Result: Doltcini Classic Road Race

Oliver Barbieri led home a team one to five top finish in the Doltcini Classic Road Race in Essex on Sunday

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Result: Doltcini Classic Road Race

Doltcini Classic Road Race, Tolleshunt D’Arcy, near Maldon, Essex Sunday 26th February
by Fergus Muir 

The Spirit Tifosi Racing Team dominated this 77 mile race to the extent that they provided not only winner Oliver Barbieri but also filled the next four places, as well as seventh and ninth to boot. Top member of a rival team was sixth placed Jacob Tipper (Brother/NRG) while the top ten was completed by Oliver Bates (Wellingborough Cycles, 8th) and Kent Rider Joseph Sutton (10th), the latter just about to join his Goma Dakwerken team in Belgium.

With five Elite and First Cat entries, Spirit Tifosi were the strongest team on paper and they successfully carried out their plan to attach two riders to every break by rival teams. Strada Sport’s smaller team of Second and Third Cats tried to respond, but were worn down by the finish, with an exhausted Tommy Power their top finisher in 13th spot.

Catford/Banks had four strong riders one of their two Elite men Josh Lawless was involved in a second lap crash and faced a long chase to rejoin. The new seven mile circuit consisted of rolling, swirling, mostly neatly hedged roads in an elongated triangle across which a strong south-west wind was blowing. Consequently the field was nearly always in a crosswind with just a short tailwind section from Tolleshunt D’Arcy to Salcott X-Rds.

A fast first lap saw several competitors dropped while the crash on the second lap delayed others. Tom Fitzpatrick (Spirit Tifosi) and James Jobber (Catford/Banks) made an early attack. Then Joe Evans (Madision Genesis), Tommy Power (Strada Sport) and Spirit’s Marcus Burnett made a foray off the front which split the field.

Entering Tolleshunt D’Arcy after 80 minutes racing there was a large lead group with Brother NRG riders at the front, with a second group about half a minute back, with the remains of the bunch 1:45 behind the leaders. Two and a quarter hours after the start Barbieri (Spirit) lea the race up Barn Hall Hill with Evans (Madison/Genesis) and one rider each from Brother/NRG and Goma Dakwerken for company. The bunch was by now out of contention, over three minutes down.

At the finish line with one lap to go Barbieri and Jack Waller led across the line, teammates Passfield and Burnett were each bridging alone and the chase group now led by Evans were at 1:15. At the finish Barbieri led Waller, Burnett and Passfield. Fitzpatrick completed the Spirit quintet, 31 seconds down, while Jacob Tipper (Brother/NRG) led the chasers in at 0:58 seconds.

Dom Schils from the Velo Schils team who had provided most of the excellent organisation, took 17th spot while Morris Bacon (Strada Sport) headed the bunch, 5:30 behind the winner.


1st Oliver Barbieri- Spirit Tifosi Racing Team 3:09:00
2nd Jack Waller- Spirit Tifosi Racing Team
3rd Marcus Burnett- Spirit Tifosi Racing Team
4th Charlie Passfield- Spirit Tifosi Racing Team +00:04
5th Tom Fitzpatrick- Spirit Tifosi Racing Tea +00:31
6th Jacob Tipper- Brother NRG Driverplan +00:58
7th Jake Hales- Spirit Tifosi Racing Team
8th Oliver Bates- Wellingborough Cycles Race Team
9th Stanley Kennett- Spirit Tifosi Racing Team
10th Joseph Sutton- Goma Dakwerken vdb Steenhouwe
11th Matthew Webster- Catford CC Equipe/Banks
12th Alexander Richardson- Bike Channel Canyon
13th Thomas Power- Strada Sport
14th Joe Evans- Madison Genesis
15th Thomas Timothy- Brother NRG Driverplan
16th Ben Foames- Goma Dakwerken vdb Steenhouwe
17th Dominic Schils- Velo Schils Interbike +05:12
18th Lewis Winfield- VC Londres
19th Morris Bacon- Strada Sport +05:30
20th Joshua Lawless- Catford CC Equipe/Banks
21st Sean Townsend- Latchem Sunwise Race Team
22nd Tom Yiangou- Neon Velo Cycling Team
23rd Jack Hardwicke- Strada Sport
24th Peter Merritt- Goma Dakwerken vdb Steenhouwe
25th Sam Toy- Velo Schils Interbike
26th Fabian Horrocks- Team Vision Innovative Leisure




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