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Ipswich’s Oli Jones wins feature race at Ixworth Village Races

PUBLISHED: 13:18 04 May 2017 | UPDATED: 13:18 04 May 2017

Ipswich rider Oli Jones wins in Ixworth

Ipswich rider Oli Jones wins in Ixworth

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West Suffolk Wheelers’ Ixworth Village Races climaxed with Ipswich rider Oli Jones clinching the win from a group of twelve that dominated the final race.

The senior podium in Ixworth - L-R Matt Holmes (second), winner Oli Jones and third-place Liam Manser The senior podium in Ixworth - L-R Matt Holmes (second), winner Oli Jones and third-place Liam Manser

Jones, together with Pedal Power Ipswich teammates Josh Aiken and Liam Manser and CC Hackney’s Frank Moore were most often at the front, driving the group at spectacular speed.

On a hair-raising last lap Harley Matthews lost it at the Thetford road corner while bidding for the lead. That left eleven to contest the finish. Still a lot of riders to get through the tight – and crucial – last corner all at once –and some ended up on the railings.

Aiken finished ninth, carrying his bike and running, one place behind Matthew Day (TPH) who distinguished himself holding a place among the fast men and was best Third Cat rider.

Gary Freeman (Fast Test, 10th) was first from the group which gradually formed from riders dropped by the leaders.

Sam Asker celebrates victory in the under-16 race Sam Asker celebrates victory in the under-16 race

In an innovative format, the women shared a race with the men aged over 50.

Ivan Carr (Fat Birds) initially did a lot of work at the front, with Vincent Ellis (VC Norwich).

However in the end it was Mark Wingar (Gipping RT) and Richard Muchmore (Renvale), both best known as MTB competitors, who fought out the finish with Wingar winning from Muchmore. Credited with the same race-time, Charlotte Redden (OnForm) took the women’s race from Sarah King (Bianchi).

Young Bury St Edmunds rider Sam Asker (VC Londres) won the Under 16s race after Freddy Grover (Fast Test) from Stowmarket had set the race alight with a lone bid off the front.

Grover, Asker and Aaron Freeman (Chelmer CC), put in fine demonstration of fast cornering as they raced away from the field to the finish where Grover took second and Freeman third.

West Suffolk Wheelers best result came in the first race, for entry level roadmen, where the Wheelers’ Joseph Kaye won the bunch sprint for second spot after London rider Matthew Noble rode off the front to win by 11 seconds.

Alice Standish won the Under 16 Girls’, while Under 14 winners were Adam Lea (Team Milton Keynes) and Carys Lloyd (Lee Valley Youth).

Colchester rider Clover Murray put in a courageous long lone bid to win the first-ever Iceni Velo Women’s Road Race, but it was European Junior MTB Champion Sophie Wright who took the win in the end.

The start of the under-16 race The start of the under-16 race

The 47 mile race covered nine laps of the picturesque – and hilly – circuit starting from Saxlingham in south Norfolk. Soon after the off Murray, now riding for Writtle College-based Team OnForm, forged ahead on her own. First time round the Saxlingham hairpin Tanya Griffiths (Ipswich BC) was stirring the bunch into a chase, but it was four laps before Murray was caught.

On the last lap Murray again broke away alone. Sophie Wright counter-attacked and hit the front with Kent racer Jenny Allum glued to her wheel.

Wright who was in her first race since an operation to sort out the heart problem that has kept her out of the news since last autumn, topped Skeets Hill first to win comfortably from Allum, with Elizabeth Hughes (CC London) third and Gemma Melton (Pedal Power Ipswich) fourth.

In the men’s race the climbs of the Shotesham circuit failed to significantly break up the field until Stephen Fuller (Cambridge CC) broke clear on the penultimate lap. Fuller just held on to win from former division champion Mike Auger (API), with Bob Longstaff (Colchester Rovers) flying up the hill to seize fourth.

High speed cornering in Ixworth High speed cornering in Ixworth

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