Adrian Lansley (Pedal On) secured victory in the rain and mud ahead of Michael Cotty (Wheelbase/Cannondale) at the Brooks University complex in Oxfordshire, reversing the positions from last week’s race at Didcot.
Setting a strong pace from the start, Adrian soon distanced himself from a hard charging Cotty and he finished nearly two minutes ahead.
Following and night of very heavy rain the course which was pan flat around a couple of football pitches and a small wooded copse was waterlogged. The course soon cut up badly during the earlier races as the rain continued but it did ease a little for the start of the senior race. It was very cold which didn’t help riders and the added ditch with six inches of running water was compounded their misery on each lap.
On lap one Adrian, Michael and Isaac Pucci (West Drayton MTB) eased away from a chasing group of four and soon these three had a thirty second gap. As Adrian pushed on Isaac slipped back and he soon found he had Sam Allen (Hennebont Cycle) for company. Finding the deep mud and water difficult several riders suffered and soon large gaps started to appear.
One rider finding the conditions to his liking was Chris Minter (Pedal On) as he started to pick of riders around him and he was soon was in the mix with Richard Phillips-Scofield (Wheelbase/Cannondale) and James Cotty (Wheelbase/Cannondale) and Matthew Webber (Hackney GT).
So as the race entered its final lap Lansley’s lead was now over a minute from Michael Cotty but the interest had turned to the fight for third between Sam and Isaac.
The two young riders were swopping places throughout the race with Isaac stronger in the copse and Sam stronger across the wet in field. As they came into sight Sam had a lead of a few seconds which he held to the line.
The combined vet/junior/women’s race was held in the worst of the weather and was a comfortable win in the end by David Hobbs (Cotswold Veldrijden) from team mate David Phillips with Robin Wilmott just unable to catch the pair on the line.
The three riders pulled away at the start and soon had a large gap over a group containing Martyn Dymond (Wight Mountain), Nick Walmsley (Cotswold Veldrijden) and Steve Dance (Andover Wheelers).
Mid-race David Hobbs pulled away from Phillips and Wilmott was now loosing time, at one point he was forty seconds behind second place.
On the final lap Robin started to catch up but he left his charge half a lap short and had to settle for third by two seconds.
Other winners on the day were Marcus Burnett (Team MK) in the youth race ahead of Edward Gronbech (Oxford City RC) with Zoe Sheehan (Swindon RC) continuing her good season form taking first girl honours.
The morning got underway in a downpour with the under 12s. The waterlogged field took its toll on the little legs and less than half the entry finishing on the same lap as the winner Jay Allen (Palmer Park Velo).
Anna Wadsworth (Palmer Park Velo) was winner in the under 12 girl‘s race ahead of Abbie Manley (Chapel Tri Stars) and Alderney Baker (Southdown Velo).
Maddie Wadsworth won the under 10 girls category from Madeline Cooper (Chapel Tri Stars) and Libby Smithson (Team MK). The under 10 boys race category was won by Alec Shields (Litchfield CC) from Joe Kiely (Welwyn Wheelers) and Alec Russell (Team MK).
1 Adrian Lansley Pedal On 55:41
2 Michael Cotty Wheelbase Cannondale @ 1:51
3 Sam Allen Hennebont Cycle @ 3:38
4 Isaac Pucci West Drayton MTB 3:49
5 James Cotty Wheelbase Cannondale @ 4:44
1 David Hobbs Cotswold Veldrijden
2 David Phillips Cotswold Veldrijden @ 30sec
3 Robin Wilmott GA Cycles @ 32secs
4 Nick Walmsley Cotswold Veldrijden
5 Martyn Dymond Wight Mountain
Women: Claire Smith Cotswold Veldrijden
Junior: Jason Pitt AW Cycles
Junior Girl: Beth George Swindon RC
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