Junior under 19 rider Hugh Trollope sprinted to line honours for the Anderson Rosebowl in Cuddon Cycling Marlborough’s Fairweathers Winter series at Fairhall last Saturday afternoon. Another junior rider Joel Madsen-Clark took out the short course event line honours and fastest time double.
The Anderson Rosebowl 45km handicap event was run over 5 laps of the Benmorven circuit, starting and finishing at Fairhall Hall. An alternative short course 27km handicap event on the same circuit was run over 3 laps with the Keighly Cup up for grabs for the first junior under 17 finisher.
A high number of entries saw four good size handicap groups setting off from the start line. The 8 minute group (including Trollope) caught the 12 minute front markers quickly with the best of 2 laps remaining. These combined groups managed to just hold off the fast approaching 5 minute group to take to majority of the top 20 placings. The scratch markers could not bridge the gap and came in a further 1m 30s back.
A spirited late break from Rene de Ruiter (off 8m) on the finishing straight was shut down and the long sprint home saw Trollope (off 8m) prevail over Martin Fletcher (off 8m), Jason Clark (off 8m), Matt Straker (off 8m) and Andrew Gifford (off 8m) respectively. Back in the scratch group finish, Luc Cowley sprinted in that group to take the fastest time from Sean O’Neill and Craig Harper respectively.
The short course event saw the scratch markers come through the field late in the race with Joel Madsen-Clark winning the sprint from Sam Morgan and James Greer. The front markers (off 9m) of Sophie Batt, Lucy Trollope and Hannah Morgan stayed away until the last lap where they were caught by Fergus Greer (off 6m) and Anna Straker (off 6m). The Keighly Cup was won by Sam Morgan.
This Saturday 2nd August, the Fairweathers Winter series will continue with riders competing in a two stage event at Fairhall. An individual time trial for stage 1 backed up with a graded road race for stage 2 will make for some interesting racing with the restriction of no specialist time trial equipment being allowed. All riders are to assemble at Fairhall Hall at 12pm for a 12.30pm start.
Open grade Long Course – Fairweathers Winter series, Anderson Rosebowl, 45km hcp, H Trollope (off 8m) 1, M Fletcher (off 8m) 2, J Clark (off 8m) 3, M Straker (off 8m) 4, A Gifford (off 8m) 5, W Hall (off 12m) 6, D Hutchison (off 12m) 7, G Henderson (off 12m) 8, M Thompson (off 8m) 9, R Murphy (off 8m) 10. Fastest time, L Cowley (scr) 1hr05m54s 1, S O’Neill (scr) s.t. 2, C Harper (scr) s.t. 3, N Batt (scr) s.t. 4, G van Antwerpen (scr) s.t. 5.
Open grade Short Course – Fairweathers Winter series, including Keighly Cup for JU17, 27km hcp, J Madsen-Clark (scr) 1, S Morgan (scr) 2, J Greer (scr) 3, S Woods (scr) 4, B Moran (scr) 5. Fastest time, J Madsen-Clark (scr) 48m53s 1, S Morgan (scr) 48m54s 2, J Greer (scr) s.t. 3, S Woods (scr) 49m06s 4, B Moran (scr) 49m12s 5.