Location: Redbridge Circuit, London
Event: 21 January 2012
Report: Snowdon Sports
Nick Baker (Zappi’s CC) took victory in an incredibly windy race at Redbridge. Roger Maidment of East London Velo shadowed the leader throughout the race and finished just behind.
The start of the Badger race saw the wind separate the riders into two banks, with a pack pulling away from the stragglers.
As Baker and Maidment pulled away from the field, the rest of the field fell well behind with the exception of Scott Cousins (Maldon and District CC).
The 24-year-old Essex man made a valiant effort to catch the leaders whilst keeping his chasers at arms-length.
The Jackal race, held for category three and four riders, was a tense and highly competitive race with the entire field staying very close for the duration of the race.
The final hill proved to be the decider as the top three managed to break away from a large group of chasers.
At the end of the race, James Fairbank (CC Hackney), Neal Mackintosh (London Phoenix) and Matt Barlow (Essex Roads) sprinted for the line and none of the riders knew who had finished first.
A photo finish revealed Fairbank as the victor with Mackintosh and then Barlow trailing him by the narrowest of margins.
1 Nick Baker (Zappis CC) 1:18:00
2 Roger Maidment (East London Velo) @ same time
3 Scott Cousins (Malson and District CC) @ 58sec
4 Ben Knowles (London Phoenix) @ 2:20
5 Adam French (East London Velo) @ 2:24
6 Iain Palmer (Twickenham CC)
7 Matt Webber (London Phoenix)
8 Philip Murrell (Finsbury Park CC)
9 Chris Dick (London Phoenix)
10 Graham Galvin (East London Velo)
1 James Fairbank (CC Hackney)
2 Neal Mackintosh (London Phoenix)
3 Matt Barlow (Essex Roads)
4 Joe Holloway (VC10)
5 Robbie Hayton (Bigfoot CC)
6 Chris Stuart-Leach (I Cycle)
7 Nick White (East London Velo)
8 Luke Walton (unattached)
9 Sebastian Dickson (Thanet RC)
10 Will Fooks (Rollapoulza)
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.