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Road: Brooks victorious again in Apres League

Road: Brooks victorious again in Apres League

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Location: Preston Park, Brighton
Event: 21 December 2013

Foul and blustery conditions suited the strength and power of Simon Brooks (VC St Raphael), who soloed to an impressive victory at the fourth round of the Apres Hot Recovery Drink Winter League at Preston Park in Brighton.

With four riders in the race who had competed earlier, wily Andy Edwards (Kingston Wheelers) sprinted from the whistle, immediately determining a break of three and the final podium spots alongside Brooks & Mark Smith (Crawley Wheelers).

It wasn't long however, before Brooks decided that he would go on alone to claim a hat trick of series wins, and with Edwards paying for his early antics the VC St Raphael rider went on to lap his breakaway companions and the field numerable times – in spite of having to stop to change a wheel. Mark Smith did a good ride to assure second spot.

In the third cat race a convincing and clinical finish from Beckenham RC's Jonnie Blackman gave him maximum points from Rupert Robinson of Crawley Wheelers, who snatched another second place for the Sussex club.

Sorby Hinds CC again had a good day out in the fourth cat race with a win for Joseph McConnell and a third place for Khan Follina. A creditable second place went to Guy Lane (Southborough & District Wheelers).

There was also an emphatic win for Jack Webb in the U8/10 race who had travelled all the way from Glastonbury, with a spirited second place for a young Daniel Allpress of Dorking Raiders.

There is more racing and more free Apres Hot Recovery Drink next Saturday; same time, same place!


1. Simon Brooks VC St Raphael
2, Mark Smith Crawley Wheelers
3. Andy Edwards Kingston Wheelers
4.Dan Thut London Dynamo
5.Jonnie Blackman Beckenham RC
6. Sean McAuliffe Redhill CC
7.Jeremy Brougham London Dynamo

1. Jonnie Blackman Beckenham RC
2. Rupert Robinson Crawley Wheelers
3. Jeremy Brougham London Dynamo
4. Viktor Kazinec Dulwich Paragon
5. Daniel Thut London Dynamo
6. Matthew Clements Cycle Lab
7. Sean McAuliffe Redhill CC
8. Laurence Jones PPYCC
9. Matt Hill V02 Development
10. Dan Fagg Brighton Mitre

1. Joseph McConnell Sorby Hinds
2. Guy Lane Southborough & Dist.
3. Khan Follina Sorby Hinds
4. Andrew Digby Verulam CC
5. Laurence Woolsby Redhill CC
6. Justin King Crawley Wheelers
7. Josh Beattie Sussex Nomads
8. Neil Walters San Fairy Ann
9. Ant Goley Crawley Wheelers
10. Alex Beyfus Sussex Nomads
11. Chris Gore Beckenham RC
12. John Pears Crawley Wheelers
13. Ashley Evans Dorking CC

1. Jack Webb 1st Chard Wheelers
2. Daniel Allpress Dorking Raiders

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