Road: Phillips sprints to Cheltenham victory

Road: Phillips sprints to Cheltenham victory

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Location: Bourton-on-the-water, Cheltenham
Event: 14 July 2013
Report: Snowdon Sports

James Phillips (Severn RC) won the gruelling Cheltenham & County Road Race after sprinting past his breakaway companions on the final climb.

On a hot summers day 63 riders set out to complete 60 miles over five laps of a new hilly circuit.

On the first lap local rider Dean Robson (Somerset RC) went away on his own and built up a lead of around 50 seconds before being brought back 15 miles later.

On the third lap of five the winning breakaway went clear with Peter Medhurst (University of Exeter) and Daniel Guest (Army Cycling Union) initially going clear.

They were then joined by Wayne Coombs (Winchcombe CC) and Phillips after five miles, not to be left out Richard Cleaver (Leisure Lakes) road across the 50 second gap on his own on the final lap.

At the top of the final 2.5 kilometre climb it was Phillips who just edged out Cleaver on the line to take the win.

The depleted peloton of 30 riders came in 2 minutes 15 seconds behind and was led by Daniel Marks (Bristol RC), Medhurst won the king of the mountains award and the under-23 award.

The race was part of the Cotwold league which is now led by Mike Ward and the next round is being held by Gloucester City on the 18th August.

The race helped raise money for the Great Western Air Ambulance and race organisers would like to thank Leisure Lakes of Cheltenham for Prize Sponsorship.


1 James Phillips (Severn RC)
2 Richard Cleaver (Leisure Lakes Bikes)
3 Wayne Coombs (Winchcombe CC) @ 7sec
4 Peter Medhurst (University of Exeter CC) @ 24sec
5 Daniel Guest (Army Cycling Union) @ 27sec
6 Daniel Marks (Bristol RC) @ 2:15
7 Jamie Wilkins (Pro Cycling Magazine RT)
8 Mark Flay (Rapid Performance Cycling)
9 Joe Barry (Ride 24/7)
10 Rory Gilling (Performance Cycles)

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