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The First Of Many?… Lets hope so!
Sunday 28/08/11 saw the first of a new pro cycle event in Wilton just on the outskirts of Salisbury, Wiltshire, this event was a sponsored event by Twinings Tea. The course was a testing circuit involving four big loops and six smaller loops giving a total of 101 miles, as a local cyclists the route was quite testing for the pro riders as they had to conquer Fovant Hill four times, this hill used to be used by the local Salisbury Road Club for there annual hill climb championships. The course went down a variety of A and B roads which I think would add to the challenge of the circuit and seemed to be proven in the results as there weren’t many that finished out of the 100 starters. There were crowds of people out on the course not as many as we would like but for a first time event it wasn’t too bad. In my opinion the organisation for parking and advance notice of the event could have been better publicised and after speaking to organisers this would be something they intend to have sorted out for next time. The event seemed from a spectators point of view to pass without too many incidents after a few hours of racing and various attacks Simon Yates (100 per cent Me) came home the victor with Richard Handley and Matt Cronshaw from Raleigh 2nd & 3rd. A good start for what looks like a great new addition to the cycling calendar.
- Simon Yates (100 Per Cent ME) 3:52:02
- Richard Handley (Team Raleigh) +1sec
- Matt Cronshaw (Team Raleigh) +12sec
- Russell Hampton (Sigma Sport) +12sec
- Evan Oliphant (Endura Racing) +13sec
- Mark Christian (100 Per Cent ME) +13sec
- Dan Craven (Rapha Condor-Sharp) +13sec
- Luke Rowe (100 Per Cent ME) +1:11