Mini series 8 results, report, pictures and final tables

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Michael Openshaw [all pictures courtesy Keith Thompson]

The final nail-biter finale of the Mini series took place on 2 July; it had been previously raining and was still raining when we started the first 10 riders. There was a light south-westerly which gave a little help to those on the home straight. Despite the wet afternoon 22 riders started with podium places still up for grabs. The corners were still wet and we had one faller when Dave Cleugh over cooked it on the last left-hand bend before the finish on lap one (but got up and finished in 5th place!). Chris Burns won by 6 seconds over Michael Sloanes, with Rick Mitford in 3rd with 22:18. Ingrid Shepherd had already won the series last week and while she appeared before the start, decided not to chance racing. This allowed Sandy Cheung to win the ladies’ competition for the final round, meaning that Lesley Goodrum and herself ended up with equal points which seemed somehow very fitting. Jill Howarth was third on the night, surviving a near miss as a car pulled out on her from the Three Horseshoes pub. New entrant in the 18-39 cat Lewis McEvoy set a very impressive 23:31 on a course he did not know (and on a standard bike), and Christian Webster-Reed did a PB with the same time 23:31.

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Dave Marshall

David Wilson epitomised the spirit of the series; he had forgotten to bring his shoes and helmet and rather than going home, he offered to marshall, giving us a full set of five on the road yet again.

The Mini Series has been a team effort and I would like to acknowledge a number of people; Rick Mitford, Terry Ottaway, RIchard Ritz, Colin Laughton and Mal Grey all did timekeeping and chief marshall while Dave Marshall set up the signs for over half of the series. A number of people marshalled more than once, notably Angela Fusco, Nick Jobson, Dave Reed, Richard Ritz, Ray Haldene, John Mabbitt and Terry Ottaway. The series has given a lot of people an experience of marshalling which has been very useful, and perhaps we can tempt more people to try timekeeping next year. There have been two outstanding features of this year’s Series; firstly, the number of people who have tried and enjoyed time trialling for the first time and secondly, the rapid rise of the women’s Mini series. As well as the stunning speedsters Ingrid Shepherd and Angela Hibbs who participated in the series, we had ladies on an assortment of road bikes (and perhaps we should think about separate/additional categories for time trial and ‘sporting’ bikes next year).

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Dave Burns

Finally, the Series is obviously working well and I’m inclined not to change too much. We’ll discuss whether the best of 5 races, rather that this year’s 6 might be better, but we should keep the entry fee the same (and also discuss a falling scale of membership fees depending on when people join during the series). We warmly welcome those who have made Cestria CC their second-choice club, not least since it reminds us that cycling is still a minority sport and we need to support each other as much as possible.

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Lesley Goodrum

 

2 July results (revised)

[Table corrected 16 July by PJDS – error in Peter Baggaley’s time]

 

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Dave Cleugh

Chris Burns pipped Michael Sloanes, but unfortunately Michael had already raced 6 whereas last night was Chris’s 6th race, meaning he has won this category. Dave Cleugh’s spill did not prevent him from moving into the silver position, while Dave “The Arra” Sparrow held onto bronze .

18-39 overall R8

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Christian Webster-Reed

Michael Openshaw finally overhauled Stuart Cook (who couldn’t race last night) to take the gold position, while Lee Ridden pipped Richard Barnett for bronze by a mere 6 points.

40-55 overall R8

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Lee Ridden

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Dave Burns (jnr]

Rick Mitford had already wrapped up the gold, but Dave Burns held off a rampaging Tom Guy for silver which meant Dave Marshall slipping off the podium.

RICK MITFORD

RICK MITFORD

56+ overall R8

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Sandy Cheung

Ingrid Shepherd had already won the Ladies’ competition last week, but the big story was the ding-dong battle between Sandy Cheung and Lesley Goodrum. Sandy took a minute off a headcold-recovering Lesley, resulting in equal silver for both ladies – a fitting finale to a great competition.

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Jill Howarth

In the overall Michael Openshaw took gold last night from Chris Burns, with Rick Mitford in bronze position. Ingrid Shepherd slipped off the podium to 4th, while consistent tester Michael Sloanes was 5th. Daves Cleugh and Sparrow were 6th and 7th, with Stuart Cook, Lesley Goodrum, Dave Burns (snr) and Sandy Cheung were equal 8th.

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Wayne Dennis

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Richard Barnett

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Ray Haldene

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Peter Baggeley

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Mark Ridden

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Michael Sloanes

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Lewis McEvoy