Location: Supermarine Rugby Club, Swindon
Event: 6 September 2011
The GWR Team Floodlit Winter Cross League series started with the largest field yet, as 48 riders lined up for the first race of a ten race series, making a strong starting sprint all the more important.
Earlier in the day there had been the typical winter cross weather of heavy showers, but due to the circuit being based around the well drained rugby pitches of Supermarine, the course remained hard packed and fast.
Leading the field into the first of the woodland sections was Weston Summer Series winner Dan Smith who took the hole shot and led the field for the first half lap. As the riders hit the main drag through to the finish line, for the first completed lap, Paul Lloyd led, with Dan Lewis and Matt Denby in contact, the latter two riders starting slowly from the back from the grid, making their way to the head of the race.
With 15 minutes to go, Denby had built up a sizable lead to take the first win of the series making the most of an advantage over Lewis that he held until the finish line. Lloyd came home in a conformable third.
The second round of the 10 race series will be held next Tuesday 13 September and with the best of 7 counting.
For full race results please go to www.gwrteam.com.
|1.||Matt Denby||Zepnap RT|
|3.||Paul Lloyd||Banjo Cycles|
|4.||Scot Easter||Felt Colbornes|
|5.||Matt Woods||Swindon RC|
|6.||Matt Hargroves||Hargrove Cycles|
|7.||Peter Kench||GWR Team|
|8.||G Bate||MJS Racing|
|9.||Dan Smith||GWR Team|
|10.||Harvey Lowe||Hargrove Cycles|
|12.||David Barnaice||Felt Colbornes|
|13.||Simon Edward Parton||Kingston Wheelers|
|14.||Jason Blann||Team Rose Blann|
|15.||Joe Griffiths||Dream CC|
|16.||Kevin Blann||Team Striking bike|
|17.||Tony Davis||Dream Zero G|
|18.||Micheal Holborow||Swindon RC|
|20.||Lee King||Beeline RT|
|21.||Peter Hutchinson||Swindon RC|
|24.||Andy Gardener||Team Striking bike|
|26.||David Lee||Epic Cycles RT|
|29.||Simon Tarrant||Cheltenhamm= CC|
|30.||Patrick Alexander||Cheltenham & County CC|
|31.||Jonathan Wickham||GWR Team|
|32.||Mark Letters||Banjo Cycles|
|34.||Paul Loosemore||Team Striking bike|
|35.||Clair Galloway||Team Zappis|
|37.||Niall Ingleby||Gloucester City CC|
|38.||Paul Burnip||Coriunium CC|
|40.||Steve Avery||Team Zappis|