Report: Velo Club Venta Summer Criteriums


Wins for Ed Palfreeman (Corley Drops) Jo Tindley (Team WNT), Andy Haigh (Brixton CC) and Anthony Gritton (DHC Racing) at round 4 of the VC Venta Summer Criteriums

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Velo Club Venta Summer Criteriums 4 of 4
Sunday 16th August | by Graham Robins

At the fourth and final summer crit promoted by VC Venta there were wins for Ed Palfreeman (Corley Drops) Jo Tindley (Team WNT), Andy Haigh (Brixton CC) and Anthony Gritton (DHC Racing) on the demanding park and ride circuit alongside the M3 just south of Winchester.


The E/1/2 race was well supported and was 60mins +5laps in distance. The 1km circuit was dry and there was little to no wind to disturb the riders. The pace was very fast right from the outset with riders from putting the string along. It took until the tenth minute before we had a clear leader when William Goulbourne (Corley Drops) broke away and built up a lead of 10secs, a lead he held for twelve minutes until there was a re-group.

Whilst the pace stayed high over the next ten minutes different riders tried to break away but the attentive bunch quickly closed any attacks down. Matt Downie (unattached) and Mike Smith ( and Andy Shackel (Team Wiggle) tried to drive the pace on the front but there never really was a gap to record.

With the sixty minutes up Ed Palfreeman (Corley Drops) attacked the bunch coming out of the bottom bend and quickly built up a lead, which soon went out to 10secs. The bunch was now rolling through not really committed to chase Ed down and this was their un-doing. At the bell Ed’s lead was 12secs and he managed to hold on to most of it and finished ahead of a chasing pack by 8secs at the finish.

The women’s race was 35mins +3laps with only seven entries. Within the first few laps a strong group of five riders formed up and eased away and these five all stayed together for the remainder of the race. At the bell the leaders were still altogether and at the bottom bend Jo Tindley (Team WNT) powered her way up the rise to win the bunch sprint.

The third cat race was 50mins+3laps and this race despite the very fast pace remained together throughout, and all came down to a bunch sprint.

The fourth cat race was 35mins and 5laps and this race provided some good attacking racing but it did take half the race distance until a group of three broke away. The three held a small lead until a re-group, but as soon as the bunch came back together another attack went away and this one was to be the decisive move.

The leading group of Mike Hopkins (, Ant Gritton (DHC Racing), David Baxter (Sotonia) and Felix Wilkinson (VelotonTeam) built up a lead of 13secs over 4 chasers and they managed to hold onto this lead until with three laps to go Ant attacked and managed to get away which he held onto the finish.


1 Finn O’Brien Hillingdon Slipstreamers
2 Evelyn Mills Andover Whls
3 Lucas Mills Andover Whls

U10 Boys
1 Joseph O’Brien Hillingdon Slipstreamers
2 Benjamin Bisson Hillingdon Slipstreamers
3 Callum Robins Solent Pirates
4 Dylan Davison Solent Pirates
5 Bobby Buenfeld Gosport BMX Club

U10 Girls
1 Bobbie O’Brien Hillingdon Slipstreamers
2 Niamh Murphy Cotswold Veldrijden
3 Emily Moreve Hillingdon Slipstreamers

1 Nathaniel Brookes Gillingham and District Wheele…
2 Alexander Uphill Hillingdon Slipstreamers
3 Elliot Moreve Hillingdon Slipstreamers
4 Abigail Old Hillingdon Slipstreamers
5 Jamie Whitcher Solent Pirates
6 Finlay Sambrook Smith
7 Oscar Pratt Velo Club Venta

U14 Boys
1 Liam Hanks Barking & Dagenham CC
2 Charlie Walters Velo Club Venta
3 Archie Peet Team Milton Keynes
4 Klaidas Lazickas Barking & Dagenham CC
5 Freddy Ball Andover Whls
6 Thomas Day Poole Whls CC

U14 Girls
1 Caitlin Peters Fareham Wheelers Cycling Club
2 Molly Konchesky Barking & Dagenham CC

U16 Boys
1 Will Cooper I-Team Cyclists’ Club
2 Tom Temple Bournemouth Arrow/Hotel Collin…
3 Gabriel Blythe Outdoor Traders Race Team
4 Kyle Henderson I-Team Cyclists’ Club
5 Matthew Grey Newbury RC

U16 Girls
1 Caitlin Peters Fareham Wheelers Cycling Club

4th Cat only
1 Anthony Gritton DHC Racing
2 David Baxter Sotonia CC
3 Michael Hopkins
4 Andy Haigh Brixton Cycles Club
5 Kyle Bateman Swallowfield Velo Club
6 Adam Downing
7 Robert Fryer Portsdown Hill CC
8 Warren Holton
9 Norman Blissett In Gear Quickvit Trainsharp RT
10 William Lloyd PHIAN RACING
11 Felix Wilkinson Veloton Team
12 Kevin Easterbrook Royal Air Force CC
13 Dennis Keene Army Cycling Union
15 Liam Barr Charlotteville CC
16 David Carter GS Vecchi

Women’s E/1/2/3/4
1 Jo Tindley Team WNT
2 Laura Clode VC St Raphael
3 Phoebe Speck Ride 24/7
4 Rebecca Carter Team WNT
5 Georgina Panchaud
6 Charlotte Sampson Zappi’s Racing Team
7 Hayley Preston Southampton University RC

3rd Cat only
1 Ben Scott-Munden Sotonia CC
2 Joe Hickerton Eden Veranda Racing
3 Robert Baird Blazing Saddles Cycles
4 James Fulcher Portsdown Hill CC
5 Matthew Buckley Andover Whls
6 Nathan Marks Eden Veranda Racing
7 Simon Potter WyndyMilla
8 Mark Valentine Poole Whls CC
9 Darren Orchard Mud, Sweat n Gears CC
10 Chris Hutchings Velo Club Venta
11 Phil Wilks Sotonia CC
12 Daniel Baker Team Moore Fitness RC
13 William Blunt Army Cycling Union
14 Duncan Clark University College London Unio…
15 Aidan Williams Swallowfield Velo Club
16 Pete Carter

1 Edward Palfreeman Corley Cycles – Drops RT
2 Lewis Atkins Pedal Heaven RT
3 Benjamin Marks
4 Kieran Blay
5 Jamie Pine Pedal Heaven RT
6 William Goulbourne Corley Cycles – Drops RT
7 Andy Shackel Team Wiggle
8 Mike Smith
9 Oscar Hutchings Bikeshed – Exeter Uni
10 George Stainton-Ellis Team Moore Fitness RC
11 Joel Natale Dulwich Paragon CC
12 Matthew Downie Eden Veranda Racing
13 Rob Sharland Paceline RT
14 James Local Neon-Velo Cycling Team
15 Andrew Pickett Eden Veranda Racing
16 Patryk Rucki Skinline Race Club
17 James Franklin Velo Club Venta
18 Ben Sumner Beeline Bicycles RT
19 Matthew Clarke London Dynamo
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