In association with Torq Fitness, Chelmer Cycles and P. Tuckwell Ltd
The course set by Thetford MTB Racing for round four.
With a slight frost and sunny conditions the riders had a firm to good track to race on. The course had the usual mixture of tight, single lane forest tracks and wide fire roads giving ample room for overtaking. There were no craters to catch out the faint of heart, just a mix of twisty and straight, with the odd gradient and the prospect of stronger winds and rain, arriving later during the racing and prize giving.
Some of the categories had already been won by riders with maximum points from their previous three rounds. There was however still enough to entertain the spectators and push the riders, with podium positions still to be decided in most classifications.
In the 4-Hour Solo Male (16-39), favourite to take the top spot was Andrew Cockburn. He'd already stashed two firsts in rounds 1 & 2, but a no-show for round 3 still left it open. With the high standard of competition in this category, nothing could be taken for granted. All Andrew needed was a top three or thereabouts finish to secure the title, having previously won it a couple of years ago. Fate however intervened, tube problems in lap 4 slowed his progress, eventually causing his retirement from the race.
4-Hour Solo Male (16-39). No:711 Andrew Cockburn well placed in the lead pack, prior to tube trouble.
The 4-Hour Solo Male (16-39) was eventually won by No.745 Tim Dunford (Renvale RT) who recorded some very consistent lap times.
The 4hr Solo Male Vet top podium spot, was one of those already claimed. Paul Ashby took it in round 3 with maximum points. As he has done so for the last ten years, never having lost so much as a round. Paul was riding again today and yes you guessed it he came in first.
Paul Ashby No.822 (mt zoom.com). Racing in his usual no prisoners style, taking the front and grinding the opposition into the forest floor with blistering lap times.
2014/15 4hr Solo Male Vet Series Winner.
After three rounds, the second and third 4hr Solo Male Vet series positions were still up for grabs, with No. 828 Mark Wingar (GRT) sitting in second place going into round 4.
Tim Plimmer, Number. 850 (Lutterworthbike cycles rt) however had other plans for the number two spot. With a lap matching duel with fellow 4hr Vet rider No.816 Jason Nunn, Tim finally edged ahead of Jason in lap 6, to take the last three laps and gained enough points to ease Mark down to the number 3 spot for the series.
Tim Plimmer, No.850 (Lutterworthbike cycles rt) fought a lap by lap duel with Jason Nunn No. 816 to finally take the second spot in the 4hr Solo Male Vet race & series.
4hr Solo Male Vet. Jason Nunn No.816. Third in round 4.
No.828 Mark Wingar (GRT). Third overall in the 4hr Solo Male Vet series.
Russell Holman No.735 (RAFCA). 8 laps and 3rd in the 4hr Mens.
Over in the 2-Hour Solo Female 18-39 category Laura Sampson No.658 (Gipping Race Team/Sussed Out Suspension) had also claimed the series with her three outright wins from the first three rounds, giving her maximum points before going into round 4. Laura did not disappoint her supporters and notched up a further win to cement her hold over this category.
2-Hour Solo Female 18-39 category Series Winner, Laura Sampson No.658 (Gipping Race Team/Sussed Out Suspension)
Second place in Round 4, of the 2-Hour Solo Female 18-39 category, went to No.680, Hollie Bettles
Third place in Round 4 of the 2-Hour Solo Female 18-39 category, went to No.672, Vanessa Holmes (Arrow Cycles)
No.678 Roz Giles (Numplumz mtb). 4 laps and 5th place in Rnd 4
No.655 Lesley Robins. 2hr Female
The 2hr Male ranking's were led by No.394 Benjamin Houghton, who had accumulated a previous two wins and a second place.
Looking at the series points before the last round, rider No.364 Glenn Stanford (Team CCN) had enough points to upset the applecart and possibly take second or third podium spot for the series. For that to happen Sean Rayment No. 386 had to record 120 or less and Glenn had to come in the top three. In the event all theories flew out the window, as the first and second places were taken impressively by No.495 Richard Jones (Numplumz/ Pitsford Cycles) &2nd No.478 Stephen James (Renvale RT - Cannondalespares.com) withSean Rayment finishing 3rd, securing his Series 2nd on the podium. Glenn Stanford finished 10th.
Series winner Benjamin Houghton was 5 seconds behind Sean Rayment in 4th place.
A fastest lap time for the event was recorded by Richard Jones No.495(Numplumz/ Pitsford Cycles)who went on to take line honours in the 2hr Male race.
Rider No.478, Stephen James(Renvale RT - Cannondalespares.com)took 2nd place in the round 4,2hr Male event.
2hr Male Series 2nd place went to rider No.386 Sean Rayment.
No.464 Ben Lambert (Arrow Cycles). 4 Laps, 28th place in the 2hr Mens
There was the chance of a change to top of the series points over in 2hr Male Vets. Rider No.167 Derek Wilson (MHR) who had missed round 1, had been raking in max points with two wins in rounds 2 & 3.
Determined to hold on to his Series lead, No. 8 Darren Evans (Team CCN / KTM / Nuflex / Chain Reaction / Streetlife) fought hard to hold Derek off but succumbed to the pressure in lap 4 & 5 giving Derek three straight wins to take the Series.
No.167 Derek Wilson(MHR),who started to pull away from Darren in lap 3, taking the lead in the race category & the Series.
2hr Vet rider, Darren Evans No.8 (Team CCN / KTM / Nuflex / Chain Reaction / Streetlife). 2nd home and 2nd in the Series.
No.65 Stu Prentice completed 5 laps in the 2hr Vet Male and took 3rd place in both the race and series
No.39 Geoff Frost (Tean Velovelocity) taking the fast lane up to the mile marker. Geoff finished 24th in the 2hr Vets.
4hr Female, Sarah Wells No.858 (West Suffolk Wheelers). 7 laps, 1st in the Race & the Series with max points from rounds 2,3 & 4
No.854 Lorna Rider (Team Bike Pedlars Jacrabbit). 2nd in the 4hr Women with 7 laps & 2nd in the Series
2hr Junior Female race winner, No. 640 Sophie Wright (CCN) also won the series and was joined on the podium by twins, 641 Ria Mobbs & 642 Jade Mobbs both from Welland Valley Cycling Club.