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Results and Reports for May 4-10, 2002

United Kingdom

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Belmont Road Race

May 12, 2002

The annual cycle road race organised by Clevedon and District Road Club took place on Sunday, May 12, over a 55 mile course near Nailsea, which included six climbs of Belmont Hill.

With a high calibre field representing clubs from all over the south of England the action soon began. After the first climb of Belmont hill two riders built up a lead of more than a minute, before being closed down by the chasing pack at the mid-way point in the race.

A crash during the third climb resulted in several riders having to abandon the race, including local rider, and the race favourite, Ben Luckwell. On the fourth lap a counter attack by several riders resulted in a breakaway group of five, building up a lead on the rest of the field of 30 seconds until they were caught by seven more riders on the outskirts of Nailsea. This bunch of riders began the final ascent of Belmont hill together until the last 300 yards when James Dobbin (Bath University) launched a final attack to narrowly beat Nigel Polkinghorne (Team Training FX) to the finish line.

This race was considered by many to be one of the most exciting for several years, with the winner completing the 55 miles in 2 hours and 10 minutes - an average speed of over 25 mph!


1 James Dobbin (BUSA)
2 Nigel Polkinghorne (Team Training FX)
3 David Asbridge (Cheltenham & County CC)
4 Phillip Matthews (Abergavenny RC)
5 Andrew Retter (Okehampton CC)
6 Steve Thomas (Bristol RC)
7 Vince Smith (Somer Valley CC)
8 Ian Bendall (Bynea CC)
9 Peter Johnston (Exeter Wheelers)
10 Gareth Pugh (Cwmcarn Paragon RC)
11 Alan Ryder (Camel Valley CC)
12 John McKenzie (CS Dynamo)
13 Ian Smith (Clevedon & District RC)
14 George Unsworth (Gloucester City CC)
15 Craig Standage (Cardiff JIF)
16 Alan Griffiths (Severn RC)
17 Paul Davison (Didcot Phoenix)
18 Nigel Orpin (CS Dynamo)
19 Simon Smith (HO Marine Support CRT)
20 Stephen Wedge (Exeter Wheelers)
21 Stuart Thompson (Andover Wheelers)
22 Martin Burrows (Mid Devon CC)
23 Chris Sheppard (Cwmcarn Paragon RC)
24 James Smith (Cheltenham & County CC)
25 Mark Wareham (Chippenham & District Wheelers)
26 James Richardson (Private)
27 David Hawkins (Pembrokeshire Velo)
28 Philip Jacobs (Andover Wheelers)
29 Paul Crossley (Cheltenham & County CC)
30 Daniel Froud (Somer Valley CC)
31 Gary Thomas (Cwmcarn Paragon RC)
32 Matthew Cook (RAF CC)
33 Paul Barnard (Gloucester City CC)
35 Jonathan Pain (Team Ronhill)
36 Andrew Waddington (Swindon RC)
37 Andrew Duff (Swindon RC)
38 Mark Stenning (Reading CC)
39 Jim Avens (Somer Valley CC)
40 Paul Davies (
41 Matthew Wittington (Somer Valley CC)
42 Rob Merrison (Swindon RC)
43 Martin Warren (Clevedon & District RC)
44 Geraint Evans (Port Talbot Wheelers)
45 Christopher Fendt (Yeovil CC)
Additional prizes (not applicable to top 6 finishers)
1 Third Cat - Alan Ryder
2 Third Cat - John McKenzie
1 Fourth Cat - Vince Smith
2 Fourth Cat - George Unsworth
1st Under 23 - Ian Bendall
2nd Under 23 - Peter Johnston
Highest placed team: Cheltenham & County CC (Asbridge, Smith, Crossley)


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