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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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A disappointing run of bad luck at the races recently. Last week at Hog Hill Pete Chapman was a DNF, along with Steve Fell who suffered a mechanical forcing him to abandon, and Dylan Hubble had to pull out from Sunday's race in Brighton after discovering a crack in his frame!

Luckily amongst the bad news there's a ray of sunshine, as Steve Fell finished 6th at the exposed and windy race at Abingdon on Saturday to add more points to his growing tally. Steve is consistently scoring points in his races and should be able to secure his next racing license very soon.
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Thames Velo added 4 new photos.

Saturday was the final Imperial Winter Series race, not only of the year but apparently the final one ever! Representing the club in the races we had Steve Fell, Jon Shillingford and, straight back after his crash, Dylan Hubble.

Steve put in another strong race and managed to keep himself in a good position near to the front to finish just outside the points.

In the E123 race Dylan was happy to sit in having not fully recovered after last week's crash, but still managed to do a long pull on the front at the end of the race. Jon was very active and managed to get into a what was nearly the winning break, but with the series leader missing out on it, a strong chase ensued and Jon's group were reeled in.

On Sunday Mike Cutter made his Thames Velo race debut at Preston Park in Brighton, and although not threatening the top places, can focus on building form for season ahead.

Elsewhere, not racing related, Aaron and Kurt attended a cyclocross masterclass where they received some top tips from previous National Champion, Helen Wyman. And finally, unfortunately Paul Buckley was taken out by some shocking riding that caused a crash at Palmer Park outdoor track and busted his already pinned collarbone, not great for his Transcontinental training but we wish him a speedy recovery.
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Saturday was a tale of two ‘dons, Abingdon and Hillingdon!

The first race of the day was at Abingdon where Steve Fell made the predicted improvement on last week’s race by putting in a strong effort and finishing in the points with a well-deserved 8th place.

After that good result it was over to Hillingdon for the E123 race where Jon Shillingford and Dylan Hubble adopted their usual race plans of Jon attacking off the front while Dylan sat stealthily near the front of the pack. Jon was very active and nearly managed to get in the break that stayed away, but in the end had to make do with finishing in the pack in 17th place. Dylan unfortunately, fell victim to some dodgy riding when he was ‘choppered’ and crashed out of the race with a back and shoulder full of road rash and a shredded skinsuit. I know we have a new kit design in the pipeline, but that’s a drastic way to get rid of old kit!
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