It’s always buzzing for the first event of the series and Saturday was no exception; the weather helped mild with little wind.

Race 1 Saturday 7th December 2013

The 4th Cat race was dominated in sheer numbers by London Dynamo but, despite a late flourish when at least 10 of them took off practically on their own, they failed to capitalise with a win but did place 4 riders in the top 10. There was a fierce bunch sprint after 50 minutes won by a length by Thames Velo’s Laurence Manning Neil Fraser (Stevenage CC) and Roland Fejfar (London Dynamo). A good fast race run off without incident.

Steven Gordon-Head (Kingston Wheelers) wins the Imperial Cycles random prize (20th) and can look forward to his bike having spa-like treatment for Christmas!

The Elite/1/2 and 3rd cat event had an International flavour with new Imperial RT rider, Olympic Triathlete Stuart Hayes returning to Hillingdon after a gap of 8 years. He is looking to sharpen up his speed for the non-drafting events in America early next year.

The race started in its usual fashion from the start full on with evergreen Bill Butterworth (Twickenham CC) attacking and staying at the head for 2 laps. There were several other efforts to break up the large field with Rudy Marais (La Fuga-Sigma Sport CC) looking strong at the front.

However, there was only one racer who had the strength to break clear and stay away for several laps and that was Beeline RT’s Ben Sumner, who has been performing superbly in cyclo-cross and clearly carried his good form across to the road circuit. He was caught but attacked again before sitting up and waiting for the finish. His final effort was very impressive, holding off James Norris (High Wycombe CC) and Vincent Halpern (Handsling Racing) to gain a convincing win: he looks like the man to beat in future races.

The 3rd cats mixed it up with the E 1 2 riders contesting the sprint within a sprint with Simon Barnes (London Dynamo) finishing 1st (in 8th place overall) with Spencer Robinson (Newbury RC) 2nd and Greig Petrie (London Dynamo) placed 3rd. Barnes wins the Imperial Cycles voucher.

An otherwise good first day was disrupted with 3 laps to go on the sharp bend when someone caught their pedal on the ground and brought several riders down; it was an unfortunate occurrence after an excellent race.

Next race Saturday 14th December

Full race programme and information at www.imperialracingteam.com


E 1 2 cat race

1st Ben Sumner Beeline Bikes RT

2nd James Norris High Wycombe CC

3rd Vincent Halpern Handsling racing

4th Jo Skelton Look Mum No Hands!

5th Sam Humpheson Look mum no hands!

6th Adam Capes Finchley Racing Team

7th Tyler Lemmon Medway Velo

8th Jacek Reder Unattached

9th Phil Holloway southend wheelers

10th Andy Betts Felt Colbornes Hargroves RT

11th James Freeman Dulwich Paragon CC

12th Jacob Nicholson Medway Velo

13th Rory Townsend Pedal Heaven RT

14th Alex Tinsley Twickenham CC

15th Steve James High Wycombe CC

16th Rudie Marais La Fuga-Sigma Sport CC

17th Tony Lock Nuun yb london

18th Michael Skipsey Tmg horizon

19th Neil Wass TMG Horizon Cycling Team

20th Black Kit, White Overshoes

21st Matt Carden Team Quest

3rd cat race

1st Simon Barnes London Dynamo

2nd Spencer Robinson Newbury RC

3rd Greig Petrie London Dynamo

4th Andrew Lowe Team MK

5th Simon Whiten Handsling Racing

6th Ross Hallard Pretorius CC

7th Alistair Gurney Rapha Condor CC

8th Ralph Keeler Cambridge CC

9th Peter Stuart Unattached

10th Ian Phillips Army Cycling Union

11th Luke Merrilees WyndyMilla

12th Andrew Macey Ashford Wheelers

13th Chris Grange TMG Horizon

14th Angelo Christides unattached

15th Ewan Tuohy Catford CC Equipe Banks

16th Tim Benham Unattached

17th Kevin Argent Sigma Sport La Fuga

18th Stephen Morrell Aylesbury CC

19th Ian Goodey Unattached

20th Bill Butterworth Twickenham CC

21st Andrew Bower High Wycombe Cycling Club

22nd Leo Lerner vo2 Development Team

23rd Cosmo Kedros WyndyMilla MaxiFuel

24th Robin Basford Wyndymilla

25th Tom Caldwell St Ives CC

26th Nigel Burns St Ives CC

27th Ray Wilson London Dynamo

28th Dan Thut London Dynamo

29th Cameron Judson Kingston Wheelers

30th Stuart Hayes Imperial Racing Team

31st Henry Robertshaw Glendene CC

32nd Andrew Wright High Wycombe

33rd Daniel Atkins Didcot Phoenix CC

34th Neil Heffernan Inverse – Cycling Components RT

35th Simon Parton Kingston Wheelers

36th Duncan Rimmer Morden CRC

37th Nicole Oh Les Filles RT

38th Emma Towers Twickenham CC

39th Alvaro Alves Da Cunha Unattached

40th Mickael Metayer Thames Velo

4th cat race

1st Laurence Manning Thames Velo

2nd Neil J Fraser Stevenage cc

3rd Roland Fejfar London Dynamo

4th Stephen Harvey Cardiff Ajax

5th Chris Whitehouse Twickenham CC

6th Mike Brewer London Dynamo

7th Sam Owen London Dynamo

8th Henry Charrington London Dynamo

9th Harry Bunnell Kingston Wheelers

10th Steven Pellowe Hounslow District Wheelers

11th Anthony Middleton WyndyMilla

12th Steve Morgan Twickenham CC

13th Andrew Weighill New Forest CC

14th Adam Thompson Reading CC

15th Tim Childs Westerley CC

16th Samuel Andrew Kingston Whls CC

17th Ed Everett Unattached

18th Tim Marshall Unattached

19th Barry Stingmore Kingston Wheelers

20th Steven Gordon-Head Kingston Wheelers

21st Clark Anderson Thames Velo

22nd John Bull London Dynamo

23rd BMC bike frame

24th Huw Dymond Reading. CC

25th Robert Abbey Hemel Hempstead CC

26th Andrew Tiller Glendene CC

27th Nathan Sweeney London Dynamo

28th Kurt Austin Cowley Road Condors

29th Ben Nichol Amersham RCC

30th Jennifer Crouch London Dynamo

31st Ralph Stokeld Cadence Performance

32nd Tom Simpson Dulwich Paragon CC

33rd James Spackman London Dynamo

34th Clarice Chung Twickenham

35th Keith Chanter London Dynamo

36th Paul Adams Thames Velo

37th Pinarello bike frame

38th James Rapinac London Dynamo

39th Tom Groom WyndyMilla

40th Andy Brown Thames Velo

41st Philip Mosley Thames Velo

42nd Nicholas Silva thames velo

43rd Claude Autrey London Dynamo

44th Alan Nixon Amersham RCC

45th Jorge Alberzoni London Dynamo

46th Massimo Saetta Kingston Wheelers

47th Martin Banfield London Dynamo

48th Andrew Deans GPM10 Cycling

49th David Jack Loveman Verulam CC

50th Mark Davison London Dynamo

51st Tom Herbert Kingston Wheelers

52nd Akis Kollaros London Dynamo

53rd Ollie Blagden HWCC

54th Max Burgess Unattached

55th Lloyd Cosgrove Unattached

56th Tom O’Connell Velosport CC

57th Elizabeth Dunne Wyndy Milla

58th Neil Kerr Twickenham CC

59th Rupert Baker London Dynamo

60th Andy Hancock Twickenham CC

61st Chris Gore Beckenham Rugby Cyclists Club

62nd Daren Austin Twickenham CC

63rd Sally Stubbs Imperial Racing Team

Overall Series Leader Board (Best of 9 races)

1st Ben Sumner Beeline Bikes RT

2nd James Norris High Wycombe CC

3rd Vincent Halpern Handsling racing

4th Jo Skelton Look Mum No Hands!

5th Sam Humpheson Look mum no hands!

6th Adam Capes Finchley Racing Team

7th Tyler Lemmon Medway Velo

8th Simon Barnes London Dynamo

9th Jacek Reder Unattached

10th Phil Holloway southend wheelers

11th Spencer Robinson Newbury RC

12th Andy Betts Felt Colbornes Hargroves RT

13th Greig Petrie London Dynamo

14th James Freeman Dulwich Paragon CC

15th Jacob Nicholson Medway Velo

16th Andrew Lowe Team MK

17th Rory Townsend Pedal Heaven RT

18th Alex Tinsley Twickenham CC

19th Simon Whiten Handsling Racing

20th Steve James High Wycombe CC



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