Startlist – Chorley Grand Prix


Stars of the British peloton aplenty featuring in the 140 riders on the entry list for the first ever Chorley Grand Prix on April 4

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Startlist – Chorley Grand Prix

Winner of the Star Trophy in 2014, Yanto Barker, will wear number 1 for the inaugural Chorley Grand Prix on Saturday, April 4. Eight man teams for the race will help shape the race over the distance of 116 miles.

On a hilly 23 mile circuit, the race is not expected to come down to a bunch kick but then that’s been said about stages in Doon Hame (Scotland) and other races and still they have. Being the first major race though, there will be an element of teams testing each other and with the teams stronger than ever in 2015, not just in the quality of the riders but also the depth to the teams, will make it, and the other events in the series, quite brutal at times.



The course. Click the images above to display a bigger image. Chorley – Rivington – Belmont – Abbey Village – Withnell – Brinscall – Wheelton – Buckshaw – Chorley

Whilst the start below is an indication of the teams entered, as with all major races, who is on the entry list and who the teams start with can be two different things. Especially in this first event when teams will have made their entries whilst still testing their riders to find their strengths and the appropriate events for them within any given line-up.

The majority of the riders listed below however should be on the start line in Chorley.

As well as Barker wearing number one, the event will see Aussie rider Steele Von Hoff (NFTO) line up after showing last weekend in the Jock Wadley he is going to be a handful for the other teams to contain.

Not only that, his team NFTO have other riders like the tearaway Eddie Dunbar who can fly like an Eagle on the climbs as can local Ian Bibby and they’ll too be a handful. There are though many unanswered questions about all the team’s strengths especially on a circuit which is said to have a five to ten minute climb every lap where splits should be opened.


This will be the first race where the top teams have all raced together in 2015 and so the guessing game of who will win will continue right up to the finish. For example, we have yet to see a team many feel is the strongest, Madison Genesis, race this year and they will go into the event on the back of racing the Tour of Normandy as will JLT Condor.

The race will also see Raleigh – GAC with a new look rider wise in the iconic team colours and a rider to watch there should be Evan Oliphant who always seems to have great form at this time of the year. One battle I’m looking forward to is that of the two Polish riders, Marcin Bialoblocki and Raleigh’s Karol Domagalski!

Team Wiggins have a small team, five riders as against the other teams eight but have some dangerous riders for the other teams to try and contain like the Isle of Man’s Mark Christian. As well as the UCI teams, the race will also see many non-UCI teams taking part like the well drilled development team of Catford CC Equipe/Banks and Pedal Heaven who are both coached by Trainsharp.

SportGrub KUOTA Cycling Team have also been at the sharp end of races recently with the likes of Will Bjergfelt. Their team has the ‘climber’ in Dan Fleeman in the line up too, a former pro with a World Tour team.

The race will also see the debut in a Prem as a DS for Dean Downing with riders like Russell Hampton in the Bioracer kitted out Polypipe racing team. Number 99 is also interesting, James McCallum, who we understand had retired in 2014 but after a season of cross, may well be fired up to race the road again? Yes Jimmy?

The question of whether Phil Griffiths of Yellow Ltd will have a team has been answered as Giordana-Mitsubishi Electric RT have four riders entered including Dave Clarke who has been busy racing in Algeria.


Yanto Barker will wear number 1 in the race as last years winner of the Star Trophy.

Looking at the entry, there appears to be around twelve teams capable of riding in the race for their team leaders and that may have a bearing on how the race pans out. IE, if the break of the day doesn’t have riders from those teams in it, the test will be whether they, along with riders from the other smaller squads can control the enthusiasm to get away from the bigger teams. It will be an exciting race for sure.

With the summit of the climb coming 11 kilometres into the circuit on a lap of 37 kilometres, it’s not a climbers circuit by any means but that hill will for sure see many a rider distanced as the hammer goes down from the off. I c a n n o t wait!

See you there!
Saturday 4th April 2015


This is what its about – team work!  Steve Lampier at the head of the Raleigh GAC squad at the Eddie soens.

This brand new event covers 116 miles and comprises of 5 laps of a challenging 23 mile circuit. The race passes through the start/finish line in Chorley town centre on each lap and also tackles the 2.5 mile ascent from Rivington to Belmont each time for The Chorley Group King of the Mountains competition. Sponsored by Chorley Council and Chorley Building Society, the race takes place on Easter Saturday, 4th April 2015.

Start/Finish: Park Road, Chorley
Neutralised section: 2.4 miles / 3.9 km
23.2 miles / 37.3 km per lap
Race distance: 5 laps, 116.0 miles / 186.7 km


1 Yanto Barker One Pro Cycling E
2 George Atkins One Pro Cycling E
3 Marcin Bialoblocki One Pro Cycling E
4 George Harper One Pro Cycling E
5 Joshua Hunt One Pro Cycling 1
6 Jonathan Mould One Pro Cycling E
7 Chris Opie One Pro Cycling E
8 Peter Williams One Pro Cycling 1

9 Lawrence Carpenter Catford CC Equipe/Banks E
10 Ben Chapman Catford CC Equipe/Banks E
11 Ashley Dennis Catford CC Equipe/Banks 1
12 Christopher Fennell Catford CC Equipe/Banks 1
13 Harry Godding Catford CC Equipe/Banks 1
14 Joshua Green Catford CC Equipe/Banks 1
15 Henry Latimer Catford CC Equipe/Banks E
16 Tom Neale Catford CC Equipe/Banks E

17 Graham Briggs JLT Condor E
18 Edward Clancy MBE JLT Condor E
19 Michael Cuming JLT Condor 2
20 Felix English JLT Condor E
21 Richard Handley JLT Condor E
22 Kristian House JLT Condor E
23 Richard Lang JLT Condor 1
24 Thomas Moses JLT Condor E

25 Matt Cronshaw Madison Genesis E
26 Matthew Holmes Madison Genesis 1
27 James McLaughlin Madison Genesis 2
28 Mark McNally Madison Genesis 1
29 Mike Northey Madison Genesis E
30 Erick Rowsell Madison Genesis E
31 Thomas Scully Madison Genesis E
32 Thomas Stewart Madison Genesis E

33 Tom Barras NFTO 1
34 Ian Bibby NFTO E
35 Eddie Dunbar NFTO 1
36 Rhys Lloyd NFTO 1
37 James Lowsley-Williams NFTO 1
38 Jonathan McEvoy NFTO E
39 Robert Partridge NFTO E
40 Steele Von Hoff NFTO E

41 Will Fox Pedal Heaven RT 1
42 Simon Holt Pedal Heaven RT 2
43 Gruffudd Lewis Pedal Heaven RT E
44 David McGowan Pedal Heaven RT E
45 Robert Moore Pedal Heaven RT E
46 Max Stedman Pedal Heaven RT 1
47 Mitchell Webber Pedal Heaven RT 1

48 Declan Byrne Polypipe Cycling Team E
49 Russell Hampton Polypipe Cycling Team 1
50 Tom Mazzone Polypipe Cycling Team 3
51 Dominic Smith Polypipe Cycling Team 1
52 Connor Swift Polypipe Cycling Team 1
53 Simon Wilson Polypipe Cycling Team E

54 Calvin Beneke Raleigh GAC E
55 Karol Domagalski Raleigh GAC E
56 Steve Lampier Raleigh GAC E
57 Sam Lowe Raleigh GAC 1
58 Bradley Morgan Raleigh GAC
59 Evan Oliphant Raleigh GAC E
60 Morgan Kneisky Raleigh GAC
61 Ian Wilkinson Raleigh GAC E

62 William Bjergfelt SportGrub KUOTA Cycling Team E
63 Adam Duggleby SportGrub KUOTA Cycling Team E
64 Dan Fleeman SportGrub KUOTA Cycling Team E
65 Dexter Gardias SportGrub KUOTA Cycling Team 1
66 Robert Orr SportGrub KUOTA Cycling Team 2
67 Ben Stockdale SportGrub KUOTA Cycling Team 1

68 Steven Burke Team Wiggins 1
69 Mark Christian Team Wiggins 1
70 Iain Paton Team Wiggins 3
71 Daniel Patten Team Wiggins 1
72 Andrew Tennant Team Wiggins E
73 Michael Thompson Team Wiggins 3

74 James Davey Velosure Starley Primal 1
75 James Davey Velosure Starley Primal 1
76 James Gullen Velosure Starley Primal E
77 Cordier Marius Velosure Starley Primal 2
78 Adrià Moreno Sala Velosure Starley Primal 2
79 Joseph Petrowski Velosure Starley Primal 2
80 Jack Pullar Velosure Starley Primal E
81 Ben Hetherington Achieve Northside Skinnergate E
82 Jack Rees Achieve Northside Skinnergate E
83 Ben Rowe Achieve Northside Skinnergate 1
84 Bradley Stokes Achieve Northside Skinnergate 1
85 Thomas Timothy Achieve Northside Skinnergate E

86 Ross Bryan BowlPhish BONTRAGER Racing 2
87 Michael Butler BowlPhish BONTRAGER Racing 2
88 Martin Ford BowlPhish BONTRAGER Racing 1
89 David Lowe BowlPhish BONTRAGER Racing 2
90 Alexander Simmons BowlPhish BONTRAGER Racing 2
91 Ben Carty Easton Ritte 1
92 George Fowler Easton Ritte 1
93 Anthony Moye Easton Ritte 2
94 Alexander Murison Easton Ritte E
95 Charlie Tanfield Easton Ritte 1
96 Thomas Bustard Giordana-Mitsubishi Electric RT E
97 Dave Clarke Giordana-Mitsubishi Electric RT E
98 Nathan Edmondson Giordana-Mitsubishi Electric RT 2
99 Richard Hepworth Giordana-Mitsubishi Electric RT E
100 James Local Neon-Velo Cycling Team 1
101 James Lowden Neon-Velo Cycling Team 2
102 James McCallum Neon-Velo Cycling Team E
103 Alex Minting Neon-Velo Cycling Team 1
104 Peter Murdoch Neon-Velo Cycling Team E
105 Hugo Robinson Neon-Velo Cycling Team 2
106 Jacob Tipper Neon-Velo Cycling Team E
107 Simon Alexander Richardsons-Trek RT E
108 Jamie Caldwell Richardsons-Trek RT 1
109 Lloyd Chapman Richardsons-Trek RT 1
110 Andrew Hastings Richardsons-Trek RT E
111 Rhys Howells Richardsons-Trek RT E
112 Owen Lake Richardsons-Trek RT 1
113 Luke Ryan Richardsons-Trek RT E
114 George Wood Richardsons-Trek RT 1
115 Graham Howell Team Moda-Anon 2
116 Henry Hunter Team Moda-Anon 1
117 Joshua Lawless Team Moda-Anon 1
118 Julian Pearson Team Moda-Anon 1
119 Zack Williamson Team Moda-Anon 1
120 Sam Boast Wheelbase Altura MGD 1
121 Matthew Clarke Wheelbase Altura MGD 1
122 Andrew Coupe Wheelbase Altura MGD 2
123 Ben Davis Wheelbase Altura MGD 1
124 Callum Grieve Wheelbase Altura MGD 1
125 Alex Orrell-Turner Wheelbase Altura MGD 1
126 Stuart Reid Wheelbase Altura MGD 1
127 Ryan Perry Army Cycling Union 1
128 Alexander Royle Army Cycling Union E
129 Andrew Feather Bikeshed – Exeter Uni E
130 Ashley Cox CC Luton E
131 Martin Woffindin Cycle Sport Pendle 1
132 Steven Lawley KTM 1
133 Andrew Nichols Langsett Cycles RT 1
134 Wouter Sybrandy Nuun-Sigma Sport-London RT 1
135 Scott McCrossan Paisley Velo Race Team E
136 Mark Baines Spirit Bikes Racing Team 1
137 Jack Beezer Spirit Bikes Racing Team 1
138 Russell Falder Team Envelopemaster/Bikeboxalan 2
139 Alastair Hepworth Team Envelopemaster/Bikeboxalan 1
140 Ashley Proctor Team Envelopemaster/Bikeboxalan 1
141 Sean McGovern Teamwallis Racing Team 1
142 Finlay Young The Racers 1
143 Stephen Abbott THR Racing 1

145 Peter Barusevicus All Terrain Cycles 2
146 Matthew Cartlidge Kuota – Spinergy – GSG 2
147 Joseph Clark Team Envelopemaster/Bikeboxalan 2
148 Samuel Jackson Racing Team 2
149 Mark McGavock High On Bikes 2
150 Alastair McNicol 2
151 Jordan Rigby Teamwallis Racing Team 2
152 Billy Sewart Team Chronomaster 2
153 Julian Varley BC PM 2

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