Report & Result: Imperial Winter Series Final

Bitterly cold day with snow in the air for the final round of the 2016/17 Imperial Winter Series at Hillingdon on Saturday

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Report & Result: Imperial Winter Series Final

Round 9 Saturday 11th February 2017

The final Imperial Winter series races were fittingly fought out on a bitterly cold day with snow in the air and although the snow was weak the racing wasn’t. For sure a few people were put off but Hillingdon is a circuit and a surface for all seasons and Imperial’s commitment to provide racing despite the weather is more than matched by the rider’s enthusiasm to compete.

The 4th cat race started with a reduced field of 43 riders but the racing was brisk with the first serious attack from Johnathan Sargeant, then later by Matty Earles (Lovelo Cinelli RT). Alex Randell (Twickenham CC) made a serious move off the front with 5 km to go and Nathan Bond and Robbie Collison (Cranleigh CC) moving across. Meti Gashi (Watford Velosport) led at the bell, but on the line Rufus Greenway (Twickenham CC) claimed the victory from Neil Ashton (Wycombe CC) with Darren Marshall (Kingston Wheelers) in third place. Greenway has made impressive progress throughout the series and with many of his clubmates having cut their teeth in these races it was apt that he should conclude it with a win.

The E/1/2/3 race was typical of an end of series race with many seeking to defend their overall position and others recognising the opportunity that this presents. The first serious move after 10 km saw Tim O’Rourke (Imperial RT), Graham Crow (Handsling RT), Hadyn James (Spokes B.P.C. Racing), Jon Shillingford (Thames Velo) move clear with Rupert Graham (Sigma Sport) and Ross Greening (Velosport CC) chasing.

They closed the gap but O’Rourke had a problem and had a lap out, Jack Patmore (Wellingborough Cycles) seemed to be closing but faded, but finally the four got together and pulled away for a 90 second lead. Adam Thompson (Spokes BPC Racing) went off which left the three – Crow, Graham, and James – lapping at a consistent pace just over 2mins/lap.
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As they closed the gap to lap the field Crow seemed to falter and James got tangled up in the main group. Rupert Graham needed no encouragement and pressed on the claim his first win. Mightily impressive for a rider who started the series as a 4th cat!

Another strong ride came from Arlen Vartazarian (Regents Park Rouleurs) who again sensed indecision in the main group and charged away on his own culminating in a 4th place. Graham’s strong performances in both categories and willingness to push ahead were pretty impressive and he was awarded La ferme des Bélugues Combativity Prize.

Series leader Tom Hargreaves (Nuun-Sigma Sport) rode an intelligent race staying clear of trouble winning the bunch sprint for 5th and securing the overall win. Daniel Cooper (Regents Park Rouleurs) held onto 2nd and Damien Clayton (Mono CC) took third.

Imperial Winter Series 2016/17 1st Tom Hargreaves (Nuun-Sigma Sport) 2nd Daniel Cooper (Regents Park Rouleurs)3rd Damien Clayton (Mono CC)

Cats E/ 1/ 2
1st Graham Crow Handsling RT 1 190
2nd Hadyn James Spokes BPC Racing 2 180
3rd Arlen Vartazarian Regents Park Rouleurs 2 170
4th Tom Hargreaves Nuun-Sigma Sport- London RT E 160
5th Damien Clayton Mono CC 2 150
6th Tyler Lemmon TBW Bottecchia Wigmore RT 2 140
7th Tristan Grigalis PMR@Toachim House 2 130
8th Jerzy Kuzminski London Bicycle Workshop 2 120
9th Edmond Irwin SD Racing Team 2 110
10th Will Scott unattached 3 80
11th Ieuan Woods Catford CC 3 70
12th James McCarthy Twickenham CC 2 30
13th James Gray VC Londres 2
14th Tobias Dahlhaus London dynamo 2
15th Adam Thompson Spokes BPC Racing 2
16th Darren Yorston SD Racing 2
17th William Raymond VCL 3
18th Ben Scott-Munden Sotonia CC 3
19th Daniel Cooper Regents Park Rouleurs 2
20th Jon Shillingford Thames Velo 2
21st Ben Smith Welwyn Wheelers 2
22nd Robin Basford Wyndymilla 2
23rd Tim O’Rourke Imperial Racing Team 2

3rd Cats
1st Rupert Graham Sigma Sport 200
2nd Ian Tucker Twickenham CC 100
3rd Anthony Lazarus Velosport CC 90
4th Daniel Moll unattached 60
5th Mark Edgley Dulwich Paragon CC 50
6th Adam Reynolds Mono CC 40
7th Michael Pollitt London Dynamo 20
8th Christopher Roberts Velosport CC 10
9th Steven Heatley WDMBC/Specialized Ruislip
10th Peter Clifton Twickenham CC
11th Henry Charrington London Dynamo
12th Bob McGlue HWCC
13th Michael Ing Amersham RCC
14th Paul Dutton SD Racing
15th Harvey Weinberger G.S.Henley
16th Sam Hodges Pearson Cycling Club
17th Jacek Nowosielski unattached
18th Peter Shaw VC Revolution
19th Ross Greening Velosport CC
20th Keith Chanter London Dynamo
21st Daren Austin Twickenham CC
22nd James Ferguson SD Racing
23rd James Leach Imperial Racing Team
24th Chris Nicholls Regents Park Rouleurs
25th Warren Vye Farnborough & Camberley CC
26th Ed Everett unattached
27th Fabos Young Wellingborough Cycles
28th Jack Patmore Wellingborough Cycles
29th Dylan Hubble Thames Velo
30th Luke Stratford Farnborough & Camberley CC
31st Simon Parton Cotswold Velidrijen
32nd Ollie Rastall Farnborough and Camberley CC

Round 9 4th Cats
1st Rufus Greenway Twickenham CC
2nd Neil Ashton Wycombe Cycling Club
3rd Darren Marshall Kingston Wheelers
4th Edward Flight London Dynamo
5th Philip Bellingham Welwyn Wheelers
6th Nathan Bond unattached
7th Alex Randall Twickenham CC
8th Craig Cole SD Racing
9th Simon Pearce Berkhamsted CC
10th Andrew Knott Welwyn Wheelers CC
11th Matty Earles Lovelo Cinelli RT
12th Robert Broderick Watford Velo Sport
13th Robbie Collison Cranleigh Cycling Club
14th Steve Fell Thames Velo
15th John Stokes-Whittaker Club Bike Beans
16th Martyn Wisken Hemel Hempstead CC
17th Alan Nixon Amersham RCC
18th Johnathan Sargeant unattached
19th Scott Shellien-Walker SD Racing Team
20th James McGahern Lovelo Cinnelli RT
21st Alex Windett Dulwich Paragon CC
22nd Stu Hawkins Portsmouth North End CC
23rd Andrew Helme unattached
24th Gary Kenny Watford Velo Sport
25th Sam Gregson Velosport
26th Anthony Attwood San Fairy Ann CC
27th David Clarke London Dynamo
28th Michael Kazer Lovelo Cinelli RT
29th Andy Murray Twickenham CC
30th James Parkes Army Cycling Union
31st Meti Gashi Watford Velo Sport
32nd Matthew Woodcraft Rapha CC
33rd Glenn Haworth unattached
34th Alastair Blowers VCGH
35th Piotr Wojda unattached
36th Daniel Goldsmith Twickenham CC
37th Tony Clack Farnborough & Camberley CC
38th Ken Houlberg Portsmouth North End CC
39th Tommy Wong Berkhamsted CC
40th Panos Parpas Dulwich Paragon
41st Vincent Hancock Lovelo Cinelli RT
42nd Philip Johnson unattached
43rd Orlando Whitehead University College London Union



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