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Congratulations to Allan Ridler (Pedal Heaven RT) for winning this years hard fought out Open Road Race. Second was Andy Betts (Felt Colbornes RT) and third was Martin Ford (In Gear Quickvit trainsharp RT).
Within a mile of the race being deneutralised a small group of four riders managed to break away from the front of the bunch. Despite working well together they never managed to increase the gap and the main bunch hung tantalisingly off the back at around 30 seconds. Both break and bunch were lapping consistently in 10 mins and a handful of seconds (see lap times below). This situation continued through the first half of the race, until two groups of three riders managed to get across to the leaders.
With 3 1/2 laps to go the front group consisted of 15 riders, with the gap to the heavily depleted main bunch no more than a minute. Then with two laps to go Allan Ridler and Andy Betts took off from the front of the group, managing to stay away right up to the finish line.
Live race updates were provided on Twitter, although few could get a signal ( @BecCyclingClub )
The preliminary results are below. There's still a few positions to fill once the video footage has been checked.
Stats - 73 Riders, 16 Workers (Bec Members), 5 Moto Marshalls, 2 Comms, 1 First Aid, 1 Photographer.
|Place||Name||Club / Team||No||Cat|
|1||Allan Ridler||Pedal Heaven RT||45||E||03:01:44|
|2||Andy Betts||Felt Colbornes RT||19||E|
|3||Martin Ford||In Gear Quickvit trainsharp RT||30||E||+5 Secs|
|4||Alex Higham||Felt Colbornes RT||18||E||ST|
|5||Paul Pickup||Pedal Heaven RT||90||E||ST|
|6||Elliot Porter||Team Corridori||64||2||+12 Secs|
|7||Mark Perry||Wilier / Live2ride||80||2||ST|
|8||Chris McNamara||Pedal Heaven RT||47||E||ST|
|9||Taylor Johnson||Team De Ver||87||1||ST|
|10||George Harper||Felt Colbornes RT||21||1||ST|
|11||Ian Knight||Team Corley Cycles||61||E||ST|
|12||Harold Evans||VO2 Development Team||77||2||ST|
|13||Alexander King||Loughborough Students CC||42||1||ST|
|14||Richard Wood||Team Milton Keynes||66||1||ST|
|15||John Wager||Felt Colbornes RT||22||E||ST|
|16||Harry Grey||Vanillabikes.com||73||1||+18 Secs|
|17||Ian Alexander||Cheltenham & County CC||10||2||+28 Secs|
|18||Miles Mathew||In Gear Quickvit trainsharp RT||31||2V||+41 Secs|
|19||Maurice Brennan||Redhill CC||59||2||ST|
|20||Simon Henley||Team Corley Cycles||62||2||ST|
|22||David Seager||PMR@cing||52||1||+48 Secs (Main Bunch)|
|23||Iain Palmer||Twickenham CC||83||3|
|24||Mike Wragg||Team Milton Keynes||65||1|
|25||Paul Sewell||Bigfoot CC||6||2|
|26||Richard Wood||Team Milton Keynes||66||1|
|27||Andrew Dolan||Team Toachim||67||2|
|28||Darren Barclay||Arctic-Sram RT||3||1|
|29||Christopher Zappala||Dulwich Paragon||12||2|
|31||Ian Paine||London Dynamo||38||1|
|32||Craig Joy||Team Toachim||68||2|
|1 lap down|
|33||Mark McCullagh||Dulwich Paragon||14||2V|
|34||Dean Corney||VC Meudon||74||3|
Finish line footage.... First two already over the line before the clip starts.
|Total Mileage||Lap||Time (Min : Sec)|
|10||4 Riders break away|
|46||9||10:14.4||2 Groups of 3 riders get across to the lead 4|
|50||10||10:14.0||9 Riders in lead group|
|62||13||10:10.7||15 Riders in front group|
|66||14||10:30.6||2 Riders break from the front group of 15|