Sigma Sport’s Simon Richardson took victory in round ten of the Western League, promoted by Giant CC at Warmley Forest Country Park in Bristol on Sunday.
The 28-year-old Bristolian finished head and shoulders above his rivals after mastering a very sticky course, with rain and cold conditions making it very much a demanding bike handler’s course.
The conditions wreaked havoc with equipment, with nine riders having to pull out because of problems with their rear mechs, while Dream CC rider Craig Denning did well to finish tenth after having to change bikes three times because of damaged rear mechs.
Leading the field for the seniors race around the first lap was another Bristol-based 28-year-old, Deacon Cutterham (VC Bristol), but by the second lap Richardson took over and continued to build his lead steadily.
By the finish, he was around three minutes ahead of Cutterham in second, while Bath 31-year-old Tavis Walker (Adeo Cadence) was just 15 seconds further back in third spot.
In other categories, Nailsea 43-year-old Steve Brown (Dream CC) was top veteran in fifth overall, while VC St Raphael’s Marianne Britten was fastest woman and 16-year-old Luke Davies (Chippenham Wheelers) top junior.
1 Simon Richardson (Sigma Sport-Specialized) 55:00
2 Deacon Cutterham (VC Bristol) @ 3:00
3 Tavis Walker (Adeo Cadence) @ 3:15
4 Charles Coleman (Adeo Cadence)
5 Steve Brown (Dream CC)
6 Gavin Thomas (VC Bristol)
7 Alan Green (Dursley RC)
8 John Bachelor (Adeo Cadence)
9 Jason Streather (VC St Raphael)
10 Craig Denning (Dream CC)
Veterans: Steve Brown. Women: Marianne Britten (VC St Raphael). Juniors: Luke Davies (Chippenham 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.