Monday, 13 June 2016

Road Race 2016

The race on lap 1 turning towards the Belchamps

The Cycling Club Hackney Road Race 2016 - part of the ERRL, comprised of four laps of the 13.1 mile Bulmer circuit in good conditions. Not content with laying on sunshine we also had a flypast by a Spitfire at the start of the race - other vehicle strangeness was to follow.

Clem, Nathan and Peter in an early break.

Report from inside the peloton -
Attempted breakaways tried to form immediately once the flag had dropped but proved difficult to create. It was not until Clem Berrill (CC Hackney) attacked over one of the Bulmer bumps that the group let its guard down. Clem quickly built up a lead of 15 seconds and was then joined by Nathan Howard (Finchley racing team) and Peter Kirwan (Cambridge CC), and although their lead went out to 25 seconds the bunch was not going to let this move go and the peleton was lined out on the approach to Kitchen Hill. It was a fast start to the race with the first lap completed at 42 kph with the three up breakaway setting the Strava course record.

On the second lap Ben Locke (Maldon & District CC) attacked at Mashey wood and rode solo off the front of the group for an impressive 7 km but no rider would join him. It was all back together for the cheese prime at the end of the second lap - sponsored by Hub Velo -  which was taken by Joshua Andrews (Fast Test Racing Team) followed by Andrew Harrison (Finchley Racing Team).

Chris has a dig on lap three.

Near the end of the penultimate lap Christopher Hezelgrave (CC Hackney) attacked on the final Bulmer bump and built up a short lead but could not make the break stick. Not sure if this had something to do with two large wedding vehicles jumping into the race convoy. On the final lap Liam Gentry (VC Baracchi) attacked with Andrew Holmes (VC Revolution) but once again the bunch would not let the move go. Jack Hardwicke - who was nominated by his fellow riders as the most aggressive rider of the day- sponsored by London Field Cycles - then put in a strong solo attack that held the group off for a long time, but he was eventually caught. As the race neared its conclusion many riders tried to get off the front of the bunch but this proved difficult as everything was being chased down. Although Henry Farrell (Endeavour RT) was strong enough to get away on the Bulmer bumps he could not hold off the fast moving group.

Joshua Andrews take s the win from Andrew Harrison and Dougal Toms.

The final well timed attack came from Joshua Aiken (Fast Test Racing Team) and Dougal Toms (Iceni Velo) and it looked for a while like they could hold off the group but it was all back together by the final corner. Joshua may have been caught but this no doubt helped his fellow Fast Test Racing teammate Joshua Andrews who was fifth wheel going into the final corner. Joshua who commented how difficult the finishing straight was to judge, “I didn’t want to go too early… it’s so hard to judge… it goes up and then everyone relaxes but really it’s a false flat all the way”, judged his sprint to perfection going for the line with 150 m to go, taking the victory with several bike lengths. Andrew Harrison took second making it the same top two as the prime lap and Junior rider Dougal Toms took the final place on the podium.
Christopher Hezelgrave - CC Hackney.
left to right - 2nd Andrew Harrison, 1st place and 1st U23 - Joshua Andrews, 3rd place and 1st junior Dougal Toms, with their prizes and vouchers courtesy of Giant Docklands.

The wedding in the convoy.
After three laps of the mens race the women taking part in the Essex Ladies Giro rolled onto the circuit for five laps in stage 1 of their race. This would mean a long day out for the CCH volunteers but luckily the threatened rain didn't start falling until the womens' race was run.
The ladies Giro roll past the start /finish.
Stage one was won by Grace Garner - she went on to take the overall. 
The day went really well and wouldn't have happened without all the help from CCH volunteers and NEG, Accredited Marshals and Eastern BC.

Thanks to Keir Apperley, Gino Howe, Gary Boyd, Ian Doe, Darren Steward, Derek Lusher, Paul Taylor, Harry Moore, Sean Feeney, Ian Toone, Stephen McKie, Tom Smith, Prosper Watts, Andy Buckwell, Andy O'Regan,  Dave Carr, Camille Savory, Ben Fields, Andy Bardill, Liz de Monchaux, Calvin Cheung, Charlie Scott,  James Burgess, Chris Hezelgreave, Matt Hardcastle, Colm McManus, Tom Glendining and 6AM Cycling, Louis Glendining, Tom Green, David White, Ahmet Bulutoglu, Lavina Springett, John Green, Wotjech Dmchowska, Nick Saiz, Mike Mooney, Neil Coyte, Nick White and ELV,  Terry Butcher, Stephen Wood, Leonard Gordon, Howard Grace, Victor Prior, Don Keen, Peter Barnes, James Newton, David Nock,  Matt Eastwood, Stephen Newman, Simon Hesketh, Paul Brown, Phil Cross, Phil Richardson, Keith Evington, Jessica Feeney-Davies, Logan de Monchaux-irons, Euan McNicol, Kai Watts, William Green, Robbie de Monchaux-Irons. Thanks also to AFC Sudbury for letting us use their stadium for our HQ and to the local residents on the circuit for letting us race around their roads.
- If I've missed anyone out let me know.

117JoshuaAndrewsFast Test Racing Team
219AndrewHarrisonFinchley Racing Team
324DougalTomsIceni Velo
41GabrielFowdenCambridge CC
53PeterKirwanCambridge CC
663HenryFarrellEndeavour RT
961RodArchibaldAdalta Race Team
1032SimonJohnsonLondon Phoenix CC
1152AndrewHolmesVC Revolution
1235FrankRawlinsNorth Road CC
1366StefaanVan PouckeBraintree Velo Cycle Racing Club
1433BenLockeMaldon & District CC
1559MichaelParryWelwyn Wheelers CC
1613ThomasBeasleyEast London Velo
1753MarkRichardsVelo Club Baracchi
1957LiamGentryVelo Club Baracchi
2026AdamColbertIpswich Bicycle Club
2116JoshuaAikenFast Test Racing Team
2236JobeUsherNorth Road CC
239ClemBerrillCycling Club Hackney
2411ChristopherHezelgraveCycling Club Hackney
2555KevinJeffriesVelo Schils - Interbike RT
2623DarrenRutterfordIceni Velo
2741LubomirBelakSt Ives CC
285BenedictThompsonCC London
2929CarstenMeilandtLea Valley CC
3010JamesBurgessCycling Club Hackney
3230PaulRobertsLea Valley CC
3315ChristopherThomasEast London Velo
3414VincentChristanEast London Velo
3522SpencerLabordeIceni Velo
3651CharlieWrightVC Norwich
3838BenjaminBrownRapha Cycling Club
3940BenWillySouthend Wheelers
4027PhilipHetzelIpswich Bicycle Club
4120NathanHowardFinchley Racing Team
4242CharlieBrattSt Ives CC
4369DavidJakemanSt Ives CC
4425IsaacBowers-BarnardIpswich Bicycle Club
4556NicholasEsserVelo Club Baracchi
4621SimonHazelbyIceni Velo
4743KieranJarvisSt Ives CC
482JosephHalloranCambridge CC
dnf6JeremyPerksChelmer CC
dnf8WillHeddenCrest Cycling Club
dnf58BenSmithWelwyn Wheelers CC
f4BjornKrylanderCambridge CC
f34PaulMillerVelo Schils - Interbike RT
f48AndyDefratesVC Norwich
f68Andrew BeanStrada-Sport
dnf37TomStokesPeterborough Cycling Club
James getting his breath back at the end of a tough race.

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