Rapha Condor Series (#3)
Story posted June 16, 2010; Click here for photos
The women's race used the same clockwise course as the 3/4 men’s race by descending the steeper hill. Within the opening 15 minutes, a three rider break had emerged containing two Rapha Condor riders and Chrissy Radon from High Wycombe. Sandra Mackay then made a strong effort to bridge the gap to the leaders and
the break then worked together to consolidate their lead. In the final laps of the race, the riders began to attack on the climbs to get away but none were able to make a move stick and the race eventually came down to a sprint with Claire Beaumont taking the victory over Chrissy Radon and Natasha Perry.
1. Claire Beaumont, Rapha Condor
2. Chrissy Radon, High Wycombe CC
3. Natasha Perry, Rapha Condor
4. Sandra Mackay, Essex Roads
5. Claire Leonard, Brighton Mitre
6. Kirsty Bishop, Team MK
7. Tamar Van der, Haas Brighton Mitre
The course for the Elite/1/2/3 race was run in true crit style. The weather shone down on the riders over the Redbridge Cycle Centre leaving the course bone dry and safe enough for organisers Rapha Condor to shorten the circuit. The new course sent riders down the Hoggenberg where they would take a tight right and immediately ascend the longer climb. The course then dipped and riders made a high speed right turn onto the zig zap inner climb taking them up to the start/finish line. The shortened course left riders little respite and soon ripped the bunch apart.
It was a fast and furious race with riders lapping the course every 1 minute 40 seconds. The shattered bunch was led by three riders, Dan Santani, Darren Barclay and Lewis Atkins. This trio worked hard to fend off six riders trying to bridge the gap and halfway through the race, Phil Hersey leapt out of the chase group to try and join the three leaders.
A strong and classy ride by Hersey saw him join the leaders for the final part of the race, but the efforts he expended bridging the gap meant he didn’t quite hang on to the three to the end after his valiant efforts. Santani and Barclay rode clear of Lewis in the final few laps with the two riders sprinting hard for the line with Santani edging the verdict to win the race. Rapha Condor awarded Phil Hersey a prize for the most attacking rider.
Elite 1 /2 /3
1. Daniele Santani, Mstina
2. Darren Barclay, Arctic Rt
3. Lewis Atkins, Orbea Forgoodness Shakes
4. Phil Hersey, Eagle Rc
5. Clem Berrili, Hackney Cc
6. Alex Peters, Hackney Cc
7. Ishmael Burdeau, Agisko Viner
8. Taylor Johnston, Team De Ver
9. Anthony Moye, Cc Luton
10. Barry Hughes, Rapha Condor Cc
11. Gavin Ryan, London Dynamo
12. Jon Lewis, Charlotteville Cc
13. Mark Holt, Cambridge University
14. Phil Ciols, San Fairy Ann Cc
15. Phil Lisher, Team Welywn
16. Richard Da Silva, Stevenage Cc
17. Sebastian Pancratrz, Oxford University Cc
18. Martin Garratt, London Dynamo
19. Gray Turnock, Finsbury Park Cc
20. Jason Kettle, Eagle Rc
21. Gonzalo Rodriguez, E.L.V.
22. David Murrell, London Pheonix
23. Mario Manelfi, Blazing Saddles
For round 3 of the Rapha Condor Crit Series, the event was run clockwise seeing riders descend the major climb at Hog Hill before completing the full bottom circuit before ascending the climb, make a short descent and climb before completing the alpine twists and turns and riding across the finish line.
A group of just over fifty riders including some junior and youth riders took part in the race which mostly stayed together over the 50 mins. Young rider Dante Carpenter crossed the line in first place clear of Bryan Crump and Robbie Whenman.
1. Dante Carpenter One Life
2. Bryan Crump Eagle RT
3. Robbie Whenman
4. Simon Keen Crest
5. Gordon Kenneway London Dynamo
6. Hayden Wood
7. David Williams London Dynamo
8. Ian Holmes Virgin Active
9. Chris Baldwin
10. Lawrence Carpenter Team Quest
11. David Swan Cycles Dauphine
12. Jason Rogers Gateway CC
13. Louis Proust
14. Dylan Kenneway London Dynamo
15. Vik Chauphuri