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.

Jake Crossley takes a decisive win (Photo by Ian Lambert)

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.

Full results are below, series standings are here and a host of excellent photos by Ian Lambert are here.

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.

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4th Cat only

1ConnorBackhouseKingston Wheelers CC
2MichaelStimsonMaillot Noir CC
4JonathanUnderwoodPenge Cycle Club
6AurelienDecagnyDirty Wknd
8JasienHaridyPenge Cycle Club
9GrantBurtPenge Cycle Club
13TimLeonardPenge Cycle Club
14DavidRandallMaillot Noir CC
16JosephDelvesLea Valley CC
19MarcoDatolaDulwich Paragon CC
20DanielFowlerWoolwich CC
21KevinJohneDulwich Paragon CC
22PriteshPatelAshford Road Cycling Club
23RogerCrouchDulwich Paragon CC
24JasonOsunkoyaDulwich Paragon CC
25ArunasPetkusDirty Wknd
26BradleyHurrHadleigh MTB Club

234 Cat

1JakeCrossleyTofauti Everyone Active
2JamiePullenMaison Du Velo-Storck Bikes UK
3MaxBoltonTofauti Everyone Active
4OisinMurphyHillingdon Slipstreamers
5DavidDalrympleThe 5th Floor Cycle Club
6ColinPeckAthlon CC
7MattSteelShaftesbury CC
8AlexJonesSigma Sports Official
9AlexDaleLee Valley Youth Cycling Club
10AdamPyperRapha Cycling Club
12MatthewLordLee Valley Youth Cycling Club
13JakeTowlerStrada 2020
14CharlieJohnsonFast Test Racing Team
15AidanKerriganLee Valley Youth Cycling Club
16OliverParsonsTri UK
17ColinWardEssex Roads CC
18MatthewDaveyVerulam – reallymoving.com
20GauravMeherLee Valley Youth Cycling Club
21SoerenHansenLea Valley CC
22AdamColvinArmy Cycling Union
23LeeLaveryLea Valley CC
24SamClarfieldLee Valley Youth Cycling Club
25RizwanHameedLee Valley Youth Cycling Club
26DamianDoddBarking & Dagenham CC

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