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- Start Date:
Sat, 24th May 2014
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Milborne St Andrew Sports Club, Homefield, Milborne St Andrew, Dorset, DT11 0JT
- Entry close date
Sun, 4th May 2014
“One Day in Dorset” A 97 Mile/150 km National A road race for Elite/1/2 category riders, supported by “Local Riders, Local Races” Dorset’s own cycling news site. Based in Milborne St Andrew, in the heart of rural Dorset, this new race on the calendar takes in Bulbarrow Hill above the picture postcard village of Milton Abbas. At 899ft the road across the top is the highest in the county, with the race route visiting the summit 9 times. The 5 mile drag up from Winterborne Whitechurch is never steep but, tackled twice will test the legs before a tough finale. A 9.5 mile finishing circuit will take the riders through Milton six times. The steep climb out of the village will see the strongest come to the front before the hilltop finish above the Blackmore Vale. The race date of Saturday May 24th 2014 is just four weeks before the National Road Race in Abergavenny and will be ideal preparation for the championship. “One Day in Dorset” has a minimum prize fund of £2000.
A total of 8651 ft of climbing in 97 miles promises to make "One Day in Dorset" one of the toughest races on the domestic calendar in 2014. Bulbarrow Hill is well known to local riders, with at least ten different routes up, it is a favourite on club runs, charity rides & sportifs. "One Day in Dorset" will visit the summit nine times and whoever triumphs next May will know they have been in a race!
From the headquarters at Milborne St Andrew the course heads north-east on the A354.Taking the second left in Winterborne Whitechurch, the minor road is flat through the villages of Winterborne Clenston & Winterborne Stickland. One mile through Stickland, at Hedge End, a left turn starts the first climb of Bulbarrow, this three mile; “big ring” drag will do no more than offer good views as it gradually climbs the hill. Through the finish line for the first time at 9.9 miles, the descent to Ansty is uncomplicated; the left hand turn at the bottom will require attention though. A fast, rolling lane returns to Milborne and the A354. Again to Whitechurch but this time the first left at the Milton Arms starts a five mile ascent. The finger signpost at the public house says “6” but relax, it is only five. Like Hedge End, this long rise is never too steep with most staying in the 53 ring. However, the hill is exposed and if the wind blows, an attack on the steepest section above Milton Abbas could do some damage. The climb from Whitechurch is tackled twice before the race hits the six lap,9.6 mile finishing circuit. The historic village of Milton Abbas will provide the backdrop as the battle unfolds. Thirty six,identical, whitewashed thatched cottages stand to attention either side of the road, only a church, the old almshouses & the Hambro Arms interrupt the parade. The road rises through the village but it is only when the houses are behind that the tarmac starts to rear up. Under the trees is where it really hurts before emerging to meet the now familiar Whitechurch road, still three miles from the summit.
“One Day in Dorset”
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UPDATE 25/05/2014 A big thank you to competitors who rode a great race putting a great spectacle in such adverse weather conditions. You were not supposed to do 9 laps of that steep climb but you all handled brilliantly, that was almost a thousand feet of climbing per lap I believe. Photo's are available at www.sports-image.co.uk
|Date||Start||Race name||Classification||Band||Rider Cat||Race length|
|24/05/14||10:00||E/1/2 - 155 km||National A||Band 1||1st, 2nd, Elite||155km / 96 miles|
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|Sat 24/05/14||10:00||National A||Band 1||1st, 2nd, Elite|
Entry: On Day: (£35.00)
Sat 24/05/14 - 10:00
Classification: National A
Band: Band 1
Rider Cat: 1st, 2nd, Elite
Entry: On Day: (£35.00)
Posted 25/05/2014 - David Wade
Report: Eamonn Deane
Elliot Porter (Rapha Condor JLT) won “One Day in Dorset” on top of Bulbarrow Hill, outsprinting Jack Beezer (Arbis-Colbert Cycles RT) after 80 tough, wet miles in the county.
Heavy rain left standing water on large parts of the course, forcing commissaires to run the race entirely on the 10-mile finishing circuit.
Porter had held a 10 second lead at the bell with Andrew Feather (Bikeshed UEX), which was up to 30 seconds as they descended the hill for the eighth and last time. Beezer forced his way across after Milton Abbas as the remains of the bunch hesitated. It was Beezer who lead out but Porter looked confidant as Feather faded and the Rapha man celebrated in style and a touch of relief.
The bad weather had put the event in doubt; the two bigger circuits were flooded in places and deemed unsafe. The race was shortened from 97 miles to 80 miles, eight laps of the Milton Abbas circuit would take their toll but at least we had a race! And there was a determination from the race officials that was rewarded with a positive, attacking peloton.
Early punctures dashed the hopes of a few including Dave Clarke (KTM road-and-trail.com) and Jozef Metelka (Spirit Bikes) as Robert Moore (Pedal Heaven Colbornes RT) held a lead of 28 seconds after two laps, Moore was riding strongly but needed some company.
His teammate Francis Cade tried to ride across but only succeeded in bringing the race together. Russell Falder (Clay Cross RT) lead the third time up through Milton, Falder persisted and the gap grew, it looked promising. It looked even better when Owen James (BH-Solidor-WAM Youth) bridged across but it was just a signal for Falder to drop back. James, though, looked good and pressed on building a lead of over two minutes. BH-Solidor had control of the race with James up the road and strength in the, by now splitting bunch.
The onus was on Pedal Heaven and driven by the power of Moore, the gap started to tumble, James had looked smooth and strong but the cold, wet conditions were starting to tell. With two laps to go the gap was 1:28 but the chase was speeding up and James’s brave move was over.
Through Milton Abbas the penultimate time, Porter put the pressure on, Feather matched Porter’s effort and the two were away, working well together.
Beezer had punctured early in the race but helped by senior team-mate Richard Wood was soon safely back in the wheels. BikeShed UEX team boss, David Walters had talked about the last two laps being “the race” in his pre-match team talk at the HQ and he was proved right. Beezer buried himself to get across to Porter and Feather then, knowing Porter had more speed, tried to win from the front but Porter was just too good.
“I did not really put the hammer down, I just put in a really hard pace,” said Porter afterwards. “I had Andy with me and he was willing to ride, he was fantastic. Andy was saying there was a group coming but I said no, no, they are going to lose heart, they will give up, it’s a big effort when you are chasing after the climb everyone looks at each other and I knew that was going to happen so just ride.
“I was a bit scared when Jack [Beezer] got to us with a kilometre to go, he looked strong but had done a big effort to get to us, as soon as saw the chequered flag I just went. It was a bit sketchy early on, good riders were getting dropped on the descent, the decision to change the course was good it made it safer.”
And Beezer said: “I am really pleased, I punctured early on but managed to get back on and recover in the bunch. I won the Tour of the Milburys two weeks ago and am in good form.”
1, Elliot Porter (Rapha Condor JLT) 3.59.54
2, Jack Beezer (Arbis –Colbert Cycles) st
3, Andrew Feather (Bikeshed-UEX) at 1sec
4, Michael Mottram (KTM Road & Trail .Com) at 14sec
5, Ashley Cox (CC Luton) at 45sec
6, Henry Latimer (Catford CC)
7, Robert McCarthy (Pedal Heaven Colbornes RT) at 1:13
8, Colin Parry (BH-Solidor ) st
9, Ryan Perry (Army CU) st
10, Richard Wood (Arbis Colbert Cycles) st
Prime 1: Robert Moore
Prime 2: Owen James
Team: Catford CC Equipe/ Banks
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