A delighted crowd watched our very own Dean Robson win the club road race at Upper Slaughter today. Dean overhauled Mark Perry (Ride 24/7) in the last 10 metres, showing he can sprint as well as time trial after his very credible placing in the National Time Trial Championships last month.
Major kudos to Joseph Hole, Jake Osborne, Michael Auty and Daniel Cooper for making their racing debuts, particularly since this must be one of the toughest circuits in the region.
Five laps of the challenging course put paid to many of the 70 riders starting the race, with more action at the back of the bunch than the front early on.
Several attempted to establish a winning break as the race settled. Craig Wallduck (Dream) and Daniel Guest (Performance Cycles) perhaps had the best attempt, leading into the penultimate lap with a 25 second gap on the bunch. The pair became a four with a 50 second gap at the bell, though it all came back together at the foot of the 2.5km finish climb up from Bourton. Dean timed his move perfectly, bringing an end to the run of Ride 24/7 victories in the Cotswold League.
Malcolm Prince, past organiser of the legendary Tour of the Cotswolds race, presented the prizes, kindly sponsored by Leisure Lakes of Cheltenham.
Harry offers heartfelt thanks to all from the club who made it happen (in no particular order): Doug Gale, Tim Sluman, Simon Tarrant, Ian Threadgold, Martin McGreary, Laura Finucane, Danny Morgan, Harry Lawrence, Will Swarbrick, Ed Swarbrick, Steve Smith, Jane Charlton, Pat Alexander, Jeff Kapp, Don Muir, Pete Birt, Alex Mackman, David Koryczan, Louise Bish, John Hawes, Simon Coulthard, John Butler, Rob Knight, David Tucker. More debts are owed to Grant Bayton, his army of accredited marshals, and the officials from British Cycling.
1st Dean Robson Cheltenham & Country CC
2nd Mark Perry Ride 24/7
3rd William Corden Lyme RC
4th Adrian Lawson Cadence Road Team
5th Ben Carty Felt-Colbourne-Hargreaves Road Team
6th Simon Coles Norwood Paragon
7th Ross Evans Radeon Cycle Coaching
8th Richard Bussell Beacon Roads Cycling Club
9th Lee Davis Velosure Giordana Road Team
10th Philip Mason Climb on Bikes Cycling Club
King of the Mountains Daniel Guest, Performance Cycles
1st Under 23 Liam Walsh, VC St Raphael (11th)
1st Cat 4 from the home club Daniel Cooper