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Eelmore Circuit race, July 14, 2004
With only 3 signing on and 2 of them having colds, it was a foregone conclusion that James Boyman (Team Luciano) was going to win and he did not disappoint. He also used it as a warm up to the 3/4 event, which he placed 2nd overall. Toby Meadows and Rob Jackson rode round quite tired with colds, so some recovery needed before doing anything further I think!
Now who has heard of Neil Hoban? Anyone? Well probably no-one unless they have an interest in past riders who have placed 6th in the Tom Simpson memorial back in 1993 behind the likes of Randle, Elliott, Curran, Stephens, Thomas and in front of Coltman, Perks Walsham, Doyle and Thompson. How about 18th in the Olympic road race won by Olaf Ludwig (what year was that then history buffs?). Or maybe as winner of the British Amateur road race title in 1988 beating Gary Baker and Phil Bateman, while Steve Joughin was taking the pro title? Well, had you bothered your bum to come to Eelmore tonight to race in the 3/4 event, you'd have had the chance to try and give him a thrashing! Trouble is, he's probably seen how well "youngster" Malcolm Elliott has been going recently and wants a piece of the action too, so he came and taught the others a lesson! Nice!
There were a few forays off the front, as is usual at the 3/4 races this year, but it wasn't until there were only about 10 laps left before a small but select group of 3 riders chipped away from the bunch. This group had the aforementioned Mr Hoban (34th Nomads), quality youth James Boyman (Team Luciano) and Colin? Wilson from VC Meudon. They worked well together and steadily built up a gap on the poursuivants until the last lap when it all got a bit tactical. Round the last bend and James and Neil were side by side in a very full on sprint, however the more senior legs were slightly fresher, probably due to the more senior tactics employed round the last few laps perhaps, so experience won the day. Damien McKeaveney took the verdict in a very close bunched sprint to lead in the rest at about 20 seconds. Claire Paignton was the only lady entrant and she finished safely in the main bunch, electing not to do battle with the ego's of the "sprinters" in the gallop! Overall a very good race.
Only 11 starters in the E/1/2, so some poor soul was going to dip out on the points. That person was Reading track league winner (Monday nights) Neil Cooper (Reading CC), who went out the back fairly early on with Steve Ferris (who has been ill recently). The two worked together to go the distance and Steve won the sprint (?!) for 10th. Neil has been overheard saying recently "beer, women and parties at Uni are much better than training for bike racing"... allegedly. Or so it would seem anyway, as he is not as sharp as he was last year when I saw him race Reading track week in week out.
It was a bit of a stop start race for the E/1/2's this week probably due to the low numbers, but the usual suicidal move in the first few laps did happen with Tom Smith (PrestigeVC.com/Viner) and Mark Pettitt (Freerider RT) gaining almost half a lap before slowly slowing up and getting reeled in by the fairly well organised remainder. That was about it for action this week really. At times I thought they were out on a Sunday club run, they were going so slow and chatting, so a couple of abusive shouts and the promise of some primes ("procured" at Guildford last week!) did stir up some aggression, but you kind of give up when you hear "The primes are only a few poxy energy bars"! Ah well, can't say I never tried!
In the end it came down to a sprint which Justin Hoy (Evans RT) easily won. Joel Stewart from the London Irish CC just pipped Alex Peterson (Reading CC) and Lee Day (Liphook Cycles RT), while the remainder all crossed the line within a few bike lengths, making the judges job not so easy. Next week they need a rocket up their backsides to stir things up a bit, so I would like to request Paul Pickup (Liphook Cycles RT) comes out to play please, as everyone likes to try and beat him!
Same format in future weeks until September, using the full circuit, running clockwise, the hard way! My thanks to all the helpers and in advance to next weeks organisers James Bates and Lorraine Day, as I'll be away watching Le Tour up on Alpd D'Huez, sipping wine and chomping on a French stick, so please be gentle with them. Any reports of bad behaviour and I'll have to slap some wrists!
Youth 1 James Boyman (Team Luciano) 2 Toby Meadows (Beyond Mtb) 3 Rob Jackson (F & C CC) 3/4/W/V/J 1 Neil Hoban (34th Nomads) 2 James Boyman (Team Luciano) 3 Colin? Wilson (VC Meudon) 4 Damien McKeaveney (CC Basingstoke) 5 Paul Egan (Hillingdon CC) 6 Andrew Self (Pedalon.co.uk) 7 Nick Evans (Beyond Mtb) 8 Paul Cooper (Reading CC) 9 Dan McEwan (BC PM) 10 John Hill Venning (Beyond Mtb) E/1/2 1 Justin Hoy (Evans RT) 2 Joel Stewart (London Irish CC) 3 Alex Peterson (Reading CC) 4 Lee Day (Liphook Cycles RT) 5 Tom Smith (PrestigeVC.com/Viner/MAR Support Services) 6 Steve Richards (VC Meudon) 7 Adrian Goatley (Freerider RT) 8 Mark Pettitt (Freerider RT) 9 Dave Larcombe (VC Meudon) 10 Steve Ferris (VC Meudon)
Local results 2004