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  • The start of the 2012 Southend Wheelers Club Road Race width:800;;height:533
  • It really is a wet and miserable day for June width:800;;height:533
  • I am not convinced that everyone is paying attention to the safety briefing width:800;;height:533
  • And they are off for an hour plus one lap of racing width:800;;height:533
  • Simon Alexander leads the field up the famous Hog Hill climb width:800;;height:533
  • Dave Whybrow, Graham Pearl, Bruce Gander, Danny Tape, Russell Whitford & Martin Sutton climb the hill together width:800;;height:533
  • Chris Smith started the race strongly width:800;;height:533
  • Gareth Crompton, Martin Harris & Steve Shore climb the hill width:800;;height:533
  • Steve Shore leads Micheal Dean up the hill width:800;;height:533
  • Denise Kemp, the only lady in the race, is clearly enjoying herself width:800;;height:533
  • Chris Smith, catching breath on the fast descent width:800;;height:533
  • Martin Harris & Terry Butcher, speeding down the hill. Both would retire with punctures width:800;;height:533
  • James Gander & Simon Alexander break away from the chasing pack width:800;;height:533
  • Ben Willy and Martin Elms try to force the pace of the chasing group width:800;;height:533
  • Russell Whitford has switched his focus from mountain-biking to road cycling width:800;;height:533
  • Bruce Gander was also to become a puncture victim near the end of the race width:800;;height:533
  • After an early puncture, Terry Butcher tries to make up time on the leaders width:800;;height:533
  • Is it my imagination or is Danny Tape's bike still gleaming? width:800;;height:533
  • Martin Sutton, Dabe Whybrow and Gareth Crompton were shortly to be caught by Martin Harris width:800;;height:533
  • Gareth Crompton and Martin Harris approaching the hill again. width:800;;height:533
  • Micheal Dean went on to finish, but Chris Smith was another retiree width:800;;height:533
  • Denise Kemp on the fast descent width:800;;height:533
  • James Gander, Robin Bevan, Ben Willy, Martin Elms & Graham Pearl width:800;;height:533
  • Ben Willy and Mark Elms, another rider forced to retire width:800;;height:533
  • Denise Kemp & Chris Smith sharing the work width:800;;height:533
  • James Gander and Robin Bevan would go on to battle it out for the podium places width:800;;height:533
  • Defending Champion Simon Alexander lapped the entire field width:800;;height:533
  • Bruce Gander & Russell Whitford raced together for a few laps width:800;;height:533
  • Dave Whybrow, Club President, appropriately wearing a kit sporitng the name of a water company width:800;;height:533
  • Chris Smith & Denise Kemp still working together width:800;;height:533
  • Bruce Gander doing his share of the work width:800;;height:533
  • Gareth Crompton, shortly before he retired width:800;;height:533
  • By now the race had settled into a steady pattern. Martin Harris broke clear of the grupetto, but punctured near the end width:800;;height:533
  • Danny Tape rode a steady race, finishing in 8th place width:800;;height:533
  • Martin Sutton, also rode steadily to a 9th placed finish width:800;;height:533
  • Dave Whybrow finished 10th width:800;;height:533
  • Micheal Dean, in his first race since joining the club, finished in 11th place width:800;;height:533
  • Simon Alexander and James Gander finished first and second width:800;;height:533
  • Simon Alexander takes the chequered flag width:800;;height:533
  • Simon is once again Club Road Race Champion width:533;;height:800
  • James Gander was second overall and Club Youth Champion width:800;;height:533
  • Time Trial specialist Robin Bevan was Third Overall and First Veteran. width:800;;height:533
  • He was also, more importantly, first to finish from the Sunday League BAR contenders, tightening his grip on the position of Club Best All Rounder width:800;;height:533
  • Ben Willy had to stop twice for punctures.... width:800;;height:533
  • ....but could not be stopped from finishing 4th width:533;;height:800
  • Martin Elms and Graham Pearl continued to battle for 5th & 6th places and 2nd and 3rd Veterans width:800;;height:533
  • Martin Elms out-sprinted Graham Pearl for the second year running width:800;;height:533
  • Martin Elms was unable to hold onto his Veteran's title, losing out to Robin Bevan width:533;;height:800
  • Graham Pearl had to settle for 6th width:800;;height:533
  • Russell Whitford finishes in a creditable 7th place width:800;;height:533
  • Denise Kemp is Ladies Champion 2012 width:800;;height:533
  • Graham Pearl and Ben Willy, in post-race interview, were both hampered by punctures width:800;;height:533
  • Graham looks like he has been in a cyclo-cross race width:533;;height:800
  • At least Ben has some clean kit to change into for his next race width:533;;height:800
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