Ras de Cymru 2009
Cadence Junior Road Race
Ras de Cymru
Ras de Cymru 2009
Smith wins again in 2011 ...

Corley Cycles rider Michael Smith repeated his Stage 6 win of 2010 on Llangynidr Mountain and with it won his second, consecutive Ras De Cymru.

See photos from all the stages courtesy of David Neale on Flickr

  • Stage 1
  • Stage 2
  • Stage 3
  • Stage 4
  • Stage 5
  • Stage 6
Stage: a 4.2 mile rolling individual time trial with a climb to the finish
Starters:102
Riding for Adeo Cadence RT, Tavis Walker improved on his second place of last year to convincingly win the opening stage of the 2011 Ras De Cymru ahead of 2010 overall winner Michael Smith (Team Corley Cycles), the only riders to finish in under 12 minutes. And good performances by team-mates James Cartridge and Thomas Marshall helped to put Adeo Cadence RT at the top of the Team GC. A heavy shower about an hour before the start did not bode well for the 4 mile individual time trial. As it was though the weather was cloudy but dry for all but the final dozen or so riders , albeit with a strengthening head wind from Llangybi to the turn for Llanhennock.
Result:
1st Tavis Walker (Adeo Cadence RT) 11.31
2nd Michael Smith (Team Corley Cycles Composite) @ 19 secs
3rd Brennan Townshend @ 31 secs
Team GC
1st Adeo Cadence RT 36.14
2nd Team South-West @ 42 secs
3rd Team Corley Cycles Composite @ 57 secs
Stage 1 | TEAM GC
Stage: 5 laps of an undulating 9 mile circuit with a climb to the finish
KOM primes: 3
Sprint primes: 3
Starters: 101
Despite a dire weather forecast only one light shower dampened the riders on Stage 2. More troublesome were the many punctures that kept the service vehicles busy. A break of eight riders had forged a gap of 22 seconds by the end of the second lap and with the loss of two of these and the gain of another a final group of seven set about steadily stamping their authority on the race and collecting the prime points on offer. The gap had grown to 1.12 by the end of the third lap and 1.38 by the end of the fourth. Fifth time up the hill it was a strung out break headed by Steve Calland of South Downs Bikes that crossed the finish line with a gap of more than 2 minutes over the peloton.
Result:
1st Steve Calland (South Downs Bikes) 2.15.35
2nd Jamie Howard (Team South-West) @ 5 secs
3rd Gruff Lewis (Team Wallis Composite) @ 14 secs
Peloton @ 2.05
KOM
1st Jamie Howard 14
2nd Gruff Lewis 12
3rd Steve Calland 6
Sprint
1st Steve Calland 16
2nd Gruff Lewis 8
3rd Jack Waller(Team Corley Cycles Composite) 6
GC
1st Jamie Howard 2.27.49
2nd Steve Calland @ 3 secs
3rd Gruff Lewis @ 9 secs
Team GC
1st Team South-West 7.28.19
2nd Team Corley Cycles Composite @ 19 secs
3rd Team Wallis Composite @ 48 secs
Stage 2 | KOM | SPRINT | GC | TEAM GC
Stage: 3 laps of a 17 mile hilly circuit with a long drag to the finish
KOM primes: 2
Sprint primes: 3
Starters: 100
As the race convoy headed out along the A40 the riders seemed content to ride out the heavy showers in the bunch and brace themselves for the fearsome Defynnog climb. But James Cartridge of Adeo Cadence RT was eager for the challenge and jumped off the front of the peloton on its approach leaving the climb to wreak havoc behind him. By the start of the second lap Cartridge had a lead of 45 seconds; this had increased to 1.11 by the KOM prime with lone chaser Jamie Caldwell (St Ives CC) at 44 seconds. Lap 3 saw Caldwell joined by three other riders and Cartridge caught by the chasers with a gap of 2.45 to the peloton. But Caldwell struggled to stay with the break and was dropped. With the peloton gaining on them on the run-in to Brecon the break managed to stay away and it was a 4-up sprint to the finish with victory going to Junior Alex Peters of Eastern Region.
Result:
1st Alex Peters (Eastern Region) 2.02.15
2nd Liam Stones (Team Corley Cycles Composite) @ 5 secs
3rd Rhys Howells (Eastern Region) @ 10secs
Peloton @ 1.28
KOM
1st James Cartridge (Adeo Cadence RT) 8
2nd Rhys Howells (Eastern Region) 6
3rd= Alex Peters (Eastern Region) 4
3rd= Jamie Caldwell (St Ives CC A) 4
Sprint
1st James Lewis (Port Talbot Wheelers) 12
2nd Steve Calland (South Downs Bikes) 8
3rd James Cartridge (Adeo Cadence RT) 6
GC
1st Steve Calland (South Downs Bikes) 4.31.35
2nd Jamie Howard (Team South West) @ 1 sec
3rd Gruff Lewis (Team Wallis Composite) @ 10 secs
Team GC
1st Team Corley Cycles Composite 13.38.28
2nd Eastern Region @ 39 secs
3rd Adeo Cadence RT @ 1.41
Stage 3 | KOM | SPRINT | GC | TEAM GC
Stage: a rolling 10.8 mile team time trial
Starters: 94
Result:
1st East London Velo 25.29
2nd Climb on Bikes RT @ 6 secs
3rd Team Corley Cycles Composite @ 9 secs
GC
1st Steve Calland (South Downs Bikes) 4.57.22
2nd Jamie Howard (Team South-West) @ 30 secs
3rd Jack Waller (Team Corley Cycles Composite) @ 45 secs
Team GC
1 st Team Corley Cycles Composite 14.04.06
2nd Eastern Region @ 58 secs
3rd Adeo Cadence RT @ 2.01
Stage 4 | GC | TEAM GC
Stage: a hilly 51.3 mile circuit with a hill finish
KOM primes: 3
Sprint primes: 2
Starters: 93
After a lengthy and leisurely neutralised section the riders were jolted into action by an early but short-lived break initiated by Stage 3 winner Alex Peters of Eastern Region. The hilly roads out to Chepstow and back never fail to send the peloton into disarray as much on the fast, sweeping descents as on the climbs and so it was not until they were safely back on level ground that the decisive move of the day was made. A group of ten riders formed as riders chased across to an initial break of two riders and had a gap of 53 seconds on the peloton as they turned off the dual carriageway at Raglan, with a sizeable grupetto a further 4.48 behind. Approaching Abergavenny the gap had increased to 1.30; by the finish it was 2.00 with Tim Allen of the Midlands Composite team winning the uphill sprint for the line.
Result:
1st Tim Allen (Midlands Composite) 2.05.55
2nd Michael Smith (Team Corley Cycles Composite) @ 8 secs
3rd Brennan Townshend (Team South-West) @ 17 secs
Peloton @ 2.00
KOM
1st Michael Smith (Team Corley Cycles Composite) 16
2nd James Dobbin (Somerset Composite) 8
3rd Tim Allen (Midlands Composite) 6
Sprint
1st= Steve Calland (South Downs Bikes) 6
1st= Toby Eichler (Somerset Composite) 6
3rd= Gruff Lewis (Team Wallis Composite) 4
3rd= Jamie Howard (Team South-West) 4
GC
1st Gruff Lewis (Team Wallis Composite) 7.04.27
2nd Michael Smith (Team Corley Cycles Composite) @ 27 secs
3rd Hefin Price (Port Talbot Wheelers) @ 1.00
Team GC
1st Team Corley Cycles Composite 20.26.23
2nd Adeo Cadence RT @ 55 secs
3rd Port Talbot Wheelers @ 3.49
Stage 5 | KOM | SPRINT | GC | TEAM GC
Stage: rolling 47.2 mile place to place with hill finish
KOM primes: 3
Sprint primes: 3
Starters: 88
There were frequent early attacks off the front along the lanes towards Brecon but all were brought back by a surprisingly responsive bunch. Eventually a group of three riders established a 22 second lead but this had dropped to 15 seconds by the time they reached Brecon. Down to two riders, the break yo-yoed off the front as the riders retraced the team time trial course but was finally strengthened as five more joined. Their lead had stretched to 1.20 but was down to 37 seconds as they started the climb of Llangynidr Mountain and they were soon caught by the bunch. A group of six comprising all the main protagonists, including the yellow jersey of Gruff Lewis and 2010 winner Michael Smith, then detached off the front. Lewis was unable to stay with the pace being set by Junior Alex Peters which gave them a gap of 45 seconds at 1km to go. It was Smith who crossed the finish line first ahead of Juniors Brennan Townshend and Peters, to win a second, consecutive Ras De Cymru.
Result:
1st Michael Smith (Team Corley Cycles Composite) 2.01.45
2nd Brennan Townshend (Team South-West) @ 5 secs
3rd Alex Peters (Eastern Region) @10 secs
KOM
1st Jamie Caldwell St Ives CC A 12
2nd Michael Smith (Team Corley Cycles Composite) 6
3rd= Brennan Townshend (Team South-West) 4
3rd= Adam French (East London Velo) 4
3rd= Tom Laker (Progressive Cycle Coaching Development Squad) 4
Sprint
1st James Lewis (Port Talbot Wheelers) 12
2nd David Barnes (East London Velo) 8
3rd Ross Clayton (Climb on Bikes) 6
GC
1st Michael Smith (Team Corley Cycles Composite) 9.06.39
2nd Brennan Townshend (Team South-West) @ 1.10
3rd Gruff Lewis (Team Wallis Composite) @ 1.34
Team GC
1st Adeo Cadence RT 26.37.05
2nd Team Corley Cycles Composite @ 51 secs
3rd Port Talbot Wheelers @ 4.43
KOM Overall
1st Michael Smith (Team Corley Cycles Composite) 22
2nd Jamie Caldwell (St Ives CC A) 16
3rd Jamie Howard (Team South-West) 14
Sprint Overall
1st Steve Calland (South Downs Bikes) 30
2nd James Lewis (Port Talbot Wheelers) 24
3rd Gruff Lewis (Team Wallis Composite) 12
Stage 6 | KOM | SPRINT | GC | TEAM GC

 

(posted 11.7.11)

Stage set for 2011 Ras De Cymru ...

On Wednesday 6th July 100 2nd, 3rd and 4th category riders will again take to the roads of S.E. Wales for the start of the 5 day and 6 stage 2011 Ras De Cymru, the seventh edition of this event which is promoted by Cadence Cycle Racing in partnership with the University of Wales, Newport and is based at the University's Caerleon Campus. 26 teams from all over Britain and beyond have entered; WTC de Amstel from the Netherlands are fielding two teams and Orwell Wheelers CC will be making the trip from Dublin. Also in the line-up are riders from the GB Paralympic Squad.

8 teams from the 2010 event will be returning with 2010 winner Mike Smith and team-mate Jack Waller again riding for Team Corley Cycles. 2010 KOM Matthew Pilkington and Junior Brock Duncumb-Rogers return this year as part of the Progressive Cycle Coaching Development Squad and, finishing 3rd and 4th respectively in 2010, James Cartridge and Tavis Walker have teamed up in the Adeo Cadence RT squad from Bath. Much 'local' pride will be at stake with 5 teams from Wales entered!

Daily reports and results will be posted on this website.

(posted 25.6.11)

Victory for Jonathan Dibben at the 2011 Cadence Junior Road Race ...
2011 Cadence Junior Road Race Winner

Jonathan Dibben of Hargroves Cycles opened his account in the 2011 National Junior Road Race Series with a win in the first event ... the Cadence Junior Road Race. The first year Junior was in a quartet of riders that caught the race-long breakaway group in the final kilometres of the race, attacking again up the hill to the finish to take victory just ahead of Alex Peters (CC Hackney) and Alistair Slater (also Hargroves Cycles).

The full results and images (www.digitallphotography.co.uk) from the event are now available: results | images

Read Guy Swarbrick's report on the British Cycling website. See his images on flickr

(posted 22.3.11)