There was an excellent turnout for the Southend Wheelers League of
Veteran Racing Cyclists ‘Over the Hill’ races held at the Redbridge
Cycling Centre (Hog Hill) on Sunday 30th July. A record ninety four
riders signed on for the two races each held over one hour plus five
Both races, one for riders aged forty to fifty nine years and one for riders over sixty years were mainly on the lower circuit with occasional laps of the full circuit with the finish at the top of the hill.
In the race for Categories A,B,C&D (40-59yrs) Rich Edwards (C.C.Luton), Antony Wallis (Ciclos Uno) and Darren Barclay (Artic/Tacx) opened up a gap during the race and the move proved decisive with Category ‘C’ rider Rich Edwards proving strongest at the uphill approach to the line.
Southend riders Barry Simpson and Daniel Pugh finish in 26th and 37th places respectively.
In the E, F, G, H & I Categories race (60yrs+) at around half way an attack by Robin Osborne (London Dynamo) and David Pollard (In Gear R.T.) resulted in a group of six riders pulling ahead and they ultimately lapped the bunch. Robin Osborne unfortunately had a mechanical problem however he was able to continue and maintained his lead on the bunch. The remaining five continue to the finish and once more the evergreen Geoff Wiles (Abellio/SFA) proved the strongest on the uphill pull to the line ahead of Geoff Bores (Ford C.C.) and Patrick Schils (Velo Schils) in third place.
Southend riders Dan Tape and Terry Butcher finished in 27th and 32nd places respectively.
As normal in LVRC races prizes were awarded to the first three riders in each age category (five year bands).
Photo Galley (Flickr, Barry Simpson)