2004 News Archive


29th December 2004 - Updates
A list of 2005 events can now be found by clicking here.

2nd December 2004 - Updates
The final result is now confirmed following the result from the Burrington Combe hill climb. I have updated all the stats pages following this years results. Come back in late January 2005 for news on the 2005 series. A little early perhaps but enough the festive season and see you all again in 2005. Winners lists here, highest points scores etc here.

18th October 2004 - And the winners are.....
With just the result of the hill climb to be officially confirmed the all but final points tables are now available here, including all the tables for the various categories.

The overall winner is confirmed as long time leader Richard Marsh (Somer Valley CC) who's 714 points survived a late charge for the title by defending champ Steve Marchant (Swindon RC). Marchant did enough to seal joint second place alongside WTTA Private Member Peter Kench (Liphook Cycles RT) as both secured 710 points. Clevedon & District RC's Pete Wheddon had another solid season to take fourth place with 704 points. With his best finish to date Bristol South CC's Dave Keene capped off a very successful 2004 campaign with fifth place and 696 points.

In the Vets 40-49 category Marchant, Wheddon and Keene took the top three places as they did last year. The Vets 50-59 category saw a new winner in the form of Dursley RC's Roger Barnes ahead of club mate Dave Farmer, 646 points to 605. Bristol South's Allan Janes took third with 591 points. Severn RC's Bernie Brown finally took top honours in the Vets 60 plus category after coming so close in recent years with his total of 549 points. Second went to evergreen Chas Bland (Avon & Somerset Police CC) with 492 points despite his, err... experience let's say. Third went to Dursley's Brian Davis with 487 points.

After a good level of competition with the ladies last year, this year saw Bristol South's Lisa A Forbesn unchallenged but no less deserving victor with her 481 points. Sodbury Cycle Sport's young rider David Curtis-Whitfield was another rider sadly unchallenged but his 507 points, the second highest ever by an under 18, proved he more than deserved the win in the under 18's.

In the team competition it was the all powerful Dursley RC, after an uncustomary dip last year, who asserted themselves in style. Had it not been for a late surge by Swindon RC they would of equalled their best ever performance of three teams in the top four from 1999. Dursley's 'A' team were first with 2056 points followed by their 'B' team with 1972. Swindon jumped from fifth to third on Burrington Combe finishing with 1939 to displace Bristol South and their 1919 total. Dursley's 'C' team dropped to fifth ending on 1868 points but still comfortably ahead of Severn RC (1731 points) who won the team title in 2003.

Thanks to all the event promoters, helpers and riders for making this another great year for the competition.

Full points here.

17th October 2004 - Bristol South Hill Climb Result
Repeating his victory of 12 months ago Danny Axford (Oxford Uni CC) this time also managed to break the course record by a healthy 10 seconds or so with a quite stunning time of 7:02.43 for the two mile climb. Another Oxford based rider came in second as Oxonian CC's R. Pettinger posted a 7:12.78. Third place went to Somerset RC rider E. Worthington with 7:29.04 while Swindon RC's Steve Marchant was the first of those in search of points in fourth with his 7:31.84. Rounding out the top five was regular visitor and previous winner of the event Stewart House (Artic RT) with 7:35.58.

Winning lady was Kirsti Roberston of Avon & Somerset Tri with a time of 10:09.38 while David Curtis-Whitfield was fastest under 18 rider. Severn RC were winners of the team prize with Neil Blessitt, Kevin Thomas and Matthew Sidford with a combined time of 24:46.70 putting them 22 seconds ahead of Dursley RC. Kevin Thomas' ride was all the more impressive as he had to borrow club mate Bernie Brown's bike having broken a pedal just before the start. Fastest V4 was Marchant, V5 was Roger Barnes (Dursley RC) - 9:33.47, and V6 went to Bernie Brown with 10:59.44.

Full provisional result here. Points will follow in the next day or so.

12th October 2004 - Bristol South Hill Climb Start list
The start list for the final event in this year's series can now be found on the event page. A good field of 45 riders will face the two mile climb of Burrington Combe in the Mendips on Sunday including last year's winner Danny Axford. With no series leader Richard Marsh (Somer Valley RC) or currently second placed rider Peter Kench (Private Member - Liphook Cycles) it means that Marsh is confirmed as the series winner although a win in Sundays event would see Steve Marchant (Swindon RC), overall victor in 2003, come to within a point of Marsh for second place.

Should be a good event - see you there!

4th October 2004 - Updated at last!
Apologies for the delay in getting the Dursley Hilly result up but I have been away and very busy since coming back. Yesterday also saw the penultimate round of the series, the Gloucester 25 take place and you can find the final result here.

Updated points can be found here. With just one event remaining long time series leader Richard Marsh (Somer Valley looks a good bet for the overall win of the series, although Peter Kench (Private Member - Liphook Cycles) could still snatch it if he were to ride and win the hill climb and some maths worked out in his favour. Elsewhere the dominant Dursley RC have reclaimed their cherished team title with an impressive points score ahead of their 'B' team. It is currently only the Bristol South or are preventing a clean sweep of the podium by Dursley.

22nd August 2004 - WTTA Sporting 23 Result
Result here, points here. Alcan Bianchi rider Graeme Lackford took the win today on a shortened 23 mile course which avoided the A46. Lackford was exactly 20 seconds too good for Dursley's top rider Derek Smetham who was pleased with his time of 55:47, to Lackford's 55:27, for his first race on the course. Third place was taken by Dave Keene (Bristol South) with the only other '55', a 55:57. Dursley were rampant team winners with five riders in the top 10.

Not much changed in the points standings despite the top three riders not taking part.

23rd May 2004 - Somer Valley Hilly Result
Result here, points here. Richard Marsh still leads but by just 6 points from Peter Kench. Dursley are dominating the team while Pete Wheddon, Dave Farmer and Bernie Brown lead the vets categories. David Curtis Whitfield has already banked his six events and leads the under 18s while the women are off to a more measured start headed by Judith Priest with four events completed.

6th May 2004 - Cheltenham Hilly Result
Final result the Cheltenham Hilly can now be found here and updated points here. Richard Marsh (Somer Valley CC) now leads after completing his sixth event with a total of 708 points but will it be enough to fend off the challenge of Private Member Peter Kench and Clevedon's Pete Wheddon????

25th April 2004 - Westbury Hilly Result
Provisional result here, updated points here.

18th April 2004 - Trowbridge Hilly Result
Nik Gardiner took victory this morning in the Marlborough downs in a new course record time of 55:58. It was a close run thing though as the timetrial.co.uk RT rider was pushed all the way to the finish by WTTA Private Member Peter Kench (Liphook Cycles RT) with an eventual 56:24 for second place. Rob Pears (Bath CC), himself a multiple past winner of the event took a good third place with a time of 59:22. Not far behind Pears was ever impressive Pete Wheddon (Clevedon & District) with a 59:44 while Ian Woolford (Dursley RC) put in an excellent ride to take fifth place in a time of 59:54.

Bristol South's Judith Priest was winning lady from a good five rider entry in a time of 1:10:46 while Daniel Higgs of Swindon RC was winner of the under 18s a single second behind Priest. Winning team were Dursley RC with Woolford leading Derek Smetham and Steve Best to a combined time of 3:00:37. Wheddon was leading vet. Full result here. Updated Points here.

4th April 2004 - WTTA Hilly Result
Scoring a weekend double Nik Gardiner took victory in the WTTA Hilly this morning less than 24 hours after winning the Dursley RC 10. On a morning notable for its persistent and challenging south westerly wind Gardiner was just under a minute too good for winner of the Gilligham Hilly Chris Ball (53-12 Multisports) with 1:07:18 to Ball's 1:08:12. Almost a further minute back was series leader Richard Marsh (Somer Valley CC) with a 1:09:08 to make him the only other rider inside 1:10. Repeating his fourth place ride in the Severn event a week earlier Pete Wheddon (Clevedon & District RC) returned to the time keeper in a time of 1:11:28. Rounding out the top five was Severn RC's Matt Lelliott with a 1:12:11 in his first time trial of the year.

Lelliott's club mate Claire Greenfield was a convincing winner sof the ladies prize with a 1:24:09 while David Curtis Whitfield was best under 18 rider. Winning team were again the Dursley RC with Derek Smetham, Neil Dimon and Steve Best collaborating for the win. Full Result here. Updated points here. Please note that due to time limitations I will not be producing separate tables for the vets, women and Jun/Juv categories until the series has concluded.

31st March 2004 - WTTA Hilly Start List
The start list for this coming Sunday's WTTA Hilly has now been added here.

28th March 2004 - Severn Hilly 28ish Report
The forecast mild and dry conditions failed to materialise as rain prior to the start of the event made for wet roads for most of the course. While not too cold there was an unhelpful breeze which made the A38 leg a little more taxing than it otherwise would of been. With two laps taking in the northern loop and the climbs of North Nibley, Stinchcombe and Tortworth it promised to be tough race and it was certainly was. (Yes, that was me slumped on the floor at the HQ!)

Last year's event winner Tim Wood (LukRacing.net) in a time of 1:00:58 took 1:09:32 this time although the course was just over two miles longer at a bit under 29 miles which underlines the quality of his ride on the harder loop. Second in a time of 1:11:15 was Hardrider Series leader Richard Marsh (Somer Valley CC) despite having placed 11th in the first Rudy Project National round on Saturday afternoon. Regular visitor to the Severn event Nik Gardiner (timetrial.co.uk) placed third with a 1:11:57 ahead of Pete Wheddon (Clevedon & District) who was fourth and first vet in a time of 1:14:46. Wood's LukRacing.net team mate Paul Osborne rounded out the top five with a time of 1:15:44.

Aside from Wheddon leading the vets home it was another LukRacing.net rider Brenda Parker who took the ladies prize with a very impressive ride of 1:28:10 while David Curtis-Whitfield (Sodbury Cycle Sport) took the under 18's prize with a time of 1:37:23. Some how both LukRacing.net and Dursley RC managed to tie for the team prize both recording 3:53:26. The LukRacing.net trio consisted of Wood, Osborne and Parker while Dursley's consisted of Derek Smetham, Dave Rudland and Steve Best. Full result here. Updated points here.

21st March 2004 - Bath Hilly 30 Result REVISED
With a torrential wind driven downpour arriving over the event with about 10 minutes to go before the first rider was to start, conditions were particularly unpleasant this morning on the U32 course. With the rain were strong winds which ensured the first half of the race was constant struggle although with the rain passing over after 20 minutes or so conditions did improve a little as the morning progressed. Despite an early start in the icy cold rain Richard Marsh (Somer Valley CC) picked up his first win in the 2004 series with a quite stunning 1:10:52 for the conditions on the slightly shortened course.

It was visiting rider and WTTA Private Member Peter Kench (Liphook Cycles RT) who was closest to Marsh with his 1:12:06 which in turn gave him a comfortable margin over third placed Mark Dredge (Westbury Wheelers) and his 1:15:09. Not far behind was David Kiddell (Cavalier CC) with a 1:15:44 as Dave Keene (Bristol South CC) was just beaten for fifth place by visitor Gavin Poupart of Worcester St Johns CC.

Of the six ladies on the start sheet none braved the conditions as they joined a total of 21 non starters. Winning team were Dursley RC with Dave Rudland, Derek Smetham and Steve Best combining for a time of 3:55:54. Fastest vet was Dave Keene while Dave Farmer (Dursley RC) got the better of reigning V5 champ Terry Gradidge (Sodbury CS) to be first V5 and Severn RC's Bernie Brown was best of the V6 + category. Full result here. Updated points here.

20th March 2004 - Severn Hilly 27 start sheet
A smaller than usual field for this event in what will probably be its last running as traffic lights have closed in on the course and forced an amendment to this years route which, after last year's two laps of the southern loop will involve two laps of the tougher northern loop. Some quality riders are down to ride so it should be a good race. Start list here.

14th March 2004 - Bath Hilly 30 start sheet
A good looking field of 61 riders for the third round of this year's series on a slightly shortened U32 course. Convincing winner of the Chippenham event Peter Kench will be looking for a second win but will have to contend with Nik Gardiner who posted a 54:45 in the Severn 25 a couple of weeks ago. Series leader Richard Marsh is also on the start sheet along with Mark Dredge, Dave Keene, Philip Curtis Whitfield and Dursley's top man Derek Smetham. It is also good to see six ladies in the event. Full start list here.

13th March 2004 - Gillingham Hilly Result
Last year's winner Chris Ball (53-12 Multisports) returned for a second victory in a time of 44:04 improving his time by 21 seconds but remained just outside Harry Lodge's course record. As far as the Hardrider Series is concerned the really action was just behind as Richard Marsh (Somer Valley CC) was again best of the qualifiers, and by almost two minutes from Dave Keene (Bristol South CC) who has started the 2004 campaign well. Westbury Wheelers Mark Dredge was fourth with a time of 46:42 to Keene's 46:34. Cavalier CC's David Kiddell was fifth with a time of 47:14.

First of three ladies on the day was Bristol South's Judith Priest with a time of 55:27 which gave her 30 seconds advantage over Ann Wooldridge. Winning team were Bristol South trio of Dave Keene, Rob Adams and Yan Keene who's combined time of 2:25:40 was a minute and a half too good for Chippenham team winners Dursley RC. Full result here. Richard Marsh continues to lead the points standings. Full points here.

7th March 2004 - Chippenham Hilly Result
Successful road racer Paul Pickup (Liphook Cycles RT) justified his top seeding in the event to win in style with a course record 55:30 for the 24 mile U83 course. Pickup's nearest challenger was another road man in the form of Neil Coleman riding for the new Alcan-Bianchi-Sun Chemicals outfit, Coleman having led for the best part of an hour with, at the time, a course record 56:18. Third place went to Somer Valley rider Richard Marsh in a time of 57:35 as he led the riders in the hunt for WTTA points. Fourth place was taken by Pickup's team mate Peter Kench in a time of 58:21 but they lacked a third rider that would have almost certainly ensured a team win. Fifth place went to last year's series runner up Mark Dredge (westbury Wheelers) he being the first rider to dip inside the hour with his 59:39.

Winning team were Dursley RC with Roger Barnes being joined by two of their newest signings Steve Best and Dave Rudland for a time of 3:07:17 to give them over three minutes on Bristol South CC. Fastest of the vets was visiting rider Mick St. Ledger (Sotonia CC) in a time of 1:0:22 while Ann Wooldridge (Walsall Roads CC) was fastest lady in a time of 1:10:27. David Curtis-Whitfield was best under 18 despite his time of 1:21:27 including a late penalty of 4:40. Full provisional result here. Richard Marsh and Dursley RC head the tables after round one. Full points here.

6th March 2004 - Gillingham Hilly 24 start list
The second event and new to the series Gillingham & District Hilly 19 sees 63 riders down on the start sheet. With the first event due to take place tomorrow morning it looks as if the Dursley new recruits are well placed to take an early lead in the team competition while Richard Marsh (Somer Valley) and last year's runner up Mark Dredge (Westbury Wheelers) look most likely to be battling it out for the overall. Full start list here.

2nd March 2004 - Chippenham Hilly 24 start list
The first event is here already - a healthy 91 rider entry with plenty of new names with a few old favourites! Full start list here.

2nd January 2004 - All set for 2004
All the relevant pages are now ready for all the 2004 events as well as a new map for the U303 course that will be used for the Gillingham Hilly in March.

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