The festive period could prove crucial in deciding the fate of the Imperial Winter Road Racing Series, with Norwood Paragon CC’s Chris Moores taking a second and a first place to go top of the table after five races.
Moores had been a close second behind Sigma Sport rival Jerone Walters for the early rounds of the popular Hillingdon-based series, but he won the Boxing Day event to close the gap on his rival (who was second), before going on to finish second in Sunday’s fifth round, while Walters could only manage sixth.
The attacks came early in Saturday’s race, with Norwood Paragon’s Rudie Marais again the chief aggressor while Team Quest’s Bill Butterworth, Des Gaylor (Kenton RC),
The first main break of the race came from Team Quest’s Edward Summerwell, who broke clear with Marais, but with youth rider Josh Papworth quick to respond and tag onto their wheels. Marais finally cracked, with the strong wind playing a big part in the race, leaving 15-year-old Papworth to battle on with Summerwell.
With 3km remaining, Papworth attacked, and clung on to win ahead of a charging group led in by Moores, while Joe Skelton and Martin Dawkins took third and fourth respectively after a fantastic final kilometre.
Kendros storms to victory in Hog Hill series
After suffering punctures in the previous two rounds, Dulwich Paragon CC rider Cosmo Kendros stormed back to form with victory in the latest round of the Hog Hill Winter Road Race Series.
He was one of three riders who survived until the end of a tough elite category race, with the course taking its toll on the majority of the field – which included GB ace Emma Trott (Halfords Bikehut), who chose to ride in that race rather than the women’s event for training.
After about 30 minutes, riders started to drop out of the back of the bunch, and with 15 minutes to go there were just three at the front, with Kendros being joined by Philip Murrell (Finsbury Park CC) and Mark Perry (Dulwich Paragon CC), who went on to finish second and third respectively.
Pritchard takes convincing win in 'Winter Warmer'
Ceri Pritchard (Bush Healthcare) was a convincing winner of Ogmore Valley Wheelers’ 10-mile Christmas time trial at Resolven, dubbed JD’s Winter Warmer in the Vale of Neath.
Clocking 24min 12sec, Pritchard won the event by two minutes from the promoting club’s Chris Matthews, while his team-mate Richard Beech was third, another 31 seconds off the pace.
The Ogmore also won the team prize. It was the slowest three riders who qualified, and despite fielding three in the top 10, the promoting club still won the event with their lower-placed riders clocking a combined 1hr 28min 19sec.
|Imperial Winter Road Race Series (Hillingdon Circuit, London, round four)|
|1 Chris Moores (||1:12:40|
|2 Jerone Walters (Sigma Sport RT)|
|3 Henry Furniss (WyndyMilla)|
|4 Alexander King (GWR Team)|
|5 Felix English (Team Corridori)|
|6 Paul Alderson (South Western RC)|
|7 Michael Hill (Team Quest)|
|8 Will Fox (Banbury Star CC)|
|9 Keith Lea (Addiscombe CC)|
|10 Jason Streather (VC St Raphael)|
|1 Mark Ottoway (VC Meudon)|
|2 Jonathan Wale (Amersham RCC)|
|3 William Platt (|
|4 Berj Kamtarjian (Hillingdon Triathletes)|
|5 Joe Harris (Reading CC)|
|6 Philip Keen (CC Ashwell)|
|Imperial Winter Road Race Series (Hillingdon Circuit, London, round five)|
|1 Josh Papworth (||1:14:22|
|2 Chris Moores (|
|3 Jo Skelton|
|4 Martin Dawkins (Team Quest)|
|5 Jason Streather (VC St Raphael)|
|6 Jerone Walters (Sigma Sport RT)|
|7 Paul Alderson (South Western RC)|
|8 Sam Grant (Beyond MTB)|
|9 Henry Furniss (WyndyMilla)|
|10 Nick Abraham|
|Youth: Josh Papworth|
|Juniors: Martin Dawkins|
|Women: Danielle King (I-team CC)|
|1 Mark Edwards (Hillingdon Triathletes)|
|2 Dave Ryan (Imperial RT)|
|3 Andrew Britz (|
|4 Joe Harris (Reading CC)|
|5 Simon North (|
|6 Jai Watson (Dulwich Paragon CC)|
|Hog Hill Winter Road Race Series|
|1 Cosmo Kendros (Dulwich Paragon CC)|
|2 Philip Murrell (Finsbury Park CC)|
|3 Mark Perry (Dulwich Paragon CC)|
|4 Simon Bateson (|
|5 Ed Graefe (|
|6 Emma Trott (Halfords Bikehut)|
|Women: Ruth Middleton (VC Londres)|
|1 David Barnes (|
|2 Nick Calverley (Finchley RT)|
|3 Michael Corke (|
|1 Nigel Stephens (Rapha Condor)|
|2 Dan |
|3 Tim Butt (MAD)|
|Ogmore Valley Wheelers 10-mile time trial (Resolven, Vale of Neath)|
|1 Ceri Pritchard (Bush Healthcare)||0:24:12|
|2 Chris Matthews (||0:02:00|
|3 Richard Beech (||0:02:31|
|4 Cliff Voller (Newbury RC)||0:02:57|
|5 Gareth Reece (Tenby Aces CC)||0:03:19|
|6 David Hawkins (Pembrokeshire Velo)||0:04:24|
|7 Brian Jones (||0:04:25|
|8 Paul Griffiths (Acme Wheelers)||0:04:41|
|10 Jon Phillips (Tenby Aces CC)||0:06:27|
|Veterans on standard: Cliff Voller (+2.11)|
|Women: Tanis Hand|
|Tandems: Glyndwr Lewis (Maesteg CC) & Jayson James (Acme Wheelers)||0:02:01|