Coming through from a start midway up the grid, junior Danny Fox (RST Trigon) scored a superb solo win in the third round of the Western League at Pittville Park in Cheltenham.
The 17-year-old rider broke away to win by 25 seconds from John Whittington (Team Diabetes), who outsprinted Scott Chalmers (DREAM Cycling) for second place.
It took Fox several laps to make contact with the early leaders but, once there, he attacked soon afterwards with Chalmers to open up a 15-second gap over Whittington.
Whittington almost managed to claw them back with two laps remaining, which was when Fox launched his winning attack in a move which proved to be perfectly timed with the other two tired and unable to respond.
Pre-race favourite Will Bjergfelt (MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling) crashed heavily into a tree on the first lap and although he resumed riding and kept pace with the leaders, he was unable to recoup the lost time and eventually finished fourth. Local favourite Benoit Davies (BC Private Member) also crashed early on and finished eighth.
Speaking at the finish, Fox said: “I normally race in the West Midlands League where they run the junior race separately, so it was good to test myself against the seniors. I started quite far back and think I made up most time in the technical sections.
“When I saw John catching me and Scott late on, I gave it some more effort and it paid off. I’m aiming for selection for the Worlds which are in February in the Netherlands”.
Whittington, who finished second, said: “I led it out quite hard on the first lap and Will was right on my wheel when he crashed. Things then started to get a bit iffy. Scott was better than me in the corners so it was quite hard to keep with him. Luckily I had a second wind!”
First veteran was Martyn Green (Bristol CX) while Helen Bennett (Cadence RT) led the women’s field. The first youth was Cheltenham’s own Will Swarbrick.
1 John WHITTINGTON Team Diabetes 50:15
2 Scott CHALMERS Dream Cycling @ same time
3 Will BERGFELT MG Maxifuel pro Cycling @ 52sec
4 Joe GRIFFITHS Strada @ 1:18
5 Dan LEWIS RAF CA @ 1:26
6 Scot EASTER Felt-Colbornes @4:02
7 Benoit DAVIES Cheltenham Cycles @4:28
8 Nic BURRIDGE Cheltenham & County CC
9 Tom UNDERHILL Hackney GT
10 James BRITTON Bristol CX
11 David BARNAUILLI Bristol CX
12 Gavin THOMAS VC Bristol 1 lap
13 Will POOLE Bristol CX 1 lap
14 Andrew BURRIDGE SWARM 1 lap
15 Steven GREEN Bristol South CC 1 lap
16 Chris REED 1 lap
17 Patrick TULLY Bristrol CX 1 lap
18 Matt GRAVATT 1 lap
19 Theo BRUMHEAD Uni of Exeter CC 1 lap
20 Alex METCALFE Gore Bike Wear 1 lap
21 Nick SMALE Cheltenham & County CC 2 laps
22 Matt ESTON 2 laps
23 Jeremy COOPER Cheltenham & County CC 2 laps
24 James PROWETT 2 laps
25 Matt DOWLER Uni of Exeter CC 3 laps
26 Ben HALL Bristol CX
27 Joe FOX MG Maxifuel pro Cycling
1 Martyn GREEN Bristol CX V 55:52
2 Stuart PICKERING V 56:00
3 Robin DELVE Mid devon CC V 50:06
4 Ian THREADGOOD Cheltenham & County CC V 50:32
5 Tony DAVIS Dream Cycling V 50:49
6 Donald MACGREGGOR Cheddar CC V 51:24
7 Pat ALEXANDER Cheltenham & County CC V 52:07
8 Simon SNOWDEN Cycology Bikes V 52:59
9 Lee ASTON Sodbury Cycle Sport V 53:08
10 Anthony LAKE Glos City CC V 54:25
11 David COLLIER Dream Cycling V 54:51
12 Ian MORRIS VC Bristol V 55:09
13 Roger CHAMBERLAIN Dursley Road Club V 56:18
14 Gordon SMILLIE Cheltenham & County CC V 57:01
15 Martin SMITH V 50:24
16 Tim SLUMAN Cheltenham & County CC V 50:58
17 Paul LOOSEMORE Team Striking Bikes V 51:50
18 Neil LANGDON Giant CC - Halo Films V 52:50
19 Nick PEATSON Cheltenham & County CC V 53:16
20 Chris TURVEY Giant CC - Halo Films V 54:00
21 David MILLIN V 54:25
22 Bob TYRELL Dursley Road Club V 55:09
23 Malcolm TAYLOR Glos City CC V 55:26
24 Tony JACKSON Stratford CC V 56:09
25 Phil KING Cheltenham & County CC V 57:44
26 Simon WESTGATE V 55:17
27 Steve WILLIAMS Cheltenham & County CC V 57:10
28 Mark HOWARD Glos City CC V 31:14
29 Rob COLLINS V 23:02
30 Steve BROWN Dream Cycling V 11:38
31 Paul CROSSLEY VC Monpellier V 6:08
Women: Helen Bennett (Cadence RT).
Juniors: Danny Fox (RST Trigon).
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