Report – Guildford Crit


Alex Paton (Pedal Heaven) won the Guildford Town Centre Criterium on Wednesday after lapping the whole field

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Report – Guildford Crit

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Racing on the cobbles of Guildford which hosted the final stage of the Tour of Britain a few years ago, was a good quality field competing on a very fast and short circuit.  The cobbled climb is brutal enough a few times, but with lap times well under a minute, it was going to become most rider’s worst nightmare.


The Pedal Heaven team which had such a great Pearl Izumi Tour Series planned to race at the front and make it as tough as possible. The year before Alex Paton and Gruff Lewis lapped the entire field and perhaps this was an omen for 2015. Pedal Heaven were being greedy and aimed to fill the podium with their team colours which they did.

Winner Alex Paton describes how the race unfolded. “Straight from the gun, the pace rocketed with Rory (Townsend) hitting the front and driving on. Initially it was myself, Gruff, Luke Ryan and Richie Mardle that held the front of the race. However, only a few laps in and Rory and I had gained a small advantage over the rest of the race”.

“The blistering pace had almost destroyed the field with small groups forming. As Rory and I looked to extend our lead, he unfortunately had a problem and had to change bikes. After initially backing off for a couple of laps and hoping Rory would re-join me, I decided to really attack the race solo and gradually started to build a lead to the chasers.


“I eventually came round to lap the chase group of Rory, Gruff and Luke and managed to ride clear again taking Rory with me. From then on, we rode a strong pace to the finish with Rory sprinting to the line ahead of me”.


Emma Grant winning the Women’s race


Maryka Sennema 

Provisional Results
3rd Cat only
1. Paul Hopkins Merida Factory Racing
2. Mike Guilford VC Meudon
3. Ben Hopwood Charlotteville CC

E/1/2/3 Women
1. Emma Grant Ikon Mazda
2. Maryka Sennema Paceline RT
3. Lucy Chittenden Hoops Velo


Elite Criterium (E/1/2)
1. Alex Paton (Pedal Heaven)
2. Rory Townsend (Pedal Heaven)
3. Gruff Lewis (Pedal Heaven)
4. Luke Ryan (Richardsons-Trek)
5. Max Stedman (Pedal Heaven)
6. Oliver Moors (Project 51)
7. Richard Mardle (NFTO)
8. Harry Veale (Cycleworks)
9. Harry Godding (Catford CC)
10. Ben Simmons (Team Wiggle)
11. Mike Smith (Cycleworks)
12. Stephen Bradbury (Velosure Starley Primal)


Under 10

1. Jed Smithson Hillingdon Slipstreamers
2. Joseph O’Brien Hillingdon Slipstreamers
3. Benjamin Bisson Hillingdon Slipstreamers
4. James Brown Palmer Park Velo RT
5. Ben Cuppola Hillingdon Slipstreamers
6. Edward Charles Charlotteville CC
7. Joshua Johnson Charlotteville CC
8. Peter Drabble VC Meudon
9. Joseph Peters
10. Morgan Cook Charlotteville CC
11. Laurence Harkness Private Member
1. Ella Beaton Portsmouth North End CC
2. Bobbie O’Brien Hillingdon Slipstreamers
3. Maddy Giller Private Member
4. Lara Toye Charlotteville CC
5. Honor Ashby Charlotteville CC
6. Electra Morris Charlotteville CC
7. Sophie Livermore Charlotteville CC
8. Freya Cook Thanet RC
9. Katie Kieller Charlotteville CC
10.Emily Barker-Lewis Charlotteville CC

Under 12’s

1. Lukas Nerurkar Preston Park Youth CC
2. Mattie Dodd VC Londres
3. Jamie Gostick Palmer Park Velo RT
4. Cameron Still Hillingdon Slipstreamers
5. Archie Sloan VC Jubilee
6. Oliver Emment Hillingdon Slipstreamers
7. Alexander Uphill Hillingdon Slipstreamers
8. Jude Beaton Portsmouth North End CC
9. Jack Hartrey Kingston Junior CC
10. Sebastian Egan Charlotteville CC
11. Benjamin Flatau Charlotteville CC
12. George Gray Zappi’s CC
13. Harry Clarke Palmer Park Velo RT
14. Joshua Bruyns Wyndymilla
15. Kye Lewis Willesden CC
16. Myles Forster Private Member
17. Dylan Bruyns Wyndymilla

1. Isabella Escalera VC Londres
2. Josie Goble
3. Zoe Algar Preston Park Youth CC


1. William Flatau Charlotteville CC
2. Finn O’Brien Hillingdon Slipstreamers
3. Dylan Lloyd Private Member
4. Edward Fraile-Whysall Charlotteville CC
5. Lughaidh Cook Thanet RC
6. Finnlay Weeks Hillingdon Slipstreamers
7. Milo Welland Charlotteville CC
8. Benjamin Livermore Charlotteville CC
9. Alfie Johnson Charlotteville CC

1. Madison Emment Hillingdon Slipstreamers
2. Lauren Charles Private Member
3. Sophie Hand Wyndymilla
4. Eva Ashby Charlotteville CC

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