary McFadzean GB
4 Gillian Taylor Fusion RT Gearclub Bike Scienc
5 Kate Baker University of Bath Cycling Clu
6 Sarah Godwin Somerset RC – The Bicycle Chai
7 Nicola Noble
8 Bethan Stubbs Bikeshed – Exeter Uni
9 Alexandra Sheehan Bikeshed – Exeter Uni
10 Kerry Paul Lanhydrock Wheelers
11 Madeline Moore VC St Raphael
12 Heidi Viles Somerset RC – The Bicycle Chai
13 Zoe Betteridge North Devon Wheelers – South F

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