On a very hot and windy the event was dominated by Cambridge CC with four of the first six places. By the third lap the winning breakaway had formed; Douglas Bradshaw, Dan Staite, Dean Shannon & Sean Kilroy (Glendene CC). These four riders stayed away to take the first prime (Doug) and the second prime on lap 5 (Dan). Sean was dropped on the following lap and the three remaining in the break stayed together until the last lap when Doug attacked with about half a lap to go. By the finish line he had a lead of 1.56 over the two chasers. The sprint for second was won by Dean.
|1||10||Douglas Bradshaw||Cambridge CC||2-47-19|
|2||54||Dean Shannon||Southend Wheelers||@ 1.56|
|3||7||Dan Staite||Cambridge CC||@ 1.58|
|4||20||Adam Norris||Crest Ilford||@ 3.14|
|5||8||James Ward||Cambridge CC|
|6||13||George Crammond||Cambridge CC|
|7||34||John Bartram||Interbike RT|
|8||58||Dan Fentiman||Tri & Run|
|9||33||Ron Hewes||Harlow RC|
|10||25||Hugh Vivian||Finsbury Park CC|
|11||37||Craig Beech||Interbike RT|
|12||32||Mark Porter||Glendene CC||@ 3.44|
|13||9||Eric Blanc||Cambridge CC||@ 5.09|
|14||18||Ronald Crawley||Crest Ilford|
|15||17||Daniel Crawley||Crest Ilford|
|16||28||Adrian Ramsbottom||Glendene CC|
|17||26||Marco Coppola||Gemini BC|
|18||24||Gerard Tighe||Finsbury Park CC|
|19||60||Richard Farrow||West Suffolk Wheelers|
|20||44||Pat Hayes||Orbea GB|
|22||22||Nigel Brooks||Essex Roads CC|
|23||35||John Ireland||Interbike RT|
|24||30||Will Hedden||Glendene CC|
Andy rode the APi road race but missed the break and finished in the bunch.Photos
Paul Martin was in a break of 4 riders for several miles but unfortunately they didn't get a enough of a gap and were eventually pulled back by the bunch. He then lost a bit of concentration and found himself at the back of the bunch on the long drag up to the finish and so finished in 18th spot.
Photos and Result
The Andrews Trophy Race was held on a new and untried circuit this year that has become available due to the opening of the new A130. The field turned left out of East Hannifield, up to Howe Green where it was left onto the A130 and straight up to top gear where the race was topping 40 mph on most laps. It was then down to the turn off for East Hanningfield (Pan Lane), up the drag to the finish and then back through East Hanningfield. This was done 13 times.
A break of 7 riders went early but never got a gap of more than 45 secs before the fast moving bunch reeled the in after 4 laps. Other breaks attempted to get clear but with a high overall speed none of them succeeded until the last couple of laps when a group of 9 riders managed to stay clear. The bunch fragmented a bit in the chase and Andy Ballentyne, although feeling strong ended up in 21st position.
The winner was the promoting club's own Mark Waller and the 70 mile race was covered at an average speed of 25.2 mph.
Paul Martin was 8th but that's all he told me!
Paul Martin was 5th in a group of eight sprinting for 3rd place in this LVRC event, although he was originally missed off the result completely!. Two riders had got away on the hilly circuit with the second group being all that remained of the bunch.Result
Paul Martin was 20th in the 3/4/J race in the morning which was won by Mark Waller (Southend Wheelers). He had one of those frustrating races where all the breaks he was in were pulled back, and the one he wasn't in succeeded!
Maldon and District CC Road Races Result
Andy Ballentyne had a trouble free ride this week after the trials and tribulations of previous weeks, it was just his tactics that let him down. After a very fast start that left him struggling on the first lap and then the race being stopped by the commissaire for a ticking off, the field split on lap 3 with a group of about 18 riders going clear never to be seen again. Andy however missed the break and although he tried to cross the gap a couple of times, these attempts came to nothing and he finished in eventual 25th place. Winner was Jamie Higgins.
Paul Martin scored his first points of the season with 6th place in the Essex Roads ERRL event at East Hanningfield while Russell Dore was just outside the placings.
Winner of the event was Douglas Bradshaw (Cambridge CC).
A fast pace meant most attacks failed in the Master C+ category race until 8 riders managed to get clear near the end. Andrew Harrison was the winner a length clear of Gary Baker whilst Paul Martin finished in the bunch in 25th position.
Andy Ballentyne was due to ride but pulled a calf muscle whilst playing badminton during the week which meant that he also had to pull out of the Good Friday track meeting at Herne Hill.
Russel Dore finished 22nd in the bunch in the 3/4/W/J race which was one by Russell Hampton (Glendene)