William Harper (Dulwich Paragon CC) wins Bristol RC ‘Malmesbury Road Race’

The penultimate round of the season-long Cotswold League took place last Sunday (31st August) on the rolling circuit around Minety-Charlton-Malmesbury-Brinkworth in perfect weather conditions.

Within the first lap Tony Kiss (Performance Cycles) and David Billings (VC St Raphael) were able to get away, building a lead of 2 minutes over the main field by the end of the first lap. However as the race progressed this lead was slowly brought back with the catch being made with less than a lap to go.

With the peloton nearing the finish William Harper (Dulwich Paragon CC) broke away to take the win by a couple of seconds whilst Joe Barry (Ride 24/7) took the sprint for 2nd ahead of Simon Coles (Norwood Paragon CC).

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Comments from winner William Harper (Dulwich Paragon CC)
 “The race started quite gently, but by half way round lap 2, things started to get quite lively. An impressive 2 man break was finally brought back, and a series of attacks then went off the front. I was involved in a break on the final lap with about 10 strong riders, which I thought would stay away, however we were reeled back in with about half a lap left. I knew that the last section of the course was a gradual climb with some steeper ramps, and that there was no wind, making it easier to stay away alone. I kicked hard off the front with about 2 miles to go, and really tried to power up each ramp as hard as I could. As I looked back after the initial effort, I saw there was a decent gap between myself and the chasers, so I put my head down and drilled it to the finish, managing a short sprint up the final rise. Thankfully I timed the move right, another few hundred meters and I may have been swallowed up by the group”.

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Position Name Club name Rider status Category Points
1 William Harper Dulwich Paragon CC Finished 2nd 30
2 Joe Barry Ride 24/7 Finished 2nd 25
3 Simon Coles Norwood Paragon CC Finished 2nd 21
4 Benjamin Luckwell Ride 24/7 Finished 1st 0
5 Adam Capes Finchley Racing Team Finished 2nd 14
6 Grant Bayton Ride 24/7 Finished 2nd 12
7 Lee Davis Giordana Racing Team Finished 2nd 10
8 Matt Dunsbier VC Bristol Webbs of Warmley Finished 3rd 8
9 George Stainton-Ellis Team Dassi Finished 2nd 7
10 Ross Evans Radeon Cycle Coaching Finished 2nd 6
11 Malcolm Dixon Dream Cycling Finished 2nd 5
12 Trevor Smith Cotswold Veldrijden Finished 2nd 4
13 Mark Perry Ride 24/7 Finished 2nd 3
14 Harry Walton Cheltenham & County CC Finished 2nd 2
15 Steve Thomas Dream Cycling Finished 2nd 1
16 Shaun Green Army Cycling Union Finished 3rd 0
17 Tim Wiggins Team Wiggle Finished 2nd 0
18 Jed Webber Andover Whls Finished 2nd 0
19 Daniel Marshall Dymag-T-1-D Finished 2nd 0
20 Sean Townsend Gloucester City CC Finished 2nd 0
21 David Billings VC St Raphael Finished 2nd 0
22 Michael Ward Ride 24/7 Finished 2nd 0
23 John Russell Dymag-T-1-D Finished 2nd 0
24 Stuart McCombie Bristol RC Finished 2nd 0
25 Rob Handley Bristol RC Finished 3rd 0
26 Matthew Ullmer Performance Cycles Finished 2nd 0
27 Jamie Penton Radeon Cycle Coaching Finished 2nd 0
28 Jack Billyard Swindon RC Finished 2nd 0
29 Geoff Ripley Bristol RC Finished 2nd 0
30 Justin Belcher Banbury Star CC Finished 2nd 0
31 Thomas Leach Gloucester City CC Finished 2nd 0
32 Richard Cleaver Leisure Lakes Bikes.com Finished 2nd 0
33 Michael Porter Radeon Cycle Coaching Finished 3rd 0
34 Simon Ker Bath Cycling Club Finished 2nd 0
35 Stuart Gourley Radeon Cycle Coaching Finished 4th 0
36 David Hutchison VC St Raphael Finished 2nd 0
37 Luke Souter Banbury Star CC Finished 2nd 0
38 Christopher Smith Python Racing Team Finished 3rd 0
39 Charles Coleman Felt-Colbornes-Hargroves RT Finished 2nd 0
40 Luke Nolan Live2Ride Race Team Finished 2nd 0
41 Niel Dunnage Cotswold Veldrijden Finished 3rd 0
42 Tony Kiss Performance Cycles Finished 2nd 0
43 Anthony Lake Gloucester City CC Finished 3rd 0
44 Matthew Franklin Dymag-T-1-D Finished 2nd 0
45 Carl Luke Live2Ride Race Team Finished 2nd 0
46 Peter Hutchinson Cotswold Veldrijden Finished 3rd 0
47 Richard Jerome Team Dassi Finished 2nd 0
48 Ashley Hutchison VC St Raphael Finished 2nd 0
49 Gerry Bowditch Dream Cycling Finished 2nd 0
50 Unknown Rider Finished 0
51 Scott Leakey Performance Cycles Finished 2nd 0
52 Timothy Poole Performance Cycles Finished 4th 0
53 Dennis White Bristol RC Finished 3rd 0