Ras de Cymru 2009
Cadence Junior Road Race
Ras de Cymru
Ras de Cymru 2009
Rapid Performance Coaching gets Kiss to the top ...
Rapid Performance Coaching RT
Photo by kind permission of David Neale www.flickr.com/photos/cyclopics

Tony Kiss is the winner of the 2012 Ras De Cymru after victory on the top of Llangynidr Mountain. Kiss was second on GC going into the final stage but crossed the line ahead of team-mate Adrian Bird in the leader's yellow jersey to take the overall by a mere 2 secs. Afterwards Kiss was full of praise for his fellow Rapid Performance Coaching riders who had worked so hard after first position in the team time trial had elevated him and Bird to the top of the GC. KOM went to third placed Tim Allen of Claycross RT and Junior George Pym of Exeter Wheelers won the Sprint classification.

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

Read blogs by Bristol RC's Benjamin Hall on the road.cc website

  • 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:101
Welsh rider Glyndwr Griffiths took the individual honours in the opening stage of the 2012 Ras De Cymru with Ras regulars High Wycombe CC heading the team classification. Warm conditions with a slight tail wind from Llangybi to the turn for Llanhennock and a rapidly drying road after earlier rain made for fast times and 31 riders finished in under 12 minutes in comparison with 3 the previous year.
Result:
1st Glyndwr Griffiths (Urban Cyclery RT) 11.18
2nd Simon Ernest (Lost MTBers) @ 4 secs
3rd Alec Baskaya (Avon Valley Composite) @7 secs
Team GC:
1st High Wycombe CC 34.35
2nd Rapid Performance Coaching RT @ 32 secs
3rd Lost MTBers @ 37 secs
Stage 1 | TEAM GC
Stage: 6 laps of an undulating 9 mile circuit with a climb to the finish
KOM primes: 3
Sprint primes: 3
Starters: 101
In the interest of safety the stage was abandoned after one lap due to torrential rain.
Stage: 3 laps of a 17 mile hilly circuit with a long drag to the finish
KOM primes: 3
Sprint primes: 3
Starters: 101
The consolation for the riders as they rolled out from the HQ and the rain began to fall was that although there would be some showers they would not be of the monsoon proportions of the previous day. There were a few early forays off the front of the race but nothing came of them. GC leader Glyndwr Griffiths (Urban Cyclery) was involved in an early break but this was caught by the bunch as they approached the Defynnog climb and it was Tim Allen (Claycross RT) who then clipped off the front to take the KOM prime and stay away until the end of the lap. Second time over the Defynnog climb Rob Turner (NFTO) had a sizeable gap on the bunch but he too was reeled in by the end of the lap. Allen took the final KOM prime but it was third man over the top Edward Clemens (VC10) who had a lead of 24 secs as the riders began the long drag to the finish. Clemens held on to finish 16 secs ahead of Allen with Simon Ernest (Lost MTBers) taking third place and with it the GC lead by 1 sec from Glyndwr Griffiths. High Wycombe CC held on to the Team GC lead.
Result:
1st Edward Clemens (VC10) 2.10.08
2nd Tim Allen (Claycross RT) @ 16 secs
3rd Simon Ernest (Lost MTBers) @ 21 secs
Peloton @ 26 secs
KOM
1st Tim Allen (Claycross RT) 16
2nd Matthew Dennis (Lost MTBers) 10
3rd Rob Turner (NFTO) 6
Sprint
1st George Pym (Exeter Wheelers) 12
2nd= Ross Clayton (NFTO) 6
2nd= Jake Durant (Mid Devon CC) 6
GC
1st Simon Ernest (Lost MTBers) 2.21.51
2nd Glyndwr Griffiths (Urban Cyclery RT) @ 1 sec
3rd Thomas Crouch (High Wycombe CC) @ 9 secs
Team GC
1st High Wycombe CC 7.06.29
2nd Rapid Performance Coaching RT @ 20 secs
3rd Urban Cyclery RT @ 32 secs
Stage 3 | KOM | SPRINT | GC | TEAM GC
Stage: a rolling 10.8 mile team time trial
Starters: 99
The stiff westerly wind was guaranteed to give the riders a hard time on the return leg of the afternoon's out and back team time trial. The teams were bowled along on the outward leg but the pained expressions on their faces said it all as they battled into the wind up the drag towards the finish.
Result:
1st Rapid Reformance Coaching RT 26.41
2nd Claycross RT @ 15 secs
3rd London Phoenix @ 30 secs
GC
1st Adrian Bird (Rapid Performance Coaching RT) 2.47.50
2nd Tony Kiss (Rapid Performance Coaching RT) @ 9 secs
3rd Tim Allen (Claycross RT) @ 12 secs
Team GC
1st Rapid Performance Coaching RT 8.23.52
2nd Dream Cycling @ 3.13
3rd High Wycombe CC @ 3.31
Stage 4 | GC | TEAM GC
Stage: a hilly 51.3 mile circuit with a hill finish
KOM primes: 3
Sprint primes: 2
Starters: 98
It was a steady start to the race as the riders rolled along enjoying the sunshine and a strong tail wind but the usual carnage then ensued on the climb and descent to Chepstow and the subsequent climb to Devauden. Tim Allen (Claycross RT) and Matt Clarke (Halesowen A & CC) added to their tallies in the KOM and Sprint competitions with Clarke gaining points in a lone break out of Chepstow. Attacks off the front by pairs of riders seemed to be the order of the day and it was one such pairing of Junior Sam Williams (NFTO) and Simon Ernest (Lost MTBers) that had gained 49 secs on the bunch by the Hardwick sprint prime. Williams was unfortunate to puncture at this point but Ernest maintained his lead as the race headed back to Raglan. He held on to win but the bunch was closing fast as they started the climb to the finish.
Result:
1st Simon Ernest (Lost MTBers) 2.04.48
2nd Glyndwr Griffiths (Urban Cyclery RT) @ 8 secs
3rd Ben Hoopell (Exeter Wheelers) @ 15 secs
Peloton @ 22 secs
KOM
1st Tim Allen (Claycross RT) 8
2nd= Simon Ernest (Lost MTBers) 6
2nd= Matt Clarke (Halesowen A & CC) 6
Sprint
1st= Sam Williams (NFTO) 6
1st= Simon Ernest (Lost MTBers) 6
1st= Matt Clarke (Halesowen A & CC) 6
GC
1st Adrian Bird (Rapid Performance Coaching RT) 4.52.58
2nd Tony Kiss (Rapid Performance Coaching RT) @ 9 secs
3rd Tim Allen (Claycross RT) @ 12 secs
Team GC
1st Rapid Performance Coaching RT 14.39.16
2nd Dream Cycling @ 3.13
3rd London Phoenix @ 3.17
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: 90
A fast pace was set from the off with 3 riders briefly clipping off the front to contest the first sprint prime of the day at 7 miles. The main break of the day, however, had been initiated by the time the race turned onto the A40 towards Brecon after 11 miles. Peter Cocker (Lincolnshire Composite), Richard Harris (Students CC) and Hugo Humphreys (Leeds University CC) had established a lead of 1 minute by the time they reached Brecon. Harris upped the pace as they headed out of Talgarth, distancing himself from his fellow escapees and taking the gap up to 2.20 by the second KOM prime at 34 miles. As the race headed back along the narrow lanes towards Llangynidr it was Humphreys who took to the front, but the writing was on the wall as his lead steadily diminished. Once on the climb the GC contenders came to the fore and it was Tony Kiss (Rapid Performance Coaching RT) who took the stage and the overall win from team-mate Adrian Bird by a mere 2 secs with KOM Tim Allen (Claycross RT) in third place.
Result:
1st Tony Kiss (Rapid Performance Coaching RT) 1.57.56
2nd Adrian Bird (Rapid Performance Coaching RT) @ 11 secs
3rd Tim Allen (Claycross RT) @ 18 secs
KOM
1st Peter Cocker (Lincolnshire Composite) 10
2nd Richard Harris (Students CC) 8
3rd= Tony Kiss (Rapid Performance Coaching RT) 6
3rd= Hugo Humphreys (Leeds University CC) 6
Sprint
1st Hugo Humphreys (Leeds University CC) 12
2nd= George Pym (Exeter Wheelers) 6
2nd= Rob Turner (NFTO) 6
2nd= Peter Cocker (Lincolnshire Composite) 6
GC
1st Tony Kiss (Rapid Performance Coaching RT) 6.51.03
2nd Adrian Bird (Rapid Performance Coaching RT) @ 2 secs
3rd Tim Allen (Claycross RT) @ 21 secs
1st Junior Callum Ferguson (Halesowen A & CC) @ 2.46
1st Veteran John Cann (Blumilk) @ 4.07
Team GC
1st Rapid Performance Coaching RT 20.33.51
2nd Dream Cycling @ 4.35
3rd London Phoenix @ 6.53
KOM Overall
1st Tim Allen (Claycross RT) 26
2nd= Matthew Dennis (Lost MTBers) 14
2nd= Peter Cocker (Lincolnshire Composite) 14
Sprint Overall
1st George Pym (Exeter Wheelers) 18
2nd Hugo Humphreys (Leeds University CC) 12
3rd Sam Williams (NFTO) 8
Stage 6 | KOM | SPRINT | GC | TEAM GC

 

Testament to the popularity of the event, the Ras De Cymru has once again been well over-subscribed. With 2010 and 2011 winner Mike Smith and several others now first category riders and ineligible, the event is now wide open to a raft of new riders from all over the UK.

Ras regulars High Wycombe CC along with London Phoenix and Team Zappis are the only returning teams but there are familiar names among some of the other teams. Paul Mace returns for his fourth Ras De Cymru along with Neil Baxter and James Norris in the Blumilk squad. London Phoenix make one change to the team they fielded in 2011 but Team Zappis have a completely new line-up.

The contest for 'local' bragging rights sees Bevan Humphreys, Rowan Marshall and Justin Harcourt return, teamed up with Glyndwr Griffiths in the newly formed Urban Cyclery squad, to take on the first timers from Cardiff Ajax.

The eighth edition of the event runs from 27th June to 1st July and daily reports and results will be posted on this website.

The race manual and rider list are now available to download.

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(posted 18.6.12)

Tao Geoghegan Hart wins the 2012 Cadence Junior Road Race ...

Video: Malwyn Ransom (www.malwynransom.com)

CC Hackney's Tao Geoghegan Hart soloed to victory, holding off 2011 winner Jonathan Dibben (Hargroves Cycles).

Craig Wallace of Granite City RT broke away at the start of the penultimate lap from a group of four riders that had stayed away for 6 laps. He valiantly held on to take the final hill prime but was chased down and passed by Hart.

Dibben set off in pursuit but was unable to catch fellow Olympic Development Programme rider Hart.

Read Guy Swarbrick's report on the British Cycling website.

The full results are available here >>

(posted 30.3.12)