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Thames Velo added 3 new photos.

Dylan Hubble had some midweek success on Wednesday evening with 10th in the 3/4 race at Lee Valley and gaining some points.

There was a good showing from the club at the Maidenhead Thursday evening time trial, including Nick Bellman and Aaron Beard taking part in their first TT's. For newbies they posted the best two times for Thames Velo, with Aaron putting in a typically 'muscular' effort to come 9th overall. Steve Fell, Paul Stonell and Ian Carswell also raced.

Pete Chapman raced alone at Hillingdon on Saturday in the Archer Spring Crit. Pete was well positioned throughout the race, but frustratingly a crash took him out and ended his race and left with a bit of road rash and a damaged wheel.

On Sunday it was the Lovelo Cinelli road race and representing Thames Velo were Phil Mosley, Max O'Connor, Dylan Hubble and Tom Burnley. The team were racing well until Tom was caught in a crash and later Dylan punctured after 60km. Phil and Max kept themselves close to the front of the race and came in with the bunch with Max finishing 16th (believed first junior), Phil 21st and Dylan 30th after the puncture.
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Once again Thursday evening time trialling kicked off last week with the first 10 mile TT organised by Maidenhead CC on the H10/234 course. It’s very easy to take these events for granted, but without the traditional clubs organising the races, racing wouldn’t exist at a grass roots level so it’s important to support these events.

Getting their TT season off to an early start, we had Kurt Edmonds (not Edwards as shown on results) riding a standard road bike without aero gear, and Jon Shillingford riding a modified road bike with clip on bars etc. Kurt put in a good first time of the season with 26.12 and fastest road bike of the night, while Jon managed to come 4th with a time of 23.42, less than a minute off the fastest time on the night. Both strong rides and a good benchmark for the rest of the season.

Saturday featured two races with Phil Mosley racing in the Surrey League road race on the Staple Hill circuit. Phil battled well but the nature of the course meant the elastic was always stretched, and eventually snapped to leave him off the back.

Better success came at Hillingdon where a good team effort from Pete Chapman and Dylan Hubble put Jon Shillingford in a good spot to sprint home for 10th place with Dylan leading out the sprint and Pete putting in a few testing breaks off the front. Dylan finished in 19th spot and Pete 31st.
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Thames Velo added 4 new photos.

Windy but dry conditions for Saturday’s crit race at Hillingdon, hosted by West Drayton MBC. The Thames Velo team were made up of Max O'Connor, Phil Mosley, Jon Shillingford and Dylan Hubble, with Steve Fell having to withdraw at the last minute but still mysteriously making 17th on the finishing sheet?!?!

Jon was in an energetic mood and spent the whole race on the front pulling the bunch in his wake, whilst Phil, Max and Dylan sat tight amongst the group.

Come the finish, a five man breakaway took the top spots, but in the bunch sprint, Dylan was in the mix coming 15th overall. Max and Phil finishing in the group in 25th and 36th. Good support as well from Pete who wasn't able to race, and Sam and Niels who high tailed it over after the mornings chain gang.

Elsewhere, it was time trialling with Barry Selzer, Kevin Digby and Mike Cutter all entered into the Maidenhead CC 15 mile TT.
Barry rode solo to come 35th, but Kevin and Mike teamed up for the 2up competition to finish 2nd, 26 seconds off the winners.

Thanks to Niels for the photos.
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Thames Velo added 4 new photos — with Phil Mosley and 2 others.

Another excellent performance from Steve Fell on Saturday, saw him narrowly missing out on a podium place by just a wheel length to take 4th place in the Equipe Velo race at The National Bowl, Milton Keynes. Steve has consistently scored points in the early season races, and his best finish to date also rewards him with a well deserved 3rd Cat license.

Saturday was also the first road race of the year with the Hemel Hempstead, Spring Chicken. Thames Velo had a four man team entered, but both Pete Chapman and Mike Cutter had to withdraw prior to the race to leave just Phil and Rob Mosley to take the start. Unfortunately Rob suffered a mechanical early on which left Phil to race alone to come home in 34th place.

Finishing up the weekends racing, Max O'Connor travelled down to Brighton for the Preston Park crit race. Max covered all the early breaks and was well positioned in the final laps and feeling fresh. However, by avoiding a high speed crash, Max lost momentum and had to make do with a respectable 15th place.
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