Archive- 2011 Race


Oliver Rossi of the PCA Ciclos Uno team has won the opening stage of the two day Bristol Junior Tour today.  In the four up finish that decided the race, Dante Carpenter of the Asfra racing team/Flanders Bikes was second, Luke Grivell-Mellor (Mid Shropshire Wheelers) was third and Daniel Young of the Glendene CC was 4th. Luke Grivell-Mellor (Mid Shropshire Wheelers) explained afterwards that the race had been a pretty aggressive one and that his strategy was to do his best to follow as many of the dangerous moves as he could.

"A quite dangerous move went early on and we managed to drag that back halfway through” Luke explained, adding "then it stayed together until around two laps to go where a group of three got away. Oli Rossi bridged across to that and going through the last lap, I got off the front to try and get across to them. A few riders in front dropped off the back of the break so I went past those and then Dante Carpenter got across to me.”

"We then rode across to the two in front, Dan Young and Oli Rossi and worked together to the finish with Ali Slater and Alex Peters chasing us. I tried to go early in the sprint but Oli powered to the line and I managed to hold on to third.”

Oliver Rossi sprints to a victory on stage 1 of the Bristol Junior Tour. Picture Tony Capelli. If you have photos of the race you would like to share with the rest of the cycling community, email them here

Luke explained that the course was quite a flat one and that there were a few hills but they were all big ring. The race also saw a few crashes with one rider, George Moore going down about half way through the race and then there was another crash in the main group.

Stage 2 Luke says will be a decisive one, and will be tough as the riders tackle the Mendip Hills. Lying third, he’s aiming to hold on to his position or improve it being on the same time as his nearest rivals.

Our thanks to Dave Mellor of Dave Mellor Cycles (Dave Mellor Cycles of Shrewsbury) and his son Luke for their help in getting this report to you. Anyone with information on the race, can call VeloUK on 0788 756 7879.

Top 10 (Provisional, may change)
1. Oliver Rossi, PCA Ciclos Uno
2. Dante Carpenter Asfra racing team/Flanders Bikes
3. Luke Grivell-Mellor Mid Shropshire Wheelers
4. Daniel Young Glendene CC/Ridley/Vitesse/OCE/Lazer/Exustar/Torq @15 seconds
5. Alex Peters Cycling Club Hackney/Learning Trust
6. Alistair Slater, Hargroves Cycles-Trant-Next-Specialised-GSI
7. Matthe Haase Cardiff Jif @30 seconds
8. Richard Walkerdine Wolverhampton Wheelers
9. Robert Lambton Brooks Cycles
10. Jack Barrett Team Scotland
11. Jack Bowyer Team Wallis Cycles/CHH/Telent/Scott/Powerbar/Continental

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Rupert Denny takes stage two and the race overall (Picture by Steve Strudley)

The good weather from Day One was carried over to the hilly second stage. Temporary traffic lights on part of the planned route led to a last minute change, which resulted in a less complex, but arguably slightly tougher route.
The opening loop took the riders west from Bishop Sutton towards the 3.8km long Rhodyate Hill at Blagdon. A break away group pulled out the best part of a minute, but while they were away the peloton managed to go off course, forcing the race officials to detain the break while the main group were directed back on to the race route.

The break was allowed to resume with their lead intact but they were quickly reeled back in as the race progressed across the top of the Mendip Hills and down through the village of Chewton Mendip then turn left at East Harptree to tackle the climb of Smitham Hill for the first time.

Sam Boast of Cycle Sport Pendle, Brennan Townshend Mid-Devon CC and Dan Pearson of Port Talbot Wheelers were at the head of a group of five just ahead of the bunch over the top and, after looping through Chewton Mendip and back up again it was Townshend, Pearson and Boast at the front again, with the rest of the head of the race starting to break up.

Townshend was still ahead on the penultimate ascent, now in company with yesterday's second placed rider Dante Carpenter of Asfra Racing Team and George Rowlands of Mid Shropshire Wheelers. With Stage One winner Rossi not enjoying the terrain, Carpenter looked as though he was in pole position for the overall win.

The decisive move came shortly afterwards, with Rupert Denny of Nemesis GB breaking away from the lead group while the leading riders from Day 1 tried to figure out whether he was a threat. By the time he crossed the line he had opened a 40 second gap on second placed Matthew Holmes of Team Wallis Cycles who was 13 seconds ahead of a group consisting of Alex Peters of CC Hackney, Alistair Slater of Hargroves Cycles, Grant Ferguson of Team Scotland - and Carpenter.

The result took a while to sort out, with second to sixth places separated by just nine seconds. There was no doubt about the winner, though, with Denny's brave solo effort securing the win. Yesterday's runner-up Carpenter took 2nd overall - 28 seconds behind Denny - with Grivell-Mellor just 4 seconds behind, Peters a further 5 seconds off at 37 seconds, Slater at 39 and Holmes at 40 seconds. Stage 1 winner Oliver Rossi finished 20th overall.

Stage 2
1 Rupert DENNY Team Nemesis GB
2 Matthew HOLMES Team Wallis Cycles @ 40 seconds
3 Alex PETERS Cycling Club Hackney @ 53
5 Grant FERGUSON Team Scotland
6 Dante CARPENTER Asfra racing team
7 Luke GRIVELL-MELLOR Mid Shropshire Wheelers @1 minute 2 second
8 Taylor JOHNSTONE Team Scotland
9 Brennan TOWNSHEND Mid Devon CC
10 James BAILLIE Sheffield Sports

1 Rupert DENNY Team Nemesis GB
2 Dante CARPENTER Asfra racing team @ 28 seconds
3 Luke GRIVELL-MELLOR Mid Shropshire Wheelers @ 32
4 Alex PETERS Cycling Club Hackney @ 37
5 Alistair SLATER Hargroves Cycles @ 39
6 Matthew HOLMES Team Wallis Cycles @ 40
7 Grant FERGUSON Team Scotland @ 58
8 Taylor JOHNSTONE Team Scotland @ 1 minute 2 seconds
9 Brennan TOWNSHEND Mid Devon CC same time
10 James BAILLIE Sheffield Sports st