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Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Bournemouth Arrow/Raymond Brown Track League 5;Report,Results,Comment

Poole Wheelers Junior, Harrison Fielding continues to dominate the Tuesday night track league in Bournemouth. Having been promoted from group B Fielding is virtually unbeatable in the group A races and leads the league overall after this latest round. Victo

ries in the 8 & 16 lap scratch races and the elimination race were almost a formality. Will Stephenson (Primera/Specialized) provides competition and takes the initiative but ultimately lacks the power & pure speed, either to come round or hold off. With 60 miles in the legs and an uphill finish, the result might be different.

Andy Buddle (Poole Wh) got the better of Fielding in the final event of the evening, the 40 lap scratch race. The Poole pair and Stephenson stole a lap on the bunch early doors. They kept the pace high and the bunch splintered under the constant pressure, the Commissaires were working hard to keep tabs as riders were spreads all over the track. The head of the race was never in doubt and the leading three were clear again as they took the bell. Buddle has been riding well and wanted this one, Stephenson sat up and for once, Fielding had no answer.


The B group is less clear cut, Barry Watkinson (Bournemouth Arrow) and Jason Falconer (PM) shared the B spoils with Ellie Gilham. Gilham leads the ladies, there is little competition but that is not her fault.


Two invitation Kierin races added some extra excitement to the proceedings. Barry Watkinson won the first after Alan McRae had been forced to bump start the temperamental Derny bike. Fielding, of course, took the second Kierin.
A concern for the Bournemouth Arrow and the Bournemouth Cycling Centre are the low numbers. A disappointing field of only 20 riders rode round 5, the racing is keen but predictable. The weather was perfect and there is no shortage of riders turning out for practice sessions, so why are there so few racing? (Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers club 10 on the same evening attracted 40 riders). The Bournemouth track is a fantastic facility; the track league is well run with plenty of officials and willing volunteers. What it needs are riders!


Alan MaCrae's race report
A warm evening and the benefits of weekly track racing were all there for spectators to enjoy at this week’s Raymond Brown Track League. With the best and closest racing yet in this the League’s first year, progress in rider’s race sharpness and use of tactics were particularly visible in the B Group where Jason Falconer, Bournemouth Arrow, and Ellie Gilham, VC St Raphael, used their heads as well as their legs to make intelligent race moves to good effect, both securing their first wins at this level.
“Kierin” was the watchword for the night as first it was the invitation Keirin Events which gave the opportunity for both A and B riders to test out the feel of another Olympic discipline. This was followed up with a Keirin style 10 lap 34 mph derny paced leadout to get the A Group rider’s legs buzzing as they launched straight into their traditional Elimination Race.
The previously competitive Will Stephenson, Primera, absent through exams in recent weeks, looked strong but was not sharp enough to overcome Harrison Fielding or Andy Buddle both Poole Wheelers. Fielding was dominant through till the finale 40 lap Scratch as, true to form, these 3 succeeded in lapping the field, then going straight through the remains of the decimated bunch to try it all over again. In the brutal run in to the line however, it was Buddle who proved clearly to be the strongest of the strong, leaving Fielding and Stephenson to scrap it out for the minor placings.
The structure of Graham Hurst’s excellent Youth events again proved how seemingly “novelty” events can be used to stimulate and challenge young riders, this week’s handicap team sprint proving the point!
The League organiser confirms that races will take place next Tuesday on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with the number 60 forming an integral part of the main event. Riders will be pleased to hear the number will be associated with the value of the main event’s prizes, not the race distance.


FULL RESULTS
EVENT 2 8 LAP SCRTATCH GROUP B
1 Barrie WATKINSON Bournemouth Arrow CC
2 Jason FALCONER BC Private Member
3 John MARINER Bournemouth Jubilee Whs
4 Ellie GILHAM VC St.Raphael
5 Alex CADZOW Welwyn Whs CC
6 Les PICK Poole Wheelers
7 Jake THOMAS Bristol Cycling Dev Squad
8 Gordon SKILLEN Poole Wheelers
9 Don O'CONNOR Brereton Wheelers
10 Phil HARVEY Bournemouth Jubilee Whs
11 David CARTER Bournemouth Arrow CC
EVENT 3 - 8-LAP SCRATCH RACE - GROUP A
1 Harrison FIELDING Poole Wheelers
2 Adam D'ARCY WYKES VC St.Raphael
3 Will STEPHENSON Primera-Specialized
4 Andy BUDDLE Poole Wheelers
5 Will STEVENS Bournemouth Arrow CC
EVENT 5.1 - INVITATION KEIRIN - RACE 1
1 Barrie WATKINSON Bournemouth Arrow CC
2 Jason FALCONER BC Private Member
3 Ellie GILHAM VC St.Raphael
4 Alex CADZOW Welwyn Whs CC
5 David CARTER Bournemouth Arrow CC
EVENT 5.2 - INVITATION KEIRIN - RACE 2
1 Harrison FIELDING Poole Wheelers
2 Will STEPHENSON Primera-Specialized
3 Will STEVENS Bournemouth Arrow CC
4 Andy BUDDLE Poole Wheelers
5 John MARINER Bournemouth Jubilee Whs
EVENT 7 - ELIMINATION RACE - GROUP B
1 Ellie GILHAM VC St.Raphael
2 David CARTER Bournemouth Arrow CC
3 Alex CADZOW Welwyn Whs CC
4 Jason FALCONER BC Private Member
5 Don O'CONNOR Brereton Wheelers
6 Barrie WATKINSON Bournemouth Arrow CC
7 Jake THOMAS Bristol Cycling Dev Squad
8 Phil HARVEY Bournemouth Jubilee Whs
9 Les PICK Poole Wheelers
10 Gordon SKILLEN Poole Wheelers
EVENT 8 - 16-LAP SCRATCH RACE - GROUP A
1 Harrison FIELDING Poole Wheelers
2 Will STEPHENSON Primera-Specialized
3 Andy BUDDLE Poole Wheelers
4 Adam D'ARCY WYKES VC St.Raphael
5 Will STEVENS Bournemouth Arrow CC
EVENT 10 - 16-LAP SCRATCH RACE - GROUP B
1 Jason FALCONER BC Private Member
2 Ellie GILHAM VC St.Raphael
3 Gordon SKILLEN Poole Wheelers
4 David CARTER Bournemouth Arrow CC
5 Phil HARVEY Bournemouth Jubilee Whs
6 Barrie WATKINSON Bournemouth Arrow CC
7 Don O'CONNOR Brereton Wheelers
8 John MARINER Bournemouth Jubilee Whs
9 Les PICK Poole Wheelers
10 Jake THOMAS Bristol Cycling Dev Squad
11 Alex CADZOW Welwyn Whs CC
EVENT 11 - ELIMINATION RACE (DERNY-PACED START) - GROUP A
1 Harrison FIELDING Poole Wheelers
2 Will STEPHENSON Primera-Specialized
3 Will STEVENS Bournemouth Arrow CC
4 Adam D'ARCY WYKES VC St.Raphael
5 Andy BUDDLE Poole Wheelers
EVENT 14 - 40-LAP SCRATCH RACE - GROUPS A/B
1 Andy BUDDLE Poole Wheelers
2 Harrison FIELDING Poole Wheelers
3 Will STEPHENSON Primera-Specialized
4 Adam D'ARCY WYKES VC St.Raphael
5 Jason FALCONER BC Private Member
6 Will STEVENS Bournemouth Arrow CC
7 John MARINER Bournemouth Jubilee Whs
8 Barrie WATKINSON Bournemouth Arrow CC
9 Ellie GILHAM VC St.Raphael
10 Don O'CONNOR Brereton Wheelers
0 Alex CADZOW Welwyn Whs CC
0 Jake THOMAS Bristol Cycling Dev Squad
0 Phil HARVEY Bournemouth Jubilee Whs
0 Gordon SKILLEN Poole Wheelers


YOUTHS
EVENT 1 1 LAP HANDICAP SPRINT
1 Ryan HODGKYNS Poole Wheelers 716108 D(M) 0
2 Sam READ Poole Wheelers 897838 E(M) 0
3 Charlotte PICK Poole Wheelers 897836 D(F) 0
4 Rebecca HURST Poole Wheelers 710667 B(F) 0
EVENT 4 - 2-LAP HANDICAP SPRINT Starters: 4
1 Rebecca HURST Poole Wheelers 710667 B(F) 0
2 Sam READ Poole Wheelers 897838 E(M) 0
3 Ryan HODGKYNS Poole Wheelers 716108 D(M) 0
4 Charlotte PICK Poole Wheelers 897836 D(F) 0
EVENT 6 - SCRATCH RACE Starters: 4
1 Rebecca HURST Poole Wheelers 710667 B(F) 0
2 Ryan HODGKYNS Poole Wheelers 716108 D(M) 0
3 Sam READ Poole Wheelers 897838 E(M) 0
4 Charlotte PICK Poole Wheelers 897836 D(F) 0
EVENT 9 - TEAM SPRINT CHALLENGE (2 TEAMS x 2 LAPS) Starters: 4
TEAM 1 :-
1 Sam READ Poole Wheelers 897838 E(M) 0
1 Rebecca HURST Poole Wheelers 710667 B(F) 0
TEAM 2 :-
2 Charlotte PICK Poole Wheelers 897836 D(F) 0
2 Ryan HODGKYNS Poole Wheelers 716108 D(M) 0
EVENT 11 - HANDICAP ELIMINATION RACE Starters: 6
1 Ryan HODGKYNS Poole Wheelers 716108 D(M) 0
2 Sam READ Poole Wheelers 897838 E(M) 0
3 Charlotte PICK Poole Wheelers 897836 D(F) 0
4 Rebecca HURST Poole Wheelers 710667 B(F) 0

Chief Commissaire Gerrish GRAY
Commissaire Graham HURST
Commissaire Jean BAYLISS
Asst. Commissaire Colin PRICE

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