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Round 9 Saturday 11th February 2017

Link to Imperial Winter Series 2016/17 photos by www.HughesArtandPhotos.com

The final Imperial Winter series races were fittingly fought out on a bitterly cold day with snow in the air and although the snow was weak the racing wasn’t. For sure a few people were put off but Hillingdon is a circuit and a surface for all seasons and Imperial’s commitment to provide racing despite the weather is more than matched by the rider’s enthusiasm to compete.

The 4th cat race started with a reduced field of 43 riders but the racing was brisk with the first serious attack from Johnathan Sargeant, then later by Matty Earles (Lovelo Cinelli RT). Alex Randell (Twickenham CC) made a serious move off the front with 5 km to go and Nathan Bond and Robbie Collison (Cranleigh CC) moving across. Meti Gashi (Watford Velosport) led at the bell, but on the line Rufus Greenway (Twickenham CC) claimed the victory from Neil Ashton (Wycombe CC) with Darren Marshall (Kingston Wheelers) in third place. Greenway has made impressive progress throughout the series and with many of his clubmates having cut their teeth in these races it was apt that he should conclude it with a win.

The E123 race was typical of an end of series race with many seeking to defend their overall position and others recognising the opportunity that this presents. The first serious move after 10 km saw Tim O'Rourke (Imperial RT), Graham Crow (Handsling RT), Hadyn James (Spokes B.P.C. Racing), Jon Shillingford (Thames Velo) move clear with Rupert Graham (Sigma Sport) and Ross Greening (Velosport CC) chasing. They closed the gap but O'Rourke had a problem and had a lap out, Jack Patmore (Wellingborough Cycles) seemed to be closing but faded, but finally the four got together and pulled away for a 90 second lead. Adam Thompson (Spokes BPC Racing) went off which left the three – Crow, Graham, and James – lapping at a consistent pace just over 2mins/lap. As they closed the gap to lap the field Crow seemed to falter and James got tangled up in the main group. Rupert Graham needed no encouragement and pressed on the claim his first win. Mightily impressive for a rider who started the series as a 4th cat! Another strong ride came from Arlen Vartazarian (Regents Park Rouleurs) who again sensed indecision in the main group and charged away on his own culminating in a 4th place. Graham’s strong performances in both categories and willingness to push ahead were pretty impressive and he was awarded La ferme des Bélugues Combativity Prize.
Series leader Tom Hargreaves (Nuun-Sigma Sport) rode an intelligent race staying clear of trouble winning the bunch sprint for 5th and securing the overall win. Daniel Cooper (Regents Park Rouleurs) held onto 2nd and Damien Clayton (Mono CC) took third.

Imperial Winter Series 2016/17  1st Tom Hargreaves (Nuun-Sigma Sport) 2nd Daniel Cooper (Regents Park Rouleurs)3rd Damien Clayton (Mono CC)

Round 9 Cats E 1 2
Place Club Cat
1st Graham Crow Handsling RT 1 190
2nd Hadyn James Spokes BPC Racing 2 180
3rd Arlen Vartazarian Regents Park Rouleurs 2 170
4th Tom Hargreaves Nuun-Sigma Sport- London RT E 160
5th Damien Clayton Mono CC 2 150
6th Tyler Lemmon TBW Bottecchia Wigmore RT 2 140
7th Tristan Grigalis PMR@Toachim House 2 130
8th Jerzy Kuzminski London Bicycle Workshop 2 120
9th Edmond Irwin SD Racing Team 2 110
10th Will Scott unattached 3 80
11th Ieuan Woods Catford CC 3 70
12th James McCarthy Twickenham CC 2 30
13th James Gray VC Londres 2
14th Tobias Dahlhaus London dynamo 2
15th Adam Thompson Spokes BPC Racing 2
16th Darren Yorston SD Racing 2
17th William Raymond VCL 3
18th Ben Scott-Munden Sotonia CC 3
19th Daniel Cooper Regents Park Rouleurs 2
20th Jon Shillingford Thames Velo 2
21st Ben Smith Welwyn Wheelers 2
22nd Robin Basford Wyndymilla 2
23rd Tim O'Rourke Imperial Racing Team 2
Round 9 3rd Cats
Place Club
1st Rupert Graham Sigma Sport 200
2nd Ian Tucker Twickenham CC 100
3rd Anthony Lazarus Velosport CC 90
4th Daniel Moll unattached 60
5th Mark Edgley Dulwich Paragon CC 50
6th Adam Reynolds Mono CC 40
7th Michael Pollitt London Dynamo 20
8th Christopher Roberts Velosport CC 10
9th Steven Heatley WDMBC/Specialized Ruislip
10th Peter Clifton Twickenham CC
11th Henry Charrington London Dynamo
12th Bob McGlue HWCC
13th Michael Ing Amersham RCC
14th Paul Dutton SD Racing
15th Harvey Weinberger G.S.Henley
16th Sam Hodges Pearson Cycling Club
17th Jacek Nowosielski unattached
18th Peter Shaw VC Revolution
19th Ross Greening Velosport CC
20th Keith Chanter London Dynamo
21st Daren Austin Twickenham CC
22nd James Ferguson SD Racing
23rd James Leach Imperial Racing Team
24th Chris Nicholls Regents Park Rouleurs
25th Warren Vye Farnborough & Camberley CC
26th Ed Everett unattached
27th Fabos Young Wellingborough Cycles
28th Jack Patmore Wellingborough Cycles
29th Dylan Hubble Thames Velo
30th Luke Stratford Farnborough & Camberley CC
31st Simon Parton Cotswold Velidrijen
32nd Ollie Rastall Farnborough and Camberley CC
Round 9 4th Cats
Place Club
1st Rufus Greenway Twickenham CC
2nd Neil Ashton Wycombe Cycling Club
3rd Darren Marshall Kingston Wheelers
4th Edward Flight London Dynamo
5th Philip Bellingham Welwyn Wheelers
6th Nathan Bond unattached
7th Alex Randall Twickenham CC
8th Craig Cole SD Racing
9th Simon Pearce Berkhamsted CC
10th Andrew Knott Welwyn Wheelers CC
11th Matty Earles Lovelo Cinelli RT
12th Robert Broderick Watford Velo Sport
13th Robbie Collison Cranleigh Cycling Club
14th Steve Fell Thames Velo
15th John Stokes-Whittaker Club Bike Beans
16th Martyn Wisken Hemel Hempstead CC
17th Alan Nixon Amersham RCC
18th Johnathan Sargeant unattached
19th Scott Shellien-Walker SD Racing Team
20th James McGahern Lovelo Cinnelli RT
21st Alex Windett Dulwich Paragon CC
22nd Stu Hawkins Portsmouth North End CC
23rd Andrew Helme unattached
24th Gary Kenny Watford Velo Sport
25th Sam Gregson Velosport
26th Anthony Attwood San Fairy Ann CC
27th David Clarke London Dynamo
28th Michael Kazer Lovelo Cinelli RT
29th Andy Murray Twickenham CC
30th James Parkes Army Cycling Union
31st Meti Gashi Watford Velo Sport
32nd Matthew Woodcraft Rapha CC
33rd Glenn Haworth unattached
34th Alastair Blowers VCGH
35th Piotr Wojda unattached
36th Daniel Goldsmith Twickenham CC
37th Tony Clack Farnborough & Camberley CC
38th Ken Houlberg Portsmouth North End CC
39th Tommy Wong Berkhamsted CC
40th Panos Parpas Dulwich Paragon
41st Vincent Hancock Lovelo Cinelli RT
42nd Philip Johnson unattached
43rd Orlando Whitehead University College London Union
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Round 8 Saturday 4th February 2017

Link to Imperial Winter Series 2016/17 photos by davehaywardphotos.com

Saturday produced another day of alternative weather, the previous week mild temperatures with warm sunshine added. This promising start quickly faltered with the men’s races peppered with spills, punctures and confusion for the 4th cat women when they were overtaken by their male counterparts, only for the latter to ease up and leave the two groups conjoined. Racing sometimes goes like this despite the organiser’s best efforts and lessons learned will be fed back to BC and the circuit management!

The 4th cat women were keen to start their last race of the series with 15 riders lining up; this race has seen a steady increase in numbers which is an encouraging trend. Jennifer Gunning (Army Cycling RT) and Kristin Stolpe (Berkhamsted CC) were driving on the front together with Kitty Pemberton-Platt (Rapha CC). Most of the riders dropped back after mixing it with the men and in the closing stages Kristin Stolpe slipped away to win on her own with Gunning second and Gemma Hobson (Sussex Nomads) in third. Kristin wins Queen of the Mountains jersey and the Combative - Look Mum No Hands! Dinner for 2

Link to Imperial Winter Series 2016/17 photos by www.HughesArtandPhotos.com

In the men’s 4th cat race Alex Randell (Twickenham CC) was very prominent off the front of a very fast moving group, but faded towards the finish. A crash on the bottom of the circuit caused a problem splitting the field in the run in which produced a very tight finish, but at the line Daniel Rootes held off Sam Hodges (Pearson CC) and Ross Greening (Velosport CC) for a fine win.

In the e123 race the early laps were very fast thinning the whole field out with many riders hanging on; there were many attacks throughout the race and after 12 km Robert Ormond (Morvelo Basso RT) went away alone with Hadyn James (Spokes BPC Racing), chasing with the main group in tow. From this the move which made the race Andy Shackel (Team Wiggle) and Daniel Cooper (Regents Park Rouleurs) who moved away but were soon joined by overall series leader Tom Hargreaves (Nunn-Sigma Sport). They settled down, worked well and drew away from the main group and reached a gap of 65 seconds. Hargreaves was very determined and made sure he hit the front with 100m to go to hold off Andy Shackel with Cooper in third.
Hargreaves takes a 30 point lead over Daniel Cooper into the final round on Saturday.


Ross Greening (Velosport CC) wears Strider Ryder Eyewear now he's become a 3rd Cat Kristin Stolpe (Berkhampsted CC) Winner of the Ladies 4th race wearing Queen of the Mountains Jersey & Musette Bag La ferme des Bélugues

Kristin Stolpe (Berkhampsted CC) Winner of the Ladies 4th race most Combative rider wins Dinner for 2 at Look Mum No Hands LMNH Jan Scott (700cc) wears Sevenths Ryder Eyewear now she's become a 3rd Cat Sam Hodges(Pearson CC) wears Strider Ryder Eyewear now he's become a 3rd Cat La ferme des Bélugues

Round 8 Cats E 1 2
Place Club Cat Series Points
1st Tom Hargreaves Nuun-Sigma Sport- London RT E 200
2nd Andy Shackel Team Wiggle 1 190
3rd Daniel Cooper Regents Park Rouleurs 2 180
4th Hadyn James Spokes BPC Racing 2 170
5th Charles Page Cycle Team Onform 2 160
6th Tyler Lemmon TBW Bottecchia Wigmore RT 2 140
7th Jerzy Kuzminski London Bicycle Workshop 2 130
8th James McCarthy Twickenham CC 2 110
9th Robert Ormond Morvelo Basso RT 1 70
10th Jo Skelton Look Mum No Hands! 2 60
11th Edmond Irwin SD Racing Team 2 40
12th Damien Clayton Mono CC 2 10
13th Matt Thompson VC Londres 2
14th Arlen Vartazarian Regents Park Rouleurs 2
15th Robin Basford Wyndymilla 2
16th Jamie Caldwell Portsmouth North End CC 1
17th Jon Shillingford Thames Velo 2
18th Edmund Bishop VC Meudon U23 2
19th Louis Francis Watford Velo Sport 2
20th Kieran Dineen VC Equipe Flix 2
21st Adam Moore Morvelo Basso RT 2
22nd Tristan Grigalis PMR@Toachim House 2 170
Round 8 3rd Cats
Place Club Series Points
1st James Locker Dynamic Rides CC 150
2nd Will Scott unattached 120
3rd Thomas Durkin Lee Valley Youth CC JT 100
4th James Doyle Clarence wheelers 90
5th Ian Tucker Twickenham CC 80
6th Daniel Maynard Welwyn Wheelers 50
7th Steve Dunn Welwyn Wheelers 30
8th Carl Farrell Sussex Revolution Velo Club 20
9th Alex Elferink East London Velo
10th Anthony Lazarus Velosport CC
11th James Mason Dynamic Rides CC
12th Daniel Moll unattached
13th Darryl Lusardi Willesden CC
14th Ed Everett unattached
15th Peter Clifton Twickenham CC
16th Toby Collis CC London
17th Warren Vye Farnborough & Camberley CC
18th Peter Shaw VC Revolution
19th Cameron Fraser Nuun-Sigma Sport-London RT
20th Jonathan Williams Amersham RCC
21st James Ferguson SD Racing
22nd Mark Hughes G.S.Henley
23rd Nicole Oh Les Filles RT
24th Pete Ganderton GS Henley
25th John Fisher unattached
26th Kris Collins Team Wiggle
27th Christopher Roberts Velosport CC
28th Stuart Gillies Twickenham CC
29th Jack Flores Twickenham CC
30th Wayne Thomas North Bucks RC
Round 8 4th Cats
Place Club
1st Daniel Rootes unattached
2nd Sam Hodges Pearson Cycling Club
3rd Ross Greening Velosport CC
4th Josh Smith Portsmouth North End CC
5th Robbie Collison Cranleigh Cycling Club
6th James McGahern Lovelo Cinnelli RT
7th Craig Cole SD Racing
8th John Stokes-Whittaker Club Bike Beans
9th Sam Huckle Twickenham CC
10th David Clarke London Dynamo
11th James Barrell Big Maggys
12th Martin Baisch 700cc
13th Nathan Bond unattached
14th Richard Potts 700cc
15th Tom Owen Big Boys Bicycle Club
16th Jon Fry Horsham Cycling
17th Philip Bellingham Welwyn Wheelers
18th Billy Flinn Hart Evolution RT
19th Alfie Smith Brixton CC
20th John Foden Shroff Imperial College CC
21st Alan Nixon Amersham RCC
22nd Reiner Singh San Fairy Ann CC
23rd Panos Parpas Dulwich Paragon
24th Rob Coniglio Dulwich Paragon
25th Glenn Haworth unattached
26th Sam Gregson Velosport
27th Tony Clack Farnborough & Camberley CC
28th Robert Broderick Watford Velo Sport
29th Andrew Deans PSM Cycling Club
30th Nick Eisinger Dorking CC
31st Johnathan Sargeant unattached
32nd Chappman Sin Chevaliers CC
33rd Andrew Shutler TFC
34th Ken Houlberg Portsmouth North End CC
35th Alex Randall Twickenham CC
36th Charlie Parker 700CC
37th Piotr Wojda unattached
38th Daniel Goldsmith Twickenham CC
39th Graeme Lannigan 700cc
40th Alex Edgar Berkhamsted CC
Womens 4th cats
Place Club
1st Kristin Stolpe Berkhamsted CC
2nd Jennifer Gunning Army Cycling Racing Team
2nd Gemma Hobson Sussex Nomads CC
4th Rachel Dunn Welwyn Wheelers
5th Helen Bridgman Kingston Wheelers CC
6th Lyndsay Fitzgerald Viceroys
7th Mareike Suesse CC London
8th Jan Scott 700CC
9th Alexandra Nemeth unattached
10th Charlotte Davis LoveloCinelliRT
11th Alison Hinds Welwyn Wheelers
12th Sarah Warrington Berkhamsted Cycling Club
13th Kitty Pemberton-Platt Rapha Cycling Club
14th Judith Burne G.S.Henley
15th Grace Dent GB Cycles
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Round 7 Saturday 28th January 2017

Link to Imperial Winter Series 2016/17 photos by davehaywardphotos.com

A freshening wind promised a slightly different day of racing with much milder conditions than the previous 2 weeks.

Lucky thirteen lined up for the women’s 2/3 race, the last of the current year and things got off to a frenetic start with Katherine Kimber (Velo Schils Interbike) and Catherine Gaskell (Brixton CC) breaking away only to be reeled in by Peloton Physio series sponsor Nicole Oh of Les Filles RT. A few laps later the lure of food from Look Mum No Hands! proved an irresistible draw for Oh when she took the prime! Gaskell led over the line for many of the remaining laps but in the sprint Oh was beaten by a tiny margin by Helen Ralston (Sigma Sport) winning her first race with Hannah Nicklin (VC Londres) in third. Peloton Physio will no doubt enjoy providing ex-team mate Ralston with her winner’s prize!

Dan Adams (London Dynamo) kicked off the 4th cats but his lead was short lived and with the stronger wind no one seemed willing or able to take the initiative and go for it; Anthony Allsopp (Woking CC) tried but at the end a fast sprint culminated in a win for Rowley Clifford (Brixton CC) with Jacek Nowosielski and Simon Pearce (Berkamsted CC) second and third. More cycling glasses from Ryder Eyewear have been handed out the riders who will be moving up a race category, well done guys.

Happy Chinese New Year Rooster on a bike

There was no lack of initiative in the E123 race with first lap surge by Haydn James (Spokes BPS Racing) and Robert Ormond (Morvelo Basso RT). 15km later a promising break formed with James again, James McCarthy (Twickenham CC), series leader Tom Hargreaves (Nuun Sigma Sport) and Calum Croft (Latchem Sunwise RT). Regents Park Rouleurs and Mono CC actively chased and it soon came back together. Hargreaves seemed determined to make up for a disappointing finish (by his standards) the week before and attacked again, on his own this time. He dangled out there for a number of laps but the bunch was having none of it despite the lead increasing to over 20 seconds and he clearly thought better of it and saved himself for later. The same couldn’t be said for Ieuan Woods (Catford CC) who broke away initially with Damien Clayton (Mono CC) then persevered on his own holding 8 to 10 seconds until the last lap and with 400m to go he was caught much to his obvious disappointment. Tom Hargreaves had saved enough for the finish and won the bunch sprint from Daniel Cooper (Regents Park Rouleurs) and improving Tyler Lemmon (TBW Bottechia Wigmore RT).


Link to Imperial Winter Series 2016/17 photos by www.HughesArtandPhotos.com Helen Ralston (Sigma Sport) winner of the womens 2nd/3rd Cat will be receiving a 1 hour Physio (or sports massage) session with Pelaton Physiotherapy. Rowley Clifford (Brixton CC) wears Sevenths Ryder Eyewear now he's become a 3rd Cat

Nicole Oh (Les Filles RT) Prime winner of Womans 2nd/3rd Cat race gets dinner for two at Look Mum No Hands LMNH and a further hot snack at the cafe for 2nd place in the race Jacek Nowosielski wears Sevenths Ryder Eyewear now he's become a 3rd Cat Ieuan Woods (Catford CC) wears Strider Ryder Eyewear now he's become a 2nd Cat Iain Campbell (VC Londres) wears Strider Ryder Eyewear now he's become a 3rd Cat

Round 7 Cats E 1 2
Place Club Cat Series Points
1st Tom Hargreaves Nuun-Sigma Sport- London RT E 200
2nd Daniel Cooper Regents Park Rouleurs 2 190
3rd Tyler Lemmon TBW Bottecchia Wigmore RT 2 180
4th Joshua Roberts Cycle Team Onform 2 170
5th James McCarthy Twickenham CC 2 160
6th Damien Clayton Mono CC 2 150
7th Hadyn James Spokes BPC Racing 2 140
8th Tobias Dahlhaus London dynamo 2 130
9th Robert Ormond Morvelo Basso RT 1 120
10th Chris Carter Newport Shropshire CC 2 110
11th Declan Egan Kingston Wheelers 2 70
12th Sam Humpheson Look mum no hands! 2 60
13th James Gray VC Londres 2 50
14th Calum Croft Latchem Sunwise RT 2 40
15th Ieuan Woods Catford CC 3
16th Thomas Treagus Hargroves Cycles RT 2
17th Robin Basford Wyndymilla 2
18th Arlen Vartazarian Regents Park Rouleurs 2
19th James Black Imperial College CC 2
20th Edmond Irwin SD Racing Team 2
Round 7 3rd Cats
Place Club Series Points
1st Anthony Lazarus Velosport CC 100
2nd Ian Tucker Twickenham CC 90
3rd Ben Selfe Lee Valley Youth CC JT 80
4th Stuart Harvey Team ASL 30
5th James Doyle Clarence wheelers 20
6th Alistair Gurney CC London 10
7th Peter Clifton Twickenham CC
8th Mark Edgley Dulwich Paragon CC
9th Paul Dutton SD Racing
10th David Smith Paceline RT
11th Daren Austin Twickenham CC
12th Mark Hughes G.S.Henley
13th Jonathan Williams Amersham RCC
14th Greg Barber VC Meudon
15th Gabriella Nordin SunSport Velo
16th Max O'Connor unattached
17th Thomas Durkin Lee Valley Youth CC JT
18th Henry Charrington London Dynamo
19th Christopher Roberts Velosport CC
20th James Ferguson SD Racing
21st Daniel Maynard Welwyn Wheelers
22nd Samuel Allen Lee Valley Youth CC JT
23rd Jack Flores Twickenham CC
24th Harvey Weinberger G.S.Henley
25th Helen Ralston Sigma Sport
26th Stuart Gillies Twickenham CC
27th Malcolm Davies Dulwich Paragon CC
Round 7 4th Cats
Place Club
1st Rowley Clifford Brixton CC
2nd Jacek Nowosielski unattached
3rd Simon Pearce Berkhamsted CC
4th Iain Campbell VC Londres
5th Matty Earles Lovelo Cinelli RT
6th Max Kingdon Brighton Mitre CC
7th Robert Ross unattached
8th Rufus Greenway Twickenham CC
9th Nathan Bond unattached
10th Daniel Inniss East London Velo
11th Chappman Sin Chevaliers CC
12th Dean Kirkwood Kingston Wheelers
13th Rich Mallett unattached
14th Alastair Blowers VCGH
15th Craig Lawrence Kingston Wheelers CC
16th Michael Kazer Lovelo Cinelli RT
17th Chris Brown Kingston Wheelers
18th Will Rostron Kingston Wheelers CC
19th Anthony Allsopp Woking CC
20th Richard Metcalfe Berkhamsted CC
21st Sam Huckle Twickenham CC
22nd James Barrell Big Maggys
23rd Dan Ferguson Amersham RCC
24th Andrew Helme unattached
25th Gary Kenny Watford Velo Sport
26th Joe Bennion University of Manchester CC
27th Andy Taylor London Dynamo
28th David Clarke London Dynamo
29th James Parkes Army Cycling Union
30th Darren Marshall Kingston Wheelers
31st Brian Cronin Clapham Chasers
32nd Alfie Smith Brixton CC
33rd Paul Barnett Hart Evolution Racing Team
34th Robert Broderick Watford Velo Sport
35th Andrew Shutler TFC
36th Ken Houlberg Portsmouth North End CC
37th Alex Windett Dulwich Paragon CC
38th James Scrivener Reading CC
39th Charlie Parker 700CC
40th Daniel Goldsmith Twickenham CC
41st Antonio Silano WyndyMilla
42nd Johnathan Sargeant unattached
43rd Rob Coniglio Dulwich Paragon
44th Tony Clack Farnborough & Camberley CC
45th Dan Adams London Dynamo
Womens 2nd/3rd cats
Place Club Cat
1st Helen Ralston Sigma Sport 2
2nd Nicole Oh Les Filles RT 2 Prime
3rd Hannah Nicklin VC Londres 2
4th Hannah Graveney Hub Velo 3
5th Olivia Bentley Twickenham CC 3
6th Gem Atkinson Sigma Sport 2
7th Helen McKay Les Filles RT 3
8th Alexandra Hamilton London Dynamo 2
9th Emily Bates 700CC 3
10th Katherine Kimber Velo Schils - Interbike RT 2
11th Danielle Forshaw WyndyMilla 3
12th Catherine Gaskell Brixton CC 2
13th Rosie Wallace LIV AWOL 3
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Round 6 Saturday 21st January 2017

Link to Imperial Winter Series 2016/17 photos by davehaywardphotos.com

A super clear crisp day with several parts of the circuit shaded from the sun dusted with frost but welcome relief from previous weeks. Another good entry for all categories with 15 ladies and 41 4th cats racing; the 4th cat. started steadily with the first serious attack coming from Nathan Bond. It then settled down for several laps until another effort from Iain Campbell (V.C. Londres) stringing the field out. Probably the most aggressive rider was Mark Aldred (Kingston Wheelers CC) who constantly attacked off the front and in the end was awarded third place behind Alex Randall (Twickenham CC) and the winner Charlie Woodall (Big Boys Bicycle Club). Woodall will be picking up a pair of Ryder Eyeware glasses as he now moves up to a 3rd cat rank along with Aldred.

The Ladies Race also started steadily with Judith Burne (G.S. Henley) and Kristin Stolpe (Berkhampstead CC) leading from the front and breaking the field up, but in the end Jessica Finney (Portsmouth North End CC) broke clear with a few laps to go and soloed to a fine victory and as a result was awarded the Look Mum No Hands! combativity prize as well. She also collects the Peloton Physio sports treatment session and Queen of the Mountains arm warmers plus a pair of Ryder Eyewear glasses as she moves up to 3rd cat. The sprint for the remaining places was hard fought with Naomi Griffin (700 cc) holding off Harriet Hernando (IRIS Race Team) for second and third places.

The E123 race started fast and furious with a field entry of 71 riders there were going to be many attacks and from lap one Darryl Lusardi (Willesden CC) and Declan Egan (Kingston Wheelers CC) pushed away and opened a gap on a strung out field. The attacking pattern went on throughout the 70 minute race with in-form Robert Cheng (Mono CC) and Tom Hargreaves (Nunn Sigma Sport) again forcing the pace. Cheng did escape with previous 4th cat winner Rupert Graham (Sigma Sport) but it was short lived and with team mate Damien Clayton moving forward with Ben McKie (VC Londres). From all this activity we witnessed perhaps the most exciting race of the series with ex-rower Rupert Graham going clear again and this time going alone opening a gap which hovered between 8 and 15 seconds. With one lap to go he still had 6 seconds, however, there were several riders intent on denying Graham his solo win. When the spectators realised with 400 m to go he had been caught there was a general feeling of disappointment that he had not managed to hold on. It was a frantic sprint with the previous week's winner Tristan Grigalis (PMR@Toachim House) holding off Damien Clayton (Mono CC) and Ben Scott-Munden (Sotonia CC) and Declan Egan (Kingston Wheelers CC) in 4th place and with the best 3rd Cat. Ieuan Woods (Catford CC) in 7th place. Clayton will be collecting his pair of Ryder Eyeware Sevenths as he gains his 2nd Cat licence.


Jessica Finney (Portsmouth North End CC) Combative winner of Womans 4th Cat race gets dinner for two at Look Mum No Hands LMNH Mark Aldred (Kingston Wheelers CC) wears Strider Ryder Eyewear now he's become a 3rd Cat Jessica Finney (Portsmouth North End CC) winner of Womans 4th Cat race receives Peloton Physio sports treatment session and Queen of the Mountains arm warmers La ferme des Bélugues

Damien Clayton (Mono CC) wears Sevenths Ryder Eyewear now he's become a 2nd Cat Charlie Woodall (Big Boys Bicycle Club) wears Sevenths Ryder Eyewear now he's become a 3rd Cat Naomi Griffin (700cc) 2nd place in Womans 4th Cat race and wins hot snacks at Look Mum No Hands new coffee house Jessica Finney (Portsmouth North End CC) wears Strider Ryder Eyewear now she's become a 3rd Cat

Round 6 Cats E 1 2
Place Club Cat Series Points
1st Tristan Grigalis PMR@Toachim House 2 200
2nd Damien Clayton Mono CC 2 190
3rd Ben Scott-Munden Sotonia CC 3 180
4th Declan Egan Kingston Wheelers CC 2 170
5th James McCarthy Twickenham CC 2 160
6th Daniel Cooper Regents Park Rouleurs 2 150
7th Tyler Lemmon TBW Bottecchia Wigmore RT 2 130
8th Hadyn James Spokes BPC Racing 2 120
9th Jerzy Kuzminski London Bicycle Workshop 2 110
10th Chris Carter Newport Shropshire CC 2 100
11th Tom Hargreaves Nuun-Sigma Sport- London RT E 90
12th James Gray VC Londres 2 80
13th Robert Ormond Morvelo Basso RT 1 70
14th Tobias Dahlhaus London dynamo 2 20
15th Graham Crow Handsling RT 1
16th Jon Shillingford Thames Velo 2
17th Darren Yorston SD Racing 2
18th Robert Cheng Mono CC 2
19th Gary Freeman Fast Test Racing Team 2
20th Ben McKie VC Londres 2
21st Arlen Vartazarian Regents Park Rouleurs 2
22nd Jamie Caldwell Portsmouth North End CC 1
23rd Andy Betts Nuun-Sigma Sport- London RT 1
24th Alex Cross Team Vision Innovative Leisure 2
Round 6 3rd Cats
Place Club Series Points
1st Ieuan Woods Catford CC 140
2nd William Raymond VCL 60
3rd Ian Tucker Twickenham CC 50
4th Thomas Durkin Lee Valley Youth CC JT 40
5th Michael Pollitt London Dynamo 30
6th William Blunt ACU 10
7th Rob Parry Crystal Palace Triathletes
8th Ben Selfe Lee Valley Youth CC JT
9th Harvey Weinberger G.S.Henley
10th Jose Soler Handsling Racing
11th Mark Edgley Dulwich Paragon CC
12th Joe Kirton VC Norwich
13th Rupert Graham Sigma Sport
14th Anthony Lazarus Velosport CC
15th Dylan Hubble Thames Velo
16th Stefan Atanasov VC Colets
17th Gabriella Nordin Starley Racing
18th Tim Jones Cowley Road Condors
19th Steven Heatley WDMBC/Specialized Ruislip
20th Neil Heffernan Kenton RC
21st Max O'Connor unattached
22nd Matthew Callaghan Hart Evolution racing team
23rd Peter Chapman Thames Velo
24th Tom Herbert Kingston Wheelers
25th Peter Clifton Twickenham CC
26th Steve Dunn Welwyn Wheelers
27th Philip Mosley Thames Velo
28th Mark Hughes G.S.Henley
29th Jonathan Williams Amersham RCC
30th Pete Ganderton GS Henley
31st James Ferguson SD Racing
32nd Jacek Reder unattached
33rd Seb Ashton Kingston Wheelers
34th John Fisher unattached
35th Lee Mead unattached
36th Alistair Gurney CC London
37th Daniel Moll unattached
38th Michael Ing Amersham RCC
Round 6 4th Cats
Place Club
1st Charlie Woodall Big Boys Bicycle Club
2nd Alex Randall Twickenham CC
3rd Mark Aldred Kingston Wheelers CC
4th Dan Adams London Dynamo
5th Lloyd Molton Kingston Wheelers CC
6th Pierre Jackson G.S. Henley
7th Max Kingdon unattached
8th Rufus Greenway Twickenham CC
9th Dan Ferguson Amersham RCC
10th Scott Shellien-Walker SD Racing Team
11th Chris Brown Kingston Wheelers CC
12th Nathan Bond unattached
13th Edward Flight London Dynamo
14th Simon Pearce Berkhamsted CC
15th Sam Gregson Velosport
16th James Barrell Big Maggys
17th Alastair Blowers VCGH
18th Stuart McLay unattached
19th Orlando Whitehead University College London Union
20th Gianluca Palazzo Kingston Wheelers CC
21st Gregory Woodford Reading Cycling Club
22nd Mark Weight Sigma Sport
23rd Joe Bennion University of Manchester CC
24th Alan Nixon Amersham RCC
25th James Ackerley GS Henley
26th Johnathan Sargeant unattached
27th Robert Broderick Watford Velo Sport
28th Ross Greening Velosport CC
29th Dan Gates Amersham RCC
30th Billy Flinn Hart Evolution RT
31st Iain Campbell VC Londres
32nd Richard Metcalfe Berkhamsted CC
33rd Ed Neaves unattached
34th Andrew Shutler TFC
35th Peter Cornwall unattached
Womens 4th cats
Place Club
1st Jessica Finney Portsmouth North End CC Combative
2nd Naomi Griffin 700cc
2nd Harriet Hernando IRIS Race Team
4th Judith Burne G.S.Henley
5th Jan Scott 700CC
6th Rachel Dunn Welwyn Wheelers CC
7th Helen Bridgman Kingston Wheelers CC
8th Grace Dent GB Cycles
9th Siobhan Carroll Beckenham Rugby Cyclists
10th Gill Thom Kingston Wheelers CC
11th Alison Hinds Welwyn Wheelers CC
12th Natalie Mitchell Boot Out Breast Cancer CC
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Round 5 Saturday 14th January 2017

Saturday provided the riders with a pretty grim day but at least the rain stopped prior to the start and it didn’t seem to deter the 53 lining up. The 4th cat start was livened up by Jacob Law-Sales (VC Colets) who pulled hard from the start and was then followed by Sam Hodges (Pearson CC) and James Parkes (Army Cycling Union) but again it seemed no one was capable of breaking clear, although Sam Huckle (Twickenham CC) tried very hard towards the end of the 40 minutes plus 5 lap race. A crash in the last corner disrupted things 15 minutes from the end of the race, thinning out the field and at the line Rowley Clifford (Brixton C.C.) held off well placed Huckle and Mark Aldred (Kingston Wheelers CC) for the win.

The Women started off fast for a small field probably because of Emma Lewis’s (Aprire HSS Hire) very early effort and she looked if she would stay away but for an unfortunate puncture. Gem Atkinson (Sigma Sport) followed this up with a number of laps away and consequently won the Look Mum No Hands! Dinner for Two Prime. Under the pressure three escaped from the main group and were never going to be caught, staying away till the finish with Helen McKay (Les Filles RT) outsprinting her two breakaway companions Helen Ralston (Sigma Sport) and perhaps the strongest of them all Emma Lewis. McKay wins the Peloton Physio prize which will be lovingly administered by her team captain plus a Queen of the Mountains cap. 2nd place Ralston will collect LMNHs yummy burger.

In the Elite Race James Doyle, the son of a famous father Tony, lined up and was riding for his old club, Clarence Wheelers, along with 55 others. Also taking the start was 4th cat winner of rounds 1 and 2 Rupert Graham (Sigma Sport) sporting his new ‘Strider’ Ryder Eyewear. From the start Charles Page (Cycle Team Onform) and Jon Shillingford (Thames Velo) slipped off the front, causing the main group to string out, until half distance this was the pattern of the race with Tom Hargreaves (Nunn Sigma Sport) and Steve James (High Wycombe CC) continuing to attack off the front. Finally, James McCarthy (Twickenham CC) and Barnabas Purbrook (Nunn-Sigma Sport) managed to escape from the main bunch opening a gap. Ben McKie (VC Londres) and Tristan Grigalis (PMR Toachin House) saw the opportunity and bridged the gap. This they did after several laps of hard work and the four then worked well together to the end extending to over a minute the main group seemed to ease off. Arlen Vartazarin (Regents Park Rouleurs) also saw the opportunity to escape and made a determined effort to close to the leading four, but did not quite make it but finished solo in fifth place. Any one of the leading four could win the sprint, but in the end Grigalis was comfortably ahead of Mackie, McCarthy and Purbrook. Tom Hargreaves led the main field in in 6th place to consolidate his overall points position. James Leach of Imperial RT charted his steady improvement with a 7th place.


Helen McKay (Les Filles RT) wins 30min sports massage + QoM cap Helen Ralston (Sigma-Sport) wins Hot Snacks at Look Mum No Hands LMNH Gem Atkinson (Sigma-Sport) Prime winner of Dinner for at Look Mum No Hands LMNH Rupert Graham (Sigma-Sport) Strider Ryder Eyewear

Round 5 Cats E 1 2
Place Club Cat Series Points
1st Tristan Grigalis PMR@Toachim House 2 200
2nd Ben McKie VC Londres 2 190
3rd James McCarthy Twickenham CC 2 180
4th Barnabas Purbrook Nuun-Sigma E 170
5th Arlen Vartazarian Regents Park Rouleurs 2 160
6th Tom Hargreaves Nuun-Sigma Sport- London RT E 150
7th Jerzy Kuzminski London Bicycle Workshop 2 140
8th Charles Page Cycle Team Onform 2 130
9th Daniel Cooper Regents Park Rouleurs 2 120
10th Robert Ormond Morvelo Basso RT 1 110
11th James Gray VC Londres 2 80
12th Hadyn James Reading Cycling Club 2 50
13th Steve James High Wycombe CC 2 40
14th Tyler Lemmon TBW Bottecchia Wigmore RT 2 10
15th Edmond Irwin SD Racing Team 2
16th Darren Yorston SD Racing 2
17th Jon Shillingford Thames Velo 2
18th Adam Thompson Spokes BPC Racing 2
Round 5 3rd Cats
Place Club Series Points
1st Damien Clayton Mono CC 100
2nd Jose Soler Handsling Racing 90
3rd Michael Pollitt London Dynamo 70
4th Ian Tucker Twickenham CC 60
5th James Doyle Clarence wheelers 30
6th Paul Dutton SD Racing 20
7th James Leach Imperial Racing Team
8th Evangelos Christides unattached
9th Peter Clifton Twickenham CC
10th Daniel Moll unattached
11th Stuart Gillies Twickenham CC
12th Dylan Hubble Thames Velo
13th Lee Mead unattached
14th Christopher Roberts Velosport CC
15th Mark Edgley Dulwich Paragon CC
16th Anthony Lazarus Velosport CC
17th Michael Ing Amersham RCC
18th Daren Austin Twickenham CC
19th Bob McGlue HWCC
20th Steven Heatley WDMBC/Specialized Ruislip
21st Joe Kirton VC Norwich
22nd Max O'Connor unattached
23rd Pete Ganderton GS Henley
24th David Driver Hart Evolution RT
25th Stefan Atanasov VC Colets
26th Rupert Graham Sigma Sport
27th Luke Stratford Farnborough & Camberley CC
28th Jamie Ford Blazing Saddles
29th Malcolm Davies Dulwich Paragon CC
30th Mark Hughes G.S.Henley
31st Seb Ashton Kingston Wheelers CC
32nd Jacek Reder unattached
33rd Mario Manelfi blazing saddles
34th Paul Bennett unattached
35th Helen Ralston Sigma Sport
36th Eddie Caldas London Dynamo
Round 5 4th Cats
Place Club
1st Rowley Clifford Brixton CC
2nd Sam Huckle Twickenham CC
3rd Mark Aldred Kingston Wheelers CC
4th Sam Hodges Pearson Cycling Club
5th Charlie Woodall Big Boys Bicycle Club
6th Jacek Nowosielski unattached
7th Nathan Bond unattached
8th Iain Campbell VC Londres
9th Ross Greening Velosport CC
10th James Ackerley GS Henley
11th Robert Ross unattached
12th Scott Shellien-Walker SD Racing Team
13th Andrew Knott Welwyn Wheelers CC
14th Rich Mallett unattached
15th Justin Costley Cycling Club Hackney
16th Edward Simpson unattached
17th Edward Flight London Dynamo
18th Dean Kirkwood Kingston Wheelers CC
19th Johnathan Sargeant unattached
20th Sam Gregson Velosport
21st James Barrell Big Maggys
22nd Stuart McLay unattached
23rd Paul Scrase 700CC
24th Alastair Blowers VCGH
25th Pierre Jackson G.S. Henley
26th Tom Owen Big Boys Bicycle Club
27th Philip Bellingham Welwyn Wheelers CC
28th Gianluca Palazzo Kingston Wheelers CC
29th Craig Lawrence Kingston Wheelers CC
30th Tom Field unattached
31st Doug Ferguson Hart Evolution RT
32nd Billy Flinn Hart Evolution RT
33rd Matthew Stokes Brixton CC
34th Shaun Terry unattached
35th Antonio Silano WyndyMilla
36th Dominic Laval Odiham CC
37th Chappman Sin Chevaliers CC
38th Piotr Wojda unattached
39th Alan Nixon Amersham RCC
40th Alex Randall Twickenham CC
41st James Parkes Army Cycling Union
42nd David Kirke 700CC
Womens 2nd/3rd cats
Place Club Cat
1st Helen McKay Les Filles RT 3
2nd Helen Ralston Sigma Sport 2
3rd Emma Lewis Aprire / HSS Hire 2
4th Gem Atkinson Sigma Sport 2 Prime
5th Louise Heywood-Mahé Les Filles 2
6th Olivia Campbell SigmaSport.co.uk 2
7th Sarah Harrison Islington CC 2
8th Lydia Brookes Sigma Sport 2
9th Lucinda Kerr London Phoenix 2
10th Charlotte Heywood-Mahé Twickenham CC 2
11th Connie Hayes Hub Velo 3
12th Danielle Forshaw WyndyMilla 3
13th Alexandra Hamilton London Dynamo 2
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Round 4 Saturday 7th January 2017

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Normal service resumed after the Christmas break with a much milder day, with the gloom being overcome by the enthusiasm of the 4th cat men and women.

Lillian Choy of London Dynamo kicked things off leading the early laps but it was Judith Burne (GS Henley) who was the most aggressive and subsequently awarded the Look Mum No Hands! combative rider prize. Lillian Choy led again at the bell but in a really close sprint Emily Bates (700cc) narrowly edged her out from Jessica Finney (Portsmouth NE) and Jan Scott who could not be split by the photo finish. Emily Bates can look forward to hands on from Nicole Oh of Peloton Physio and Queen of the Mountains socks.

The 4th cat race was all action with Mark Aldred leading and riding with intent, leaving a trailing wake of riders hanging on. He continued attacking but the group wouldn’t form and the race ended in a sprint with Bob McGlue (High Wycombe CC) winning from James Ferguson (SD Racing) and Paul Brooks. Five riders shed their 4th cat skin this week Emily Bates (700cc), McGlue , Ferguson, Brooks and Joe Kirton (VC Norwich)all taking well deserved Ryders Eyewear glasses to match their new licences.

In the E123 race the wind played a part with the still conditions encouraging riders to push on, notably Chris Burn (TMG Horizon), Damien Clayton (Mono CC), James McCarthy (Twickenham CC) and Barnabas Purbrook (Nuun-Sigma Sport-London RT). With 8km to go two riders pressed clear, Ieuan Woods (Catford Banks CC) and Arlen Vartazarian (Regents Park Rouleurs), and although their lead hovered at around 10 seconds they persisted and with a few laps to go the bunch relinquished the chase, only to pick it up on the last lap – but too late! Woods took the win from Vartazarian, each winning their respective categories with series leader Tom Hargreaves ( Nuun-Sigma Sport-London RT) in third.


Bob McGlue (HWCC) wins Ryder Eyewear Strider James Ferguson (SD Racing) wins Ryder Eyewear Seventh Judith Burne (G.S.Henley) wins 30min sports massage + QoM socks La ferme des Bélugues

Emily Bates (700cc) wins Ryder Eyewear Strider Paul Brooks wins Ryder Eyewear Invert Judith Burne (G.S.Henley) wins a yummy Dinner for 2 at Look Mum No Hands! Joe Kirton (VC Norwich) wins Ryder Eyewear Seventh

Round 4 Cats E 1 2
Place Club Cat Series Points
1st Arlen Vartazarian Regents Park Rouleurs 2 190
2nd Tom Hargreaves Nuun-Sigma Sport- London RT E 180
3rd Daniel Cooper Regents Park Rouleurs 2 170
4th Jerzy Kuzminski London Bicycle Workshop 2 140
5th Adam Thompson Eden Veranda Racing 2 120
6th Tyler Lemmon TBW Bottecchia Wigmore RT 2 110
7th James McCarthy Twickenham CC 2 100
8th Robert Ormond Morvelo Basso RT 1 70
9th Tristan Grigalis PMR@Toachim House 2 40
10th Hadyn James Reading Cycling Club 2
11th James Gray VC Londres 2
12th Jamie Caldwell Portsmouth North End CC 1
13th Steve James High Wycombe CC 2
14th Jo Skelton Look Mum No Hands! 2
15th Barnabas Purbrook Nuun-Sigma E
Round 4 3rd Cats
Place Club Series Points
1st Ieuan Woods Catford CC 200
2nd William Raymond VC Londres 160
3rd Damien Clayton Mono CC 150
4th Kareem Akinnibi VC Londres A+Disp 130
5th Michael Pollitt London Dynamo 90
6th Paul Dutton SD Racing 80
7th Ian Tucker Twickenham CC 60
8th Daniel Moll unattached 50
9th James Leach Imperial Racing Team 30
10th Henry Charrington London Dynamo 20
11th Stefan Atanasov VC Colets 10
12th Dylan Hubble Thames Velo
13th Jamie Davies-Evans Adalta CC
14th Jose Soler Handsling Racing
15th Peter Clifton Twickenham CC
16th James Doyle Clarence wheelers
17th Mark Edgley Dulwich Paragon CC
18th Evangelos Christides unattached
19th Malcolm Davies Dulwich Paragon CC
20th Anthony Lazarus Velosport CC
21st Joseph Gillies Twickenham CC
22nd Philip Mosley Thames Velo
23rd James Turner SD Racing
24th Pete Ganderton GS Henley
25th Jonathan Williams Amersham RCC
26th Daren Austin Twickenham CC
27th Mark Hughes G.S.Henley
28th Clemence Copie Les Filles RT w1
29th Nick Gill Sutton CC A+Disp
30th Stuart Gillies Twickenham CC
31st Jamie Ford Blazing Saddles
32nd Lee Mead unattached
33rd Steve Dunn Welwyn Wheelers CC
34th Mario Manelfi Blazing Saddles
35th Joseph Murray London Dynamo
36th Harvey Weinberger G.S.Henley
37th Eddie Caldas London Dynamo
38th Wayne Thomas North Bucks RC
Round 4 4th Cats
Place Club
1st Bob McGlue HWCC
2nd James Ferguson SD Racing
3rd Paul Brooks Unattached
4th Joe Kirton VC Norwich
5th Doug Ferguson Hart Evolution Racing Team
6th Andrew Knott Welwyn Wheelers CC
7th Richard Potts 700cc
8th Rufus Greenway Twickenham CC
9th James McGahern Lovelo Cinnelli RT
10th Max Kingdon unattached
11th Pierre Jackson G.S. Henley
12th James Ackerley GS Henley
13th Charlie Woodall Big Boys Bicycle Club
14th Scott Shellien-Walker SD Racing Team
15th Simon Pearce Berkhamsted CC
16th Ross Greening Velosport CC
17th Edward Simpson unattached
18th Orlando Whitehead University College London Union
19th Alan Nixon Amersham RCC
20th Lloyd Molton Kingston Wheelers CC
21st Johnathan Sargeant unattached
22nd Philip Bellingham Welwyn Wheelers CC
23rd Jacek Nowosielski unattached
24th Scott Volker Watford Velo Sport
25th David Clarke London Dynamo
26th James Parkes Army Cycling Union
27th Andrew Milner Noth Cotswold
28th Nathan Bond unattached
29th Darren Marshall Kingston Wheelers CC
30th Shaun Terry unattached
31st Justin Costley Cycling Club Hackney
32nd Sam Gregson Velosport
33rd Mark Weight Sigma Sport
34th Jos Busby Shutt Velo Rapide
35th Jun Ibarra Macalintal P CC UK
36th Mark Aldred unattached
37th Matthew Stokes Brixton CC
38th Leigh Bastable Outdoor Traders Race Team
39th Andrew Helme unattached
40th Andrew Deans PSM Cycling Club
41st Gregory Woodford Reading Cycling Club
42nd Dan Gates Amersham RCC
43rd Gary Kenny Watford Velo Sport
44th Daniel Goldsmith Twickenham CC
Womens 4th cats
Place Club
1st Emily Bates 700CC
2nd Lillian Choy London Dynamo
2nd Jessica Finney Portsmouth North End CC
4th Jan Scott 700CC
5th Harriet Hernando IRIS Race Team
6th Gill Thom Kingston Wheelers CC
7th Alice Todd Kingston Wheelers CC
8th Judith Burne G.S.Henley Combative
9th Kristin Stolpe Berkhamsted CC
10th Gemma Hobson Sussex Nomads CC
11th Naomi Griffin 700cc
12th Charlotte Davis LoveloCinelliRT
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Round 3 Saturday 17th December 2016

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Another gloomy afternoon didn’t deter another super entry for round 3 with 54 4th cat riders starting in front of 13 2nd/3rd cat women. Both races were aggressive with many attacks; in the women’s Louise Heywood-Mahé (Les Filles RT) putting in a fierce attack within 2 kms stringing the field out. The Les Filles were well marshalled by their leader, Nicole Oh, who then went on to take the Look Mum No Hands – Dinner for 2 prime at three quarter distance from break away companion Charlotte Heywood- Mahé (Twickenham). Helen Ralston (Sigma Sport) tried hard to form a break but Les Filles were in control dominating with Heywood-Mahé forging ahead for a comfortable win on her own from team mate Oh and Ralston. Louise Heywood-Mahé takes the Queen of the Mountains accessories prize.

The 4th cat racing has now become much more entertaining with attacks coming during the whole of the race, unfortunately no one was quite strong enough to break and stay clear, although Ross Greening (Velosport CC) made some spirited effort but could not quite stay clear. Also Zbynek Simcik (Chevaliers CC), attacked very late into the race and nearly made it, but was caught and in the end it came to a bunch sprint with Adam Reynolds (Mono CC) holding off Bob McGlue (High Wycombe CC) and Iain Campbell (VC Londres) for the win. Winner Adam Reynolds nabs the Ryder Eyewear Seventh glasses.

In the E123 Race it was frantic from the start with Jake Martin up to his old tricks riding wildly off of the front, which caused many riders much pain. Many more attacks ensued but nothing really stuck - Paul McGrath (North Road CC), Tristan Grigalis (PMR@Toachim House), James McCarthy (Twickenham CC), James Di Rico and John Hale all kept trying and the speed very high, right up to the bell when an incident caused confusion in the group; McGrath forged ahead at the bell but his effort was quickly neutralised. Tom Hargreaves (Nuun-Sigma Sport-London RT) who had been relatively quiet during the race sprinted clear for the win from Ben McKie (VC Londres) and Tyler Lemmon (TBW Bottecchia Wigmore RT), from a young and best third cat William Raymond (VC Londres) in fifth place. There is now a break for Christmas with racing resuming on Saturday 7 January 2017.

Imperial Winter Series 2016/17 Merry Christmas Bikes
Adam Reynolds (Mono CC) wins Ryder Eyewear Seventh Nicole Oh (Les Filles RT) wins Prime 2nd/3rd Cat - Dinner for 2 at Look Mum No Hands LMNH Louise Heywood-Mahé (Les Filles RT) wins Womans 2nd/3rd Cat Race - she win Queen of the Mountains Cap, Arm Warmers & Socks. 2nd Place is Nicole Oh (Les Filles RT) and she wins Burger dinner at Look Mum No Hands!
Round 3 Cats E 1 2
Place Club Cat Series Points
1st Tom Hargreaves Nuun-Sigma Sport- London Race Team E 200
2nd Ben McKie VC Londres 2 190
3rd Tyler Lemmon Team Bottecchia UK 2 180
4th Tristan Grigalis PMR@Toachim House 2 170
5th Daniel Cooper Regents Park Rouleurs 2 140
6th James McCarthy Twickenham CC 2 130
7th Steve James High Wycombe CC 2 120
8th Jerzy Kuzminski London Bicycle Workshop 2 110
9th James Gray VC Londres 2 90
10th Hadyn James Reading Cycling Club 2 60
11th Adam Thompson Eden Veranda Racing 2 40
12th Jo Skelton Look Mum No Hands! 2 10
13th Jon Shillingford Thames Velo 2
14th Tom Ford EvoVelo Karbona 2
15th Arlen Vartazarian Regents Park Rouleurs 2
16th Matt Thompson VC Londres 2
17th Paul McGrath North Road CC 2
18th Jake Martin 2
19th Sam Calder Morvelo Basso RT 2
20th Andrew Davis Kingston Wheelers CC 2
Round 3 3rd Cats
Place Club Series Points
1st William Raymond VC Londres 160
2nd Damien Clayton Mono CC 150
3rd Chris Rees Full Gas RT 100
4th Kareem Akinnibi VC Londres 80
5th Ieuan Woods Charlotteville CC 70
6th William Blunt Army Cycling Union 50
7th Joseph Gillies Twickenham CC 30
8th Jose Soler Handsling Racing 20
9th Peter Clifton Twickenham CC
10th Alistair Gurney CC London
11th Paul Dutton SD Racing
12th Oliver Richardson Twickenham CC
13th Ed Everett unattached
14th Mark Perkins Amersham RCC
15th Simon Oxenham VC10
16th Stuart Elvins Lovelo Cinelli RT
17th Tom Herbert Kingston Wheelers CC
18th Steven Heatley WDMBC/Specialized Ruislip
19th Jonny Revis Zero BC
20th John Hale unattached
21st James Turner SD Racing
22nd Thomas Ward Mono CC
23rd Pete Ganderton GS Henley
24th James Di Rico unattached
25th Jamie Davies-Evans Adalta CC
26th Neil Heffernan Kenton RC
27th Nick Gill Sutton CC
28th Mark Gray London Dynamo
29th Daren Austin Twickenham CC
30th Malcolm Davies Dulwich Paragon CC
31st Adam Robertson Verulam CC
32nd Clemence Copie Les Filles RT
33rd Mark Hughes G.S.Henley
34th Will Scott unattached
35th Mario Manelfi blazing saddles
36th Thomas Gloag VC Londres
37th Rostin Walker Kingston Wheelers CC
38th Stuart Gillies Twickenham CC
39th Valentino Fontana Gemini BC
40th Mark Northover Revolutions Racing
41st Mathilde Pauls Sigma Sport WRT
Round 3 4th Cats
Place Club
1st Adam Reynolds Mono CC
2nd Bob McGlue HWCC
3rd Iain Campbell VC Londres
4th Dean Kirkwood Kingston Wheelers CC
5th Craig Cole SD Racing
6th James Ferguson SD Racing
7th David Clarke London Dynamo
8th Simon Pearce Berkhamsted CC
9th Paul Brooks Unattached
10th Ollie Williams East London Velo
11th Joe Kirton VC Norwich
12th Richard Potts 700cc
13th Lloyd Molton Kingston Wheelers CC
14th Jason Davis East London Velo
15th James McGahern Lovelo Cinnelli RT
16th Simon Oddy VC Equipe-Flix Oral Hygiene
17th Sam Hodges Pearson Cycling Club
18th Patrick McPhilemy SD Racing
19th Laurent Audibert Watford Velo Sport
20th Dan Dry Lancaster University CC
21st Andrew Helme unattached
22nd Joel Bransfield East London Velo
23rd Reiner Singh San Fairy Ann CC
24th Ross Greening Velosport CC
25th Daniel Inniss East London Velo
26th Zbynek Simcik Chevaliers CC
27th Ben Wade Twickenham CC
28th Chappman Sin Chevaliers CC
29th Piotr Wojda unattached
30th Johnathan Sargeant unattached
31st Alastair Blowers VCGH
32nd Craig Lawrence Kingston Wheelers CC CC
33rd Mark Weight Sigma Sport
34th Meti Gashi Watford Velo Sport
35th Jogenes Senorin Unattached
36th Dan Dry Lancaster University CC
37th Paul Blackmore Mono CC
38th Andrew Deans PSM Cycling Club
39th Scott Volker Watford Velo Sport
40th Daniel Jaffe London Dynamo
41st David Kirke 700CC
42nd Shaun Terry unattached
43rd Albert Gray unattached
44th Richard Metcalfe Berkhamsted CC
45th Alan Nixon Amersham RCC
46th Geoff Trimm London Dynamo
47th Glenn Haworth unattached
Womens 2nd/3rd cats
Place Club
1st Louise Heywood-Mahé Les Filles RT 2
2nd Nicole Oh Les Filles RT 2 Prime
3rd Helen Ralston Sigma Sport 2
4th Lucinda Kerr London Phoenix 2
5th Hannah Nicklin VC Londres 2
6th Helen McKay Les Filles RT 3
7th Charlotte Heywood-Mahé Twickenham CC 2
8th Olivia Bentley Twickenham CC 3
9th Shula Hagan CC London 2
10th Charlotte Gashi Watford Velo Sport 3
11th Amy Shilliday Lovelo Cinnelli RT 3
12th Hannah Kitchen Amersham RCC 3
13th Sarah Henderson VC Londres 3
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Round 2 Saturday 10th December 2016

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It may have been a gloomy and miserable afternoon that greeted the riders for the second race in the series, but all the racing was far from it.

The 4th cat race started 90 seconds before the 4th Cat Women set off and James Parkes (Army Cycling Union) started the action in the 4th Cat, as did Alison Hinds (Welwyn Wheelers CC) in the Ladies. As a result of her early activity she was awarded the Look Mum No Hands Combativity Prize comprising a dinner for two at their Clerkenwell store. Soon after the Women’s race broke up into pieces with Emily Bates (700 CC) leaving the rest and winning on her own; she wins some pleasure or pain with Nicole Oh of Peloton Physio. The men’s 4th cat race formed a similar pattern from last week with Rupert Graham (Sigma Sport), riding away and lapping the field, even more impressive than last week. He very sensibly stayed behind the group to have a clear run to the line for his victory salute. Rupert moves up to 3rd cat. and wins a pair of Ryder Eyewear glasses.

The E123 race had 59 riders line up for their 1 hour plus 5 laps race. Ieuan Woods (Charlotteville CC), James McCarthy (Twickenham CC) and Hadyn James (Reading CC) started the action moving away from a splintering main group, but they were pulled back within 2 km; this, however, set the pattern for the race with many attacks and splits during the first half, until finally with the persistence of in-form Robert Cheng (MonoCC) a leading group was formed, he unfortunately missed it! Four riders pulled away, Rory Palmer (London Dynamo), Darryl Lusardi (Willesden CC), James and John Hale (unattached), they worked well together and held their advantage to the finish. Third cat Woods tried desperately to move across, got very close but could not quite make it, but was rewarded with a solo ride to 5th place. In the headwind finish Rory Palmer (London Dynamo) eased away from 3rd cat Lusardi with Haydn James 3rd and Hale 4th. Their efforts made an interesting race, staying clear from the main group with committed riding.

Rupert Graham (Sigma Sport) wins Ryder Eyewear Strider Paul Cope (High Wycombe CC) wins Ryder Eyewear Strider Emily Bates (700CC) wins Womans 4th Cat - 1hr Physio (or sports massage) session with Peloton Physio Alison Hinds (Welwyn Wheelers CC) wins Combative Womans 4th Cat - Dinner for 2 at Look Mum No Hands LMNH

Round 2 Cats E 1 2
Place Club Cat
1st Rory Palmer London Dynamo 2 200
2nd Hadyn James Reading Cycling Club 2 180
3rd Daniel Cooper Regents Park Rouleurs 2 150
4th Tom Hargreaves Nuun-Sigma Sport- London Race Team E 130
5th James Gray VC Londres 2 120
6th Tyler Lemmon Team Bottecchia UK 2 110
7th Jerzy Kuzminski London Bicycle Workshop 2 100
8th Sam Humpheson Look mum no hands! 2 90
9th Jo Skelton Look Mum No Hands! 2 70
10th Gary Taylor Handsling Racing 2 40
11th Kieran Dineen VC Equipe Flix 2 30
12th Arlen Vartazarian Regents Park Rouleurs 2
13th James McCarthy Twickenham CC 2
14th Adam Thompson Eden Veranda Racing 2
15th Robert Ormond Morvelo Basso RT 1
16th Robert Cheng Mono CC 2
17th Jon Shillingford Thames Velo 2
18th Paul McGrath North Road CC 2
19th Ben McKie VC Londres 2
Round 2 3rd Cats
Place Club
1st Darryl Lusardi Willesden CC 190
2nd John Hale unattached 170
3rd Ieuan Woods Charlotteville CC A+Disp 160
4th Kareem Akinnibi VC Londres A+Disp 140
5th William Raymond VC Londres 80
6th Sean Bridgeman VC Londres 60
7th Michael Pollitt London Dynamo 50
8th Neil Heffernan Kenton RC 20
9th Jose Soler Handsling Racing 10
10th Thomas Gloag VC Londres
11th Leo Hayter VC Londres A+Disp
12th Ian Tucker Twickenham CC
13th Evangelos Christides unattached
14th Keith Chanter London Dynamo
15th Emmanuel Arthur Finsbury Park CC
16th Dylan Hubble Thames Velo
17th Harry Bunnell Kingston Wheelers CC
18th Jamie Davies-Evans Adalta CC
19th Ashley Evans Rapha Cycling Club
20th Stuart Gillies Twickenham CC
21st Rostin Walker Kingston Wheelers CC
22nd Mark Northover Revolutions Racing
23rd Nick Gill Sutton CC A+Disp
24th Oliver Richardson Twickenham CC
25th Mark Hughes G.S.Henley
26th David Smith VCGH A+Disp
27th Mark Gray London Dynamo
28th Pete Ganderton GS Henley
29th Matthew Wallis Handsling Racing
30th Seb Ashton Kingston Wheelers CC
31st Daren Austin Twickenham CC
32nd Peter Hair Kingston Wheelers CC
33rd Jamie Ford Blazing Saddles
34th Nicole Oh Les Filles RT w2
35th Bill Butterworth Sigms Sport RT
36th Clemence Copie Les Filles RT w1
37th Mario Manelfi blazing saddles
Round 2 4th Cats
Place Club
1st Rupert Graham Sigma Sport
2nd Paul Cope High Wycombe CC
3rd Joe Kirton VC Norwich
4th Pablo Marcos High Wycombe CC
5th Julian Russell East London Velo
6th James Ferguson SD Racing
7th Paul Brooks Unattached
8th Craig Cole SD Racing
9th Meti Gashi Watford Velo Sport
10th Robbie Collison Cranleigh Cycling Club
11th Ben Wade Twickenham CC
12th David Clarke London Dynamo
13th James Mcgahern Lovelo Cinnelli RT
14th Andrew Knott Welwyn Wheelers CC
15th James Ackerley GS Henley
16th Simon Pearce Berkhamsted CC
17th Nathan Bond unattached
18th Simon Hall Gregarios Superclub Ciclista
19th Iain Campbell VC Londres
20th Alex Ballinger unattached
21st Lloyd Molton Kingston Wheelers CC
22nd Shaun Terry unattached
23rd Justin Costley Cycling Club Hackney
24th Charlie Woodall Big Boys Bicycle Club
25th Sean Standerwick Kingston Wheelers
26th Chappman Sin Chevaliers CC
27th Albert Gray unattached
28th Scott Volker Watford Velo Sport
29th Andrew Milner Noth Cotswold
30th Dylan Campbell London Dynamo
31st Mark Weight Sigma Sport
32nd Michael Kazer Lovelo Cinelli RT
33rd Gary Kenny Watford Velo Sport
34th Nick Eisinger Dorking CC
35th Johnathan Sargeant unattached
36th Craig Lawrence Kingston Wheelers CC
37th Piotr Wojda unattached
38th James Rapinac London Dynamo
39th Richard Metcalfe Berkhamsted CC
40th James Marvin unattached
Womens 4th cats
Place Club
1st Emily Bates 700 CC
2nd Charlotte Donohoe Michey Cranks
3rd Lillian Choy London Dynamo
4th Kitty Pemberton-Platt Rapha Cycling Club
5th Jan Scott Eton Tri club
6th Alison Hinds Welwyn Wheelers CC Combative
7th Helen Bridgman Kingston Wheelers CC
8th Lyndsay Fitzgerald Viceroys
9th Charlotte Davis LoveloCinelliRT
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Round 1 Saturday 3rd December 2016

Link to Imperial Winter Series 2016/17 photos by hughesartandphotos.com

Favourable weather greeted the riders and indeed all the helpers for the series opener with excellent entries for both races. Racing started with the 4th cats where there were many attacks, notably from Michael Dowds (Crystal Palace Triathletes) and Ross Greening (Velosport CC), however, the ride of the day came from the 23 year old Sigma Sport rider Rupert Graham who simply rode away from the whole field increasing his lead at the finish to 1m 40s. In the bunch sprint Rob Parry (Crystal Palace Triathletes) led the main group in followed by Paul Brooks.

The E123 Race started with a bang, as is the custom, with attacks in the first lap, little groups were formed very quickly but most came back equally as quickly and no one seemed strong enough to pull clear. There were some excellent efforts from Robert Cheng (Mono CC) and Paul McGrath (North Road CC) who looked the most likely to make a break stick, particularly as his best efforts were towards the end of the race. Also trying hard was Hadyn James (Reading CC) but in the end everything was neutralised. Towards the end there was drama for last series overall winner, Jo Skelton (Look Mum No Hands), who had a mechanical problem, but he managed to get back into the group and eventually finished fifth. In the end it came down to a very fast bunch sprint with 3rd cat rider Kareem Akinnibi, (VC Londres) managing to stay clear from Daniel Cooper (Regents Park Rouleurs) and another previous series winner Tom Hargreaves (Nunn Sigma Sport London).

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Round 1 Cats E 1 2
Place Club Cat
1st Daniel Cooper Regents Park Rouleurs 2
2nd Tom Hargreaves Nuun-SigmaSport-London RT E
3rd James Gray VC Londres 2
4th Jo Skelton Look Mum No Hands! 2
5th James McCarthy Twickenham CC 2
6th James O'Connell Regents Park Rouleurs 2
7th Adam Thompson Eden Veranda Racing 2
8th Tristan Grigalis PMR@Toachim House 2
9th Gary Taylor Handsling Racing 2
10th Chris Burns TMG horizon 2
11th Tyler Lemmon Team Bottecchia UK 2
12th Jerzy Kuzminski London Bicycle Workshop 2
13th Jon Shillingford Thames Velo 2
14th Hadyn James Reading Cycling Club 2
15th Jered Allcock Shutt Velo Rapide 2
16th Paul McGrath North Road CC 2
17th Robert Ormond Morvelo Basso RT 1
18th Matt Thompson VC Londres 2
19th Arlen Vartazarian Regents Park Rouleurs 2
20th Robert Cheng Mono CC 2
21st Rory Palmer London Dynamo 2
22nd Craig Barnett PMR@Toachim-House 2
Round 1 3rd Cats
Place Club
1st Kareem Akinnibi VC Londres
2nd William Raymond VC Londres
3rd Damien Clayton Mono CC
4th Oliver Richardson Twickenham CC
5th Michael Pollitt London Dynamo
6th Will Scott unattached
7th Chris Rees Full Gas RT
8th Ian Tucker Twickenham CC
9th Dylan Hubble Thames Velo
10th Emmanuel Arthur Finsbury Park CC
11th Daniel Moll unattached
12th Alistair Gurney CC London
13th Matthew Vallis Lovelo Cinelli R/T
14th Seb Ashton Kingston Wheelers CC
15th Clive Rhodes unattached
16th Neil Heffernan Kenton RC
17th Kenny henning London dynamo
18th Nicholas Rowe Kingston Wheelers CC
19th Peter Clifton Twickenham CC
20th James Di Rico unattached
21st Ashley Evans Rapha Cycling Club
22nd James Turner SD Racing
23rd Pete Ganderton GS Henley
24th Tom Herbert Kingston Wheelers CC
25th Peter Golding Twickenham CC
26th Peter Hair Kingston Wheelers CC
27th Malcolm Davies Dulwich Paragon CC
28th Stuart Elvins Lovelo Cinelli RT
29th Jonathan Williams Amersham RCC
30th John Hale unattached
31st Valentino Fontana Gemini BC
32nd Will Morton Rapha CC
33rd Daren Austin Twickenham CC
34th Mark Tonge Kingston Wheelers CC
35th Mario Manelfi Blazing Saddles
36th Mark Northover Revolutions Racing
37th Mark Hughes G.S.Henley
38th Mark Perkins Amersham RCC
39th Alvaro Alves da Cunha unattached
40th Mark Edgley Dulwich Paragon CC
41st Henry Charrington London Dynamo
Round 1 4th Cats
Place Club
1st Rupert Graham Sigma Sport
2nd Rob Parry Crystal Palace Triathletes
3rd Paul Brooks Unattached
4th Paul Cope High Wycombe CC
5th Mark Neep unattached
6th Ross Greening Velosport CC
7th Alex Ballinger unattached
8th James Ferguson SD Racing
9th Pablo Marcos High Wycombe CC
10th Dean Kirkwood Kingston Wheelers CC
11th James Parkes Army Cycling Union
12th Meti Gashi Watford Velo Sport
13th Simon Pearce Berkhamsted CC
14th Tom Mellor Chevaliers CC
15th Richard Potts 700cc
16th Darren Marshall Kingston Wheelers CC
17th Michael Dowds Crystal Palace Triathletes
18th Jason Davis East London Velo
19th Rufus Greenway Twickenham CC
20th Sean Standerwick Kingston Wheelers
21st Melis van den Berg Brixton CC
22nd Ben Wade Twickenham CC
23rd Ross Millard Brixton CC
24th Philip Bellingham Welwyn Wheelers CC
25th Laurent Audibert Watford Velo Sport
26th George Whitworth Dulwich Paragon CC
27th Alex Gatehouse Brixton CC
28th Paul Scrase 700CC
29th Joe Kirton VC Norwich
30th Scott Shellien-Walker SD Racing Team
31st Robert Newland unattached
32nd Rupert Greatwood Tri Surrey
33rd Simon Hall Gregarios Superclub Ciclista
34th Lewis Winston London Dynamos
35th Keiron Harding Adalta CC
36th Dylan Campbell London Dynamo
37th David Clarke London Dynamo
38th Robbie Collison Cranleigh Cycling Club
39th Albert Gray unattached
40th James Rapinac London Dynamo
41st Zbynek Simcik Chevaliers CC
42nd Nick Christian De Ver
43rd Piotr Wojda unattached
44th Geoff Trimm London Dynamo
45th Ollie Williams East London Velo
46th Andrew Deans PSM Cycling Club
47th Gianluca Palazzo Kingston Wheelers CC
48th James Marvin unattached
49th Gregory Woodford Reading Cycling Club
50th Shaun Terry unattached
51st Kevin Freeman Crystal Palace Triathletes
52nd Scott Volker Watford Velo Sport
53rd Jules Bernie VC10
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Imperial Winter Series 2016/2017

Imperial Winter Series 2016/2017 New season begins

So we’re here again, it’s been another busy year for Imperial Racing throughout the Summer in MTB and on the road and then headlong into the cross season. That can only mean one thing - it’s time for us to stand on the other side of the barriers and hand out the numbers for this year’s winter series.

We’re maintaining established principles and keeping things simple - pre-enter on RiderHQ, turn up and sign on with the minimum fuss, do your ride and pick up some points if you’re motivated to do so and then off home before anyone has noticed. Nothing too complex, fun and as hard as you want to make it. We’re keeping to our promise to place every rider so those new to racing have something to gauge their progress. We’ll be having a break over Christmas again but that means that those riding for an overall series position in the E123 (and the super cash prizes that go with it) will be able to score in every round.

We’re continuing with something for the Ladies, alternating each week between 4ths/Novices and 2nd/3rds and, as usual owing to the time constraints on the day, they will share the circuit with the 4th cat race . If you’ve not been to the circuit since the last series - we find it difficult to understand how anyone could stay away - you’ll now see the changes to the top part of the track; this can allow us to divert one group of riders about to converge with another, making the closing laps easier to manage and safer for everyone.

We can’t control the weather but the last few years have been mild with virtually no rain which probably means we’ll have 3 inches of snow or horizontal hail in the first day but we’re looking forward to seeing you then – go sign on!

For all race information click on Race Dates tab.

Rich & Lucy
26th October 2016

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