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Mosquito/Kinesis London Cyclo-Cross League #10
Brighton, December 22, 2002
By Abigail Armstrong
On the largely fast riding course Sam Gardner (Evans RT) pulled well away on the first of what was to be 12 laps for the first three placed riders.
Hotly pursued by a diminishing second group, Sam eventually won in a time of 1.04.34 followed by Steven Price (De Laune CC) in 1.08.18 and Jon Sharpe (Evans RT) in 1.09.31 as the only remaining members of the original chasers.
These 2 were followed by Mick Bell (London Firebrigade) and first Vet at a lap behind (1.05.44). The next 6 riders making up the remainder of the first 10 were: Ben Lockwood (GS Invicta) - 1.07.18, David Law (Arctic RT) - 1.08.18, Brian Curtis (Coridori) - 1.09.17, Andy Seltzer (East Grinstead) - 1.10.11, 2nd Vet Carl McDonagh (Brixton Cycles) - 1.10.51 and Neil Simpson (London Pheonix) - all at 1 lap. Geoff Bores (Lea Valley) was 3rd vet and Rik Taub (In Gear RT) first in the 50+ category.
Steven Griffith (Lea Valley) was 1st Junior and 17th overall with Matt Simster (private) 2nd Junior. Jon Sharpe also secured the Sussex League trophy for the 4th year in a row and was presented with the League Cup after the race.
The Women's race produced a keen and close battle between Abigail Armstrong (London Phoenix) and her team mate K Campbell. Armstrong was clear on the first lap to be eventually pulled back by Campbell on lap 4 when she took over the lead and stayed there until mechanical failure allowed Armstrong the chance to regain the lead, an opportunity she did not waste as she continued in that position to become the Women's winner. Campbell managed to recover to gain 2nd place.
A hotly fought race saw eventual race winner Brock Duncumb Rogers (Preston Park YCC) steadily chased down by Sam Bores (Lea Valley YCC) who took the lead on the penultimate lap when Brock came to a halt on the grassy ramp.
On the final lap Brock regained the lead as Sam made the same mistake unluckily sliding all the way to the bottom of the slope as Brock came past him to surge away to his second victory in the Sussex League events.
Winner David Wood (VC Deal) was never challenged in this race which saw him fly round the full course in 4 laps all completed in an impressive time of under 6 minutes each.
Seniors/Women/Juniors/Veterans 1 Sam Gardner (Evans RT) 2 Steven Price (De Laune CC) 3 Jon Sharpe (Saucony/Evans) 4 Mick Bell (London Firebrigade 1st Veteran) 5 Ben Lockwood (GS Invicta) 6 David Law (Arctic RT) 7 Brian Curtis (Coridori) 8 Andy Seltzer (East Grinstead CC) 9 Carl McDonagh (Brixton Cycles) 10 Neil Simpson (London Phoenix) 11 James Dear (In Gear RT) 12 Simon Scarsbrook (VC Etoile) 13 Geoff Bores (Lea Valley YCC) 14 Paul Warner (Team Darenth) 15 Tom Roberts (Brighton Excelsior CC) 16 Nat Spurling (Finsbury Park) 17 Steven Griffith (Lea Valley YCC) 18 C Tindall (Finsbury Park) 19 Danny Berry (London Phoenix) 20 G Stacey (Catford CC) 21 Stuart McGhee (Evans RT) 22 Mike Murray (Brighton Excelsior CC) 23 Matt Allagher (Catford CC) 24 Darren Bryson (London Phoenix) 25 David Clark (Brighton Mitre) 26 Simon Roberts (Brighton Excelsior CC) 27 Tom Underhill (Private) 28 Anthony Rogers (Brighton Excelsior CC) 29 Rik Taub (In Gear RT) 30 Nick Balding (Private) 31 Paul Byford (Crawley Wheelers) 32 Abigail Armstrong (London Phoenix) 33 David Steele (London Phoenix) 34 Konrad Manning (Finsbury Park) 35 Roger Hornsby (Catford CC) 36 Barry Allen (London Phoenix) 37 K Campbell (London Phoenix 2nd woman) 38 Phil Beacham (Private) 39 Matt Simster (Private) 40 Anna Glowinski (VC Londres) 1st woman - Abigail Armstrong (London Phoenix) 1st junior - Steven Griffith (Lea Valley YCC) Under 10's 1 Brock Duncumb (Rogers Preston Park YCC) 2 Sam Bores (Lee Valley CC) 3 Liam White (VC Deal) 4 Jake Hills (Preston Park YCC) 5 Sara Gent (Preston Park YCC) Under 12's 1 Michael Butler (VC Deal) 2 Rebecca Thompson (Bike Plus) 3 James Wade (VC Deal) 4 Sam Johnson (VC Deal) 5 Sam Bryant (Team Darenth) 6 Imogen Cain (Preston Park YCC) 7 Axel Clark (Preston Park YCC) Youth 1 David Wood (VC Deal) 2 Andrew Griffiths (Lee Valley CC) 3 Amy Thompson (Bike Plus) 4 Nick Stacey (Catford CC) 5 William Thompson (Bike Plus) 6 James Coop (VC Deal) 7 Alex Paten (VC Deal) 8 Tom Smart (VC Deal) 9 George Thomas (Crawley CC) 10 Kurt Warner (Team Darenth) 11 Matt Howard (VC Jubilee) 12 Chris Richardson (VC Deal) 13 Ben Dobbin (VC Jubilee) 14 Tom Tutton (VC Deal) 15 Katy Wade (VC Deal) 16 Jack Howlett (VC Jubilee) 17 Adam Gent (Preston Park YCC) 18 Peter Mitchell (VC Jubilee) 19 George Webster (Preston Park YCC) 1st under 14 - Andrew Griffiths (Lee Valley CC)Previous results from the UK