Ireson sprints to victory in SSSCCRRL R8

James Ireson celebrates victory in a previous round. Picture: David Perry

JAMES Ireson (Morvelo Basso RT) sprinted clear with 200 metres to go and held on to clinch victory in round eight of the Shropshire and South Staffordshire Road Race League.

The 21-year-old, from Wolverhampton, timed his effort to perfection to take his second win of the series after also winning round six two weeks earlier.

The flat course around Charlton, near Shrewsbury, and up the old A5 made for some fast racing with the scratch group averaging over 28 miles per hour.

Ireson was part of the scratch group which caught those that set off ahead of them as part of the handicap format with 10 miles remaining.

The fast pace leading into the flat finish provided the perfect launch-pad for Ireson to take a clear victory.

In a closer fight for second last year’s overall winner Ben Joughin (Pro Vision Race Team) took second while Matthew Garthwaite (Rhino Velo Race Team) narrowed the gap on the overall lead with third.

Overall leader (yellow jersey wearer) Kirk Vickers (Rhino Velo Race Team) kept his clear lead with a fourth place finish.

“We caught the handicap groups with 1.5 laps to go (of the five lap race) which was perfect timing,” said Ireson.

“It meant that it wasn’t all a massive bunch coming into the finish or too early on so it was quite nice.

“It was quite a good finish and went into the sprint at 35 to 36 miles per hour and I opened up the sprint so it was comfortable in the end.

“Due to the heat the race was quite demanding, and it was about drinking right.”

Last week’s winner Philip Glaze (Stourbridge CC) extended his gap in the veteran’s competition with a fifth-place finish.

Jake White (Wolverhampton Whls) was fastest junior in seventh although George Mills-Keeling remains the junior leader following a 16th place finish overall.

Lucy Davies (Artic Tacx) also finished safely in the bunch to finish leading woman on the night.

Results
1 James Ireson (Morvelo Basso RT)
2 Ben Joughin (Pro Vision Race Team)
3 Matthew Garthwaite (Rhino Velo Race Team)
4 Kirk Vickers (Rhino Velo Race Team)
5 Philip Glaze (Stourbridge CC)
6 Jonathan Bourne (Pro Vision Race Team)
7 Jake White (Wolverhampton Whls)
8 Rob Childs (Stourbridge Velo)
9 Anthony Neave (Stourbridge Velo)
10 Sam Beeston (Pro Vision Race Team)

Glaze charges to maiden victory in SSSCCRRL R7

Philip Glaze (Stourbridge CC) celebrates victory. Picture: David Perry

Philip Glaze (Stourbridge CC) powered clear from a winning breakaway to clinch his first victory of the South Staffordshire and Shropshire Road Race League.

The veteran rider was part of a three-man breakaway which escaped the bunch prior to the final climb and built up an unassailable margin to hold off the chasing bunch.

Earlier in the race the handicap system saw the last group of riders catch a gap of seven minutes over the leading group over the 35 miles race including two ascents of the finishing climb.

With the race together approaching the last few miles the winning breakaway formed on the undulating roads before the final climb.

Over the top of the finishing hill the experience of Glaze showed as he powered clear to take a clear victory.

He was chased home a couple of bike lengths behind by 16-year-old Farley Barber (Pro Vision Race Team) while previous multiple round winner Matthew Garthwaite (Rhino Velo Race Team) finished third.

Behind overall leader Kirk Vickers (Rhino Velo Race Team) attacked in pursuit of the three leaders at the bottom of the finishing climb and was chased by leading overall junior George Mills-Keeling (Pro Vision Race Team) and team-mate Sam Beeston.

Mills-Keeling had the fastest finish to take third while Vickers consolidated his leaders yellow jersey in fourth.

First woman was Hannah Lancaster (Ludlow Brewery) in 31st place.

 

Results
1. Philip Glaze (Stourbridge CC)
2. Farley Barber (Pro Vision Race Team)
3. Matthew Garthwaite (Rhino Velo Race Team)
4. George Mills-Keeling (Pro Vision Race Team)
5. Kirk Vickers (Rhino Velo Race Team)
6. Sam Beeston (Pro Vision Race Team)
7. Ben Joughin (Pro Vision Race Team)
8. Jonathan Bourne (Pro Vision Race Team)
9. Phil Rushton (Stourbridge CC)
10. Anthony Neave (Stourbridge CC)

 

Ireson powers to victory in SSSCCRRL R6

James Ireson (Morvelo Basso) sprinted to victory in the sixth round of the South Staffordshire and Shropshire Road Race League.

James Ireson celebrates victory. Picture: David Perry

The 21-year-old, from Wolverhampton, was part of an elite group of six riders who escaped the rest of the field and contested the finish.

Ireson, who has recently finished riding in the televised OVO Energy Tour Series, was joined by a host of visiting elite riders including fellow professional rider Andrew Tennant (Canyon Eisberg).

The Enville course, near Stourbridge, is known as one of the hardest in the road race league and includes four ascents of Six Ashes climb.

The handicap format meant that the elite riders had a gap of 10 minutes to catch the first group on the road.

Once they did the winning move escaped the peloton including overall leader Kirk Vickers (Rhino Velo Race Team) and built up an unassailable margin of over a minute.

Coming into the flat finish Ireson used his track speed to ride clear to victory while Vickers settled for second and veteran David Griffiths (Clee Cycles) finished third.

The second place for Vickers saw him increase his overall lead substantially with league rivals Ben Joughin (Pro Vision Race Team) finishing in 49th and his team-mate Matthew Garthwaite in 28th.

It was also a good night for junior series leader George Mills-Keeling (Pro Vision Race Team) who increased his grasp on the jersey with a 13th place finish.

Fastest woman was Hannah Lancaster (Ludlow Brewery RT) while Annie Stanford (Paramount CRT) kept the overall women’s jersey.

George Mills-Keeling increased his lead in the junior category

Vickers makes it hat-trick of wins

KIRK Vickers (Rhino Velo Race Team) took his third victory of the South Staffordshire and Shropshire Road Race League to regain the overall series lead with another perfectly timed effort in round five.

The 24-year-old, from Whitchurch has now won every other round of the series and outdid the pure sprinters again with a perfectly timed move in the last mile on the closed-circuit track at Stourport.

The tight nature of the track meant that the riders were split into two races with the slower two groups competing in the first race before the fastest two raced in the second.

In the first race Daniel Morris, from Bridgnorth, sprinted to a clear victory holding off West Midlands Police CC team-mates Gerry Blackman and James Gibney placing second and third respectively.

Mellissa Brand (Cycle Team Onform) was first woman in 22nd.

The second race saw the junior, veterans and overall leaders go head-to-head over the 50 minutes long circuit race in which saw riders complete 25 laps.

Vickers was part of a seven-man breakaway which would prove decisive and built up a lead of over 45 seconds on the chasers.

He timed his winning move to perfection attacking with only a minute left of the race and narrowly holding off his fast chasing rivals to clinch the victory.

Junior category contender George Mills-Keeling (Pro Vision Race Team) finished second narrowly edging out team-mate Ben Joughin by a tyres width.

Junior series leader Jamieson Blain (Zappi Racing Team) was close behind finishing fourth on the night.

Overall series leader Matthew Garthwaite (Rhino Velo Race Team) was left in the chasing in the group behind finishing 12th and will hand back his yellow jersey to Vickers for the second time this series.

Rob Childs (Stourbridge CC) was the leading veteran home in sixth while team-mate and veteran overall leader Philip Glaze finished 17th.

“It started pretty quickly and on the first few laps I tried to force a breakaway,” said Vickers.

“The breakaway eventually did happen and we worked well together pulling out a decisive gap. I tried to go solo a few times but kept getting reeled in.

“With half-a-lap to go I attacked from the back of the breakaway before the bottom hairpin and got the winning gap.

With seven rounds remaining the series heads to Enville next week and Vickers is looking to defend his overall leader’s jersey.

He added: “Matthew Garthwaite and Ben Joughin are by biggest threats for the overall. Me and Matt (Garthwaite) haven’t won in the yellow jersey and passed it to each other as you are marked when you’re wearing the leader’s jersey.

“We are getting close to half-way through the series and getting to the business end where tactics come into play a bit more.”

 

Results
E,1,2,3 race
1 Kirk Vickers (Rhino Velo Race Team)
2 George Mills-Keeling (Pro Vision Race Team)
3 Ben Joughin (Pro Vision Race Team)
4 Jamieson Blain (Zappi Racing Team)
5 Chris Pook (Rhino Velo Race Team)
6 Rob Childs (Stourbridge Velo)
7 Tom Pook (Rhino Velo Race Team)
8 Daniel Brough (Pro Vision Race Team)
9 Nick Morris (Clee Cycles)
10 Jonathan Bourne (Pro Vision Race Team)

 

3,4 race
1 Daniel Morris (Halesowen A&CC)
2 Gerry Blackman (West Midlands Police CC)
3 James Gibney (West Midlands Police CC)

 

 

4 Chris Bragg (Stourbridge Velo)
5 Jonathan Mills-Keeling (Pro Vision RT)
6 Gareth Vickers (Stourbridge CC)
7 David Whitehouse (Mid Shropshire Whls)
8 Adam Roper (Newport Shropshire CC)
9 Darren Winterburn (Breakfast Club Velo)
10 Charlie Fisher (Newport Shropshire CC)

Garthwaite wins again from breakaway in SSSCCRRL R4

Matthew Garthwaite (Rhino Velo Race Team) took back the leader’s yellow jersey he lost last week with a fine victory in round four of the South Staffordshire and Shropshire Road Race League.

Matthew Garthwaite celebrates victory. Picture: David Perry

Garthwaite, from Newport, Shropshire, also won the second round two weeks earlier and the fast nature of the Penkridge route suited him once again.

He joined team-mate and overall leader going into the race Kirk Vickers in the last of the four handicapped groups starting seven and a half minutes behind the first group.

The race organised by Walsall RCC saw riders completed five laps of the course totalling 33 miles near Cannock Chase- which included a long but fast uphill drag section and a flat finish.

With just under 10 miles remaining the four groups came together on the uphill section and with the race splintering last year’s overall winner Ben Joughin (Pro Vision Race Team) made his bid for glory.

On the fast descent down from the climb Garthwaite road across to his rival to form a two-man breakaway at the front.

Over the final lap the pairing built up a winning margin of just under 30 seconds as their rivals could only watch them ride away.

At the finish it was Garthwaite who used his strength to ride clear for victory with Joughin settling for second.

He took the overall leader’s jersey off team-mate Kirk Vickers who finished 7th, with both having won two rounds each.

Veteran rider Jason Meyer, from Bridgnorth, used his experience to escape from the bunch and held on for third place overall with veteran leader Philip Glaze (Stourbridge CC) finishing 11th.

The junior competition continues to be a close battle with Jamieson Blain (Zappi Racing Team) increasing his slender lead finishing 8th on the night ahead of rival George Mills-Keeling (Pro Vision Race Team) in 12th.

Annie Stanford (Paramount CRT) continued her lead in the women’s category finishing 41st on the night.

The series continues next week with a traffic free race on the specifically designed closed circuit course at Stourport.

Results
1 Matthew Garthwaite (Rhino Velo Race Team)
2 Ben Joughin (Pro Vision Race Team)
3 Jason Meyer (Stourbridge Velo)
4 Chris Booth (Pro Vision Race Team)
5 Max Hall (Team MK)
6 Christopher Mann (Marsh Tracks RT)
7 Kirk Vickers (Rhino Velo Race Team)
8 Jamieson Blain (Zappi Racing Team)
9 Elroy Laud (unattached)
10 Daniel Butlin (EvoVelo Karbona)