Road: Golla re-takes Imperial Series lead


Location: Hillingdon Circuit, London
Event: 31 December 2011
Report: Snowdon Sports
Photos: Guy Swarbrick ()

Steve Golla re-took the lead in the Imperial Winter Series with victory in round six on New Year’s Eve at the Hillingdon circuit in London.

The Series looks set to be a two-horse race between Golla and London Dynamo rival Jamie Pine, who between them have won all but one of the six rounds so far. With Pine only crossing the line fifth on Saturday, Golla now leads by 50 points.

He took the win from Felt Colbournes’ Andy Betts, while former series winner Jeroen Walters (VC St Raphael) was third. And in fact he wasn’t the only former series winner present, with Jason Streather also riding round six.

In other categories, Karla Boddy made it a double win for High Wycombe with victory in the women’s race from Squadra Donne’s Tamina Oliver, while Sarah Brook (Mule Bar) took third in a race which had the largest field so far at 25 riders.

The final round of the three-race women’s series, Kimberley English (Welwyn Wheelers) has won overall from Emily Bagnall (WyndyMilla) while Keira McVitty (Kings Cliffe Flyers) was third.

Nick Baker (Zappi’s CC) secured his second consecutive win in the third cat race, while Aylesbury CC’s Stephen Morrell finished second to continue an impressive run of form which saw him win the fourth cat race on Christmas Eve and step up to the third cats.

Finally, Stourbridge Velo’s Karl Moseley won the fourth category race from Sydenham Wheelers’ Ben Wimpory, while VC Elan rider Neil McCann took third.


1 Steve Golla (High Wycombe CC)
2 Andy Betts (Felt Colbournes)
3 Jeroen Walters (VC St Raphael)
4 Pete Wager (Felt Colbournes)
5 Jamie Pine (London Dynamo)
6 Rory Townsend (Prestige VC)
7 Phil Holloway (Southend Wheelers)
8 Adam Brittain (High Wycombe CC)
9 Conal Yates (In Gear Quickvit)
10 Max Steadman (Palmer Park Velo)

Overall (after six rounds):
1 Steve Golla 920 pts
2 Jamie Pine 870
3 Pete Wager 680
4 Rory Townsend 640

1 Karla Boddy (High Wycombe CC)
2 Tamina Oliver (Squadra Donna)
3 Sarah Brook (Mule Bar)
Final overall:
1 Kimberley English (Welwyn Wheelers)
2 Emily Bagnall (WyndyMilla)
3 Keira McVitty (Kings Cliffe Flyers)

Third cat:
1 Nick Baker (Zappi’s CC)
2 Stephen Morrell (Aylesbury CC)
3 Dave McMullen (GWR Team)
4 Gareth Thomas (Kingston Wheelers)
5 Vaughan Luff (unattached)
6 Ian Donohue (Fareham Wheelers)

Fourth cat:
1 Karl Moseley (Stourbridge Velo)
2 Ben Wimpory (Sydenham Wheelers)
3 Neil McCann (VC Elan)
4 Simon Oxenham (VC10)
5 Mark Townsend (
6 David Spragg (Kingston Wheelers)

British Cycling would like to thank the organising team, officials and everyone else who helped promote this event. Our sport could not exist without the hundreds of people, many of them unpaid volunteers, who put in many hours of hard work running events, activities and clubs.