Road: Rossi races to Whitear Memorial win


Location: Great Yarmouth, Suffolk
Event: 13 May 2012
Report: Snowdon Sports

Rapha Condor’s Oliver Rossi, 19, took victory in the Bob Whitear Memorial Road Race which saw an incredible scramble for second place.

A break of seven riders got away on lap two and by the ninth lap, a gap of 30 seconds had opened up behind them.

With half a lap to go, they were caught by the chasing pack and Essex-based Rossi managed to get out in front to go on to win by a couple of bike lengths.

But behind him, chaos ensued as a large number of riders all battled it out on the line. The finish line of the circuit was situated on a tight piece of road causing a very close finish.

Oliver Rossi said: “The group of seven got away but then people stopped working, there was only two of us working so we just sat up and went.

“By the end, most of them had caught us up and I won it by a couple of bike lengths. The plan was just to win it, I didn’t think too much about tactics before the race.”


1 Oliver Rossi (Rapha Condor)
2 Dean Shannon (Twenty 3c)
3 James Sale (PCH)
4 Andy Lyons (Twenty 3c)
5 Josh Maynard (Welwyn Wheelers)
6 Toby Parnell (Cambridge CC)
7 Lee Desborough (St Ives)
8 Liam Gentry (Strada Sport)
9 Basil Moss (Cambridge CC)
10 Tom Fitzpatrick (Iceni)

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.