Club Road Race – Result and Thanks

Dean about to wind up his sprint to win the race. Photo Credit - Matt Davis

Dean about to wind up his sprint to win the race. Photo Credit – Matt Davis

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.

Full results – click here to download

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