Eagle Road Club’s Phil Hersey drew first blood in the East London Velo Winter Series, winning the E123 race at the Redbridge circuit in London on Saturday.
The 37-year-old second cat rider from Putney attacked after just three laps of the circuit, and steadily opened up a gap on the bunch over the rest of the race.
A chase was eventually mounted with five laps to go, but they had left it too late to hunt down a determined Hersey.
East London Velo’s Adam French, the 20-year-old from Upminster, took second spot after out-sprinting his two rivals from the chase, while Tom Neale (unattached) took third from Dulwich Paragon’s Nick Wilkinson.
In the supporting race for 3/4 cat riders, Chris Stuart-Leach (I Cycle) secured victory in a bunch sprint for the line at the end of their 15-lap race.
With 64 riders starting it was a packed race, and although several attempts to breakaway were made, none managed to gain any significant lead. Behind Stuart-Leoth, Jack Finch (PM Racing) took second and Paul O’Sullivan (London Phoenix) third.
1 Phil Hersey (Eagle RC) 59:19
2 Adam French (East London Velo) @ 54sec
3 Tom Neale (unattached)
4 Nick Wilkinson (Dulwich Paragon) all @ same time
5 Richard da Silva (Stevenage CC) @ 1:23
6 Roger Maidment (East London Velo)
7 Felix Barker (Cambridge CC)
8 Philip Murrell (Finsbury Park CC)
9 Sam Humpheson (Look Mum No Hands.)
10 Matt Webber (London Phoenix)
1 Chris Stuart-Leach (I Cycle) 57:49
2 Jack Finch (PM Racing)
3 Paul O’Sullivan (London Phoenix)
4 Nick White (East London Velo)
5 Edward Farnell (Cambridge CC)
6 Robert Le Master (London Dynamo)
7 Chris Clarke (London Phoenix)
8 Matt Barlow (Essex Roads CC)
9 Kevin Holloway (VC 10)
10 Sebastian Dickson (Thanet RC)
Juniors: Sebastian Dickson.
British Cycling would like to thank the organising team, officials and everyone else who helped promote this event. Our sport could not exist without the hundreds of people, many of them unpaid volunteers, who put in many hours of hard work running events, activities and clubs.