Preview: Jock Wadley Memorial Road Race

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Source: Colchester Rovers Cycling Club Press Release, 4th March 2012
| Event Date: Sunday 11 March 2012

The 30th “Jock Wadley Memorial Road Race” takes place next Sunday the 11th starting at 10am from Alderman Blaxill School, Colchester.

Following a 3 mile neutralised section the 80 riders enter the circuit at Layer de la Haye for 12 laps of the reservoir course. They complete 132 kilometres before finishing outside the Layer Water Treatment Works about 12.40pm.

Once again we have an outstanding field of riders equivalent to a Premier Calendar event. There are just two top teams missing, namely Endura and Team Raleigh and they are apparently racing in Europe. The prize list totals £720.00 with the winner receiving £120.00 plus a trophy.

We have been fortunate once again to receive sponsorship from”Cycle Colchester” . Last year’s winner Marcin Bialoblocki heads the Node4/Giordana team; their manager being no other than former european professional Malcolm Elliott(He won this race in 2006 at the end of his career). The Rapha Condor/Sharp team return with 6 riders albeit that most of last year’s stars have moved on. The Rapha rider in 2010 Jon Tiernon Locke won the Wadley and is now setting the continent on fire with a series of wins in the early season semi-classics.

Jason White from Benfleet heads the national Metaltek/Scott team, again with 6 riders. Jason was the overall national road race points winner in 2011 and must be in with a chance along with evergreen and twice Wadley winner Andy Lyons of Chelmsford. Andy leads the Twenty3C/Orbea team. Another team to mention must be “100% ME” which is British Cycling’s Manchester development team of youngsters. Tom Moses was third last year and at the head of affairs throughout the race. He must be looking to move up two places !

Local Stanway rider Dominic Schils deserves a mention for his 5th place last year and his known ambition to win the Wadley. Only 20years old but ably guided by his ex professional riding father Patrick he spent most of last season riding in the world’s top bike racing country..Belgium. Unfortunately he is recovering from an illiac artery operation and may not yet be at his best.

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