Report – James Atherton RR


Andrew Williams of Cwmcarn Paragon winner of the road race in honour of the late James Atherton

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Report – James Atherton RR

by Graham Robins | Sunday 29th March

Andrew Williams 25 from Cwmcarn Paragon CC braved to awful conditions to win the second running of the race around the Owslebury near Winchester. Along with Lee Frost (Tri UK), Andrew lead the race from lap three of the eight and a race distance of 60 miles as the weather really closed in with squally showers and a very strong wind all around the course.


The 60 strong peloton rolled away from the tiny village hall and through the twisty roads for a mile until they turned right and onto the course proper. Despite the rain slowing the wind was still strong and after the opening lap several riders abandon, deciding to ride back to the safety and warmth of the HQ.

As the depleted pack started the second lap the rain started again and soon it looked like it was going to be “last man standing”. The remainder of the bunch turned the Owslebury turn and on the way towards the third lap which turned out to be the deciding lap as two riders slipped away seemingly allowed by the bunch and their lead soon built as the two worked hard together as the conditions worsened. By lap four the gap to the bunch was 1min 19secs and despite a couple of riders trying to jump of the front the bunch did come back together quickly.


Over the remaining two laps the gap went out to over 2mins as the bunch settled in, and at the bell the lead was over 2mins 30secs. As the two leaders approached the finish line Lee was in the driving seat but Andrew just rode around him and even managed to pull out a 6secs gap. We then had a wait until the bunch came along. When the remaining riders came towards the finish it was Andrew Syme ( who had enough in his legs to claim the bunch kick.


1 Andrew Williams Cwmcarn Paragon Cycle Club
2 Lee Frost Tri UK
3 Andrew Syme Primera-Sports.Com
4 Robert Ward Danny Shane – Storck Racing
5 Calum Croft Primera-Sports.Com
6 William Harper Pedal Heaven RT
7 Liam Bromiley University of Bath Cycling Clu…
8 Andrew Pickett Eden Veranda Racing
9 Joe Barry Performance Cycles
10 Benjamin Marks
11 Philip Peters Danny Shane – Storck Racing
12 Rob Yeatman Cotswold Cycles RT
13 Tom Morris Portsmouth North End CC
14 Matthew Cryer Army Cycling Union
15 Adrian Lawson Ride 24/7
16 James Champken VC St Raphael
17 Tim Wiggins Team Wiggle
18 Mark Perry Ride 24/7
19 Ross Evans Live2Ride Sunwise
20 Grant Bayton Ride 24/7
21 Matthew Osborn Casp Racing
22 Liam Walsh VC St Raphael
23 Alexander Wilson Guernsey Velo Club
24 Cameron Woolsey Spirit Bikes Racing Team
25 Brook Elgie Rock N Road Cycles
27 Rowan Horner VC St Raphael
28 Charlie Leech Southampton University RC
29 Chris Hutchings Velo Club Venta
30 Andrew Carter Portsmouth North End CC
31 Rhys Thomas Southampton University RC

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