Chambers leads API onslaught

The Reg Cogman Memorial Road Race from Wicklewood was a total dominance by the API-Metrow team, including a win by their rider Kevin Chambers.Near the end of the race Chambers was leading in a two-man break with Douglas Bradshaw of Cambridge CC, but dropped him and Bradshaw took fifth.

The Reg Cogman Memorial Road Race from Wicklewood was a total dominance by the API-Metrow team, including a win by their rider Kevin Chambers.

Near the end of the race Chambers was leading in a two-man break with Douglas Bradshaw of Cambridge CC, but dropped him and Bradshaw took fifth. Altogether about ten men escaped from the bunch, which was well patrolled by the API-Metrow team.

David Staff of API-Metrow took second and his club-mates Glenn Stanford, Mark Arnold, Geoff Frost and Matt Thurston took third, eighth, tenth and 11th respectively.

Staff and Stanford were comfortably clear of the chasers as they crossed the line.


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Second-placed Staff came to the race on the back of a time trial the day before and commented that he had ridden two events a weekend for two weeks. “It was a good race, a little windy on the main road, but not too much”, he said.

The result leaves Kevin Chambers leading the Eastern Road Race League with 114 points, with Stanford second on 96 points.

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One of the revelations of this race was a strong performance by 19-year-old Joe Skipper of Lowestoft, riding for Velo Club Baracchi. Skipper took his first three points for a well-earned 13th place, after working hard throughout.

He was supported in the event by VCB club-mates Carl Prewer, Ben McCluskey, Adam Bedford, Nick Esser and Tim Bonnett. Skipper gave Esser credit for helping him to the front of the bunch with a mile to go.

Ben Nicholson of Interbike RT won the first of the season's races for seniors in the Lotus Cars Cycle Race League at Hethel last Wednesday.

Skipper, who set off in the first group, held off more experienced riders with some aggressive riding to take second place equal with Daniel Zagni of Ipswich BC.

Other local riders who featured in the top ten were Martin Pyne of Anglia Velo, seventh in 23:47 and Alan Stevenson of East Anglian CC, eighth in 24:05. Paul Lynch and Phil Hollingsworth of EACC recorded 26:12 and 26:26 respectively.

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