Result: PNECC Summer Road Race

Luke Barfoot continued where he left off three weeks ago by winning the PNECC Summer Road Race after claiming top spot and the Bournemouth Jubilee 2-day race

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Result: PNECC Summer Road Race

Saturday 2nd June  | by Graham Robins

Luke Barfoot (Tri UK) continued where he left off three weeks ago by winning the PNECC Summer Road Race after claiming top spot and the Bournemouth Jubilee 2day race. The twenty three year old rider from Yetminster eased away from a group of ten riders just after the bell to solo away on the last lap.

As the finish line approached he had a hard charging Red Walters (Sotonia CC) but managed to hold on to get his arms up with 5secs in hand with John Hale (WORX Factory Racing) a further 2 secs behind. The Portsmouth club made good use of the Owslebury course near to Winchester with a 96km/60mile race for 2nd and 3rd cat riders. The course is often used to host the South divisional championships and is known locally as a tough course.

Today’s riders would have to cover the distance in a total of seven and a half laps of which a lot is climbing. After a week of rain in the area riders were greeted with a sunny morning but soon began to suffer when the sun burnt through mid race. The race rolled away from Owslebury and onto the course proper before the flag is pulled in and the race gets underway. The race stays together on the opening lap before four riders ease off the front and manage to gain a 34secs lead but this gap quickly dropped and soon the four were reeled back into the bunch.
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The four riders along with a fifth soon found themselves back on the front and this time to attack looked like sticking. Our leaders were James Bonham (Southdowns Bikes), Jamie Caldwell (PNECC), Paul Newsome (Project 51) and the Tri UK pair of Sean Post and Giles Greening and they had built a gap of 45secs.

With the laps ticking away the five riders on the front were working well together and it looked like our race winner was going to come from this group. As the riders crossed the line with two laps to go the remainder of the peloton began to splinter and it saw riders clipping of the bunch in search of our leaders. What a difference a lap makes as when the riders crossed the line with the bell ringing we now had just three of the original five leaders but now the lead group had swelled to ten. At this point Barfoot decided to make his move and amidst the shuffling behind his he slipped away to solo the final lap.

As the leaders came into view Barfoot was holding a strong lead but Walters and Hale were not finished. Our leader began to celebrate and had more than enough in his legs to stay away for the win. Walters sat up and was seen clapping the winner home whilst maintaining his second place.

1st Luke Barfoot Tri UK 2hr 34mins 10secs
2nd Red Walters Sotonia CC @5secs
3rd John Hale Worx Factory Racing @7secs
4th Jack Rebours HJL
5th Jack Freeman Meudon Sovereign Pedal Heaven RT
6th Ian Vagg Project 51
7th Simon McNamara Southdowns Bikes- Casso PET
8th Richard Cartland Southdowns Bikes- Casso PET
9th Michael Guilford Meudon Sovereign Pedal Heaven RT
10th Anthony Roberts Meudon Sovereign Pedal Heaven RT

11 Ed Slot
12 Ben Lockett
13 James Peckham
14 Ian Taylor
15 Adam Holleyman
16 Gary Chambers
17 Andrew Carter
18 Mark Greenwood
19 Dexter Fox
20 Brook Elgie
21 Paul Newsome
22 Sean Frost
23 Matthew Allsopp
24 Paul Barnard
25 Christopher Brettell
26 James Bonham
27 Jamie Caldwell
28 Ryan Smith
29 George Skinner
30 Harry Johnson




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