News – Star studded field for Eddie Soens


The entry list for the race in memory of Eddie Soens & former organiser Ken Matthews is packed with stars from the modern British peloton

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News – Star studded field for Eddie Soens

The 54th Eddie Soens Memorial Cycle Race | 9.30am Saturday 7th March
Aintree Racecourse Club Circuit | 30 laps of 1.64 miles – 49miles/81 km
Event Headquarters: Kirkby Leisure Centre, Cherryfield Drive, Kirkby, Merseyside L32 8SA


Winner in 2014, Ian ‘Superman’ Wilkinson will wear number 1 at the famous cycling event.

I doubt there is a Regional C+ handicap event on the calendar that comes close to matching the entry that this race on Merseyside gets each year and yet again, there’s a bumper one for 2015.

The 81 kilometre (50 mile) race around the old motor racing circuit at Aintree, feet from the jumps used in the Grand National, will see three of the top British UCI teams compete including Raleigh, JLT-Condor and One Pro Cycling.

As well as Eddie Soens, this event also stands as a memorial to Ken Matthews, former president of Kirkby Cycling Club and organiser of the race for 40 years before Carl Lawrenson took over the reins. Last year’s winner Ian Wilkinson returns with eleven of his teammates from Raleigh including newly crowned World Champion Madison Morgan Kneisky. It is the third World title for the French rider.

Also in the Raleigh team are the new signings such as Poland’s Karol Domagalski who is said to be every bit as strong and powerful as resident Polish rider Marcin Bialoblicki. Calvin Beneke from South Africa and Matti Manninen from Finland are also part of the squad on their new look Raleigh Militis bikes along with Evan Oliphant who became a father only weeks ago.


Raleigh have no less than 12 riders on the start list. Above is the team in action in 2014 which led to a victory by Ian Wilkinson.

Four time winner Tony Gibb is on the entry list as well looking to steal the victory from under the noses of the pro teams which includes the second placed rider from 2014 looking to make amends, Graham Briggs.

The Yorkshire rider is one of eight entries from John Herety’s team in the scratch group although one of those, Felix English is doubtful after recent surgery on a broken wrist.

New kids on the block with victories already to their name, One Pro, have six entries including winner of the Severn Bridge Road Race last weekend, George Harper and backed up by Clayton Velo Spring Classic winner, another handicap race, Peter Williams, a former winner of the Sprints jersey in the Tour of Britain. Winner of no less than three rounds of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series, Jon Mould is another high profile entry from that team.


Tommy Bustard is entered again for Giordana.

Elite mens team SportGrub KUOTA have a strong team in the race as well with Will Bjergfelt who rode so well at Severn Bridge along with former professional Dan Fleeman. All these riders, part of 46 entries in the scratch group will have to work hard to close down the three minutes they are giving away to the front group before they think about the win.

In the front groups ahead are the lower category riders but talented riders nonetheless. In the first group ahead of the scratch one for Elites/1st cats for example is second cat Luke Grivell Mellor and Mike Cuming who dominated the Ryedale Prem last year with Richard Handley. Nathan Edmondson, who rode the Tour of Britain for Giordana is another in that second group.

In the third group is another development rider signed by John Herety, Joe Moses but the ‘big’ name is Hannah Barnes who rides for an American team these days. The multi national champion who rode so well in the Friend’s Life Women’s Tour last year will be in among the third cats and if they reach the Juniors out front and hold off the scratch group, could Hannah be the first woman since Julie Hill (now Terry Dolan’s better half LoL) to win the race? Fingers crossed we see her at the race!

The event is the first of two big early season classics next weekend. The other being the Jock Wadley Memorial where NFTO will be giving many of their star riders their first race in Britain for 2015. Preview here:


Scratch (last off)
1 Ian Wilkinson Raleigh GAC E
2 Calvin Beneke Raleigh GAC E
3 Karol Domagalski Raleigh GAC E
4 Andrew Hawdon Raleigh GAC E
5 Morgan Kneisky Raleigh GAC E
6 Steve Lampier Raleigh GAC E
7 Matti Manninen Raleigh GAC E
8 Evan Oliphant Raleigh GAC E
9 Sam Lowe Raleigh GAC 1
10 Brad Morgan Raleigh GAC 1
11 George Pym Raleigh GAC 1
12 Liam Stones Raleigh GAC 1

13 Ryan Perry Army Cycling Union 1
14 Michael Ashurst Champion System VCUK Racing Team E
15 Dillon Byrne Champion System VCUK Racing Team E
16 Anthony Gibb CSE Racing E
17 Charlie Tanfield Easton Ritte 1
18 Richard Hepworth SportGrub KUOTA Cycling Team
19 Thomas Bustard Giordana-Mitsubishi Electric RT E
20 Ryan Pike High On Bikes 1

21 Graham Briggs JLT Condor E
22 Felix English JLT Condor E ?
23 Richard Handley JLT Condor E
24 Kristian House JLT Condor E
25 Richard Lang JLT Condor 1
26 Edward Laverack JLT Condor 1
27 Thomas Moses JLT Condor E
28 Harry Tanfield JLT Condor E

29 Oliver Maxwell Metaltek KUOTA RT E
30 George Atkins One Pro Cycling E
31 George Harper One Pro Cycling E
32 Joshua Hunt One Pro Cycling 1
33 Jonathan Mould One Pro Cycling E
34 Peter Williams One Pro Cycling 1
35 Samuel Williams One Pro Cycling E
36 Simon Wilson Polypipe Cycling Team E
37 William Bjergfelt SportGrub KUOTA Cycling Team E
38 Ryan Davis SportGrub KUOTA Cycling Team 1
39 Adam Duggleby SportGrub KUOTA Cycling Team E
40 Dan Fleeman SportGrub KUOTA Cycling Team E
41 Jonathan Gildea SportGrub KUOTA Cycling Team 1
42 Adam Martin SportGrub KUOTA Cycling Team 1

43 Henry Hunter Team Moda-Anon 1
44 Alistair Rutherford The Nab Racing E
45 James Gullen Velosure Starley Primal E
46 Jack Pullar Velosure Starley Primal E

Second group

47 Joshua Cutler 3RT 2
48 Peter Barusevicus All Terrain Cycles 2
49 James Claydon Bill Nickson Cycles RT 2
50 Giles Pidcock Chevin Trek 2M
51 Sam Dobson Fiftyfour Eleven RT 2M
52 Nathan Edmondson Giordana-Mitsubishi Electric RT 2
53 Richard Hughes Graham Weigh Racing 2M
54 Hamish Graham Green Jersey RT 2
55 Matthew Nowell Hallam Cycling 2
56 Dante Carpenter JLT Condor 2
57 Michael Cuming JLT Condor 2
58 Luke Grivell-Mellor JLT Condor 2
59 Philip Gray Kuota – Spinergy – GSG 2
60 David Reece Liverpool Mercury (Dolan) CC 2
61 Kirk Vickers Mid Shropshire Wheelers 2
63 George Richardson NFTO Race Club 2M
64 Paul Wilkinson North Cheshire Clarion 2
65 David Allonby Racing Team 2
66 Wayne Lacey Pro Vision Cycle Clothing 2M
67 Hamish Carrick Project 51 2
68 Aidan Quinn Project 51 2
69 Mathew Lythgoe Ribble Valley CRC 2M
70 Christian Ellis Team Wheelguru 2M
71 Karl Freeman Team Wheelguru 2
72 Jake Cowen The Nab Racing 2
73 Matt Hallam The Nab Racing 2
74 Neil Kenny The Nab Racing 2
75 Justin Harcourt Urban Cyclery 2
76 Tom Smith Velosure Starley Primal 2
77 Joseph Robinson Wills Wheels Cycling Club 2

Third group
78 James Dyson 3RT 3M
79 Mitchell Jones 3RT 3M
80 David Micklethwaite 3RT 3M
81 Antonio Nardone 3RT 3
82 Stephen Robinson 3RT 3M
83 Daniel Stocchero 3RT 3M
84 Jake Whitwam 3RT 3
85 Daniel Fox Airedale Chemical RT 3
86 Jeremy Copland All Terrain Cycles 3M
87 Edward McParland All Terrain Cycles 3
88 Matt Chester BC PM 3M
89 David Hunt BC PM 3
90 Anthony Orrell BC PM 3M
91 Darren Perry Beeston RC 3M
92 Adrian Hatton Cadence Sport 3
93 Darren Howitt Clay Cross Road Team 3M
94 Conor Palliser East Bradford CC 3
95 Rhys Donnelly Edinburgh RC 2J
96 Andrew Hicklin Fusion Cycling Club Dronfield 3M
97 Steven Cartwright Graham Weigh Racing 3M
98 Joseph Moses JLT Condor 3
99 Calvert Churchill KWC Heist Zuiderkempen VZW 3
101 Mark Tickle Leigh Premier RC 3
102 Declan Hudson Liverpool Century RC 3
103 Christopher Quin Macclesfield Wheelers 3M
104 Simon Winstone Manchester Whlrs Club 3
105 Mark Dawes Mapperley CC 3M
106 Alex Harvey Marsh Tracks Race Team 2J
107 Oscar Williamson Marsh Tracks Race Team 2J
108 Marcus Willday Mid Shropshire Wheelers 3
109 Thomas McRoyall North Cheshire Clarion 3
110 Fabian Brennan North City Velo Cycling Team 2J
111 Adam Hall North City Velo Cycling Team 2J
112 Ellis Kirkbride North City Velo Cycling Team 2J
113 Paul Lally Onimpex Bio Racer RT 3
114 Thomas Wood Paul Milnes – Bradford Olympic RC 3
115 Richard Line Pro Vision Cycle Clothing 3M
116 David Cockram Southport CC 3M
117 Ivan Boyes Team Cystic Fibrosis 3M
118 Martin Dainty Team Cystic Fibrosis 3M
119 Lee Cairns Team Swift 3M
120 Neil Higgins The Nab Racing 3M
122 Adam Baines THR Racing 3
123 Samuel Pickering THR Racing 3
125 Hannah Barnes Unitedhealthcare Professional CT E
126 Darran Acton Velo Club UK 3M
127 Rhodri Owen Velo Club UK 3
128 Matthew Draper Velocity Globalbike 2J
129 Gary Scott Warrington RC 3M
130 Paul Kay Weaver Valley CC 3

Fourth  Group
131 Luis Alcantarilla 3RT 4
132 Paul Cutler 3RT 4M
133 Brendan Devlin 3RT 4M
134 Chris Iredale 3RT 4M
135 Matthew Kellett 3RT 4
136 Harry Myers 3RT 4J
137 John Shinwell 3RT 4M
138 Michael Stocchero 3RT 4
139 Nick Sweeting 3RT 4M
140 James Allenby BC PM 4
141 Michael Buckley BC PM 4
142 Ian Hodson BC PM 4
143 Louise Hogg BC PM 4M
144 Chris Loxley BC PM 4M
145 Ryan McGillick BC PM 3J
146 Stephen O’Rourke BC PM 4
147 Lewis Ball Birkenhead North End CC 3J
148 Thomas Pidcock Chevin Trek YA
149 David Ogg Clay Cross Road Team 4
150 Pierre Vernie Clay Cross Road Team 4
151 Ben Whitehead East Lancashire RC 4M
152 Justin Collacott Frodsham Wheelers/Twelve50 Bikes 4M
153 David McCarthy JLT Condor 4
154 Martyn Haynes Lichfield City CC 4
155 Jonathan Freeman Liverpool Century RC 4
156 Chris Fallon Liverpool Mercury (Dolan) CC 3J
157 Samuel Bennett Liverpool Phoenix CC Aintree 4
158 Peter Johnson Liverpool Phoenix CC Aintree 4M
159 Derrick Watson Manchester Whlrs Club 4M
160 David Tudor Marsh Tracks Race Team 3J
161 Harry Hardcastle Marton Race Team YA
162 Jake Dobson Newcastle Phoenix Cycling Club 3J
163 Martin Jalowiec North Cheshire Clarion 4
164 Carl Watson North Cheshire Clarion 4M
165 Tomos Owens Paramount CRT YA
166 Ben Joughin Pro Vision Cycle Clothing 4
167 Andrew Mounsey Ribble Valley CRC 4M
168 Ryan Coulton Salt Ayre Cog Set 3J
169 Daniel Salcedo Southport CC YA
170 John MacLeod Spokes Racing Team 3J
171 Ross Miller The Nab Racing 4
172 Ryan Vickers Trent Valley Road Club 4
173 Jack Gilbert Warrington RC 4

1962 Bruce O’Prey Liverpool Premier
1963 Doug Dailey Kirkby CC
1964 Doug Dailey Kirkby CC
1965 Ken Hill Liverpool Mercury RC
1966 Billy Whiteside Kirkby CC
1967 Pete Matthews Liverpool Mercury RC
1968 Les West Tunstall Wheelers
1969 Billy Whiteside Kirkby CC
1970 Doug Dailey Kirkby CC
1971 John Clewarth Kirkby CC
1972 Andy Whitehead Deeside Olympic
1973 Willi Moore Merseyside Wheelers
1974 Brian Rourke Tunstall Wheelers
1975 Kevin Apter Kirkby CC
1976 Ian Hallam Beeston RC
1977 Doug Dailey Kirkby CC
1978 Terry Dolan Liverpool Mercury RC
1979 Alan Nichols East Bradford CC
1980 Bob Barlow Manchester Police CC
1981 Phil Thomas Liverpool Mercury RC
1982 Gary Sadler GS Strada
1983 Neil Mitchell Kirkby CC
1984 Dennis Lightfoot Manchester Wheelers
1985 Eamonn Rooney VC Slough
1986 Karl Smith Clayton Velo
1987 Eamonn Rooney Alpha CC
1988 Bernie Burns Bradford Wheelers
1989 Pete Maxwell Kirkby CC
1990 Mark Gornall Manchester Wheelers
1991 Julie Hill Liverpool Mercury RC
1992 Matt Illingworth GS Strada
1993 Simon Lillistone North Wirral Velo
1994 Matt Illingworth North Wirral Velo
1995 Dave Williams RT Italia
1996 Dave Williams Team Ambrosia
1997 Glen Holmes Adidas Sci-con
1998 Matt Bottrill North Wirral Velo
1999 Steve Cummings Birkenhead North End CC
2000 Julian Ramsbottom Scunthorpe Poly CC
2001 Tony Gibb Team Quest
2002 Tony Gibb Team PCA – Orbea
2003 Chris Newton Corima RT
2004 Tony Gibb Plowman Craven Assoc.
2005 Rob Hayles
2006 Event cancelled due to snow
2007 Ian Stannard Team 100% Me
2008 Tony Gibb Plowman Craven
2009 Ed Clancy Halfords-Bikehut
2010 Joshua Edmonson Motorpoint Marshalls Pasta
2011 James Stewart Team UK Youth
2012 Russell Downing Endura Racing
2013 Ed Clancy Rapha Condor JLT
2014 Ian Wilkinson Team Raleigh

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