VC Elan youngster Josh Lawless secured a stylish victory in the eighth round of the South East League’s Summer Series, sprinting to victory at the end of the 66-mile race on roads around Rolvenden in Kent on Sunday.
The 21-year-old from Beley held off VO2 Development Squad rival Francis Cadle for the win, and had enough time to spare to raise a V for victory salute as he crossed the line.
Like most events, the SERRL event was staged on rain-lashed roads, but it did not stop the event providing some thrilling racing.
Behind Lawless and Cadle, third spot went to Dulwich Paragon’s Arjan Planting, while London Dynamo’s Peter Mahoney was just denied a spot on the podium.
1 Josh Lawless V.C. Elan 2
2 Francis Cade VO2 Development Team 2 U23
3 Arjan Planting Dulwhich Paragon 2
4 Chris Morrison London Dynamo cc 3
5 Peter Mahoney Sydenham Wheelers 4v
6 Rhys Keepence Dulwich Paragon 2
7 Martin O'Grady Team Toachim 2
8 Nathan Russell Bayeux Cycling team 2
9 Ciaran O'Grady Team Toachim 3 - U23
10 Paul Sewell Bigfoot CC 2
11 Nick Wilkinson Dulwich Paragon 2
12 Sean O’Regan Team Toachim 3v
13 John Donovan CS Grupetto 3
14 Simon Collins Dulwich Paragon 3
15 Steven Warnett Team Larkfield Cycles 3v
16 Ian Leeding Norwood Paragon CC 3V
17 Andrew Colvin Bogfoot BC 3
18 Fraser Wildman Team Toachim 2v
19 Simon Fox Vicious Velo 2
20 Phillip Dempsey Aprire RT 2
21 Joe Godding PMR@cing 3
22 Michael Brown VO2 development team 3
23 Scott Gilchrist Condor Cycles 3
24 Stephen Sorba Dulwich Paragon 3v
25 Alan Strang Dulwich Paragon 2
26 Drew Holms VO2 Development Team 2
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.