Marcin Bialoblocki, One Pro Cycling claimed first place from local lad Sam Harrison, NFTO in calm and brightening conditions on a more scenic coastal route in the Vale of Glamorgan this year.
Attacks came right from the drop of the flag with George Atkins, One Pro and Sam Harrison, NFTO getting away to take a 1 minute lead which lasted all of lap one. On the second time around the 37km undulating South Wales circuit the two leaders were joined by respective teammates Eddie Dunbar and Marcin Bialoblocki through Ogmore. They maintained the minute gap and stayed out of the ensuing trouble behind where a crash precipitated some splitting in the peloton such that there ended up being a chasing group of three in turn followed by a group of 5 and then the main field at the end of the second lap.
In lap 3 the group orders settled with the remains of the main bunch being some 2 minutes 40 seconds in arrears. Marcin Bialoblocki made his bid for glory at St Brides Major on the back side of the circuit with Sam Harrison trying to chase down in vain giving the One Pro Cycling man a convincing victory on the Cowbridge bypass with a swelling crowd on the overbridge welcoming him home.
Meanwhile in the 3/4 race an impressive ride from junior Velocity Globalbike rider Peter Kibble saw him take the win from another junior Jack Broadley of Sunset Cycles in an uphill sprint finish.
On lap one the bunch stayed together. The start of the second lap saw Jif rider Stuart Meek attacked up the slip road to the A48 but he failed to make it stick. After the bunch closed down the attack it was the turn of Peter Kibble and Forza rider Ashton St Hill to attack. They managed to stretch out 45 second lead by the time they reached the hill prime above Southerndwon. Peter piping Ashton to the prize.
The bunched chased hard and by the run in to the finish they were all back together. After making the earlier break Peter still managed to hold on to take the sprint finish dominated by junior riders with 4 of top 5 places.
E, 1, 2, 3 (73 miles):
1 Marcin Bialoblocki (One Pro Cycling)
2 Sam Harrison (NFTO Pro Cycling)
3 George Atkins (One Pro Cycling)
4 Eddie Dunbar (NFTO Pro Cycling)
5 Rob Partridge (NFTO Pro Cycling)
6 Sam Williams (One Pro Cycling)
7 Jonathan Lewis (NFTO Pro Cycling)
8 Steele Von Hoff (NFTO Pro Cycling)
9 Jon Mould (One Pro Cycling)
10 Alex Murison (Easton Ritte)
3, 4 (55 miles):
1 Peter Kibble (Velocity Global Bike)
2 Jack Broadley (Sunset Cycles)
3 Ashton St Hill (Forza Cycles RT)
4 William Roberts (County Cycles RT)
5 Kinsey McIlquham (Cardiff JIF)
6 Joe Lockett (Cardiff Univ Marmots)
7 Paul Hayward (Cwmcarn Paragon RC)
8 Dan Taylor (Acme Wh Rhondda)
9 Chris Gibbard (Bynea CC)
10 Joseph Beech (On It Cycles)