|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.
- If I've missed anyone out let me know.
|1||17||Joshua||Andrews||Fast Test Racing Team|
|2||19||Andrew||Harrison||Finchley Racing Team|
|9||61||Rod||Archibald||Adalta Race Team|
|10||32||Simon||Johnson||London Phoenix CC|
|12||35||Frank||Rawlins||North Road CC|
|13||66||Stefaan||Van Poucke||Braintree Velo Cycle Racing Club|
|14||33||Ben||Locke||Maldon & District CC|
|15||59||Michael||Parry||Welwyn Wheelers CC|
|16||13||Thomas||Beasley||East London Velo|
|17||53||Mark||Richards||Velo Club Baracchi|
|19||57||Liam||Gentry||Velo Club Baracchi|
|20||26||Adam||Colbert||Ipswich Bicycle Club|
|21||16||Joshua||Aiken||Fast Test Racing Team|
|22||36||Jobe||Usher||North Road CC|
|23||9||Clem||Berrill||Cycling Club Hackney|
|24||11||Christopher||Hezelgrave||Cycling Club Hackney|
|25||55||Kevin||Jeffries||Velo Schils - Interbike RT|
|27||41||Lubomir||Belak||St Ives CC|
|29||29||Carsten||Meilandt||Lea Valley CC|
|30||10||James||Burgess||Cycling Club Hackney|
|32||30||Paul||Roberts||Lea Valley CC|
|33||15||Christopher||Thomas||East London Velo|
|34||14||Vincent||Christan||East London Velo|
|38||38||Benjamin||Brown||Rapha Cycling Club|
|40||27||Philip||Hetzel||Ipswich Bicycle Club|
|41||20||Nathan||Howard||Finchley Racing Team|
|42||42||Charlie||Bratt||St Ives CC|
|43||69||David||Jakeman||St Ives CC|
|44||25||Isaac||Bowers-Barnard||Ipswich Bicycle Club|
|45||56||Nicholas||Esser||Velo Club Baracchi|
|47||43||Kieran||Jarvis||St Ives CC|
|dnf||8||Will||Hedden||Crest Cycling Club|
|dnf||58||Ben||Smith||Welwyn Wheelers CC|
|f||34||Paul||Miller||Velo Schils - Interbike RT|
|dnf||37||Tom||Stokes||Peterborough Cycling Club|
|James getting his breath back at the end of a tough race.|