Having not made the catch the previous week, a smaller scratch group had its work cut out to catch the riders in front. It was touch and go until midway through the final lap the catch was made and a bunch sprint beckoned. However the riders in the scratch group did not have time to recover fully allowing Brett Edbrook to take the sprint victory from Steve Dring and Kawim Phosphat.
Jay Eastwood didn’t contest the finish having already secured overall victory in the series for the 5th consecutive year. Carol Tilling won the women’s prize. Alex Joliffe who won a round and finished second in another was first under 18 rider. The team award went to Primera UK Biking despite not winning a round of the 12 race series.
The organisers wish to extend their thanks to everyone who took part and all of the helpers who ensured the races were run safely. The series will hopefully be back in 2015
Result of Round 12
1. Brett Edbrook Hub
2. Steve Dring UKB
3. Kawim Phosphat UKB
4. Matt Hill UKB
5. Roland Tilley Ride
6. Alistair Bunting UKB
7. Mike Watts Mud Sweat Gears
8. Rob Flynn Poole Whlrs
9. Jay Eastwood Banjo Cycles
10. Wayne Roberts unattached
1. Jay Eastwood Banjo
2. Roland Tilley Ride
3. Steve Dring UKB
4. Matt Hill UKB
5. Brett Edbrook Hub
6. James Horton
7. Vince Avery
8. Calum Croft MSG
9. Alex Joliffe Team Terminator
10. Matt Norris MSG
1st Lady – Carol Tillin Ride
1st Junior – Alex Joliffe Team Terminator
2nd Junior Matt Mildon MSG
3rd Junior Josh Hooper UKB
1st Junior Girl - Eve Jeffries PW
On Sunday the road team took part in the Shaftsbury Gold Rush crit race. The 600 meter course took the racers around the block of shops in the centre of the town and made for some excellent spectating in the sun!
New team member Stephen Tiernan took 3rd place in the 4th cat race, giving him valuable points in his bid for his 3rd cat license.
In the 3rd cats, Pete took 8th place and in the E12 race newly promoted 2nd cat Andrew took 10th place.
Last weekend the Primera UK-Biking mountainbike team attended Southern XC Round 5, the last of this years series. With double series points on offer, the pressure was on for the riders to perform well to tie up their final standings.
There had been reports on Facebook and the Singletrack website that the clays hills had become a bit slippery, and with a bit more rain the night before the race the first riders on the course found this to be the case.
First off for the team was Josh and Sam in the youth race. Both riders have had an excellent season so far and both were out to cement their overall standings, which they managed to do with Josh finishing 3rd for a 2nd overall place and Sam finishing 6th to seal 4th overall.
Next up was Barry in the Grand Vets. Barry has made big gains in fitness this year and this has showed in his racing, mixing it up with the guys at the front of the race. After a fast first lap, Barry settled in to 5th position and managed to maintain it to the finish. His best performance of the year, gaining him an impressive 7th overall in a very competitive category.
Last off was Matt in the Expert category, along with Dave in Masters and Adam and James in Sport. Unfortunately Matt missed his gridding and ended up having to start from the back of the field, but a determind start saw him move up to 6th position. Coming in to the second lap the riders found that the course tape had dissapeared, resulting in a bit of a detour being taken for some of the front runners! Matt kept Ian Legg company for much of the race. Towards the race conclusion Matt managed to attack on the last hill to produce a gap to Ian and achieve an excellent 4th place and and 4th overall.
Dave stepped up from the Open category to the very fast Masters category this year and has managed very respectable top 15 results all season. A (very) fast final lap earned him 12th place and 10th overall.
In the Sport, Adam found himself in 8th position after the first lap and spent the rest of the race closing down 7th place Liam Keynes and almost managed it, but was 1 second short! A consistent season plus a great result last round saw Adam secure 4th overall. James had a bit of a bad round finishing in 16th, but good previous performances saw him take 8th overall.
The team have had a number of excellent results in the series this year, including many podiums, earning them 5th overall. Well done to all the guys and thanks to the series organisers.