Saturday saw one of the closest finishes ever seen at Odd Down in round 1 of the winter series.
John Russell (Bristol Road Club) was aggressive from the start, launching multiple attacks throughout the race along with Steve Cottington (Bath Cycling Club). There were also solo attacks from Felix Young (Avid Coaching) and Tony Corke (Torke Cycling) but all we kept under control by the 3 riders from Latchem Sunwise who were policing attacks throughout the race.
In the final 2 laps, John Russell finally managed to make a decisive move, attacking off the front only to be joined by one of the Latchem riders who sat on as Russell committed himself to the finish.
On the final straight Russell dropped his Latchem shadow and looked like he had the sprint in the bag, with a number of bike lengths over the peloton in the final meters, but Nathan Hallett of Latchem was moving up fast and by the time Russell passed the line. Hallett was within millimeters of taking the victory.
After minutes of speculation and video checking, the win was finally awarded to Russell who maintains that his victory celebration was "perfectly timed" rather than premature!
Check out the video to see the finish in technicolour:
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