Saturday, September 28, 2013
The Sid Valley Cycling Club Tour of Britain Circuit races proved to be a resounding success, writes Dominick Horrell
The evening’s events were split into four races, a non-competitive single lap for juniors under the age of 14 who could just sign on the line for a chance to see what cycle racing was about together with a brace of youth races and a senior category race run under full British Cycling rules and regulations.
The first ride was a single lap of the 0.83 of a mile closed road circuit around Sidmouth town centre for the younger riders (Under-14).
This was a non-competitive lap around town to introduce the young riders to cycle racing. Everyone showed great effort and bike skills and really enjoyed their moment in the spotlight.
The first actual race of the evening was a mixed race for Under-8s, Under-10s and Under-12s which amounted to some six races (one race for boys and one for girls in all three age group classifications) all being run simultaneously!
This certainly made for some hectic times for the race judges having to spot rider numbers and lap count each category!
This race was scheduled to run for 10 minutes plus three laps of the circuit with the first lap being a neutral lap behind a car to allow the riders a chance to get into race positions, crossing the line for a rolling start.
There were over 15 entrants for this race and the youngsters showed great promise for the future with some very quick and competitive racing that was very well received by the crowd.
The Under-12 boys’ race was won by Chard cyclist Rowan Ellis with Honiton’s William Clatworthy in second place.
First in the Under-12 girls’ race was Agnes Hamill; first in the Under-10 boys’ event was Lewis Ross and first home in the girls’ Under-10 race was Eleanor Ley.
First in the Under-8 boys’ race was Yusef Morgan from Maindy Flyers CC in South Wales with Ruben Stacey of North Devon Wheelers second.
Next up the Under-14s and Under-16s, boys and girls races. This event was scheduled for 15 minutes plus three laps, with the first lap again being a neutral lap behind the race lead vehicle.
This race started off very quick from the start and the pace really started to show with some of the less regular racers soon struggling to keep up with the speeds. After approximately 35 minutes of full speed racing first to cross the line in the Under-16 boys’ event was Jacob Board of 1st Chard Wheelers cycle club whilst first girl (U16 race) home was Emily Attfield.
Second in the Under-16 boy’s race was Elliot Redfern, with Charlie McFadzean of Kentisbeare Junior Cycle Club in third. Second place in the Under-16 girls’ race was claimed by Sidmouth cyclist Antonia Evans with Eloise Cresswell in third.
First Rider home in the Under-14 boys’ race was Joseph Saunders of Mid Devon Cycle Club with Evan Rouse in second and William Tidball in third.
First in the Under-14 event was Neve Upton of North Devon Wheelers with Grace Jordan of RUTT cycle club in second.
Next up a full 40 minute plus five laps race for 40 category two, three and four senior cyclists.
This Race again started with a neutral lap behind the start vehicle followed by a rolling start.
The racing started very quickly with some riders achieving average speeds around the circuit of at least 30mph which, for a stop start road circuit, is very impressive. After about 15 laps at these speeds the field was starting to break into a few different groups, the race ready, regular racers and the local enthusiastic club riders.
Sidmouth riders who really deserve a mention for the great effort shown at this stage were Nigel Winchester, David Welsch, Jon Miller and Ian Robson .
With about five laps remaining any lapped riders were removed from the race by race control which left about 20 riders still racing. After a lot of final lap effort and positional changes the first senior across the finish line was Gerry Bowditch of NFTO cycle club of Hereford with James Plumb second and Jake Durrant of Mid Devon Cycle Club in third.
Local riders in the top ten were Nicholas Heising of Exeter Wheelers in fifth and Sidmouth rider Adrian Clode in eighth.
Local riders who really deserve a mention for the amazing effort shown were Mike Cooper, Colin Tyrer and Matt Szala.
After a great evenings racing and some really excellent reviews from both riders and officials the organisers would like to thank the superb team of marshal’s, race judge’s, spotters and timers together with members wives and neighbours who supplied cakes.
Thanks are also due to the Co-op supermarket in Sidmouth, Mrs Di Collings who also supplied cakes and Colin Pyne and his team at the Bedford Hotel who once again supplied the race organisers with a headquarters from which to co-ordinate the events and also provide an endless supply of tea and coffee that was very gratefully received.
Sidmouth Criterium Cat A and Cat B Race Results:
Cat A Boys: 1, Jacob Board; 2, Elliot Redfern.; 3, Charlie McFadzean.
Cat A Girls: 1, Emily Attfield; 2, Antonia Evans; 3, Eloise Cresswall.
Cat B Boys: 1, Joseph Saunders; 2, Evan Rouse; 3, William Tidball.
Cat B Girls: 1, Neve Upton; 2, Grace Jordan
Sidmouth Criterium Cat C, Cat D and Cat E Race Results:
Cat C Boys: 1, Rowan Ellis; 2, William Clatworthy;
Cat C Girls: 1, Agnes Hamill;
Cat D Boys: 1, Lewis Ross; 2, Jack Webb; 3, Oscar West.
Cat D Girls: 1, Eleanor Ley;
Cat E Boys: 1, Yusef Morgan; 2, Ruben Stacey; 3, Oliver Ross.
Sidmouth Criterium 234 Race Result:
1. Gerry Bowditch; 2, James Plumb; 3, Jake Durant; 4, Steve Chattell; 5, Nicholas Heising; 6, John Nye; 7, Jacob Board; 8, Adrian Clode; 9, Charlie Revell; 10, Samuel Game.