Friday 02 July 2010

Tipper Back To Winning Ways

The penultimate round of the Leisure Lakes Bikes Circuit Series took place last Friday evening at Cheltenham racecourse. It promised to be a thrilling event, with the youth racing wetting the crowd’s appetite before the start of the main race.

Another strong field of over 35 riders took to the start line for the third race of the series. Round one winner Jacob Tipper (Halesowen) took to the start line with the aim of going one better having taken 2nd place a week before. Second round winner Steven Allen (Kenilworth) was also eager to repeat his strong and powerful performance on what promised to be an entertaining evening of racing. The fast and furious circuit race was held over its usual format of 45 minutes racing plus 5 laps. Some local riders, such as, Cheltenham and County’s Julian Franklin, Velo Club Montpellier’s Richard Cook and Gloucester City’s John Barnes had also entered the race.

After the traditional neutralised lap at the start, the race began swiftly with the three top favourites of Tipper, Crispin Doyle and Allen all working hard at the head of the race. However, in the early stages it appeared that most were able hold the pace and were able to keep up with the jostling at the front of the peloton. The first sprint prime of the evening quickly arrived and this forced a huge surge at the front as riders sprinted hard to take the cash prize. The three strongest riders of Tipper, Doyle and Allen, took advantage and were able to escape the speeding peloton at the top of the steep climb.

As a breakaway gap grew, the strong trio started to realise that they had created the race winning move. The peloton behind were however still being pulled along by the likes of Dan Bill (Cult Racing), Callum Lister (Corinium CC) and Scott Law (Evesham Wheelers). Law and Lister were even able to pull away from the main peloton in the later stages of the race.

In the final sprint, the three leaders sped effortlessly up the steep finish straight. Tipper and Allen were first to hit the front, while Doyle felt the pace and sat up. Tipper’s jump enabled him to take an early advantage in the sprint and he was able to power to his second win of the series. Allen took a well earned second place whilst Doyle took third. The first Cheltenham rider home was Julian Franklin of Cheltenham and County CC.

In a fast and competitive women’s race, first round winner Naomi Anderson (Team Zappi’s) took a fine first place.

Senior race:
 1. Jacob Tipper (Halesowen A & CC)
 2. Steven Allen  (Kenilworth Wheelers)
 3. Crispin Doyle  (Swindon RC)
 4. Callum Lister (Corinium CC)
 5. Scott Law (Evesham Wheelers)
 6. Rob Edgell (Somer Valley CC)
 7. Dan Bill (Cult Racing)
 8. Joe Page  (Team Echelon / Spuik)
 9. Dan Smith (GWR Team)
10. Julian Frankland (Cheltenham and County CC)
11. Vince Page (Team Echelon / Spuik)
12. Matt Conner (Newbury RC)
13. Neil Biggs (Velo Club Montpellier)
14. Neil Reeder (GWR Team)

Women’s race:
 1. Naomi Anderson (Team Zappi's)