Road: Imperial win for Willcocks

Road: Imperial win for Willcocks

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Location: Hillingdon circuit, London
Event: 9 February 2013
Report: Snowdon Sports


Victory in the final round of the Imperial Winter Series went to Robert Willcocks (RAF CC), while the overall series win went to Tony Gibb (The Pack Racing).

Willcocks, 31 and based in Aylesbury, mastered the cold and wet conditions at the Hillingdon circuit to take victory ahead of his three breakaway rivals in the E123 race.

Meanwhile, Team V-Sprint Racing rider William Goulbourne won the third cat race for a second consecutive week, and Will Greig (SWRouleurs) stepped up from second in last week’s fourth cat race to win the fi race of the series.

Early snow gave way to freezing rain during the race, and the wet track contributed to the outcome of the race.

A slow start where riders got used to the conditions gave way to a flurry of attacks, and Willcocks was one of the first to break away, ploughing on alone for a while before three attackers managed to bridge across the gap and join him at the front.

“I was feeling quite strong, and we had a good chain gang going,” said Willcocks, who works as ground crew in the Royal Air Force. “We soon caught the tail of the race and lapped the main field.

“Over the last few laps we knew we weren’t going to be caught, but we still carried on pushing, mainly to keep warm!

“We started getting twitchy on the final couple of laps and trying to conserve energy for a sprint. But Conall Yates tried a long range attack which strung us out a bit, but we just managed to hold on.

“He led it out for the rest of us, and I was third wheel. As soon as Pete Wager went for it I followed him and came up off his wheel to take the win.”

Willcocks has finished third and fourth in recent rounds of the Imperial Winter Series.

Race 12

     

E123

     

y 92

Robert Willcocks

Royal Air Force CC

2

y108x

Pete Wager

Felt-Colbornes RT

1

y 28

Conall Yates

InGear Quickvit Trainsharp

1

Prime

     

y 28

Conall Yates

InGear Quickvit Trainsharp

1

y 17

Phil Holloway

southend wheelers

2

y 92

Robert Willcocks

Royal Air Force CC

2

       

3rd

     

w130x

William Goulbourne

Team V-Sprint Racing

3

w 25

Neil Wass

TMG Horizon RT

3

w 15

Jacek Reder

unattached

3

Prime

     

w 25

Neil Wass

TMG Horizon RT

3

w 13

Greg Wiltshire

Kingston Wheelers

3

w140

Jack Cracknell

Team V-Sprint Racing

3

 

     

4ths

     

p 34

Will Greig

SWRouleurs

4

r 18

Ewan Tuohy

Catford Cycling Club

4

r151

Alistair Gurney

Unattached

4

Prime

     

r 56

Ian O'Sullivan

Kingston Wheelers

4

r125

David Beckett

London Dynamo

4

r 68

Scott Shepherd

London Dynamo

4

Overall Series Results

   

E123

     

y 36

Tony Gibb

the pack racing

1

y 22

Tom Smith

Felt-Colbornes RT

E

y 23

Vincent Halpern

Handsling racing

1

Prime E123 Cat Overall winner

   

y 28

Conall Yates

InGear Quickvit Trainsharp

1

       

E123

     

w 15

Jacek Reder

unattached

3

w 13

Greg Wiltshire

Kingston Wheelers

3

w 79

Ken Buckley

AW Cycles

2

Prime 3rd Cat Overall winner

   

w 25

Neil Wass

TMG Horizon RT

3

       

Prime 4th Cat Overall winner

   

r 68

Scott Shepherd

London Dynamo

4



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