Sunday 15 June 2014
Bayton Wins Second Winchcombe Kermesse
Grant Bayton (Ride 24/7) won the second edition of the Winchcombe Kermesse on Sunday after a fine solo attack on the last lap of the 60 mile race. Bayton, current leader of the Cotswold Cycle Racing League, was a worthy winner of Pat Smith Memorial Trophy as presented by Winchcombe Town Council. Bayton also walked away with the bespoke Forgeability winners’ trophy.
Racing got underway from Winchcombe School and saw a number of riders eager to escape the fast moving peloton behind. Team Ride 24/7 (Cirencester) had brought a strong team to the race, keeping the speed high through a succession of strong attacks. Eventually, one of their riders' – ex-professional Ben Luckwell - broke clear with a fellow rider. However, it was clear that the 60 strong peloton weren't going to let them escape and they were soon reeled in.
This prompted more attacks, with two further riders breaking clear, including local rider Richard Cleaver (Leisure Lakes RT). Both held the peloton at around 30 seconds for a number laps but, again, the pursuers wouldn't let them gain more than a minute’s advantage. Cleavers’ fine performance earned him the ‘Most Aggressive Rider’ prize for the second year running which was proudly presented by Inside Out of Winchcombe.
Once the breakaway had been caught, the race looked set for a bunch sprint for the finish line. Bayton had other ideas; attacking as the bell sounded outside the Harvest Home pub, he quickly built up a strong advantage. Ascending the final rise before the descent to the finish, the peloton were chasing hard. He held a narrow margin to clinch the win in front of an exuberant crowd.
Ben Carty of Felt-Colbournes jumped clear in the finish straight to take a fine second place, ahead of Ride 24/7 ‘s Ben Luckwell who won the bunch gallop to the line.
1 52 Grant Bayton Ride 24/7 2 31 Ben Carty Felt-Colbornes-Hargroves RT 3 51 Benjamin Luckwell Ride 24/7 4 59 Lee Davis Velosure - Giordana RT 5 67 David Lowe Dave Hinde RT 6 70 Simon Coles Norwood Paragon 7 66 Adam Cape Finchley RC 8 26 Craig Wallduck Dream Cycling 9 53 Marc Flay Stratford Cycle Studio - RPC 10 49 Joe Barry Ride 24/7 11 42 Ross Evans Radeon Cycle Coaching 12 50 Michael Ward Ride 24/7 13 35 Alastair Barnard Gloucester City CC 14 8 Justin Belcher Banbury Star CC 15 33 Thomas Leach Gloucester City CC 16 32 Sean Townsend Gloucester City CC 17 13 Geoff Ripley Bristol RC 18 56 Jason Flooks VC Bristol Webbs of Warmley 19 15 Stuart McCombie Bristol RC 20 4 Matt Ullmer Performance Cycles 21 43 Jamie Penton Radeon Cycle Coaching 22 55 Greg Lancaster VC Bristol Webbs of Warmley 23 16 Tom Maisey Bristol RC 24 60 Adrian Bird Worcester St Johns CC 25 38 Richard Cleaver Leisure Lakes Bikes.com 26 23 Aaron Collins Cotswold Veldrijden 27 48 Billy Osmond Ride 24/7 28 14 Nathan Anscombe Bristol RC 29 65 Gethin Llewelyn West Wales RT 30 21 Niel Dunnage Cotswold Veldrijden 31 22 Nick Walmsley Cotswold Veldrijden 32 7 Luke Souter Banbury Star CC 33 62 Steven Roach Private 34 12 Rob Yeatman BH-Solidor-WAM Youth 35 63 Gordon Markus Severn RC 36 68 Chris Nyonyintono Performance Cycles 37 20 Harry Walton Cheltenham & County CC 38 9 Ruan Bester Bath Cycling Club 39 18 Tom Ilett Bristol South CC 40 40 Cameron Smalley North Cotswold CC 41 45 Paul Watson Radeon Cycle Coaching 42 36 Anthony Lake Gloucester City CC 43 29 Matthew Franklin Dymag-T-1-D 44 69 Nick Watson Ride 24/7 45 34 Garry Jones Gloucester City CC 46 37 Harry Edwards Gloucester City CC 47 25 Malcolm Dixon Dream Cycling 48 54 Hugh Knudsen Team Tor 2000