Report: VC Venta Summer Critérium 1


Will Harper from the Excel Pedal Heaven Academy won the first of the local club VC Venta’s summer crits at Winchester

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Report: VC Venta Summer Critérium 1

Sunday 29th May | By Graham Robins 

Will Harper from the Excel Pedal Heaven Academy won the first of the local club VC Venta’s summer crits held at the South Winchester Park and Ride. He managed to hold off Andy Pickett (Eden Veranda Racing) right on the line and Jason White (Ride 24/7) in a late attack with only a handful of laps to go.


The close racing at the off road safe circuit provided some very fast and close racing in the sunny conditions. In the feature race it took half the race distance of one hour before there was a definitive break but as soon as the ten riders established a gap it very quickly went out over a chase group.

The ten leaders worked hard to maintain their lead and at the 50minute mark they caught the chasing group and after a lap or two finally they all managed to get by. It was at this point the race broke again and quickly Harper, Pickett and White took advantage of a hesitation in the bunch to attack. Harry Veale ( was leading the chase but with just four laps to go the trio on the front did not look like they were going to be caught.

At the bell Harper, Pickett and White were still all together as it stayed this way until they exited the tight bottom bend and Harper and Pickett dropped White. The two now sprinted to the line with Harper taking it by about a wheel.

The earlier 3rd cat race provided some very fast racing and it only took 15miutes of the fifty before a group had formed at the front. Originally seven riders had slipped off the front of the bunch with another rider trying to get across the gap but that was too much for him and he slowly was swept up by the chasing group.

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The group was soon whittled down to five and they were slowly closing in the back of the bunch and at the 35minutes point they managed to pass the second group on the road. The five riders leading the race were eventual winner Ed Slot (Sotonia CC), Paddy Brown (Eden Veranda Racing), Tim Costello (GS Vecchi), Austin Head (VC Revolution) and Matthew Buckley (Abbotts Ann Cycles).

Five women took to the course for a 35mins plus 5 lap race and despite attacks the race mainly stayed together until the finish. At the bell they were together with Lizzy Campbell (BJW) on the front but as the group came back into view it was Kara Perryman (Team Montezuma Hargroves) held a slight lead over Caitlin Peters (i-Team.CC) but Peters was stronger up the rise and claimed the win on the line.

Earlier in the morning the fourth cat riders provided the action but as with most fourth cat races they whole bunch remained together for the entire 35mins of racing with Red Walters (Sotonia CC) claiming the win.

1 William Harper Excel Pedal Heaven Academy
2 Andrew Pickett Eden Veranda Racing
3 Jason White Ride 24/7
4 Alexandar Richardson Excel Pedal Heaven Academy
5 Harry Veale
6 Mike Smith
7 Liam Yates Neon-Velo Cycling Team
8 Daniel Mcquillan Tri UK
9 Jack Freeman VC Meudon
10 Benjamin Marks
11 Lewis Atkins Excel Pedal Heaven Academy
12 Patryk Rucki Skinline Race Club
13 Matthew Bone Hosté TAAP Storck
14 Robert Ormond Fast Test Racing Team
15 David Billings Cycology Sunwise
16 Joseph Andrews Primera-TeamJobs
17 Simon Jodrell HR Owen Maserati RT

3rd Cat only
1 Ed Slot Sotonia CC
2 Patrick Brown Eden Veranda Racing
3 Austin Head VC Revolution
4 Matthew Buckley Abbotts Ann Cycles
5 Tim Costello GS Vecchi
6 Tom Lane Blazing Saddles Cycles
7 Jonathan Hall Sotonia CC
8 Roger Theron Pewsey Velo Cycling Club
9 Robert Baird Blazing Saddles Cycles
10 Brook Elgie Rock N Road Cycles
11 Joseph Clark I-Team Cyclists’ Club
12 James Donovan Portsmouth North End CC
13 James Cooper Rock N Road Cycles

4th Cat only
1 Red Walters Sotonia CC
2 Peter Hodson-Thomas Westbury Wheelers
3 Tristan White DHCyclesport
4 Jack Noble I-Team Cyclists’ Club
5 Ed Clarke Velo Club Venta
6 John Ormshaw Sarum Velo
7 Russell Speight Sotonia CC
8 Spencer Jackson VC Meudon
9 Jacques Van der Kindere
10 Neil Pooley Velo Club Venta
11 Cole Pearce IOW Cycling Club
12 Joffrey Carlier Sotonia CC
13 Max Moyles New Forest CC
14 Sam Stewart Southdown Velo
15 Leigh Banks
16 Richard New Velo Club Venta
17 Alex Platt
18 Matthew Phipps-Taylor Velosport Cycling Club
19 Robert Fryer Portsdown Hill CC

Women E/1/2/3/4
1 Caitlin Peters I-Team Cyclists’ Club
2 Kara Perryman Team Montezuma’s Hargroves Cyc…
3 Lizzy Campbell Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers
4 Angela Burnikell Sotonia CC
5 Laura Bailey 3C Cyclexperience

U16 Girls
1 Caitlin Peters I-Team Cyclists’ Club
2 Toni Wilkes Kent Velo Kids

U14 Girls
1 Izzy Brickell Fareham Wheelers Cycling Club
2 Freya Richardson Portsmouth North End CC
3 Iona Moir Barking & Dagenham CC
4 Rosie Dias Barking & Dagenham CC
5 Ella Lawrence Solent Pirates

U12 Girls
1 Aoife O’Neill Chippenham & Dist Whls
2 Niamh Murphy Cotswold Veldrijden
3 Natasha Hoare Velo Club Venta
4 Ella Connell Sotonia CC

U10 Girls
1 Amber Richardson Portsmouth North End CC
2 Livia Kersley Andover Whls
3 Grace Richardson Portsmouth North End CC
4 Rebecca Carter Palmer Park Velo RT
5 Evelyn Mills Sotonia CC

U8 Girls
1 Zoe Nicholls Solent Pirates
2 Chloe Carter Palmer Park Velo RT

U16 Boys
1 Gabriel Blythe Outdoor Traders Race Team
2 Thomas Gloag VC Londres
3 Charlie Walters Velo Club Venta
4 Lewis Haller Charlotteville CC
5 Will Cooper Team Montezuma’s Hargroves Cyc…
6 Samuel Clark I-Team Cyclists’ Club
7 Liam Hanks Barking & Dagenham CC
8 Conor Chandler Bristol Cycling Development Sq…
9 Freddy Ball Andover Whls
10 Connor Geddes Gillingham and District Wheele…
11 Callum Pike Mullins Cycling Club Hackney
12 James Geddes Gillingham and District Wheele…
13 Barney Clacy Eden Veranda Racing
14 Hugh Johnson Charlotteville CC
15 Rafe Hoile Velo Club Venta

U14 Boys
1 Klaidas Lazickas Barking & Dagenham CC
2 Sam Freeman Solent Pirates
3 Thomas Day Poole Wheelers CC
4 Nathaniel Brookes Gillingham and District Wheele…
5 Matthew Day Solent Pirates
6 Charlie Marshall Barking & Dagenham CC
7 Samuel Butters Sulis Scorpions YCA
8 Alexander Bosley Didcot Phoenix CC
9 Eli Tucker I-Team Cyclists’ Club
10 Leo Johnson Solent Pirates

U12 Boys
1 Noah Hobbs Barking & Dagenham CC
2 Jamie Whitcher Poole Wheelers CC
3 Benjamin Bisson Hillingdon Slipstreamers
4 Calum Moir Barking & Dagenham CC
5 Alexander Uphill Hillingdon Slipstreamers
6 Adam Potter I-Team Cyclists’ Club
7 Dylan Davison Solent Pirates
8 Felix Clacy Chapel Tri-Stars
9 Oscar Pratt Velo Club Venta
10 George Cottrell
11 Dylan Davison Solent Pirates
12 Matthew Gilmour
13 Hugo de-Zilva

U10 Boys
1 Henry Hobbs Barking & Dagenham CC
2 Edward Charles Charlotteville CC
3 Lewis Seaward Solent Pirates
4 Bobby Buenfeld Velo Club Venta
5 Ben Nicholls Solent Pirates
6 Oliver Pettifer Poole Wheelers CC
7 Thomas Hampson Velo Club Venta
8 Finlay Cousins Gosport BMX Club
9 George Connell Sotonia CC
10 Patrick Atkinson Poole Wheelers CC
11 Edward Samson Solent Pirates
12 Jamie Johnson Solent Pirates

U8 Boys
1 Oliver Graham Sotonia CC
2 Luke Davison
3 Frederick Samson Solent Pirates
4 William Harley Sotonia CC
5 Lucas Mills Sotonia CC

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