Startlist: Victor Berlemont Trophy

Provisional startlist for the Victor Berlemont Trophy, a 108 mile National B event at Oxfordshire on Sunday

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Startlist: Victor Berlemont Trophy

Preview from Chris Lovibond

In spite of the ever increasing difficulties of road race organisation, the Victor Berlemont Trophy race, a classic southern event, has survived for a 2019 edition. This is the result of much hard work by promoter Patrick Kavanagh and the enthusiasm of the race’s mentor Doug Collins. This year’s race is on the shorter Woodcote course due to gas mains work in Goring, but the circuit to be used this Sunday is the same as that used for the Central Region Road Race Championship which was widely accepted as a worthy course for a championship. Although entries were initially slow to arrive, the final tally was 130 would be entrants for the 80 places available.

This shorter version turns left off the B4009 at South Stoke onto the Woodcote Road, to climb the picturesquely named Catsbrain Hill. An extra lap has been added to retain the original distance. Organiser Patrick Kavanagh said: “Although we would have preferred to use the longer course this shorter variation is an equally good challenge and at the same distance will provide a hard race for a full field of excellent quality E/1/2 riders”

Some details of riders to watch out for on Sunday.

Charlie Quarterman – Zappi Racing Team

Local rider Charlie Quarterman is the Central Region road race champion and U23 TT champion, his performance in stage 7 of the U23 Giro d’Italia this year turned many heads when he rode alone from the peloton to a strong breakaway and held off a chasing bunch. Charlie is tipped to move to a professional team on the continent in 2020 but for now he is targeting the Victor Berlemont Trophy.

Spirit – Tifosi Racing Team send their top six riders on Sunday with a clear aim to win, last year’s combativity winner Jordan Peacock returns and the team is led by Rupert Graham who starts as number 1 who finished second last year after torrential all day rain. Team owner and manager Russel Rowles has supported the race for many years and has made it clear he always comes to the race with a plan to win, but this year his focus is sharper.

Former winner Ashley Cox – Flamme Rouge Cycling Team is sure to be in the mix as his local knowledge and legendary nose for a breakaway is sure to see him at the front on the short Woodcote course this year.

Cycling Sheffield Giant send three riders this year but team manager Dave Coulson sends his top riders who are all elites, Joseph Clarke, Louis Szymanski and Kieran Savage who is current Yorkshire regional road race champion. All three of these riders could be capable of winning and can play the tactical race plan that team manager Dave will be sure to have ready.

James Boyman – Hoops Velo comes to this year’s race with high confidence after a recent strong performance to take second at the Didcot Phoenix “Rising Phoenix” national B road race. This year has seen James in the top 20 of 8 national B road races with a second place at the Les Ingman Memorial Road Race and fourth in the South East Men’s Regional Road Championships.

Joe Laverick – Madison Genesis is the rider many are coming to see, he is the youngest rider in the team and has many fans across the sport. A strong time triallist who represented GB in Innsbruck last year his first year at U23 has shown great promise and will want to show his ability over 108 miles in a strong field.

This event should be rewarding for spectators as well as for the competitors and it is set in excellent cycling country, within easy reach of a day’s ride from London. We hope to see some of you on the day!

1 Rupert Graham Spirit Tifosi Racing Team Elite
2 Frazier Carr Spirit Tifosi Racing Team 1st
3 George Clark Spirit Tifosi Racing Team 2nd
4 Charlie Passfield Spirit Tifosi Racing Team 1st
5 Jordan Peacock Spirit Tifosi Racing Team 1st
6 Charles Walker Spirit Tifosi Racing Team Elite
7 Chris McNamara Nuun-Sigma Sports-London RT 1st
8 Barnabas Purbrook Nuun-Sigma Sports-London RT Elite
9 Nathan Blackmore Flamme Rouge Cycling Team 2nd
10 Ashley Cox Flamme Rouge Cycling Team Elite
11 William Scott Flamme Rouge Cycling Team Elite
12 Joseph Clark Cycling Sheffield Giant Sheffield Elite
13 Kieran Savage Cycling Sheffield Giant Sheffield Elite
14 Louis Szymanski Cycling Sheffield Giant Sheffield Elite
15 Tobias Dahlhaus Richardsons-Trek RT 1st
16 Rhys Howells Richardsons-Trek RT Elite
17 Luke Ryan Richardsons-Trek RT 1st
18 Shaun Cook Nopinz Symec Race Team 1st
19 Lee Frost Nopinz Symec Race Team Elite
20 Nathan Hallett Nopinz Symec Race Team 2nd
21 George Smith Nopinz Symec Race Team Elite
22 Matt Clarke Wheelbase CabTech Castelli 1st
23 Matthew Clarke Wheelbase CabTech Castelli 1st
24 Finn Crockett Wheelbase CabTech Castelli 1st
25 Stephen Bradbury SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling Elite
26 Ben Hardy SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling 1st
27 Andrew Turner SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling Elite
28 Jonathan Fowles Crimson Orientation Marketing RT 1st
29 Tarn Fynn Crimson Orientation Marketing RT 1st
30 Elliot Harrison Crimson Orientation Marketing RT Elite
31 Richard Gildea Didcot Phoenix CC 2nd
32 Thomas Nightingale Didcot Phoenix CC 2nd
33 James Chapman Team PB Performance 1st
34 Sion Harlow Team PB Performance 1st
35 Nicholas Cooper ActiveEdge Race Team 1st
36 Joe Hill ActiveEdge Race Team 1st
37 Samuel Woodfield ActiveEdge Race Team Elite
38 Patrick Biel ZeroBC 2nd
39 Gregory Fitzek ZeroBC 2nd
40 Harrison Knight ZeroBC 2nd
41 Oliver Hayward Holohan Coaching Race Team 1st
42 Aled Jones VCEquipe/FlixOralHygiene/Propulse Elite
43 Sebastian Garry High Wycombe Cycling Club 1st
44 Oliver Hucks High Wycombe Cycling Club 2nd
45 James Haydon Leisure Lakes 1st
46 Callum Slade Vector Cycling Race Team 2nd
47 Lawrence Carpenter Team Wiggins Le Col Elite
48 Tom Elwood Team LDN Elite
49 John Hale WORX Factory Racing Elite
50 David Hewett BC Private Member Elite
51 Hayden Allen THRE Datawolves RT 1st
52 James Boyman Hoops Velo 1st
53 Rhys Clegg PMR 1st
54 Andrew Critchlow 1904 RT 1st
55 Michael Krukov Team LDN 1st
56 Joseph Laverick Madison Genesis 1st
57 Gruffudd Lewis Ribble Pro Cycling 1st
58 Daniel McDermott BC Private Member 1st
59 Christopher Owram PDQ Cycle Coaching 1st
60 Roman Piotrowski Wolfe RT 1st
61 Billy Robinson PMRR 1st
62 Eliot Ward BC Private Member 1st
63 Tom Wiley Team LDN 1st
64 Joshua Avery Team Vision Innovative Leisure 2nd
65 George Beck BIKESTRONG-KTM 2nd
66 James Bevan Army Cycling Union 2nd
67 Cameron Cragg Project 51 2nd
68 Alexander Cross Meudon Pedal Heaven Le Col RT 2nd
69 Joe Harris Velo Schils – Interbike RT 2nd
70 William Lewis Cycle Club Bridgnorth RWG 2nd
71 Ross Mallen Royal Air Force CA 2nd
72 Tom Mansfield BIKESTRONG-KTM 2nd
73 Peter Merritt TBW23 Stuart Hall Gett Taxi 2nd
74 Jody Paxman Team LDN 2nd
75 Adam Przedrzymirski London Dynamo 2nd
76 Ellis Pullinger THRE Datawolves RT 2nd
77 Julian Roche Otley CC 2nd
78 George Skinner Primera-TeamJobs 2nd
79 Jon Woolrich Velo Sport Jersey 2nd
80 Pat Wright Paceline RT 2nd



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