Report: Sotonia Summer Crit 2


Mike Smith was the winner of the second crit promoted by local club Sotonia CC at the South Winchester Park

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Report: Sotonia Summer Crit 2

Sunday 7th August | by Graham Robins

Mike Smith ( was the winner of the second crit promoted by local club Sotonia CC at the South Winchester Park and Ride. After an overcast start to the day the sun soon came out for the E/1/2 race. Smith was in a break of four riders which managed to lap the remaining nine riders three times in the hour plus five lap race.


After fifteen minutes of racing the thirteen starters were whittled down to ten as some found the pace too quick for them. Along with Smith was Oscar Hutchings (Primera-Team Jobs), Paul Double (VC Venta), Joe Hickerton (Eden Veranda Racing) Callum Gillespie (PM) and Patryk Rucki (VC Meudon). There was a small group of four chasers but the gap was going out quickly and the leaders pushed the pace.

After half distance the six leaders became four when we lost Gillespie and Rucki as the leaders pushed on and soon they managed to take a second lap. Not content again the four pushed on and the third lap came just before the end of racing.

So at the bell Smith lead the other three up the finish straight and into the double right hander at the top of the course mindful of the last time he raced here and crashed this time there was to be no mistake as he sprinted up to the line ahead of Hutchings and Double with Hickerton coming in just off the podium place position but having put in a good shift in the race.

In the earlier third cat race of 50mins and five laps nine managed to break clear after 20mins and a lead was established but by half race distance this group was down to five. The leaders had managed to cross the finish line having gained a lap when the was a four rider crash in the chasing group forcing the race to be neutralised for four laps, but once racing got back underway the leading group got back into the swing of things.

The leaders were now able to settle in for the remainder of the race and they stayed together. The lead group consisted of Thomas Denwood (Harrogate Nova CC), Andrew Mackay (Sotonia CC), Brook Elgie (Rock N Road), Neil Burningham (PM ) and Matthew Buckley (Abbotts Ann Cycles).

The race all came down to a sprint with Denwood winning the sprint from Mackay on the line with Elgie taking the third podium spot.
In the fourth cat race Tom Budden from the promoting club Sotonia CC attacked as soon as the race started quickly building a lead in the 35minute plus 5lap race.

At ten minutes his lead was already over ten seconds and he increased it lap on lap until the 28minute when he made the junction to the back of the field taking a lap. Not content to just sit there Budden eased his way through the bunch to at one point lead the group. Towards the end of the race Budden with the job done now slipped back into the middle of them. In what was left of the race Budden’s team mate Ben Hames won the bunch sprint from Ben Smith VC Venta.

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1 Mike Smith Cycleworks
2 Oscar Hutchings Primera-TeamJobs
3 Paul Double Velo Club Venta
4 Joe Hickerton Eden Veranda Racing
5 Patryk Rucki Skinline Race Club
6 Calum Gillespie
7 Jack Noy
8 Theo Webb Velo Club Venta
9 Richard Unwin VC Meudon
10 Mark Greenwood VC Meudon
11 Ben Scott-Munden Sotonia CC
12 Luke Hind EM Velocita

3rd Cat only
1 Thomas Denwood Harrogate Nova CC
2 Andrew Mackay Sotonia CC
3 Brook Elgie Rock N Road Cycles
4 Neil Burningham
5 Matthew Buckley Velo Club Venta
6 Red Walters Sotonia CC
7 Jonathan Hall Sotonia CC
8 Charlie Cooper Eden Veranda Racing
9 Andrew Lindsay PMCC
10 Mark Valentine Poole Wheelers CC
11 Tom Temple Primera-TeamJobs
12 Chris Hutchings Velo Club Venta
13 Neil Dunn Pretorius Bikes
14 Charlie Walters Velo Club Venta
15 Russell Speight Sotonia CC
16 George Creasey Bournemouth Arrow/Hotel Collin…
17 John Hind Bolsover & District Cycling Cl…

4th Cat only
1 Tom Budden Sotonia CC
2 Benjamin Hames Sotonia CC
3 Ben Smith Velo Club Venta
4 Ben Kavanagh Chippenham & Dist Whls
5 Sam Stewart Southdown Velo
6 Daniel Pullen SunSport Velo
7 Robert Fryer Portsdown Hill CC
8 Russell Thomson Wightlink,LCM Systems Cycle RT
9 Shane Banks
10 George Karta Sotonia CC
11 David Martin Velo Club Venta
12 Nicholas Hale Farnborough & Camberley CC
13 Kevin Easterbrook Royal Air Force CA
14 David Cooper Wightlink,LCM Systems Cycle RT
15 Robin Worman Royal Navy & Royal Marines CA
16 Alfie Marles Velo Club Venta
17 Fraser Hughes
18 Tony Clack Farnborough & Camberley CC
19 Giles Short

U16 Boys
1 Harry Gillett Solihull CC
2 Conor Chandler Bristol Cycling Development Sq…
3 Gabriel Blythe Outdoor Traders Race Team
4 Tom Temple Primera-TeamJobs
5 Jamie Bray Chippenham & Dist Whls
6 Ollie Suatt VC Meudon
7 Barney Clacy Eden Veranda Racing
8 Alex Gulliford Bath Cycling Club
9 Hugh Johnson Charlotteville CC

U16 Girls
1 Mercy Webb Velo Club Venta
2 Freya Thatcher Liv Cycling Club – Epic Coachi…

U14 Boys
1 Nathaniel Brookes Gillingham and District Wheele…
2 Rory Brookes Gillingham and District Wheele…

U14 Girls
1 Izzy Brickell Fareham Wheelers Cycling Club
2 Freya Richardson Portsmouth North End CC

U12 Boys
1 Peter Drabble VC Meudon
2 Felix Clacy Chapel Tri-Stars
3 Oscar Pratt Velo Club Venta
4 George Cottrell
5 Matthew Gilmour Velo Club Venta
6 James Greenwood
7 Hugo de-Zilva

U12 Girls
1 Madeline Cooper Eden Veranda Racing
2 Aoife O’Neill Chippenham & Dist Whls
3 Emily Morris Charlotteville CC

U10 Boys
1 Oliver Morgan Solent Pirates
2 Alfie Fell Solent Pirates

U10 Girls
1 Rose-Marie Moncrieffe VC Londres
2 Melissa Cooper Eden Veranda Racing
3 Anna Patterson
4 Amber Richardson Portsmouth North End CC
5 Livia Kersley Andover Whls
6 Grace Richardson Portsmouth North End CC
7 Evelyn Mills Sotonia CC

1 Harrison Hendy IOW Cycling Club
2 Oliver Graham Sotonia CC
3 Jack Morgan Solent Pirates
4 Isaac Homewood Solent Pirates
5 Lauren Charles Charlotteville CC
6 Isabella Hall Sotonia CC
8 Joshua Graham Sotonia CC
9 Skye Martingale Sotonia CC
9 Oliver Patterson
11 Lucas Mills Sotonia CC



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