Report – Stockbridge Road Race

Ryan Perry riding for the Army Cycling Union wins the Stockbridge Road Race

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Report – Stockbridge Road Race

Report by Graham Robins | Sunday 26th April

The 28year old Burnley rider Ryan Perry riding for the Army Cycling Union almost led the Stockbridge Down Road Race from start to finish as he was in a break of three on the first climb on the Down and then soloed the last lap and a half opening up a gap of 2mins 25secs at the finish.


The Andover Wheelers promoted event consisted of six laps of a rolling course of 80miles, the morning started overcast and very chilly with a stiff breeze blowing on top of the downs. The HQ in the small market of Stockbridge was busy as the riders and race convoy rolled through on their way to the first climb up Winton Hill and onto the start/finish line for the first time.

As the race tackled the Down for the first time Ryan along with team mate Alexander Royle and George Harper of One Pro Cycling had already established a lead of 20secs which these three over the next couple of laps they built on. After two full laps the three leaders now had a gap of over 30secs with Edward Palfreeman (Corley Cycles-Drops RT) trying to bridge across but the bunch were only 15secs behind him.

On the fourth lap as the leaders went through the finish line Ryan made his move and soon stretched out a few seconds from Harper and Royle who was not going to close down his team mate. There was a chasing group of four with the bunch now at over a minute down. The four chasers were William Goulbourne (Corley Cycles-Drops RT), Simon Bromley (London Dynamo), Joshua Jones (Bikeshed-Exeter Uni) and Lewis Atkins (Pedal Heaven).

With Ryan now pulling away the chasing four managed to bridge across to the other two of original leaders and they had a gap of 50secs over a splintering bunch and they were joined by two more riders Deacon Cutterham (Army Cycling Union) and Roy Chamberlain (Corley Cycles-Drops RT) who had slipped of the front of the bunch as they went through the feed station for the last time.

As Ryan approached the finish line there were all sorts of attacks coming back towards the village on the final climb. Royle led Harper on the lower part of the climb but Harper came past him as the climb reached the summit and had enough in his legs to pull out an 8secs gap. The remains of the chasing group were now all spread out on the climb coming across the line with small time gaps between them.


1. Ryan Perry Army Cycling Union 3hrs 07mins 30secs
2. George Harper One Pro Cycling @2mins 25secs
3. Alexander Royle Army Cycling Union @2mins 33secs
4. Joshua Jones Bikeshed-Exeter Uni 2mins 35secs
5. William Goulbourne Corley Cycles –Drops RT @2mins 37secs
6. Matthew Clarke London Dynamo @2mins 53secs
7. Lewis Atkins Pedal Heaven @ 2mins 54secs
8. Edward Palfreeman Corley Cycles – Drops RT @2mins 57secs
9. Rhys Lloyd NFTO @ 3mins 01secs
10. Chris McNamara Pedal Heaven RT @3mins 03secs

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