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Road Race Results - 2004

Easterley Falling Leaves Road Race - 65m

Sunday 5th September 2004 - Littlebury Green - 2/3/4

A break of 8 riders escaped around half distance in the hot conditions that belied the title of the road race including eventual winner David McLean (Sherwood CC) who had earlier been involved with a crash caused by a touch of wheels that brought 10 riders down. They were joined by Ron Hewes (Harlow CC) and Tony Bradford (North Road CC) and these 10 stayed clear to finish a minute ahead of the bunch.
The Easterley's own Paul Martin was involved in the crash and although unhurt, called it a day after losing time.

2:48:34 1 46David Mclean Sherwood CC
" 2 34Phil Holloway Southend Wheelers
" 3 12Nick Hastler Essex Roads CC
" 4 49Steve Murrell Tri and Run
" 5 19Michael Gardner Glendene CC / Bike Trax
" 6 43Mark Simmonds Kingsworth Int. Whls / Nico Sport / Lapage
" 7 27Tony Bradford North Road CC
" 8 23Ron Hewes Harlow CC / Dalkia / Impsort
" 9 18Mark Porter Glendene CC / Bike Trax
" 102 Matthew Dicker Cambridge CC
@ 10 sec 119 Ben Nicholson Eastern Region Velo / Bianchi UK
@ 20 sec 1216Tony Woodcock Glendene CC / Bike Trax
@ 23 sec 1354John Earl Cambridge University CC
@ 1:00 1469Tim Williams Cambridge CC
" 1556Hugh Vivian Finsbury Park CC
@ 1:15 1658Lawrence OldershawIndependant / Well Fit & Well Ltd / High 5
" 1766John Bartram Interbike RT / Boyer / Schils / Chateaux Wines
" 1813Nigel Brooks Essex Roads CC
" 1962Ron Crawley Crest CC
" 2035Carl Prewer VC Baracchi
" 2173Richard Tozer Deeside Thistle
" 2239Hugo Hocknell Climb On Bikes / Range Rover
" 2314Ian Randall Essex Roads CC
" 246 Daniel Crawley Crest CC
" 2540Marco Coppola Gemini BC
" 2624Clive Richardson Harlow CC / Harlow Velodrome / Impsort / Amec
" 2752Rob Hobbs Anglia Sport / Condor Cyles / Campagnolo / Vittoria
@ 2:00 2860Mike Crockford Gravesend CC
@ 3:00 2929Frank Rawlins North Road CC
First 3rd Cat Michael Gardner Glendene CC / Bike Trax
First 4th Cat Ron Crawley Crest CC
First Prime David Mclean Sherwood CC
Second Prime Mark Simmonds Kingsworth Int. Whls / Nico Sport / Lapage

Ciclos Uno LVRC Road Race

Tuesday 24th August - Eastway

Paul Martin rode the A/B/C/D Cat event was away with eventual winner Carl McDonagh for many laps but as a chase group started to catch them, he slipped off his wheel and was caught. The rain then came down and he ended up a very wet 5th place.


Eelmore Crits (Surrey League)

Wednesday 28th July 2004 - Alfold - 90km

Paul Martin was 5th in a Surrey League RR during the week. The 3/4 race was 90km although it started at the same time as the E/1/2 race of 130km in one big bunch. As the attacks went people were shelled out the back including the E/1/2's and in the end Paul and another 3/4 rider was dropped. They rode the last lap together and sprinted out the finish (which he won) for 5th place.

Eastway Circuit Races

Saturday 24th July 2004

Paul Martin came 17th in the 3/4/J category supporting race at this meeting that also included the Womenns National Circuit Race Championship. He was in an early break of five riders that was pulled back.

The following day, Paul and Ian Morgan rode the London to Cambridge Charity ride, which with the ride over to the start in Waltham Abbey from Brentwood and the ride home from Cambridge, ended up as a 200km ride. Ian was not taking any prisoners as they were back by 2:30.


Ciclo Uno Summer Series (LVRC)

Sunday 18th July 2004 - Eastway

A break of 10 riders escaped in A/B/C/D race at Eastway and were nearly 2 minutes up on the bunch at the end of the race, but unfortunately Paul Martin wasn't one of them. He eventually finished in 15th position overall.


Eagle RC Summer Road Race

Sunday 20th June - 3/4/J - 101km - Quendon/Newport/Clavering

A tactical error by Andy Ballentyne meant that he sacrificed a higher placing than his eventual 14th place. Paul Manson (Crest CC) had broken away on the second lap and gained a 30 second lead. Mark Porter (Glendene CC) started chasing but it wasn't until Andy jumped away at the left turn in Clavering taking Neil Muir (Victoria CC) and Matthew Dicker (Cambridge CC) with him and then joined by Steve Wingham (Bishop's Stortford CC) that the first meaningful break of the race emerged. Their lead stretched to a maximum of 35 seconds before coming down to just a few yards just before Clavering with just over a lap to go. Andy and Neil sat up to rejoin the bunch but the others continued and were joined by 5 others. These fresh legs in the break meant renewed impetus and pulled the gap to nearly a minute by the end of the race with Gavin Wendon (Medway Velo) coming home the winner. Andy was 5th in the bunch sprint.


North Road CC Road Race

Sunday 6th June - 3/4/J - 50 miles - Debden/Thaxted circuit

Small breaks of two's and three's tried to get away in the early laps but it wasn't until a group of four got away on the third lap that a significant gap formed. The bunch were content to let them go and wait for a bunch sprint. This group of four disintegrated however allowing junior rider Ed Whitehorn (Glendene CC) to go away for a solo victory. In the bunch Paul Martin tried a couple of times to get in chasing groups but they came to nothing. With a few miles to go, Paul and Andy Ballentyne positioned themselves at the front however only Andy managed to stay there - Paul being in his own words 'too polite'! The bunch nearly caught the remnants of the break however Andy was 5th in the sprint to be placed 8th overall.


E.C.C.A Festival 2004

Saturday 1st May - Eastway

3/4/J Road Race 25 miles

A large field and relatively calm conditions ensured the pace was kept high enough to discourage any serious breaks except for Mat Talbot who clipped off the front with lap to go to come home the winner 5 seconds clear of the bunch. Andy Ballentyne led out the sprint but faded in the last 100 metres and eventually came 9th. Paul Martin found himself too far back to get anywhere and was eventually 32nd.

E/1/2 Road Race - 32 miles

Gary Baker escaped with 6 others with 7 laps to go in the last race of the day and sprinted home in first place. Chris Burley missed the break however but finished to score another 20 point for the team competition.

Sunday 2nd May - High Easter

Senior Road Race - E/1/2/3/4 - 132km

A high powered break of 15 riders including Gary Baker, GB squad rider Kristian House, John Charlesworth and Jason White escaped the bunch at half distance. The break was whittled down further when these four riders plus Keir Williams escaped the rest. In a tight sprint, Gary Baker just edged out Kristian House, with Jason White 3rd, John Charlesworth 4th and Keir Williams 5th. Andy Ballentyne finished in the main bunch to complete his longest race for 4 years.

3/4/J Road Race - 84km

There was drama in the 3/4/J road race which was run off at 25 mph. On the first lap 3 riders at the back of the bunch were knocked off their bikes by a deer that ran across the road. On the last lap another rider near the front of the bunch broke his chain at Fyfield which caused some confusion and then in the final sprint another rider pulled their foot out of the pedal causing more chaos. Paul Martin was near the front but was run into the gutter during the melee and came home in 14th=.
The winner was Jo Fletcher of the Team Economic Energy.

Harlow Spring Road Race

Sunday 25th April - 2/3/4/J - 40 miles - Hatfield Heath

An average speed in close to 26mph in the warm sunny conditions ensured that no breaks managed to succeed and it all ended in a bunch sprint. Andy Ballentyne managed to avoid a crash just after Matching Tye and got himself in good position for the finish eventually coming 11th but was credited with joint 10th along with about 10 others.
Full Result:-

ESL 2nd Spring Rumble

Saturday 17th April - Eastway

Paul Martin and Andy Ballentyne both rode the 2/3/4 Category race and both came away empty handed. The race ended in a full bunch sprint and neither got themselves in a position to really contest the sprint. Andy will be hoping for better in next weeks Harlow road race however Paul and Ian will be riding the Omloop Het Volk.


Bill Temme Memorial Meeting

Easter Monday 12th April 2004 - Eastway

With 15 laps to go of the 25 lap Master C+ category (i.e. Veterans), a break of seven riders formed including Andy Ballentyne (Easterley), Ron Hewes (Glendene), Martin Meades (API), Kevin Chambers (API), former professionals Russell Williams (Geoffrey Butler) and Gary Baker (Anglia Sport) and his brother Ken Baker (Colchester Rovers) and Steve White (VC Londres). They worked to gain a almost a half lap lead but with the prime at 7 laps to go, Andy was dropped from this leading group. The break stayed away with Gary Baker jumping the others on the last lap to take the win from Russell Williams. Andy meanwhile was caught by the bunch with 2 laps remaining but recovered sufficiently to sprint home for 9th place.

In the afternoon's 32 lap 3/4/J/W, Andy again rode but this time with team mate Paul Martin. Andy was feeling the effects of the morning's race and although positioned himself near the front at the end of race, didn't have the legs in the generally hectic bunch sprint. Paul had the legs but but not the position and did't get placed either.

Full Results


Essex Roads Road Race

Sunday 28th March 2004 - 3/4/J - 70km - East Hanningfield

A weekend of mixed fortunes for the Easterley riders. Dave Spencer and Chris Burley managed to avoid a crash in the ESL Spring Rumble at Eastway on Saturday but Dave wasn't so lucky in this event. After several breaks had tried to get away and were pulled back, the peloton readied themselves for a full bunch sprint in the narrow lane by the radar station at Woodham Ferrers. However in the jostling that ensued, Dave had a clash of wheels and went over the handlebars, hitting his head and breaking his collar bone. Andy Ballentyne however had positioned himself out of harms way near the front of the bunch and sprinted home in 8th place behind the winner Paul Smith (Interbike RT). Paul Martin meanwhile had punctured with a lap to go.
Dave will be out for at least 6 weeks if the break heals cleanly but will not be trying to emulate Tyler Hamilton!