Victor Berlemont Road Race

Road , Woodcote – Sunday, 31 Aug 2014

Event Details

Event URN:

311135

Start Date:

Sun, 31st Aug 2014

Event Type:

Road (Competitive)

Venue:

Woodcote Village Hall, Reading Road, Woodcote, Oxfordshire, RG8 0QY
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Entry close date

Sun, 17th Aug 2014

Info for Riders

Online entry opens in mid February


The Races

Date Start Race name Classification Band Rider Cat Race length
31/08/14 11:00 E/1/2/3 National B Band 2 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Elite 160km / 99 miles

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Race E/1/2/3
Date Start Classification Band Rider Cat
Sun 31/08/14 11:00 National B Band 2 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Elite
Entry: On Day: (£35.00)
Race E/1/2/3
Sun 31/08/14 - 11:00
Classification: National B
Band: Band 2
Rider Cat: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Elite
Entry: On Day: (£35.00)

Ashley Cox wins the 2014 Victor Berlemont Road Race

Posted 01/09/2014 - Patrick Kavanagh

Written by Chris Lovibond

After a tough 100 miles of racing Ashley Cox (CC Luton) scored a narrow but clear victory over second placed Harry Evans (Cadence) with Mark Baines (Spirit Bikes) close behind in third place.

A break had been initiated during the first lap and there was no point after this when there weren’t some riders off the front. Spectators at the roadside needed sharp powers of observation to appreciate that the make-up of the break was changing all the time as one group was absorbed and another formed. A constant feature of the breaks was that Ashley Cox was always there, always able to follow each new attack, and his presence gave a false impression that the break had stability.

The move which won the race did not develop until halfway through the final lap, on the descent towards Goring after the main road section, and was initiated by Mark Baines who took Harry Evans, Ashley Cox and Joe Wiltshire (NFTO) with him.

This left the final ascent of the one in ten gradient leading up to the finish where Evans hoped that his climbing ability would be sufficient to take him clear of his companions. It wasn’t. When Cox opened up the sprint Evans was still confident he could win but, as it had been for the whole race, it was Ashley Cox’s day.

Back at the HQ all agreed that this had been a great race. The Woodcote course provided variety with its fast main road section, a descent through the lanes and then that brutal climb from Goring towards the finish.

It’s inevitable in a report like this that the majority of the riders do not get a mention, but let’s spare a thought for the whole field who rode a hard race over a distance that, for most of them, was uncharted territory. Another group who deserve a mention (because they made the event possible) are the many members of the Pedal Club who turned out as helpers, and this is an example of how that normally unobtrusive organisation is an important asset to cycle sport.

Everyone connected with bike racing is sadly aware of the classic events which have disappeared, from the Archer Grand Prix to the Bordeaux Paris, but here we’ve seen a little miracle: the rebirth of a race, with this year’s edition being a worthy reflection of the heritage of the Victor Berlemont Road Race. For this we must be thankful for the determination of Doug Collins and the energy of Patrick Kavanagh who, between them, made the idea of renaissance a reality.


Result:

1 Ashley Cox (CC Luton)
2 Harry Evans (Cadence)
3 Mark Baines (Spirit Bikes RT)
4 Joe Wiltshire (NFTO)
5 Tom Neale (Team Corley Cycles)
6 Doug Coleman (CC Luton)
7 Chris Dredge (Spirit Bikes RT)
8 Ben Carty (Felt Colbornes Hargroves RT)
9 James Davey (Mid Devon CC)
10 Martin Ford (BC Private Member)

Combativity Prize: Richard Wood (Arbis – Colbert Cycles RT)

Best Junior: Joe Wiltshire

Best under 23: Tom Neale

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Confirmed Results

Race E/1/2/3

Position Name Club name Rider status Category Points
Results
1 Ashley Cox CC Luton Finished Elite 60
2 Harold Evans Cadence Cycling Performance Finished 1st 52
3 Mark Baines Spirit Bikes Racing Team Finished Elite 45
4 Joseph Wiltshire NFTO Race Club Finished 1st 40
5 Tom Neale Corley Cycles - Drops RT Finished Elite 35
6 Douglas Coleman CC Luton Finished 1st 31
7 Christopher Dredge Spirit Bikes Racing Team Finished 1st 27
8 Ben Carty Felt Racing Finished 1st 23
9 James Davey Mid Devon CC Finished 1st 20
10 Martin Ford Private Finished Elite 17
11 Simon Henley Corley Cycles - Drops RT Finished 2nd 15
12 James Wilson VC St Raphael Finished 1st 13
13 Richard Wood Arbis - Colbert Cycles RT Finished 1st 11
14 Benjamin Allen Dulwich Paragon CC Finished 2nd 9
15 Jack Waller Spirit Bikes Racing Team Finished 1st 7
16 Mike Wragg Arbis - Colbert Cycles RT Finished 1st 6
17 Joshua Green Neon-Velo Cycling Team Finished 1st 5
18 Martin Smith BH-Solidor-WAM Youth Finished Elite 3
19 Dominic Jelfs Madison Genesis Finished 2nd 2
20 Mark Yale VC Revolution Finished 3rd 1
21 Symon Lewis Nuun-Sigma Sport-London RT Finished 1st 0
22 James Lewis NFTO Finished 1st 0
23 Michael Cripps Army Cycling Union Finished 1st 0
24 Anthony Morris Cycle Club Ashwell (CCA) Finished 2nd 0
25 Neil Wass TMG Horizon Cycling Team Finished 2nd 0
26 Oliver Maxwell Windmill Wheels Cycling Club Finished 1st 0
27 Luke Morgan CC Luton Finished 2nd 0
28 Benjamin Marks Cycleworks.co.uk Finished 2nd 0
29 Ben Sumner Beeline Bicycles RT Finished 1st 0
30 Paul Londors Arbis - Colbert Cycles RT Finished 2nd 0
31 Neil Edwards Finished 3rd 0
32 Callum Haseler Cambridge University RT - Hunt... Finished 3rd 0
33 Edward Clemens Spirit Bikes Racing Team Finished 1st 0
34 Rob Yeatman BH-Solidor-WAM Youth Finished 2nd 0
35 Joe Giggins Richardsons-Trek RT Finished 1st 0
36 Adam Cotterell WyndyMilla - Reynolds Finished 1st 0
37 Robert King G.S. Henley Finished 2nd 0
38 Paul Elcock G.S. Henley Finished 2nd 0
39 Henry Farrell CSE Racing Finished 2nd 0
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