Since 2017, Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling has been the UK’s number one ranked domestic cycling team. Competing on the UCI European Continental Tour, they regularly compete in leading races on the calendar. Stay up to date with all of the latest racing action from a packed 2022 schedule with our dedicated race results blog.
Sportsbreak.com Tour Series Rd 6 – 21st May
Ollie Peckover sprints to victory in Barking!
In what can only be described as the closest of close finishes, Ollie outsprinted Rory Townsend (WiV SunGod) to take the win by a margin of 0.006 seconds. With Harry Tanfield finishing 6th and Cam Jeffers 7th, Ribble Weldtite also took the team win to make the Tour Series Grand Final in Manchester on Tuesday a winner-takes-all title decider.
The penultimate race of the series followed a familiar pattern to the rounds that preceded it. Namely full gas racing from the get-go. Gone was the technical circuit of Clacton, Barking’s course instead consisted of a 1.2km rectangle with two fast-sweeping corners. It was made for full bore racing and that’s what we were treated to.
From the start, Wiv SunGod looked to assert its dominance. Committing all 5 riders to the front to deter any would-be attackers and to set Matt Bostock up for the intermediate sprint points. A tactic that would prove successful, Bostock taking a maximum of 15-points to ensure that he heads to Manchester holding an unassailable lead.
They didn’t have it all their own way, however, as Ribble Weldtite and a resurgent Wales Racing Academy also committed men to the front. Each team contributed to a searing pace that saw riders shelled out of the back as the race progressed. Once the final intermediate sprint was out of the way, the real racing action began to unfold.
The first move of any real note was made by Matt Gibson (WiV SunGod), Max Walker (Trinity Racing), Neil Phillips (Tekkerz) and Joe Holt (Wales Racing Academy). With just under 50 minutes of the race elapsed, the quartet attacked. It was a short-lived affair as they lasted all of two laps before being reeled back in by the bunch.
Almost immediately after the catch was made, a trio of riders countered. This time it was the turn of Ollie, Townsend, and Joe Beckingsale (Wales Racing |Academy) to test the resolve of the peloton. Not long after the three became four as Walker somehow found the strength to bridge the gap and join them at the front.
This time the attack stuck, and with riders from WiV SunGod looking to mark out any further breakaway attempts their lead grew to over half a minute. With the winner almost guaranteed to come from this group, the final lap developed into a cagey affair.
It was somewhat reminiscent of a track race, with each rider keeping an eye on his rivals to ensure that nobody made a surprise break for it. After Townsend’s initial burst of speed at the start of a lap, each settled down to await the inevitable attack. It came on the penultimate corner, Walker trying to spring a surprise and catch his opponent’s napping.
He was passed by Ollie on the final straight, who then found himself riding neck and neck with Townsend. A phenomenal burst of speed from the latter had brought him level and ensured a nervy finish for both. As they thundered across the line, there was nothing to separate them. Neither could celebrate as they simply didn’t know who had prevailed.
The result went to a photo finish which concluded that Ollie had pinched it by the narrowest of margins. The individual and overall team victories ensure that Tuesday’s Grand Final looks set to be an epic race for the ages. A straight-up shootout between Ribble Weldtite and WiV SunGod. Game on!!
Sportsbreak.com Tour Series Rd 5 – 19th May
Harry and Charlie Tanfield secured top-10 finishes to keep alive the hopes of Ribble Weldtite retaining their Tour Series title. The race settled into an all-too-familiar pattern. With the top-3 teams of WiV SunGod, RWPC and Trinity Racing all vying for contention throughout.
Looking to overcome a 4 point deficit in the sprint standings, Harry’s battle with Matt Bostock was at times fractious. The pair exchanged words after almost colliding during the first intermediate sprint. Looking to benefit from superior grip and confidence around the final right-hand corner, Bostock extended his lead over Harry in the 2nd and 3rd sprints.
With the Freewheel.co.uk sprint points settled, the race action intensified. Sam Culverwell (Trinity) attacked with just over 10-minutes remaining and was joined by Charlie. The pair worked together to build up a lead of half a dozen seconds over the chasing pack. Their lead lasted until 3 laps to go when first Bostock joined them and then the rest of the bunch reeled them in.
To all intents and purposes, it looked like the race was headed for a mass bunch sprint. Fate intervened, however, and it was bad news for the Ribble Welddtite boys. Halfway around the final lap one of the Trinity riders crashed out which resulted in a split at the front. WiV SunGod was undoubtedly the beneficiary of this.
Their trio of Bostock, Gibson and Scott alongside Max Walker (Trinity) were the only riders unaffected by the crash. despite being vastly outnumbered, Walker made a good fist of it and battled to the line. However, it was once again Bostocks willingness to utilise every inch of the road into the final corner that proved the difference.
As a result of the crash, Harry and Charlie could only finish 7th and 9th respectively. Ollie Peckover crossed the line 16th and Cam Jeffers in 21st. The result meant that RWPC lost ground in the overall standing, they now sit 5 points back of Wiv SunGod with only two rounds remaining. It’s all to play for heading into Barking on Saturday.
Puivelde Koerse Pro Kermesse – 18th May
Harry Tanfield followed up his impressive 10th place finish in the GP Vermarc with a superb runner’s up spot on the podium in Sint-Niklaas. In the final phase of the race, 6 riders escaped the clutches of the peloton to contest the win. With the finishing line almost within sight, Gianni Marchand (Tarteletto-Isorex) attacked.
First to react was 34-year old Dutchman Peter Schulting who caught Marchand and slingshotted straight past the luckless Marchand. Despite his pursuers catching with every pedal stroke, Schulting hung on to take the win by a fraction from Harry. There’s no time to rest on his laurels, however, as Harry heads back to UK shores for the 5th round of the Tour Series.
GP Vermarc Sport – Rotselaar – 15th May
With the dust barely settled after a tremendous night of action in Stranraer, Harry Tanfield jetted off to Belgium for a spot of Kermesse racing. His trip was anything but wasted. With Harry riding superbly to finish 10th. While it may only have been a domestic Belgian race, the start list for the GP Vermarc was suitably impressive.
With all of the leading Continental teams represented, plus the odd World-Tour squad for good measure. In fact, such was the intensity of the race, only 36 of the 163 riders who made the start line actually finished. Matt King had also made the trip across the North Sea and found himself included in this brutal selection.
Sportbreak.com Tour Series Rd 4 – 12th May
Ribble Weldtite turned up the heat on the competition, taking the team and sprint victory for the 2nd race in succession. As per the previous round, the race quickly developed into a three-way battle between the big three – Ribble Weldtite, WiV SunGod and Trinity Racing. With each team committing most, if not all, of their complement of riders to the front of the bunch.
The furious pace set by these teams as they vied for ascendency saw rider after rider jettisoned out of the back of the bunch on the technical 1km circuit. However, with no team able to stamp their authority on the race it was the intermediate sprints where the action really took place.
With plenty of sprint points up for grabs it was an opportunity for Harry Tanfield to make up ground on competition leader Matt Bostock (WiV SunGod). Thanks to a perfect lead-out from brother Charlie, Harry claimed maximum points in the first and third sprints. Bostock hit back by taking the second sprint at the halfway mark.
It was after the third sprint that the race really began to take shape. Trinity Racing once again taking control of the front of the bunch. Headed into the final two laps, they were down to two, only Black Quick and Luke Lamperti remained. Of the rest, it was left to the Tanfield brothers and Matt Gibson (WiV SunGod) to deny the winners of the previous two rounds the victory.
It was Lamperti who seized the initiative, leading Harry Tanfield through the final few corners. Approaching the line he unleashed a burst of speed that nobody could live with to take a convincing lead ahead of Harry and Matt Bostock. Finn Cockett’s run of podium finishes came to an end, being pipped to 3rd by Bostock. However with Charlie also finishing inside the top-10 the night belonged to Ribble Weldtite.
Another superb night of racing saw them close the gap in the team standings to just three points with only three rounds remaining. Harry’s haul of sprint points also reduced the gap to Bostock atop the sprint competitions standings. At the start of the day, he sat ten points behind. But heading into Clacton on the 19th of May, the gap is now down to four. It’s all to play for!
Sportsbreak.com Tour Series Rd 3 – 10th May
Another excellent team performance saw Ribble Weldtite claim the team victory at the latest round of the Tour Series in Sunderland. Despite Finn Crockett racing to yet another podium finish, the race win agonisingly eludes them, however. As the sun started to set in Sunderland, the men’s race got underway and quickly developed into something akin to a series of team time trials.
Entire teams grouped at the front of the bunch and attempted to stamp their authority on the race. But no one seemed able to claim the initiative. With, Trinity Racing, WiV SunGod, Wales Racing Academy and Ribble Weldtite all committing their whole complement of riders to the front of the race.
Two of the teams seemed to time their stints on the front perfectly. Harry Tanfield and series leader Matthew Bostock both claimed the points during some particularly frenetic sprints. Solely, it seemed, from simply being on the front at the right time. There was a heart-stopping moment for Harry when he clashed with Thomas Mein (WiV SunGod) after taking the sprint with 20 minutes remaining.
They appeared to tangle and Mein went crashing to the floor, thankfully Harry was able to continue. It was to be Trinity Racing who dictated the course of the race when they took control of the front of the race at the hour mark. For the next 5 laps, all five of their riders committed to keeping the pace high. As the bell rang to signify the final lap all 5 were still present.
Upon the final run to the line, US Crit Champion sportingly let teammate Blake Quick take a well-earned win. With the pack closing the pair down, it was left to Finn Crockett to take the sprint and thereby claim yet another podium. This makes it two podiums in three rounds. Harry Tanfield crossed the line 6th, followed by brother Charlie (8th), Ollie Peckover (11th) and Matt King (33rd).
Their combined placings helped the team to pick up the team victory, moving them up to 2nd overall. They now sit just 4 points behind leaders Wiv SunGod. Harry’s performance in the sprints earned him the bragging rights on the night. He now sits 2nd in the overall Sprints competition standings and sits only 10 points back.
Rapha Lincoln Grand Prix – 8th May
Finn Crockett continued his superb run of form to claim another hard-fought podium. This time it was at the opening round of the National Road Series in Lincoln. A fixture on the UK road racing scene since 1956, the Lincoln GP is a race that is steeped in history. Its dominant feature, by far, is the cobbled climb of Michaelgate.
Flanked by Lincoln castle on the left and the cathedral on the right, it provides a gruelling test of a rider’s legs. Especially when you factor in the fact that they have to ascend it no less than 13 times during the course of the 104-mile race. As if this wasn’t challenging enough already, the baking conditions only added to the rider’s discomfiture.
Maybe it was a combination of these factors that dictated the who the race played out. Despite there being breaks aplenty, no one could quite make them stick. In fact, it was not until the latter stages of the race’s opening half that a break of any significance went clear.
Damien Clayton (Wiv SunGod) had been instrumental in many of the early attempts to break free of the shackles. So when he finally went clear in company with teammate Rob Scott, William truelove (Wales Racing Academy) and Team Inspired’s Harry Burchill it looked to be a promising attack. However, they never quite managed to exceed more than a minute’s worth of an advantage.
Behind in the bunch, the speed was being cranked up and the lead began to decrease with seemingly every pedal stroke. Slowly but surely the quintet was reeled in and when first Truelove was dropped, then Clayton, it left only Scott and Burchill to try and hold off a now charging pack.
Despite the duo’s best efforts, a bunch now led by Trinity Cycling and the remnants of Wiv SunGod made serious inroads into their precarious lead. With only two laps to go, the game was up. A select group comprised of 4 riders from Trinity Racing, two from Wiv SunGod and Finn Crockett caught and then catapulted straight past the plucky pairing.
However, with a now rampant bunch chasing down this potentially dangerous move, even this was to prove short-lived. By this point, the victory still hung in the balance. With the bragging rights looking set to go to anybody who had the legs to stay away. But who could?
Conor McGoldrick (Richardsons Trek DAS) was the next to try. On the penultimate ascent of Michaelgate, he gained a handful of bike lengths on a fractured lead bunch. However, even he was unable to sustain the pace and the pivotal moment arrived on the final excruciating climb.
Once again Michaelgate would decide the fate of the race. having been at the front of the race throughout the closing laps, it was US crit champion Luke Lamperti who surged clear to take the victory. Putting a handful of bike lengths into Canadian Ben Perry (WiV- SunGod), while Finn Crockett rounded out the top three. Another impressive result from Ribble Weldtite’s standout star of the spring.
Sportsbreak.com Tour Series Rd 2 – 4th May
Ribble Weldtite put the disappointment of the opening round behind them to deliver a much more assured performance in Galashiels on Wednesday night. This time around WiV SunGod was not left to have things all their own way. When they forced the pace early on, Ribble Weldtite were more than a match for them.
Instantly moving to the front to ensure that any chance of a breakaway like the one that defined the first race was nullified. What developed was a sporadic game of cat and mouse as riders broke clear only to be reeled back in. The nett result of these attacks was to drive the pace on to such an extent that only a dozen or so riders were able to keep pace.
The first real move of any significance was when Stuart Balfour and Jacob Scott (Wiv SunGod) moved off the front at the half-hour mark. But with a lead that never exceeded more than half a dozen seconds, this move was to prove short-lived. The pair were eventually brought back into the fold with 10 minutes of the 60-minute race remaining.
Right on the hour mark, Jim Brown (Wiv SunGod) surged clear and was joined by RWPC’s man of the moment Finn Crockett. The pair were, however, caught by the pack on the final lap and were left to contest a blistering sprint finish. Finn was first across the line for RWPC, just being pipped to the runner-up position.
It was a much better performance from the team, with brothers Harry and Charlie Tanfield finishing 5th and 6th respectively. The combined result means that the team moves up from 6th to 4th in the overall team standings.
Sportsbreak.com Tour Series Rd 1- 2nd May
Harry Tanfield put in a massively impressive performance to secure a place on the podium in the rainswept streets of Guisborough. Harry’s third-place maintained local pride – he only lives within a couple of miles of the circuit. Unfortunately for Harry and the rest of the field, the race had already been decided as early as the opening lap.
In a great display of teamwork, Thomas Mein and Matt Bostock of great rivals, Wiv SunGod rocketed clear of the pack, taking everyone by complete surprise. The plucky pair were never to be seen again. Thanks to Harry’s result, it’s all still to play for heading into round 2 in Galashiels on Wednesday. As defending champions, they will be itching to take the fight back to the opposition and show the sort of form that led to them winning the Tour Series in such dominant fashion last season.
Rutland-Melton International CiCLE Classic – 24th April
Ribble Weldtite’s dominance of the UK’s premier one-day international race was a sight to behold. Finn Crockett continued his rich vein of form, taking the win in a hotly contested sprint finale. It was the performance of the team as a whole, however, that impressed the most.
The CiCLE Classic is no ordinary race. Its blend of wide tarmac roads and narrow, rough farm tracks is reminiscent of those to be found in the spring classics of Northern France and Belgium. A week of dry weather and warm temperatures led to uncharacteristically dusty conditions that resembled those of Paris-Roubaix just a few days earlier.
Ollie Peckover set the tone in the early stages when together with Farley Barber (Spirit BSS) they struck out from the peloton. The pair stretched out their lead to over 6 minutes at 31km with Ollie scoring maximum points in the 3 intermediate sprints.
However, with the race now hitting the leg sapping, dust-laden sectors of gravel, the lead began to diminish. Thanks, in no small part, to the concerted efforts of a seven-rider chase group that contained Ollie’s teammate Finn Crockett. On the first ascent of the Manorberg, the lead held an advantage of 5 minutes 45 seconds over their pursuers.
As they made their second ascent, however, this had shrunk to just north of two minutes. With the chase group working together effectively, it became obvious that the question was when the catch would be made, not if. The catch perhaps took longer than expected but after Barber succumbed to a mechanical in a feed zone the gig was up.
As the lead group crossed the finish line for the first time in Melton Mowbray they were joined by a second group of 6 riders who had bridged the gap. Crucially for Finn, this group also contained Stuart Balfour. With Tomas Kopecky (À Bloc CT) in pursuit, Stuart made a break and as the race crossed the finish line for the penultimate time Stuart was leading.
Stuart’s efforts did not go unrewarded. In keeping with race tradition, the rider who leads into the final lap wins a huge Melton Mowbray pork pie! At 8km from home, Kopecky joined Stuart and Jacob Scott (Wiv-SunGod) to make it a trio of riders soon thereafter. It was at this point that Finn made his move and as the arrow-straight finishing straight hove into view Finn had bridged across.
As the race wound up to its final sprint crescendo, Finn just about had the legs to finish ahead of Kopecky. Scott crossed the line a further bike length behind with Stuart two seconds back. It was a hugely successful team effort that saw Finn take the win. In addition to this, Ollie’s early efforts saw him claim the sprint jersey and the team also awarded the team prize. Not to mention Stuart’s huge Pork Pie which just might be the greatest prize of all!
Tour du Loir-et Cher – 13th to 17th April
A superb result for Ribble Weldtite as Finn Crockett continues his impressive start to the season with 9th place overall at the Tour du Loir-et-Cher. After spending the first few weeks of the season in domestic competition, Ribble Weldtite headed across the channel for their first multi-stage race of the season.
Measuring a total length of 860km, the 5-day tour would see Ribble Weldtite take on teams from as far afield as New Zealand, Canada, and Venezuela. In addition to this, there were also the world tour development squads of AG2R Citroën and Lotto Soudal to contend with. Set within the confines of the Loir-et-Cher region of central France, it was the perfect test of the team’s early-season form.
Stage 1 – Blois > Fontaines-En-Sologne
A strong start to the tour saw an in-form Finn Crockett secure a fantastic 7th place finish amid the chaos of a full bunch sprint in Fontaine-en-Solognes. The result left Finn sitting just outside the top-10 in 11th after the stage bonuses were taken into account. A tremendous start ahead of tomorrow’s 200km stage 2.
Stage 2 – Le Controis-En-Sologne > Vallieres-Les-Grande
Stage two saw a trio of riders break clear of the field early in the day’s proceedings. It turned out to be a race-winning move and though a couple of riders managed to bridge across to them nobody from Ribble Weldtite made the final selection. The best-placed rider on the stage was once again Finn Crockett who finished 31st. At day’s end, Finn had dropped down to 22nd on GC.
Stage 3 – Cloyes-Les-Trois-Rivières > Vendóme
Day 3 saw riders faced with a difficult 213km route that included some gravel and a tough finishing circuit. Zeb Kyffin spent over 150km in the break of the day which was ultimately caught by the bunch. It was once again the flying Finn Crockett that secured his 2nd top 10 of the tour. Finn crossed the line 4th in a group that finished 19 seconds down on the day’s stage winner. The result saw Finn move back into the top-10 on GC.
Stage 4 – Lamotte-Beuvron > Lamotte-Beuvron
Another superb performance from the team ensured that both Finn and Harry Tanfield secured a top-15 finish. Finn’s twelfth place finish meant that he consolidated his top-10 placing overall ably assisted by Harry who crossed the line 14th.
Stage 5 – Lois Ville > Blois Vienne > Blois Ville
The final stage was a 97.5km criterium around the streets of the Loir-et-Cher capital – Blois. A model of consistency, Finn Crockett notched up his 3rd top-10 finish of the tour and this was mirrored in his final pacing on general classification.
VC Long Eaton 10-mile TT – 17th April
Ollie Peckover picked up his first win of the season when he posted 19:17 on the A10/10 course to storm to victory with nearly two minutes separating himself from his nearest rival.
North Lancs RC 10-mile TT – 16th April
Veteran road rider and time trial specialist Si Wilson posted a race-winning time of 19:41 to take the win in his native Lancashire.
Team PB Performance Circuit Series
Matt King took the victory at the latest round of the circuit series at Leicester’s Mallory Park. Oliver Peckover and Cam Jeffers rounded off a good night’s work when finishing 4th and 5th respectively.
It was a weekend of double success for Ribble Weldtite as Zeb Kyffin and Finn Crockett continued their impressive start to the season.
RCR Fat Creations Road Race
Zeb Kyffin secured his 2nd win of the season by going it solo to take the win in rural Sussex. The race took place on largely the same route as the 1982 World Road Race Championships that served as the inspiration for its creation.
Alba Road Series – Round 2
After his previous wins in Gifford and Capenwray, Finn Crockett’s sprint victory in Alford, Aberdeenshire saw him seize control of Scotland’s National Alba Road Series. He will be hoping to make it three out of three at the Drummond trophy on the 24th.
Proper Northern Road Race Series Round 1 – Capernwray
Team performances don’t get much better than this as Finn Crockett, Alex Peters and Zeb Kyffin dominate the field to produce a magical 1,2,3 finish.
Coalville Wheelers Road Race
Further South, Harry Tanfield took his maiden success of the season when he won the Coalville Wheelers road race in Leicestershire. Not to be outdone by their colleagues up North, Harry was ably assisted by Matt King who finished third place.
Ben Forsyth Memorial
Finn Crockett kicked off a great weekend of racing with a fine 2nd place finish at the Ben Forsyth memorial race in Lochgelly.
PACELINE RT 25km Time Trial
Elsewhere, Zeb Kyffin set a new course record on the way to winning the @paceline.rt 25km time trial in Surrey.
Both riders went on to line up for the team at Capenwray on Sunday.
ERC Gifford Road Race – 19th March
Finn Crockett soloed to victory at the opening round of the Scottish National Alba Road Race Series. Finn produced a dominant display to finish 36 seconds ahead of James Jobber (Kuwait Pro Cycling) and nearly two minutes ahead of teammate Tom Timothy. A great team ride from the team.
The Peak 2-Day – 19th & 20th March
Alex Peters capped a strong team performance to secure a superb podium place at The Peaks 2-day. A new event on the calendar for 2022, the race consisted of a 12km time trial followed by two road stages of 87km and 104km distance.
To kick things off, the riders completed a technical 12km individual time trial on road bikes. A course that started and finished in Peak Dale, northeast of Buxton and featured the steep and tricky descent of Bole Hill would prove who had the legs in the race’s early stages. Zeb Kyffin was the standout performer for Ribble Weldtite, completing the course in a time of 18:21. The third-fastest time overall, and only 32 seconds off the race lead.
With little time left to recover from the opening stage TT, stage 2 took place later the same day. It was a course that was all too familiar to the riders. Largely owing to the fact that it was exactly the same route as the TT. Albeit with one subtle yet prominent difference, it would start and finish atop Bole Hill. Providing the exciting prospect of a savage uphill finale to the stage. On paper, at least, it looked to be tailor-made for breakaways.
And so it proved, when Zeb, Oscar Hutchings (High density) and Sam Mullen (Richardsons/WWCC) lit the touchpaper on the opening lap to break clear of the field. The trio quickly established a lead of over a minute over the main bunch. They were eventually joined by a further 6 riders who bridged the gap to form a lead group of nine. By the start of the final lap, this had once again been whittled back down to three.
It was now clear that the final lap shootout would be contested by Zeb, Joe Wilson (Dolan/Ellesse) and Andy Nichols (Lifting Gear Prod – CyclesinMotion). In the resultant sprint finish, Zeb finished victorious ahead of Wilson and Nichols. With his nearest rivals from the TT finishing over a minute and seven minutes back respectively Zeb found himself sitting atop the overall standings by the end of the day’s proceedings.
For the grand finale, the race moved further east to the outskirts of Sheffield. The final stage featured a 10km course that skirted the northern edges of the Damflask Reservoir. On paper at least, the profile looked to be somewhat gentler than the previous day’s stage. However, at 104km in length and with 251m of elevation per lap the puncheurs and climbers were licking their lips in anticipation.
George Peden (PB Performance) took the win and with it the overall title. Zeb, unfortunately, couldn’t quite build on the opening day’s promise and slipped to 4th overall. All was not lost, however. At the start of the day’s proceedings, Alex Peters was just shy of 3 minutes down on Zeb. But a ride of herculean proportions saw him close the gap and more. Eventually pipping Zeb to the final spot on the podium.
De Dorpenomloop Rucphen – 13th March
Over on the continent, Harry Tanfield produced a battling ride to finish 15th at a crash-marred race in the Netherlands. Dorpenomloop Rucphen is the second race of the Holland Cup season and it proved to be a stern test for a team consisting of so many new faces. While Stuart Balfour, Finn Crockett, Alex Peters, Ross Lamb, and Ollie Peckover travelled over from the UK, Harry and Red Walters jetted in from Spain.
As a UCI 1.2 race, DDR attracts Continental and Pro Continental teams from as far afield as Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Holland, England, and Paraguay. At 200km in length, it traverses a typically Brabant landscape; flat and wooded with alternating wide and narrow roads.
Eddie Soens – 12th March
What a season opener for Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling as Cameron Jeffers sprints to victory at the Aintree motor racing circuit. Cam produced the goods in a dramatic sprint finale to seal the win ahead of ex-teammate Charles Page (Saint Piran) while the evergreen Si Wilson completed the podium with a superb third place.
Liverpool’s oldest race features somewhat of a unique race format. A staggered start sees the strongest riders start their race a full 2 1/2 minutes after the first riders roll out. This ensures that lower-level riders have the opportunity to battle it out with the elites. Additionally, it means that anyone has the opportunity to take the win.
In fact, previous winners include Steve Cummings who ride to victory as a junior. If the early starters work together, it’s entirely possible to deny the big teams their day in the sun. The Eddie Soens Memorial race is an incredible spectacle. It’s hard to think of any other race where the best riders in the field are forced to go full gas from the start. If they don’t, they run the real risk of being lapped before even making the initial catch.
The start list for the 60th edition was a veritable who’s who of some of the UK’s best cycling talent. With the big teams, in particular, fielding impressively strong squads. Saint Piran, for instance, made the journey up from the South West with no less than 15 riders! Ribble Weldtite didn’t quite go that far and opted for a team containing reigning champion, Jacob Tipper, Will Brown, Cameron Jeffers, Jack Rees, Tom Timothy and Simon Wilson.
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