Cotswold League - A bridge too far RR

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Joshua Croxton (Team Tor 2000 KALAS) sprints to victory in A Bridge Too Far Road Race in the penultimate round of The Steele Davis Cotswold Cycle Racing League, hosted by Bristol Road Club.

With only 10 points between Jamie Wilkins (Veloton) 152 pts, Ross Phelps (Bristol RC) 143pts, Ben Luckwell (24/7) 142pts and 2 rounds to go, it was all to play for in the overall for The Steele Davis Cotswold Cycling League. With Ross on holiday it was opportunity for Jamie and Ben to gain some ground.

With added presence from non Cotswold League teams such as Team Tor 2000 and Mid Devon CC, the race was far from predictable. However it was Bristol Road Club’s Shaun Cook who was riding aggressively with two hard attacks within the first 3 laps. With the second attack sticking, he was joined by Nic McKibbin (Bath Cycling Club), Charlie Beake (Tri UK) and Ben Lockett (Saint Piran). With the four riders working well together they built up a lead of up to a minute from the main pack.

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The Cotswold Road Race League is going down to the wire again in 2017 so at Bristol RC's event there were effectively two races going on: one for the win, which the leading league riders were happy to leave to non-league entrants and others in the break, and another one for league points. As I'm still clinging on to the series leader's jersey, the latter was my sole focus. Ben Luckwell (24/7), Matt Franklin (BRC) and Jacob Pilkington (VC Montpellier) were all of the same mind and we kept a careful eye on each other. With two laps to go Matt attacked on the climb, followed by Jacob and then myself. For a moment it looked like we'd escaped from 24/7 but then half a minute later Ben Luckwell appeared in the rotation having made a very impressive effort to get across the gap, so it was all square. In the finale, Matt darted away with a mile to go and none of us chased him. Wily old Luckwell showed both his power and experience to beat Jacob and myself in the sprint, closing the points up even tighter.

With only the best seven results counting, I'm actually now behind Ben and the maths for the final round on Sunday 24th in Cricklade becomes even more complicated because it's about by how much each of us can improve our worst scores. The series title is now only between Ben Luckwell and myself, and my worst score of 19 means the odds are against me. I also have to beware of Matt, Jacob and Ross Phelps (BRC), each of whom could still overtake me. Time for one last push.


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Results


Position Name Club name Rider status Category Points
1.  Joshua Croxton Team Tor 2000 KALAS Finished 1st 30
2.  Ian Cullen Mid Devon CC Finished 2nd 25
3.  Lewis Braithwaite Ride 24/7 Finished 2nd 21
4.  George Kimber Cycle Sport Dynamo Finished 1st 17
5.  Tom Sharp Bristol RC Finished 2nd 14
6.  Ashley Towey Mid Devon CC Finished 2nd 12
7.  Graham Collins Team Tor 2000 KALAS Finished 2nd 10
8.  Ashley Hutchison VC St Raphael Finished 2nd 8
9.  Shaun Cook Bristol RC Finished 2nd 7
10.  Ben Lockett Finished 2nd 6
11.  Richard Cleaver Velo Club Montpellier Finished 3rd 5
12.  Alex Fanshawe Saint Piran Finished 2nd 4
13.  Matthew Franklin Bristol RC Finished 2nd 3
14.  Benjamin Luckwell Ride 24/7 Finished 2nd 2
15.  Jacob Pilkington VC Montpellier Finished 2nd 1
16.  Jamie Wilkins Veloton Team Finished 2nd 0
17.  George Jones VC St Raphael Finished 2nd 0
18.  Charlie Beake Tri UK Finished 2nd 0
19.  Mark Perry Ride 24/7 Finished 2nd 0
20.  Robert Willcocks Royal Air Force CA Finished 2nd 0
21.  Ashley Fletcher Southfork Racing.co.uk Finished 2nd 0
22.  Steven Jones Mid Devon CC Finished 2nd 0
23.  Jack Mundinano Cheltenham & County CC Finished 3rd 0
24.  Trevor Smith Cotswold Veldrijden Finished 2nd 0
25.  Jack Thompson Performance Cycles Finished 3rd 0
26.  Simon Ward Bristol RC Finished 3rd 0
27.  Charlie Shields Bath Cycling Club Finished 2nd 0
28.  Samuel Westlake Bristol RC Finished 2nd 0
29.  Steve Thomas Ride 24/7 Finished 2nd 0
30.  Rick Hawker VeloVitesse Finished 3rd 0
31.  Mike Skidmore Cheltenham & County CC Finished 3rd 0
32.  Christopher Hill Bristol RC Finished 3rd 0
33.  Matthew Griffin Radeon-Bike Science RT Finished 2nd 0
34.  George Dallimore Radeon-Bike Science RT Finished 3rd 0
35.  Johnny Arce Uruena Finished 3rd 0
36.  Cameron Smalley Cotswold Cycles-TREK Finished 3rd 0
37.  Dave Tilling Ride 24/7 Finished 2nd 0
38.  Matt Lelliott Severn RC Finished 2nd 0
39.  Craig Wallduck Latchem Sunwise Race Team Finished 2nd 0
40.  Nic McKibbin Bath Cycling Club Finished 2nd 0
41.  Aled Jones Veloton Team Finished 1st 0
42.  Daniel Marshall T1Diabetes.info Finished 3rd 0
--- Luke Barfoot Tri UK Did not finish 2nd 0
--- Tommy Barlow Clevedon & District RC Did not finish 4th 0
--- Neil Bond VeloVitesse Did not start 2nd 0
--- Will Budge Bristol RC Did not finish 3rd 0
--- Peter Burrows University of Bristol CC Did not start 3rd 0
--- Paul Churchill Army Cycling Union Did not start 3rd 0
--- Deacon Cutterham CGC Ride 24/7 Did not start 2nd 0
--- Lee Davis VeloVitesse Did not start 2nd 0
--- Lloyd Dobson Velo Club Vitesse Did not start 3rd 0
--- Krispin Gardiner Bristol RC Did not finish 3rd 0
--- Rory Gilling Velo Club Montpellier Did not start 2nd 0
--- Joe Harris Maxxis 4 Racing Team Did not finish 2nd 0
--- Peter Hodson-Thomas Latchem Sunwise Race Team Did not start 2nd 0
--- Alastair Kay VeloVitesse Did not start 3rd 0
--- Andrew Kirby University of Bristol CC Did not start 3rd 0
--- Alfie Peters Team Novo Nordisk (Development... Did not finish 2nd 0
--- James Pugh Cotswold Veldrijden Did not finish 3rd 0
--- Steven Whitehurst Radeon-Bike Science RT Did not finish 3rd 0
--- Archie Whyte Ride 24/7 Did not finish 3rd 0
--- Simon Williams Bath Cycling Club Did not finish 3rd 0
--- Simon Worsley Cheltenham & County CC Did not finish 4th 0
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