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After last Tuesday's triumphs, it wasn't the best of days on Sunday at the Banbury Star road race with only two of four Thames Velo taking the line due to illness and other commitments. Of the two that raced, Steve Fell was a DNF while Dylan Hubble finished in the grupetto on a course that isn't suited to his talents.

On Tuesday it was back to Hillingdon again and another strong turnout for the race with Phil Mosley, Rob Mosley, Dylan Hubble, Jim Bainbridge, Max O'Connor, Pete Chapman, Aaron Beard and, making his race debut for Thames Velo, Luke McCarthy (plus added support from Niels and Mark).

After last week's dominant display and a big squad, Thames Velo were looked at to do a bit of work, and throughout the race the team were either chasing breaks down, or trying to form one, but apart from a few tentative moves, the race stayed together for a bunch sprint.

In the final move, Jim, Max and Dylan were organised and ready to go on the left of the track, but come the final few metres, the left hand side bunched up and blocked a clear run to the line.

That said, Jim was once again in the points with 5th, with Max cleaning up with 10th. Good effort from Dylan in 13th and a strong ride from Aaron who was up there in the mix with 17th. Pete finished 22nd, while Phil, Luke and Rob finished further back.
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An eventful race at Hillingdon on Tuesday evening that included, filling up most of the podium, dressing up in women's clothing and a premature 'Giro'esque' finish!

A good show of numbers at the Tuesday evening race for Thames Velo with a squad of, Dylan Hubble, Max O'Connor, Mike Cutter, Rob Mosley, Phil Mosley, Pete Chapman, Steve Green and new member Jim Bainbridge, who after a rummage through the kit box, managed to race in club colours by squeezing into a women's jersey (it was actually a good fit)!

Throughout the race the guys showed great team spirit by being active at the front of the group and constantly putting riders off the front to force other to chase before going again with another attack.

With two laps to go, Dylan put in an attack* that also drew out the Watford Velo rider who would go on to take the solo win. With one lap to go, Thames Velo were impressive in their organisation with Pete, Rob and Phil acting as lead out for Jim and Max.

In the final half a lap, Phil took to the front and put in a huge pull with Jim and Max on his wheel. Phil's effort ensured that no one was able to come around to pass into the wind until in the final straight, when Jim and Max opened their sprints and raced side by side to cross the line together to take 2nd and 3rd respectively. Phil finished 21st, Pete 22nd and Rob 31st, while the rest of the guys rolled in behind the bunch.

A great evenings racing that saw Thames Velo the most dominant team on the night and put two riders on the podium.

*Confession. Dylan didn't exactly put an attack in! He misread the lap counter and thought he was sprinting for the win, much like Luke Pibernik in the Giro, but thankfully realising the error before he put his arms in the air 🙂

As well as road racing, Thames Velo had a top 10 result in time trialling with Steve Fell gaining 9th place in last Thursday's evening MDCC 10 mile TT on the H10/2 course. Also racing was Paul Stonell testing out his new road bike.
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After the dust on our own successful road race settled, Thames Velo was back concentrating on our own racing over the past couple of weeks.

A few efforts from the guys in the local time trial saw Max O'Connor, Kurt Edmonds and Russell Smith take on a windy H10/10 on road bikes with Max setting the best time for the club on the night to finish 9th.

On the same evening, Pete Chapman raced in the Surrey League Handicap race on the Longcross circuit. Pete was seeded in one of the faster groups and managed to dig in to finish 16th.

This Tuesday night a Thames Velo team entered the evening race at Hillingdon with a plan!
Pete Chapman, Rob Mosley, Aaron Beard, Dylan Hubble and Phil Mosley (plus secret weapon Jim B) raced to leave Dylan in a position to contest a sprint, which nearly worked with Dylan sprinting to finish 11th but not quite getting the result aimed for (Jim managed a top 10 with 9th). Another race next week and another plan already in preparation!
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Thames Velo added 5 new photos.

After the dust on our own successful road race settled, Thames Velo was back concentrating on our own racing over the past couple of weeks.

A few efforts from the guys in the local time trial saw Max O'Connor, Kurt Edmonds and Russell Smith take on a windy H10/10 on road bikes with Max setting the best time for the club on the night to finish 9th.

On the same evening, Pete Chapman raced in the Surrey League Handicap race on the Longcross circuit. Pete was seeded in one of the faster groups and managed to dig in to finish 16th.

This Tuesday night a Thames Velo team entered the evening race at Hillingdon with a plan!
Pete Chapman, Rob Mosley, Aaron Beard, Dylan Hubble and Phil Mosley (plus secret weapon Jim B) raced to leave Dylan in a position to contest a sprint, which nearly worked with Dylan sprinting to finish 11th but not quite getting the result aimed for (Jim managed a top 10 with 9th). Another race next week and another plan already in preparation!
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Race report for the Thames Velo Spring Road Race.

A change of location for this year's edition of The Thames Velo Spring Road Race with a move to home soil on the Drift Road circuit just outside Windsor.

Pleasant but windy conditions greeted the riders at the HQ at Holyport with a good selection of well represented teams eager to race for the top prize of £500 cash.

A neutralized roll out saw the flag drop at Birds Hill to get the E/1/2/3 race going on a fast circuit aided by a brisk tailwind down the length of the already fast section of Drift Road.
A number of attacks in the early part of the race were quickly brought back until after around 100km, when a group of eight riders put a twenty-two second gap between themselves and the chasing peloton. This proved to be the decisive move and at one point the gap pulled out to a minute and thirteen seconds.
After taking the bell, Sam Williams of ONE Pro Cycling attacked on the ascent of Hawthorn Hill to stretch the break and thin it down to seven riders.
Nearing the end of the race with about eight kilometres to go, Dan Bigham of Brother NEG attacked from the group and managed to pull out a gap of 100 metres. With the strong tailwind and the long straight Drift Road stretching out ahead of him, Bigham switched into time trial mode and began powering ahead. The final kilometre to the finish featured a long energy sapping drag, but Bigham maintained his lead to take the win with an impressive seventeen second advantage over the chasers.
The Sprint for runners up went to Sam Williams of ONE Pro Cycling in second place, while Matt Clarke of Canyon completed the podium in third spot.
George Fowler of Catford Banks took 4th, George Wood of Richardson Trek, 5th, David Ogg of Godfrey Bikeware, 6th and Tom Neale of Metaltek Kuota took 7th, with the chasing peloton finished forty-five seconds down from the winner.

The earlier 3/4 race saw a good win by Matt Osbourne of Estera powered by Adventure Cycles, with Harvey Weinberger of GS Henley, and Harry Savell of Watford Velo Sports completing the podium.

Thames Velo wish to thank all the racers in both racers, as well as the Commissaires, National Escort Group and all the volunteers and supporters, as well as a special mention to 'For Goodness Shakes' for providing nutritional support to the racers in both events.
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