Report/Result: Wessex CX League Round 8

There were wins today for Adrian Lansley (PedalOn) and Claire Smith (Cotswold Veldrijden) at the latest round of the Wessex League

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Report/Result: Wessex CX League Round 8

Sunday 12th November | by Graham Robins

There were wins today for Adrian Lansley (PedalOn) and Claire Smith (Cotswold Veldrijden) at the latest round of the Wessex League at a muddy Southampton Sports Centre. Both the winners quickly dispatched their fellow riders to lead from the front winning their race comprehensively.

Our hosts today were Sotonia CC who laid out a challenging course made harder by the overnight rain which throughout the day cut the course top layer turning it into a sticky mud which clogged up some riders bikes making running some sections a necessity. The morning was chilly but there was no further rain and sun came out to brighten the course.
As the race got underway Sam Allen (PedalOn) made a good start leading the riders into the woods for the first time. Close behind the Overton based rider was Lansley and Alex Forrester ( along with Tom Sewell (Cotswold Veldrijden) and the promoting teams Tom Budden. In the mix on the early laps was Christopher Rothwell but as the laps ticked away so did the young Swindon riders chances of a podium.

So three laps in to the race and Lansley had pulled out 10secs over Forrester and 12secs on Allen, Rothwell was already sliding back at 40secs. In the middle of the top ten there was a good race within a race as Budden, Michael Guilford (VC Meudon) and Joe Hickerton (BPC Spokes) was locked together. The race was going to be decided by a very busy pit crew jet washing bikes sometimes twice in a lap as riders tried to keep the mud at bay.

With Lansley clear and able to select a clean line on each lap his lead built to around 20secs from Forrester and 34secs to Allen with the remainder losing time on each lap there were no more changes within the top ten. At the finish the top four remained unchanged, with Karl Norfolk (PedalOn) finally managing to pass Budden in the closing stages to take fifth. Budden held on sixth with Hickerton going the other way. One rider losing out was Michael Guilford who was caught and passed by Oscar Hutchings (VC Equip-Flix) in the closing stages, whilst Doug Woolett (Maybush CC) closed out the top ten despite being a lap down.

Claire Smith (Cotswold Veldrijden) was the winner of the combined women’s race but she had to get past a few on the opening lap. Making the early lead on the opening lap was Sarah Barber (North Hants RC) followed by Jennifer Forrester ( and Lindy Larkin (Sarum Velo). However once in her stride Smith quickly dispatched her fellow riders and was soon in amongst the vet50+men.

By the second lap Lydia Brookes (Les Filles) had moved ahead of Forrester but she was unchallenged as next rider was Kate Robson (PedalOn) who was down another 30secs. Holding her position in the mid order was Charlotte Sampson (Hargroves Ridley Montezuma’s), however she was not close enough to get the final podium position in the senior category. With Smith now over a minute up on the chasers it was Harriet Guest and team mate Jessica Conner (Cotswold Veldrijden) who were down in sixth and seventh but secure on the podium in the vet category. The third different category in this race was a junior one and this was won by Connie Stevens (PPV).
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All the action of the day was in the vet50+ race as several riders vied for the lead on the opening couple of laps. The first too lead was Dave McMullen (Cotswold Veldrijden) followed by Kevin Holloway (GS Vecchi) and Gary Barlow (Reading CC) along with Robin Delve (Mid Devon CC) and Mike Williams (Fareham Wheelers).

At the mid race distance and with all the changes taken place it was Barlow who had gravitated to the top ahead of McMullen and Delve although the West country rider was nearly 2mins behind the leader. The top ten also included Holloway and Martyn Dymond (C&N cycle RT) despite the two riders being 2mins 30secs and 3min 30secs behind respectively. The top race positions were now settled and it was only the time gaps that changed as the final laps ticked away.

In the mixed vet40+ and junior race there was a tussle at the front throughout as Paul Lloyd and Dan Guest (Cotswold Veldrijden) who resumed their battle but for the first time in the mud this season. The two riders could not be separated for most of the race as they swapped the lead with each finding different parts of the sticky course to their liking. Angus Hawkins (PPV) was in control of the junior part of the race with Matthew Coulson (PPV) the second junior albeit a further 1min 47secs down.

A rider who has been looking forward to the first mud of the season was Anthony Turner (Cotswold Veldrijden) and he wasted no time cutting through the field picking off riders on each lap and taking a fine fifth place and the final spot on the vet40+ podium. Jay Allen (PedalOn) finished in tenth place but in doing so he took the third step of the junior podium.

A rider in top form and still without a team Euan Macleod led the youth race right from the start to the end. The young Reading based rider set a blistering pace as he opened out a lead of over a minute within a couple of laps and finished 1min 47secs clear of second place rider Max Edgington and 1min 55secs ahead of third place Felix Clacy both from the Solent Pirates youth team. Also unattached Amelia Prior was the winner of the female section of the race.
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Senior Men
1 Adrian Lansley
2 Alexander Forrester RT – Lazer helm…
3 Sam Allen
4 Christopher Rothwell Ride 24/7
5 Karl Norfolk
6 Tom Budden Sotonia CC
7 Joe Hickerton Spokes BPC Racing
8 Oscar Hutchings VCEquipe/FlixOralHygiene/Propu…
9 Michael Guilford VC Meudon
10 Douglas Woollett
11 Caleb Smy Bike Jockey CC
12 Thomas Sewell Cotswold Veldrijden
13 Lee Rutland Army Cycling Union
14 Christopher McGovern Southampton University Road Cl…
15 Daniel Atkins Didcot Phoenix CC
16 Thom Hayward Velo Club Venta
17 Alex Watkins Sarum Velo
18 Tim Doole
19 Kean Wytrykowski
20 Seb Lloyd
21 Thomas Nightingale Cowley Road Condors
22 James Cotty Hargroves-Ridley-Montezuma’s
23 Chris Linney Sotonia CC
24 Graham Hollidge Fareham Wheelers Cycling Club
25 Ryan Smith Morvelo Basso RT
26 David Brazier Sarum Velo
27 Craig Hay Sotonia CC
28 Phil Wilks Sotonia CC
29 Brendan Schofield Cowley Road Condors
30 David Winter Clee Cycles
31 Philip Godfrey Sotonia CC
32 Andrew Haines Cowley Road Condors
33 Gavin Spiers
34 David Bone Racing Club Ravenna
35 Tom Pritchard Hampshire Road Club
36 Kev Tonner Cotswold Veldrijden
37 Alan Collins Portsmouth North End CC
38 Sam Stewart Southdown Velo
39 Paul Crisford
40 Filippo Negroni
41 Patryk Rucki Skinline Race Club
42 Philip Smith
43 Paul Warren Oxonian CC
44 Jack Holdcroft
45 James Schofield Cowley Road Condors
46 James Davenport Nieuw Bos
47 Matthew Cracknell
48 Joel Pedro
49 Tom Baker VC Meudon
50 Michael Williams
51 Peter Meigh Royal Navy & Royal Marines CA
52 Thom Bostock LFGSS CC
53 Adam Greenen North Hampshire RC
54 Darren Sell Sotonia CC
55 Joseph Lowndes Fareham Wheelers Cycling Club
56 Greg Devine
57 Myles Grainger
58 Martin Reeder Poole Wheelers CC

Veteran Men 40-49
1 Paul Lloyd
2 Daniel Guest Cotswold Veldrijden
3 Anthony Turner Cotswold Veldrijden
4 Mike Simpson Beeline Bicycles RT
5 Anthony White Royal Dean Forest CC
6 Tim Hyde
7 Tim Jones Cowley Road Condors
8 Roger Prior VC Jericho
9 Jonathan Hall Sotonia CC
10 Ben Darnton Sotonia CC
11 Nicholas Onslow
12 Paul Jones Cotswold Veldrijden
13 Philip Connell Sotonia CC
14 Edward Gurney Velo Club Venta
15 Matt J Smith Port Talbot Wheelers
16 Peter Kimber Cotswold Veldrijden
17 Adam Frewin
18 William Jones Cowley Road Condors
19 Nigel Bowley I-Team Cyclists’ Club
20 Tyrone Miller Velo Club Venta
21 Robin Short Performance Cycles
22 Brendan Reese Bournemouth Arrow
23 Alan Collins Portsmouth North End CC
24 Michael Miach Imperial Racing Team
25 Andy Sykes Team Quest – The Bike Shop
26 Gavin Law
27 Robert Carter Velo Club Venta
28 Rick Evans Racing Club Ravenna
29 Tim Macfarlane Reading CC
30 Jonathan Grigg Fareham Wheelers Cycling Club
31 Phil Malam GS Vecchi
32 Andy Tucker Banjo Cycles
33 Richard Cooper Hart Evolution Racing Team
34 Carl Langston Cotswold Veldrijden
35 Martin Horner
36 Dave Phillips Cotswold Veldrijden
37 Paul Hudson Hargroves Cycles CC
38 Martin Richardson
39 Keiron Ross
40 Neil Bond
41 Aaron Bartlett Fareham Wheelers Cycling Club
42 Andy Chamberlain
43 Christopher Saunders GS Henley
44 Gary Hill DHCyclesport
45 Charles Smith
46 Keith Loudon
47 Chris Bint Cotswold Veldrijden
48 Jonathan McKee Liss Cycling Club
49 Keith Pitcher
50 Craig Mainprize
51 Kim Lassiter Cotswold Veldrijden
52 Nicholas Austin Sotonia CC
53 Kevin Duffell SCOTT Racing
54 Steve Finn
55 Ian Morris Stonehenge Triathlon and Road
56 Richard Blake Antelope RT
57 Christopher Hughes Velo Club Venta
58 Matthew Knight
59 Wout Davidse Sotonia CC
60 Justin Ridgment Sotonia CC
61 Stephen Shepherd
62 Keith Gandy VC Meudon

Veteran Men 50+
1 Gary Barlow Reading CC
2 Dave McMullen Cotswold Veldrijden
3 Robin Delve Mid Devon CC
4 Kevin Holloway GS Vecchi
5 Martyn Dymond C and N Cycles RT
6 Philip Boarer GS Vecchi
7 Mike Williams Fareham Wheelers Cycling Club
8 Malcolm Cross Velo Club Venta
9 Tim Costello GS Vecchi
10 Chris Hutchings Velo Club Venta
11 Anthony Dyment North Hampshire RC
12 Andrew Cracknell
13 Robert Waller Banjo Cycles
14 David Hobbs Cotswold Veldrijden
15 Robert Tutt Velo Club Venta
16 Lee King
17 Antony Green New Forest CC
18 David Martin Velo Club Venta
19 David Wrey Cycle Club Basingstoke
20 Ray Crosthwaite
21 Peter Hutchinson Cotswold Veldrijden
22 Mitchell Purvis Didcot Phoenix CC
23 Andy Smith Cotswold Veldrijden
24 Chris Wreghitt Second Wind
25 Jed Ellerby Reading CC
26 Martin Hughes Fareham Wheelers Cycling Club
27 Phillip Chinn Fareham Wheelers Cycling Club
28 Kurt Wallin Cotswold Veldrijden
29 Paul Pomfret
30 Robert Cranstone
31 Stephen Robinson North Hampshire RC
32 Richard Bremner North Hampshire RC
33 Mark Allen
34 Simon Worthington GS Vecchi
35 Derick Coppola Four4th
36 Simon Fitzjohn Sotonia CC
37 Martin Turner Nieuw Bos
38 Daniel Clemens Spirit Tifosi Racing Team
39 Dominic Laval Hart Evolution Racing Team
40 Mark Warrington Solent Pirates
41 Robin Adams
42 Alan Kingshott Solent Pirates
43 Michael Webber Andover Whls
44 Andy Grant GS Vecchi
45 Dave Dalton Fareham Wheelers Cycling Club
46 James Peacey Gillingham and District Wheele…
47 Chris Bradley Hargroves Cycles CC
48 Ian Sheldrake Oakley Pedalers
49 Nicholas Friend Wessex Road Club
50 Richard Cheetham GS Vecchi
51 Tim Crumpton VC St Raphael
52 Pete Williams Sarum Velo
53 Russ Wakefield
54 Rob Harrison North Hampshire RC
55 John Johns VC Meudon
56 Mark Wallis
57 Christopher Devine
58 David Jowett Chapel Tri-Stars
59 Tony Dawson Palmer Park Velo RT

Junior Men
1 Angus Hawkins Palmer Park Velo RT
2 Matthew Coulson Palmer Park Velo RT
3 Jay Allen
4 Oliver Nolan
5 Oliver Wise Solent Pirates
6 Matthew Dennis Salisbury Road and Mountain CC
7 Samuel Dawson Palmer Park Velo RT
8 Kyle Wallace Cotswold Veldrijden

1 Claire Smith Cotswold Veldrijden
2 Lydia Brookes Les Filles Queen of the Mounta…
3 Jennifer Forrester RT – Lazer helm…
4 Kate Robson
5 Charlotte Sampson Hargroves-Ridley-Montezuma’s
6 Harriet Guest Cotswold Veldrijden
7 Jessica Conner Cotswold Veldrijden
8 Lindy Larkin Sarum Velo
9 Sarah Barber North Hampshire RC
10 Rachel Clay VC Meudon
11 Lauren Cracknell
12 Sophie White
13 Alison Rothnie Spokes BPC Racing
14 Camilla Powell
15 Melanie Smith Cotswold Veldrijden
16 Laura Bailey IRIS Race Team
17 Deborah Smith Solent Pirates
18 Tracy Cornell North Hampshire RC
19 Gemma Wilks Sotonia CC
20 Carly Hughes Fareham Wheelers Cycling Club
21 Catherine Pascoe New Forest CC
22 Teresa Robbins
23 Christina Gustafson Reading CC
24 Sarah Hickman IRIS Race Team
25 Connie Stevens
26 Alison Ford GS Vecchi
27 Bridget Colloby Andover Whls
28 Samantha Jones Four4th
29 Kym Harvey Fareham Wheelers Cycling Club
30 Beckie Hamilton Cotswold Veldrijden
31 Suzanne Wise C and N Cycles RT
32 Josie Collins
33 Helen Howard Mountain Trax RT
34 Cheryl Reid Cowley Road Condors

U16 Boys
1 Euan Macleod Palmer Park Velo RT
2 Max Edgington Solent Pirates
3 Sam Nanopoulos Solent Pirates
4 Angus Beggin Bicester Millennium CC
5 Sebastian Bowley Owens Cycles
6 Lucas Dixon Solent Pirates
7 Euan Backus Zappi Racing Team
8 Oliver Birch
9 Thomas Green Solent Pirates
10 Eli Tucker I-Team Cyclists’ Club
11 Isaac Warrington Solent Pirates
12 Joshua Hoad Woking Cycling Club
13 Matthew Day Solent Pirates
14 Cian Ware Cotswold Veldrijden
15 Luca D’Arcy Willett Zappi Racing Team

U16 Girls
1 Amelie Prior Zappi Racing Team
2 Isabelle Hinkley Chapel Tri-Stars
3 Alexa Hawkins Palmer Park Velo RT

U14 Boys
1 Felix Clacy Solent Pirates
2 Jed Smithson Hillingdon Slipstreamers
3 Tobias Houghton Fareham Wheelers Cycling Club
4 Nathan Cracknell
5 Oscar Pratt Velo Club Venta
6 Tom Martin Solent Pirates
7 Sacha White Hillingdon Slipstreamers
8 Adam Potter I-Team Cyclists’ Club
9 Lewis Evans Cotswold Veldrijden
10 Finn Hawkins Palmer Park Velo RT
11 George Cottrell
12 Finlay Beggin Zappi Racing Team
13 Josh Horner
14 Drew Tucker Banjo Cycles
15 Jack McGovern Sprockets Cycle Club

U14 Girls
1 Niamh Murphy Cotswold Veldrijden
2 Katie Youp
3 Elena Day Solent Pirates
4 Katie-Anne Calton Solent Pirates
5 Georgina Pasmore Palmer Park Velo RT

Under 12
1 Mackenzie Mellish Zappi Racing Team
2 Thomas Cracknell
3 Edward Charles Charlotteville CC
4 Ben Coppola Hillingdon Slipstreamers
5 Lewis Seaward Solent Pirates
6 Melissa Cooper Spokes BPC Racing
7 Adam Jones Palmer Park Velo RT
8 Miles Horner
9 Judah Hurr Portsmouth North End CC
10 Jacob Matthew
11 Ellen Phillips Cotswold Veldrijden
12 George Connell Sotonia CC
13 Louis Kirk Sotonia CC
14 Greta Carey Palmer Park Velo RT
15 Alex Taylor Oxonian CC
16 Oscar Pasmore Palmer Park Velo RT
17 Huw Watkins Palmer Park Velo RT
18 Edward Samson Solent Pirates
19 Aidan Prior Zappi Racing Team
20 Luca Mascia Cotswold Veldrijden
21 Bobby Byenfield
22 Charlotte Smith Solent Pirates
23 Finley Macfarlane Palmer Park Velo RT
24 Lewis Ridge Palmer Park Velo RT
25 Samuel Ridgment Sotonia CC
26 Anna Patterson
27 Kate Coulson Palmer Park Velo RT
28 James Martin Solent Pirates
29 Josh Chamberlain
30 Harley Taylor
31 Tabitha Ward Oxonian CC
32 Olivia Allman Velo Club Venta
33 Victoria Minelli
34 Amelie Macfarlane Palmer Park Velo RT
35 Monty Wyatt Velo Club Venta
36 Arthur Bond
37 Charlotte Green
38 Luke Onslow
39 Livvy Nanopoulou Solent Pirates
40 Rebecca Carter Palmer Park Velo RT
41 Caitlin Dinning WyndyMilla
42 Emma Harrison
43 Evelyn Mills Sotonia CC

Under 10
1 Cameron Reeves Abergavenny Road Club
2 Sam Genazzini Solent Pirates
3 Wilf Jones Cotswold Veldrijden
4 Lauren Charles Charlotteville CC
5 Noah Potter WyndyMilla
6 Charles Forrester RT – Lazer helm…
7 Benjamin Brindley Solent Pirates
8 Frederick Samson Solent Pirates
9 Stanley Wilkes Solent Pirates
10 Maisie Hamilton-Unwin Cotswold Veldrijden
11 Douglas Forrester RT – Lazer helm…
12 Evie Bramall Solent Pirates
13 Harry Cooper
14 Phoebe Potter WyndyMilla
15 Oliver Patterson
16 Oliver Tooley Poole Wheelers CC
17 George Meynell Cotswold Veldrijden
18 Georgia Lovett Cotswold Veldrijden
19 Sebastian Collins
20 Chloe Carter Palmer Park Velo RT
21 Alexander Hand WyndyMilla
22 Ella Ridgment Sotonia CC
23 Lexie Taylor
24 Jude Lloyd
25 Thomas Wilks Sotonia CC
26 Holly Hurr Portsmouth North End CC
27 Jasmine Bond
28 Aimee Taylor Oxonian CC
29 charlie shepherd
30 Skye Martingale Sotonia CC
31 Alexander Wilkes
32 Seb Reese
33 Isabelle Smith Solent Pirates
34 Thomas Westmore Sprockets Cycle Club
35 Jemima Ward Oxonian CC
36 Conner Jones
37 Adam Short
38 Marit Davidse Sotonia CC
39 Grace O’Neill Solent Pirates
40 Arthur Austin
41 Daniel Tooley Poole Wheelers CC
42 Lucas Mills Sotonia CC
43 Riley Tonner Cotswold Veldrijden
44 Matilda Wilks Sotonia CC
45 Benjamin Smith
46 Jaya Martingale Sotonia CC
47 Isabel Reese
48 Thomas Meigh
49 Isaac Richardson

Novice 16+
1 Graham Beggin Bicester Millennium CC
2 Sarah Fenmor Collins



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