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Cyclist crossing finish line

Wins for Foran and Paceline at Dunsfold

This weekend we hosted our March Road Races at Dunsfold to open the Surrey League calendar. With a cat 3 race in the morning and 2/3 in the afternoon, this is the first time we’ve been able to run both races since 2016. Both fields were full with nearly 120 riders across both races.

We had several wheelers in the cat 3 race, including Ben and Artur doing their first road race, seasoned racers Tom, Seb and Dom, plus former cat 2 Andy who many had their money on for a podium. It was a cold and damp start for the 3rds in the morning and the racing got underway with a fast start, which completely strung out the bunch, and by the end of the end of the second lap a third of the starters had dropped off the back.

Attacks went off the front, but the conditions on the road and the fast pace behind meant nothing stuck. Andy was the strongest on the road, and at the halfway point Seb and Andy worked a 1-2 attack with the hope of launching Andy into a break, but his [Andy’s] card was marked and the other strong racers followed. Too many, and yet again, the attack was short lived.

As the race entered its final lap only 3 of the starting 6 wheelers remained – a sign of how hard the racing had been. With one up the road the bunch was marshalled right to the finish. It was Simon Skinner from Paceline RT who was first to crest Wrotham Hill, with a massive gap on the bunch after spending two laps solo. The bunch arrived around 30 seconds later, with Mike Ewing from Foran CCC taking the bunch sprint.

Addiscombe marking Andy in the bunch

The cat 2/3 started at 1.30pm by which time it had warmed up a few degrees and the sun was threatening to come out. After a few laps a large breakaway of seven riders got away on the second time of trying and stayed away for around 5 laps of the 9 hovering around 20-30 seconds in front of the bunch. Unfortunately a horse on the course disrupted momentum, and it all came back together.

With two laps to go there was another attack, with Tom Springbett (Foran CCC) and Jack Dolny (Onyx RT) going clear and taking the top two steps of the podium, leaving the rest to fight it out in the bunch sprint which was taken by junior rider Billy Gilby from VCL.

Foran CCC on the rampage

Congrats to all the riders for a safe day of racing and big thanks to Andy Davis and all the volunteers from the club who gave up their time to help host the races.

Cat 3

  1. Simon Skinner Paceline RT
  2. Mike Ewing Foran CCC
  3. Roger Smith Southdowns Bikes CASCO pet Racing Club
  4. Robert Whichelow Cinnamon Cafe-Contour Cycles SDRT
  5. Steve Coombs Sussex Revolution VC
  6. Adam Dart Farnborough and Camberley CC
  7. Michael Cunliffe Paceline RT
  8. David Bone Racing Club Ravenna
  9. Sam Gregson Velosport CC
  10. Matt Davies GS Mossa

Cat 2/3

  1. Tom Springbett Foran CCC
  2. Jack Dolny Onyx RT
  3. Billy Gilbey VC Londres
  4. Samuel Painter TBW23 Stuart Hall Cycling
  5. George Pittock Thanet Race Team
  6. Cameron Cragg Project 51
  7. Isaac Wright Project 51
  8. Alex Randall Twickenham CC
  9. Harry Horsman TBW23 Stuart Hall Cycling
  10. Matthew Houlberg Meudon Pedal Heaven Le Col RT

Photos by Richard Knight rknightphotography.co.uk