Oakley Village Road Races
Location: Oakley, Buckinghamshire
Event: 7 July 2012
Report: Snowdon Sports
Breaking out of the bunch on the final lap, Claire Galloway (ForViored RT) timed her effort to perfection to win Hillingdon CC’s round of the Women’s Series at Oakley.
The four-lap race was run off in very wet conditions with a number of rainstorms hitting the area, and the field split early on to leave a leading pack of around 30 riders at the end of the first lap with a number of smaller groups chasing.
The lap primes were taken by Amy Hill (Abergavenny CC) and Jo Tindley (VC St Raphael) before, with another rainstorm rolling in, the bunch took the bell together at the start of the last 14.5-km lap.
Galloway, 25, the silver medallist in the national 10-mile time trial championship, showed her strength to jump clear and, with a gap of 100 metres as the bunch wound up for the sprint, held on to win from Emily Kay (Scott Contessa-Epic) and local rider Harriet Owen (Node 4-Giordana) in a blanket finish for second to sixth places.
The supporting men’s race was run off in drier conditions and went to Dave Starkey (Fred Williams Cycles), who also outwitted the rest by attacking a kilometre from the finish to win on his own.
1 Claire Galloway (For Viored RT)
2 Emily Kay (Scott Contessa-Epic)
3 Harriet Owen (Node4 Giordana)
4 Jo Tindley (VC St Raphael)
5 Anna Christian (Scott Contessa-Epic)
6 Adel Tyson-Bloor (VC St Raphael)
7 Gabby Shaw (ForViored RT)
8 Tamina Oliver (Abergavenny RC)
9 Rebecca Heath (VC St Raphael)
10 Nicola Juniper (Corvida All Press)
1 Dave Starkey (Fred Williams Cycles)
2 Marc Flay (Kenilworth Wheelers)
3 James Cartridge (Cadence Cannondale)
4 Chris Dredge (Team Corley Cycles)
5 Chris Bailey (North Road CC)
6 Paul Bird (Virgin Active)
7 Jason Lazard (Twenty3c Orbea)
8 Nick Adkins (Aylesbury CC)
9 Paul Robertson (Spin Rotor RT)
10 Philip Starr (Python RT)
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.