News – Jef Schils Memorial Road Race


Entries are still available for the 2015 Jef Schils Memorial Road Race on Sunday, 6th September

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News – Jef Schils Memorial Road Race

Entries are still available for the 2015 Jef Schils Memorial Road Race. The 139km Belgian style road race on September 6 is open to Elite, 1st, 2nd and 3rd cat riders.

The event takes place on Sunday 6th September with a 2pm start from the Marks Tey Hotel and uses a twin circuit of lanes to the west of Colchester and is allowed a 100 field. Signing on will be at Velo Schils Interbike at Marks Tey, a cycle business run by the Schils family.

The race is in memory of Jef Schils, the 1952 Belgian Professional Champion who died in 2007. This is not only a great race to ride but to come and watch too at the finishing area at Layer Breton.

Its perfect village green will have hot spot sprints each time around and then at the finish, the riders will come sprinting back up to the green the other way. Spectators get to see this action whilst keeping themselves stocked-up with food and drink from the Hare and Hounds.

Bike racing, barbecue, beer, Belgian kermis music & commentary – what’s not to like?

For more information please visit the website 


Jef was born at Kersbeek-Miskom on 4th September 1931 and died in Zellik Belgium on the 3rd of March 2007. As a cyclist he quickly made an impact. As a youth, he won 87 races. In the Independent category he won 18 of the 19 races in which he started – the only one he didn’t win being the Belgian Championship where he broke his frame. He became National Professional Belgium Champion in 1952. As a 20 year old, one day before he had to start his 2 year Military Service, despite his limited training opportunities because of his military service, in 1953 he won the 293km long Paris-Tours with a record average of 43.53 km per hour.

Despite the many set backs in his career, he won 108 Professional road cycling races amongst them many semi-classics. His nickname was “Little Coppi”, because the great Fausto who regarded him to be one of his best friends. Eddy Merckx claimed that because his father was a great supporter of Jef and took him to watch Jef race. It stimulated Eddy’s desire to start racing himself.

Race History

1 Mathew Cronshaw Giordana Pro Racing 02:54:42
2 William Bjergfelt Metaltek KUOTA RT same time
3 Christopher Dredge Spirit Bikes Racing Team same time
4 Rhys Lloyd Metaltek KUOTA RT same time
5 George Wood Richardsons-Trek RT same time
6 Dominic Schils Zannata Cycling Team same time
7 Rhys Howells Richardsons-Trek RT 0:03
8 Andrew Hastings Richardsons-Trek RT 0:24
9 George Harper Giordana Pro Racing 01:17
10 Jack Kirk Private 01:22

1st Matt Cronshaw Team IG Sigma Sport
2nd Yanto Barker Team UK Youth
3rd Samuel Williams NFTO
4th Tobyn Horton Team UK Youth
5th Andrew Hastings Finchley Racing Team
6th Harold Evans Aprire Bicycles
7th Jamie Caldwell MG Maxifuel
8th Rhys Howells
9th Peter Williams Team IG Sigma Sport
10th Marcin Bialoblocki Team UK Youth

1 Marcin Bialoblocki Node 4 – Giordana
2 Mike Northey Node 4 – Giordana st
3 Pete Williams Node 4 – Giordana st
4 Matt Cronshaw Node 4 – Giordana @ 38s
5 James Sampson Node 4 – Giordana @ 42s
6 Matti Stiens Wielerteam Van Eyck @ 44s
7 Jake Hales IG Markets-Sigma Sport st
8 Harold Evans VO2 Development Team st
9 Steve Lampier IG Markets-Sigma Sport st
10 David Nicholls Loughborough Students st

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