Road: Crash fails to halt winner Hales


Location: Steeple, Essex
Event: 7 October 2012
Report: Snowdon Sports

Attacking over the top of the final climb, Jake Hales (IG-Sigma Sport) stayed clear for the final 900 metres to win an eventful six-lap race on the Steeple circuit.

A touch of wheels a third of the way down the bunch caused carnage on the third of the 11-mile laps and, with the race neutralised, led to a number of retirements.

Once back under way, the remaining field stayed together until approaching the final lap when a flurry of activity off the front produced a six-strong leading group which, although not particularly fluid in their work, established a winning gap over the rest.

Jake Martin (Cycle Premier-Kovert), who had been active throughout, slipped back as his earlier efforts took a toll, but the other five stayed intact until the final short but sharp climb where Hales, from Newport Pagnall, Rob Orr (Velo29) and veteran Roy Chamberlain (Team Corley Cycles) went clear.

Hales, at 20 the junior member of the trio, attacked as they crested the climb, and he made good his escape as a gear problem stifled Chamberlain’s immediate response and left Orr – chasing a weekend double after winning the History of Sport Road race the previous afternoon – to come round him and settle for second place.

Norwich-based Simon Millard (Iceni Velo) made the journey from Norfolk profitable by sprinting clear from what was left of the bunch after punctures and a crash to win the supporting four-lap race for third and fourth categories.


National B:

1 Jake Hales Team IG - Sigma Sport E

2 Robert Orr Velo29-OTR-Vankru 2

3 Roy Chamberlain Team Corley Cycles/Blue E

4 Owen Lake Cambridge CC E

5 Dominic Schils Wieler Team Van Eyck Sport Wambeek E

6 Peter Wager Felt-Colbornes RT 1

7 Tom Neale Spalding CC 2

8 Liam Gentry Strada-Sport 1

9 Andrew Griffiths Team IG - Sigma Sport E

10 David Clarke Node4 - Giordana Racing E

11 Luke Ryan Orbea 1

12 Joshua Lawless Aprire Bicycles 1

13 Stuart Pryce Strada-Sport 2

14 Michael Smith Team Corley Cycles/Blue 1

15 Anthony Moye Velo29-OTR-Vankru 1

16 Timothy Butt Maldon & District CC 1

17 Roger Maidment East London Velo 1

18 Alex Anderson Welwyn Whls CC 3J

19 Wayne Crombie East London Velo 2

20 Lee Desborough St Ives CC 2

21 Lubomir Belak Welwyn Whls CC 2

22 Alex Higham Felt-Colbornes RT E

23 Matthew Barlow Velo Schils - Interbike RT 2

24 Peter Hargreaves Strada-Sport 2

25 James Browne VC Norwich 2

26 Philip Holloway Southend Wheelers 2

27 Stoyko Bussarov WyndyMilla UK Youth 1

28 Neil Edwards Private Member 3

29 Mark Westrup Strada-Sport 2

30 Tom Fitzpatrick Strada-Sport 1

31 Adam French Rapha Condor Cycling Club 1

32 Andy Betts Felt-Colbornes RT E

33 Jake Martin Cycle Premier - Kovert E

34 Malcolm Smith St Ives CC 2

35 Justin Hoy Felt-Colbornes RT E

36 David Barnes East London Velo 1

Regional B:

1 Simon Millard Iceni Velo 3

2 Ben Locke Braintree Velo Cycle Racing Club 3

3 Howard Lightfoot Cambridge CC 3

4 Matthew Garfield Fenland Clarion CC 3

5 Mark Longstaff Colchester Rovers CC 3

6 Osama Assem Finchley Racing Team 4

7 Steve Fairchild Braintree Velo Cycle Racing Club 4

8 Thomas Kirk Zappi's Cycling Club 3

9 Gregory Andrews Colchester Rovers CC 4

10 David Bamford East London Velo 3

11 Peter Ingram Ipswich BC 3

12 Shaun O'Hara Essex Roads CC 3

13 Owen Rogers St Ives CC 3

14 Adrian McTigue Ipswich BC 4

15 Paul Wright Stowmarket & District CC 3

16 Nigel Hobday Cambridge CC 3

17 James Wylie Velo Schils - Interbike RT 3

18 Paul Carr Team Corley Cycles/Blue 3

19 Ryan Witchell Welwyn Whls CC 3J

20 Harry Davies East London Velo 3

21 Paul Dewberry Colchester Rovers CC 3

22 Anthony Purnell Cambridge CC 4

23 Andy Defrates Braintree Velo CRC 3

24 Ben Wright VC Revolution 3

25 Henry Robertshaw Chelmer CC 4

26 Jaroslaw Kobylinski Ipswich BC 4

27 Terry Garlinge East London Velo 3

28 Nicholas Cramer Hertfordshire Whls 4

29 Adam Keer Ipswich BC 3

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