A flooded track and a layer of ice? No problem, as the ELV broom army got stuck in to clearing the track and soon made track rideable after much unseen effort. Racing was on, as was a bumper field for this time of year across both races. With cash and Kalas goodies as series prizes there was plenty to turn up for, but if you want to get fit without troubling the front, Hog Hill gives you all you need (and a bit more).
4th Cat race
There were many debut racers in the field which was brilliant to see. Better still was that riders dropping off got into groups and plugged away for most of the race, better than Zwift, hell yes! The sun was out and the tunes pumping out from the ELV sound system.
It didn’t take long for a small group to forge clear, with Connor Blackhouse (Kingston Wheelers), Benjamin Flanagan, Aurelien Decagny (Dirty Wknd) and Nicholas Richards to the fore. They hung out for a couple of laps but never got beyond 10 seconds and they were quickly pulled back by an attentive if depleted bunch. There were a couple of spirited attempts at freedom in the remaining laps but nobody was strong enough to hold out and a bunch sprint seemed nailed on. Connor Blackhouse easily took the bunch kick with Michael Stimson (Maillot Noir) next over the line.
234th Cat race
Again, a big field of nearly 40 wanted some early season Hog time. Amongst the numbers were a good representation of junior riders which meant the racing was aggressive from the gun. There were many attacks in the first few laps in what looked like a tough and honest race. Jake Crossley (Tofauti Everyone Active) was solo and looking impressive for a number of laps until he was joined by 4 other riders who formed a strong group that worked well together. The bunch was looking less cohesive and slowly began to leak time – a couple of stronger riders saw the danger and tried to jump, but the gap was too big by that point and the lead riders too strong. Whilst this was going on Max Bolton, Jake’s teammate, had a go at the solo-of-the-race prize and again held out for a number of laps at the pointy end.
With a good gap the leading 5 began to attack each other but they were altogether coming into the bottom corner. Jake Crossley took the win from Jamie Pullen (Maison du Velo – Stork Bikes UK) with Max Bolton (Tofauti Everyone Active) rounding off the podium.
Graham Galvin ELV
A huge thank you to everyone who came and raced, spectated, cheered and otherwise made the first ELV Winter Series of 2020 so awesome. Thanks as ever to all our marshalls, BC Comms and to Kalas who are kindly sponsoring us with some great series prizes.
Next week we start our Women’s Series: The Women’s Only 234 runs at 1pm on Saturdays 25th January, 15th February and 22nd February. Prizes available to the highest placed riders overall, highest placed 3rd cat and highest placed rider starting as a 4th cat. Enter before 8pm on Wednesday here and save £5 on senior entry fee. Juniors race for £5.
Enter next week’s 4th Cat only or 234 races here.
4th Cat only
|1||Connor||Backhouse||Kingston Wheelers CC|
|2||Michael||Stimson||Maillot Noir CC|
|4||Jonathan||Underwood||Penge Cycle Club|
|8||Jasien||Haridy||Penge Cycle Club|
|9||Grant||Burt||Penge Cycle Club|
|13||Tim||Leonard||Penge Cycle Club|
|14||David||Randall||Maillot Noir CC|
|16||Joseph||Delves||Lea Valley CC|
|19||Marco||Datola||Dulwich Paragon CC|
|21||Kevin||Johne||Dulwich Paragon CC|
|22||Pritesh||Patel||Ashford Road Cycling Club|
|23||Roger||Crouch||Dulwich Paragon CC|
|24||Jason||Osunkoya||Dulwich Paragon CC|
|26||Bradley||Hurr||Hadleigh MTB Club|
|1||Jake||Crossley||Tofauti Everyone Active|
|2||Jamie||Pullen||Maison Du Velo-Storck Bikes UK|
|3||Max||Bolton||Tofauti Everyone Active|
|5||David||Dalrymple||The 5th Floor Cycle Club|
|8||Alex||Jones||Sigma Sports Official|
|9||Alex||Dale||Lee Valley Youth Cycling Club|
|10||Adam||Pyper||Rapha Cycling Club|
|12||Matthew||Lord||Lee Valley Youth Cycling Club|
|14||Charlie||Johnson||Fast Test Racing Team|
|15||Aidan||Kerrigan||Lee Valley Youth Cycling Club|
|17||Colin||Ward||Essex Roads CC|
|18||Matthew||Davey||Verulam – reallymoving.com|
|20||Gaurav||Meher||Lee Valley Youth Cycling Club|
|21||Soeren||Hansen||Lea Valley CC|
|22||Adam||Colvin||Army Cycling Union|
|23||Lee||Lavery||Lea Valley CC|
|24||Sam||Clarfield||Lee Valley Youth Cycling Club|
|25||Rizwan||Hameed||Lee Valley Youth Cycling Club|
|26||Damian||Dodd||Barking & Dagenham CC|