13 Oct 2011

9th for the 'Paceman' Paul Mace

A very respectable 9th for the Paceman at Milton Keynes seen here adopting an unorthodox yet smooth lift.

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Wessex League Round 1

Lewis Secures 5th

The Wessex Cyclo-Cross League got underway at the newly named Oxford Spires Academy near Cowley on Saturday, with the Bikezone Cycles 'Cross.

GWR Floodlit Series Round 5

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Paul Lloyd took the win at the 5th round of the GWR team Floodlit Winter Cyclo cross Series, beating Crispin Doyle and more significantly Dan Lewis, now leading the overall series.

With the warm autumn weather continuing 52 riders were attracted to the venue, a new record, for the 5th round of the winter series.A very strong field of riders lined up on the start line, with Dave McMullen, recent winner of round 2 of the Wessex league, and previous GWR round winners Dan Lewis and Paul Lloyd. The race was run off in the usual darkness but with very little wind it was still very warm and the track was hard packed.The first lap saw the leading group of four riders pulling out a small gap between themselves and the chasing pack. The first rider to lead through the technical section was the previous round's winner Dan Lewis closely followed by Paul Lloyd and Luke Cowely, who was returning from a knee injury. The chasing group was made up of Dan Smith, George Bate and Matt Hargrove.On the second lap, the leaders came into the woods with Lewis still leading Doyle and Lloyd. These three went on to pull away from the chasers and the battle for the victory in round 5 was to be fought out between them. On lap 6 of 11 Lloyd pressed a slight advantage over his chasers which he held to the line, Doyle took a very close 2nd and Lewis who suffered with some bike trouble claimed third. The battle for 4th was a constantly changing struggle between Smith and Bate. Bate was to climb into the 4th spot though, as Smith flatted on the last lap exiting the wooded section. 1st Veteran rider to finish was Gary Clarke, 1st Junior was Matt Woods and 1st Lady was Caroline Goward. The race for the overall is still to be decided but seems destined to be a two horse race between Lloyd and Lewis, with only 4 points separating the riders and a 50 point gap to Smith who is now third.

GWR Floodlit Series Round 4

Dan Lewis back to his very best

Round 4 of the GWR Team Floodlit Winter Cross League saw 40 riders signing on, greeted by late evening sunshine (before the darkness arrived) on a warm night reminiscent of the Summer League series, held at Supermarine Rugby Club in July. The track now completely dried out from the previous week’s mud bath, was now like a fast off-road crit circuit.
With only 2 points separating the leading two riders in the competition and seven races from ten counting for the overall, the series is beginning to heat up. For the second week in succession the new start line, allowed for a long grassy sprint into turns near the club house. From the gun it was series promoter Dan Smith who headed the field, only to crash out in the early turns next to the club house. Dan Lewis took over at the front before, when on lap two Paul Lloyd assumed control for one lap, only to have a mechanical and required a quick visit to the pits. Lewis took over the lead on lap three and never looked back during the 45 minute race to take the win. Behind him a chase group of Lloyd, Scot Easter and Peter Kench forced the pace trying to close the gap to Lewis.
By Lap 9 of the 11, Lewis was still out in front, with Lloyd gaining a gap on the two riders behind, Kench put in an attack along the rugby pitch to make contact with Lloyd and dropped Easter. These two pulled away from Easter, but could not close the gap to Lewis who took his second win of the series. Lloyd maintained his consistency of not placing outside of the top three in the four rounds by taking 2nd place, with Kench coming home in for 3rd place (his 2nd in two weeks).
Dan Lewis has now regained the lead in the series, with only one point separating the leading two riders.

GWR Floodlit Series Round 3

Lewis manages a respectable 5th to stay in contention

At round three of GWR Team’s Winter, Floodlit Cyclo Cross Series on September 20th saw 45 riders signing on for what was to be a very wet and muddy race at Supermarine Rugby Club. The course saw a change to the start and finish line, with a new section created in the top woods to further extend the lap.

With seven events of the ten race series counting for the overall prize of a holiday to Joyriders in Spain, it is still very tight at the top of the table with the top three leading riders separated by just 12 points. The new start position allowed for a long grassy sprint into some turns near the club house. From the gun it was series leader Dan Lewis, Paul Lloyd, Harvey Lowe and Dan Smith forcing the pace, in very slippery conditions. Lewis and Lloyd gained a gap on lap two along with George Bate who had moved up to assume the lead, from a chasing group. Behind there were many positional changes as riders struggled with the changing conditions, as the circuit became very slippery late on. Bate held the lead until lap four, when Lewis made his bid for victory, unfortunately he was to suffer from a fall on lap eight and Lloyd took advantage pressing home for his first win of the GWR team winter series.

Paul Lloyd now leads the series with 2 points separating the leading two and only 20 points separating the top 5 riders it’s still all to play for and the prize of a holiday to Joyriders, Spain.

GWR Floodlit Series Round 2

Lewis heads the field

Round 2 of GWR Team’s Winter, floodlit Cyclo cross series had another record entry of 48 riders signing on for a surprisingly fast and dry race that was held in windy conditions at Supermarine Rugby ground. With seven events of the ten race series counting for the overall prize of a holiday to Joyriders in Spain, riders were keen to get a strong result in the 2nd round. So it was all guns blazing into the first woodland section. With round 1 winner Matt Denby not making the trip south this week, it was left to 2nd place Dan Lewis and 3rd placed Paul Lloyd to try to make headway at the top of the table and assume the overall lead. Leading the field into the first of the woodland sections was Lewis, leading the field for two laps. Lloyd remained in contact and took the lead on lap three, only to relinquish it on lap 6 to Lewis who went on to take the victory in the 13 lap race.

GWR Floodlit Series Round 1

RAFCC Dan Lewis takes a season opening 2nd to Zepnat's Matt Denby

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GWR Team's Winter floodlit Cyclo cross series started with the largest field yet, as 48 riders lined up for the first race of a ten race series; making a strong starting sprint all the more important. Earlier in the day there had been the typical winter cross weather, of heavy showers, but due to the circuit being based around the well drained rugby pitches of Supermarine, the course remained hard packed and fast. Leading the field into the first of the woodland sections, was Weston Summer Series winner Dan Smith who took the hole shot and led the field for the first half lap. As the riders hit the main drag through to the finish line, for the 1st completed lap, Paul Lloyd led, with Dan Lewis and Matt Denby in contact, the latter two riders starting slowly from the back from the grid, making their way to the head of the race.

With 15 minutes to go, Denby had built up a sizable lead to take the first win of the series making the most of an advantage over Lewis that he held until the finish line. Lloyd came home in a conformable third.

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