Odd Down Winter Series #2 - 4th cats

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 The race started out fast, with the peloton sticking together for the couple of laps, however, a few strong riders managed to break off the front including: Jared Linden (Royal Dean Forest CC), Andrew White (Okehampton CC) and Ben Osborne (NFTO RC). Unfortunately, I was slightly too far back to see them go and so didn’t respond. By the time I’d made my way up to the front five, the breakaway had established with around a 1/3 of a lap lead. There were a few strong turns by William Acworth (Bristol South CC) and Martin Andrews (VC Venta); however, little time was made on the front three. The consensus was that the breakaway would be reeled back in, but they held their pace and maintained the gap; it was a bunch sprint for 4th. Credit to those riders off the front – they worked cohesively to make over ½ a lap lead by the finish. It appeared that by the last 5 laps the group had decided that chasing was futile and therefore few were willing to spend time on the front – this lead the group to slow and bunch together – fighting for 3rd, 4th and 5th wheel. At the front of the race Andrew White took 1st with Linden and the Osborne in 2nd and 3rd. Acworth lead me out of the final left hander, at this point I decided to take the risk and try to break away – I was unsuccessful! In the final few meters, Spencer Hardman (Salt & Sham CC), William Hayes (UK Biking/Bournemouth Cycle works) and Daniel Tyrie (Imperial college CC) sprinted past taking 4th, 5th and 6th.

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Pos Number First Name Surname Club
1 26 Andrew White Okehampton CC
2 16 Jared Linden Royal Dean Forest CC
3 29 Ben Osborne NFTO RC
4 13 Spencer Hardman Salt & Sham CC
5 15 William Hayes UK Biking/Bmth Cycleworks
6 25 Daniel Tyrie Imperial College CC
7 27 Elliot Barratt Bath CC
8 101 Edward Gray University of Bath CC
9 23 Joel Thomas  
10 1 William Acworth Bristol South CC
11 3 Tom Allport University of Bath CC
12 9 Noel Charlton Fareham Wheelers CC
13 24 Graham Townsend Devizes Town CC
14 8 Nigel Burton Bath CC
15 102 David Gwynne University of Bath CC
16 31 Tom Moffat University of Bath CC
17 4 Martin Andrews VC Venta
18 14 Mark Hardyman VC Walcot
19 18 Michael Parkin-White University of Bristol CC
20 19 Daniel Riggs Corsley CC
21 30 James Kay University of Bath CC
22 10 Jack Enright University of Bristol CC
23 28 Jeremy Bigg Oldfield Old Boys
24 2 Alan Adams  
25 22 Peter Smith Cowley Road Condors
26 5 Jonathan Ashby Devizes Town CC
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