Despite the inclement forecast, it stayed dry for the riders with the added benefit of little wind.
The Cambridge club volunteers were up and about 2 hours before the start setting out the signs, sorting the parking, signing on riders and getting everyone in position. A strong Cambridge line-up fronted the field of 60 with Bjorn Krylander, Patrick Willan, David Lee, Edward Lee-Six and Charles Pearson. In a rare turn of events for the Kingston circuit, a good-size breakaway failed to appear. With strong riding from Strada Sport chasing down any breakaways, it looked as though nothing would stick. A late spirited attack with 20 miles to go from Mark Richards saw the gap open out to a minute. However this was closed to 35 seconds with the bell sounding for the last lap. On the final lap the bunch came together and a sprint finish was ensured. The sprint began in earnest at 150m, with two riders getting a jump on the field. Finally Thomas Power managed to over-ride Colin Bailey (2nd) and Morris Bacon (3rd) for the win. The Cambridge riders did well with Charles Pearson 7th, Patrick Willan 8th and David Lee 12th; all three gaining points. Prizes were awarded at the HQ with refreshments for all after a hard morning's work both on and off road.
Photos, courtesy of Nick Nicholson and Carol Lee, can be viewed here
and the results are here
Lap 1: Jack Steven (East London Velo)
Lap 2: Martin Smith (London Phoenix CC)
Lap 3: Martin Smith (London Phoenix CC)
Lap 4: Mark Richards (Velo Club Baracchi)
Tusk Combativity Award: Mark Richards (Velo Club Baracchi)
feedback indicated gratitude for a safe race. This is due to
Cambridgeshire Constabulary now recognising the Accredited Marshal
Scheme (whereby traffic can be stopped to enable safe progress of the
Many thanks to all those who helped in organizing various sections of the race; our sponsors Tusk
; Cambridge Design Partnership (who provided parking); Toft People's Hall; the racers and spectators.