BC South Christmas Charity LIZR – Final Standings
Stage 4 – Back to where it all began – Tick Tock, Watopia
A total of 360 riders took to the start line of the final stage of the BC South Charity Christmas LIZR series was held on the Tick Tock course in Watopia. This is the course where Bath, BRC, SAS and PDQ started racing on Zwift in March 2020. It is a flat course with 2 hard ramps each lap. The tactics for the race are to make the flat as uncomfortable for your competitors as possible and try and drop them on the climb out of Saddle Springs or the ramp out of the underwater tunnel, loosing the wheel on either of these climbs can mean that you will loose time to the front group.
The Strava Flypast from the B race indicates just how much time you can loose.
Women’s AB Category
Jenny Hudson of BRC had over a minute lead from her teammate Suze Anderson, so as long as she finished with the leading pack she was guaranteed, the win. Suze had only an 18 second advantage over Ali in 3rd, and Elizabeth Sanders of Avid was only 3 seconds off the podium. Could she prevent a BRC lockout?
The 32 women in the AB race started across Fuego Flats, with 29 of the women getting to the bottom of the climb together. BRC pushed the pace up the climb and the group split into two. A lead group of 18 and a chasing group of 11, over the next lap the lead group opened up a lead of 30 seconds.
The second time up the climb the two groups stayed together. The finish came down to a sprint that would decide the overall podium. Ali Cameron took the win from Alice Thomson’s in 2nd place and Elizabeth Sander’s in 3rd place.
The top 5 were
|1st||Ali Cameron||Bristol Road Club|
|2nd||Alice Thomson||Bristol Road Club|
|3rd||Elizabeth Sanders||Avid CC|
|4th||Jenny Hudson||Bristol Road Club|
|5th||Suze Anderson||Bristol Road Club|
|6th||Kate Mactear||73 Degrees|
|7th||Emily Slavin||Avid CC|
Jenny Hudson’s 4th place was sufficient to hold on to the overall place in GC. Ali Cameron moved above Suze Anderson. Elizabeth Sanders 3rd place on the night was not sufficient to stop a BRC lockout.
BRC maintained their strangle hold at the top of the team competition. Parallel Coaching Club had 3 finishers in the Womens AB and had a team position for the second time
1 Bristol Road Club
2 Avid CC
3 Bella Velo Riders
4 Parallel Coaching Club
There is no change in the overall with BRC taking the win
1st Bristol Road Club
2nd Avid CC
3rd Bella Velo Riders
Men’s A Category
It was tight at the top of the Men’s A category with Robert McEwan of SRAMcc holding a 3 second advantage over Oscar Hitchings of Team Tor. With the stage likely to come down to a sprint finish between the main contenders and 40 bonus seconds available, any of the top 5 could take the overall GC.
The A Cat race started hard with an average speed of 49.5km/hr across Fuego Flats, many riders were already on the limit as they reached the foot of the climb. The pace pushed on and first time up the climb 6.0w/kg for a minute was the required power to stay on the back of the bunch – 58 of the 80 A cat riders made it. The others formed gruppettos behind. 2nd time up was only 1 second slower, this time a further 17 riders were dropped.
The main contenders all came to the finish line together in a group of 41 riders. John Russell of BRC was the first to show, taking it up with 400m to go, he was closely followed by Matt Franklin. They momentarily had a gap, but Iain Evans, with a perfectly timed use of an Aero power up, came by at the last to win by 2seconds from the pack and pick up the valuable 40 second bonus seconds. Will Budge was 2nd and Oscar Hutchings 3rd.
|1st||Iain Evans||Army Cycling|
|2nd||Will Budge||PeaceFit Racing|
|3rd||Oscar Hutchings||Team Tor 2000|
|4th||Matt Franklin||Bristol Road Club|
|5th||Brett Wheeler||Poole Wheelers|
This meant that it was all change at the top. Iain Evans’ win and bonus seconds were sufficient to move him from 3rd to 1st place. In the other direction Robert McEwan’s 11th place and zero bonus seconds meant he slipped from 1st to 4th.
Will Budge’s 2nd place was not sufficient to overtake Oscar who held on for the 2nd place on GC after finishing 3rd on the night. Charlie Revell’s 10th on the stage was enough to hold on to 5th position by 19 seconds.
|1st||Iain Evans||Army Cycling|
|2nd||Oscar Hutchings||Team Tor 2000||+6secs|
|3rd||Will Budge||PeaceFit Racing||+12secs|
|4th||Robert McEwan||Salisbury Road and Mountain Bike||+23secs|
|5th||Charlie Revell||Team Tor 2000||+49secs|
Team Tor 2000 had a narrow win by 2 seconds over Poole Wheelers in 2nd and 73 Degrees in 3rd. BRC only had two riders in the front group and slipped to 6th team on the night.
|1||Team Tor 2000|
|4||Royal Navy CC||+23secs|
There were 10 teams who finished all 4 stages and a further 12 teams who finished at least 1 stage.
But the overall winner was Poole Wheelers who extended their lead over BRC in 2nd and 73 degrees in 3rd
|2nd||Bristol Road Club||+2:51|
Men’s B Category
Rob Hill of Bath had an almost unassailable lead at the top of the GC. Tobi Rosenkranz of Kingston Wheelers was only 2 seconds ahead of Michael Taylor in 3rd, with Johnny G of BoA CC in 4th
There were 120 riders in the B Cat and they made a fast start across fuego flats, but with everyone knowing that the split would come on the climb there was a slight lull in proceedings through the town. A small group of 10-15 almost got away on the first climb, but on the descent a group of 60 came back together. This group stayed together until the second time up the climb when a further 18 could not hold the wheel.
43 riders raced through the underwater tunnel for one final time.
Michael Taylor was the first to show in the sprint, but he was easily overtaken by the chasing pack and handed the win to his teammate Rob Hill. S Arkwright of PCC was 2nd and the strong Tobi finished 3rd.
|1st||Rob Hill||Bath CC|
|2nd||S Arkwright||Portishead Cycling Club|
|3rd||Tobi Rosenkranz||Kingston Wheelers CC|
|4th||Tom Preston||Clapham Chasers Riders|
|5th||Si Bradeley||Trowbridge CC|
With two riders in the top 6 Bath CC were always going to win the team prize. PCC were 2nd and Trowbridge CC were 3rd
Rob Hill of Bath CC extended his lead at the top. Tobi Rosenkranz of KWCC stayed in 2nd spot. S Arkwright was rewarded for his 2nd place and moved up by 2 places to 5th
|1st||Rob Hill||Bath CC|
|2nd||Tobi Rosenkranz||Kingston Wheelers CC|
|3rd||Michael Taylor||Bath CC|
|4th||Johnny G||BoA CC|
|5th||S Arkwright||Portishead Cycling Club|
15 teams finished the B Cat team competition with at least 3 riders finishing each round – well done all – a further 9 teams finished at least one stage.
There was no change in the B Cat Team Competition
|Kingston Wheelers CC|
|Portishead Cycling Club|
Men’s C Category
|1st||Ben Parfitt||London Dynamo|
|3rd||Thomas Reilly||Cranleigh Cycling Club|
|4th||Matt Adams||Royal Marines Association CC|
|5th||Jason S||Salisbury Road and Mountain Bike|
|1||Cranleigh Cycling Club||02:35:02||00:00:00|
|2||Royal Marines Association CC||02:35:06||00:00:04|
|3||Maison du Velo||02:35:26||00:00:24|
|4||Portishead Cycling Club||02:36:59||00:01:57|
Johnny Heppners 2nd place was sufficient to take over from Jordan Noble at the top of the C Cat. Ben Parfitt’s win moved him above Malcolm Treby of Bath CC.
|3rd||Matt Adams||Royal Marines Association CC|
|4th||Ben Parfitt||London Dynamo|
|5th||Malcolm Treby||Bath CC|
|1st||Royal Marines Association CC|
|2nd||Cranleigh Cycling Club|
|3rd||Portishead Cycling Club|
Women’s C Category
Lucy Bryant made it 4 wins out of 4
|1st||Lucy Bryant||Salt and Sham|
|2nd||Jo Greening||Clapham Chasers Riders|
|4th||Tracey Phillips||Portishead Cycling Club|
|5th||Bridie Macdonald||Clapham Chasers Riders|
|1||Clapham Chasers Riders|
|2||Portishead Cycling Club|
|3||Salt and Sham|
|5||Njinga Cycling Club|
There was no change in the top 5 positions in GC
1st Lucy Bryant Salt and Sham
2nd Jo Greening Clapham Chasers Riders
3rd Tracey Phillips Portishead Cycling Club
4th Liz Kemp Westbury Wheelers
5th Claire Ablett Portishead Cycling Club
Unfortunately Bella Velo riders team finished with only 2 riders on the 4th stage so that they lost the overall lead to PCC. Salt and Sham moved up to 2nd.
|1st||Portishead Cycling Club|
|2nd||Salt and Sham|
|3rd||Clapham Chasers Riders|
It was very close at the top of the overall club competition with BRC taking the win by 45 seconds from PCC with Poole Wheelers in 3rd
|1st||Bristol Road Club|
|2nd||Portishead Cycling Club|
|4th||Cranleigh Cycling Club|
|5th||Salt and Sham|
|6th||Salisbury Road and Mountain Bike|
Stage 4 Results