Velo29 Winter Series Round 2 Results

Sunday 6th February 2011

by Dan Smith

Saturday 5th Feb saw another great attendance and some exciting racing at Croft for the second round of the Velo29 Winter Series.

Numbers were up on round 1 which is great news and encourages us the formula is working.

The 4th/ Go-Race set off to a brisk pace, much faster than last week, the first 4 laps being covered in under 20 minutes, not far off the pace of the scratch riders!

Attacks went from the gun but with a Prime on offer after 4 laps, the groups were kept together by riders chasing the cash prize. Jon Hopkinson took the prime, the first of 3 prizes for Jon today!

The pace remained high and the riders crossed the line in 10 minutes less than round one, impressive stuff!

Jon Hopkinson (Aire Valley Wheelers) brought the field home ahead of Dan Warwick (Active Cycles) and in 3rd place Mike Smart of Velo29. This was Mike’s 2nd ever event and he’s showing much promise for the future.

The E/1/2/3/4 race was shortly underway, with a rising wind the stronger Scratch riders quickly gained pace on the handicap groups.

The groups came together after 7 laps, quite a contrast to round 1 where the Elite riders never saw the front of the race.

Immediately the attacks started. A group of 11 select riders gained an advantage which quickly grew to over 30 seconds. The race was over for the chasing pack.

Not content with the size of the group, attacks were frequent and the 11 were soon reduced to 6. Dan Smith of Velo29 made valiant efforts but was unable to open a clear advantage.

Finally, a group of six thundered over the line. Giles Harrison of active cycles just pipped last weeks winner Harry Tanfield followed closely by Jon Hopkinson completing his impressive hattrick of prizes!

A big thanks for everyone who turned up, we really appreciate your participation.

Don’t forget next week is cancelled due to local restrictions but we’ll be back on the 19th for the final round.

The 26th of February is the North East Trophy, with a £500 prize list it’s filling up fast so please call/ email/ post an entry to be sure of a place!

More pictures available on the Velo29 Facebook Page.


Go-Race/ 3rd Cats

1st Jon Hopkinson Aire Valley Cycles
2nd Dan Warwick Active Cycles
3rd Mike Smart Velo29
4th Peter Hudson Durham University
5th Ben Oakes VC Briganti
6th Ian Davidson Tyneside Vagabonds
7th Seb Horner Moonglu RT
8th Craig Harding Border City Wheelers
9th Dave Ranson Infinity
10th M. Street Dirt Wheels


1st Giles Harrison Active Cycles
2nd Harry Tanfield Team Wallace
3rd Jon Hopkinson Aire Valley Cycles
4th Dan Smith Velo29
5th Richard Meadows Pentragon
6th Ben Oakes VC Briganti
7th Jon Sturman Active Cycles
8th Ryan Fenwick Stewerty Wheelers
9th Ash Marshall VC Cycles
10th Martin Hopkinson Fietsen Tempo

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