Road: Vester and Little victorious at snowy Ludgershall

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Location: Ludgershall, Wiltshire
Event: 9 February 2013

The Ludgershall winter series again fell victim to the wintry weather, with snow and sleet causing race commissaire Tim Knight to call a halt after the second of two fourth category races.

It was disappointing, but it was the only option as the 1km tank testing track in Wiltshire rapidly turned into an ice rink.

Ruan Vester (Bath CC) won a bunch sprint in race one, but the weather was already deteriorating.

Mountain Biker Kim Little made his move with three laps to go in race two. The gap was never large but the will to close it was not there, with the chasers battling the elements as much as Little!

The snow was heavy and the decision to cancel was met with no argument as most hurried back to the warmth of their cars. Rounds two and three were also cancelled because of snow and ice, one of the risks of early season racing.

Organiser Darren Clarke is due some luck with the weather, hopefully for round 6 next Saturday.


Race one:

1 Ruan Boster Bath Cycling Club

2 Owen Barnes Salisbury Road and Mountain Bike CC

3 Gary Shepherd Bath Cycling Club

4 Marc Diguisto

5 Joe Gray CC Basingstoke

6 Patrick Brown VC Venta

7 Joseph Henstridge Salisbury Road and Mountain Bike CC

8 Steve Lewis Salisbury Road and Mountain Bike CC

9 David Stoyle Bath Cycling Club

10 Vittoria Bussi Zappi’s Ladies Team

11 Nick Skardon VC Walcot

12 Liam Walsh Salisbury Road and Mountain Bike CC

13 Liam Teesdale

14 Ben Davis Bristol Road Club

15 James Fulcher Portsdown Hill CC

16 Giles Prentice VC Walcot

17 Michael Ford Performance Cycles

18 David Peel Salisbury Road and Mountain Bike CC

19 James Chant Gillingham and District Wheelers

20 Martin Walker

21 Tom Bandy Portsdown Hill CC

22 Bonnie Van Wilgenburg Zappi's Ladies Team

Race two:

1 Kim Little Gillingham and District Wh

2 Matthew Mew University of Bristol CC

3 Unidentified

4 Paul Ferguson VC Walcot

5 Ben Gritton Off Camber

6 Paul Richardson Bournemouth Arrow CC/Hotel Colli

7 Kurtis Rowe Yeovil CC

8 Paul Helyer Blazing Saddles

9 Matt Cooper Swindon Road Club

10 Joseph Henstridge Salisbury Road and Mountain Bike CC

11 Steve Pryn Bristol Road Club

12 Ben Sewell

13 Thomas Hall University of Bristol CC

14 Matt Wigley

15 Dan Atkins Didcot Phoenix

16 Ben Urquhart Blazing Saddles

17 Stuart Gourley Radeon Cycle Coaching

18 Julian Sheppard New Forest CC

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