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
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