Friday 06 July 2012
Phillips Wins in Racecourse Rain
The first round of the Leisure Lakes Circuit Series at Cheltenham racecourse was played out in testing conditions which almost forced the cancellation of the event last Friday evening. A cluster of hardy riders braved the awful conditions to put on a great display of live sporting action.
James Phillips (Severn RC), Rupert Denny (GWR Team) and Adrian Bird (RPC/Subzerobikesco) turned out to be the dominating riders of the race. Ex-Gloucester City rider, Denny, attacked the hilly circuit at a ferocious pace splitting the field almost as soon as the 40km race had started. It was then left to Phillips to pace his way across to the lone leader, with Bird close behind. The trio worked well together, even with the weather worsening. Whilst the bedraggled spectators looked on in amazement, the remaining peloton behind were left to press on as the leaders pushed hard to open up a formidable lead.
As the 1 hour race neared the last lap, Denny attacked trying to split the breakaway and weaken his fellow escapees. This failed, however, and it was Phillips who used his punchy style to his advantage, sprinting to a great win on the famous racecourse hill in front of a damp crowd.
At the finish, local rider Jon Pain (leisurelakesbikes.com), who finished 5th in the bunch sprint, said; "This is one tough circuit. I found the conditions really hard today, congratulations to Phillips, he rode a great race. I'm already looking forward to next week and hope it's a dry one!"
Round 2 will be next Friday 13th July at Cheltenham Racecourse. Racing starts at 7pm. The grand elite race finale will be held on the 20th July and will feature some of the best riders in the region who will all be competing for a cash first prize of £300.
Senior 1. James Phillips, Severn RC 2. Rupert Denny, GWR Team 3. Adrian Bird, RPC/Subzerobikesco 4. Scott Leakey, Performance Cycles 5. Jon Pain. Leisure Lakes 6. Matthew Franklin, Bristol RC 7. Jonathan Webb, UC Monaco 8. Matt Ullmer, Team Traveller 9. Rob Edgell, Somer Valley RC 10. Mike Ward, VC Montpellier 11. Callum Lister, Corinium 12. Mark Munns, Ride 24/7 13. Ian Threadgold, Cheltenham & County CC 14. Simon Tarrant, Cheltentham & County CC Youth U16s 1. Adam Beddall - Gloucester City CC 2. Preslav Dimitrav - Stratford CC 3. Taylor Rowe - Ride 24/7 4. Tom Marshall - VC Montpellier U14s 1. Keir Lewis - Stratford CC 2. William Crofts - Bristol Cycling Development Scheme 3. Joe Wood - Cheltenham & Co CC 4. Elliot Lockley - Private U8s 1. Cerys Simmonds (Girl) - Stratford CC 2. Jacob Smith - Cheltenham & Co CC 3. Daniel Ascroft - Cheltenham & Co CC U12s 1. Andrew Wheatley - Halesowen CC 2. Ben Sluman - VC Montpellier 3. Harrison Smith - Cheltenham & Co CC U10s 1. Luke Simmonds - Stratford CC 2. David Meyer - Cheltenham & Co CC