Fareham Wheelers dream of national service

Abbie Manley leads her Hargroves Ridley Montezuma's team-mate Amy Perryman through a corner at the Swanmore Motocross Track. Picture: Neil Marshall (171339-131)
Abbie Manley leads her Hargroves Ridley Montezuma's team-mate Amy Perryman through a corner at the Swanmore Motocross Track. Picture: Neil Marshall (171339-131)
Mike Williams on his way to second place in the veteran 50 race last month. Picture: Neil Marshall (171322-123)

Wheelers prepare for Wessex war

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Fareham Wheelers are dreaming of hosting a National Trophy cyclocross event.

The dust has settled on round nine of the Wessex League, which they laid on at Swanmore Motocross Track last Sunday.

It was the club’s second meeting of the campaign, following round three in October.

Race organiser Phill Chinn has been thrilled by the feedback on the Droxford venue – following a switch from Fairthorne Manor this season.

He reckons the track has the potential to develop into a National Trophy venue, although significant hurdles would have to be crossed to make that dream a reality.

‘The actual track is good enough but the facilities are not there,’ said Chinn.

Adrian Lansley begins to celebrate his victory. Picture: Neil Marshall (171339-598)

Adrian Lansley begins to celebrate his victory. Picture: Neil Marshall (171339-598)

‘We would need to have showers and covered changing. They also like a Tarmac start but that is not a deal-breaker.

‘Meanwhile, a PA system is not allowed up there, which would be a problem.

‘It is not something I am thinking about at the moment but it is certainly a dream of mine to host a Trophy round.

‘Finding the venue is key. Our previous home at Fairthorne Manor would have been ideal because of the facilities on site.

It is certainly a dream of mine to host a Trophy round

Phill Chinn

‘I think this is a better track and there is plenty of scope to do even more with it. But we’ll see, we’d love to host one at some point in the future.’

Chinn and his Wheelers team welcomed 338 riders for Sunday’s Solent Cycles-sponsored racing, with Adrian Lansley clinching glory in the senior men’s race.

Sam Allen, a multiple winner of Fareham rounds in the past, completed a one-two for the Pedal On outfit, with Chris Rothwell, of BW Cycles, in third.

Hargroves Ridley Montezuma’s star Helen Pattinson celebrated glory in the women’s race, with her team-mate Abbie Manley the first junior girl home in sixth overall.

Spectators watch the action from 'Hecklers' Hill'. Picture: Neil Marshall (171339-437)

Spectators watch the action from 'Hecklers' Hill'. Picture: Neil Marshall (171339-437)

Chinn added: ‘After all the rain we had in the build-up we thought the course was going to be a bit wet and muddy but it actually dried out really quickly.

‘It was a glorious day in the end. Numbers were a little bit down, with some who pre-paid not turning up, but the event as a whole went brilliantly.

‘And the reaction we have had has been really good. The course changes, although subtle, seemed to make it better.

‘That’ll be it for the season now, though. I have still got loads of paperwork to do but I’m looking forward to getting back racing again.

‘I’ve been doing these for five years now. It gets easier because you know what you have to do and I am lucky to have such a good team around me.

‘I have a core of six or seven people who help me out no end. Without them none of it would be possible.’

Cotswold Veldrijden celebrated a clean sweep at under-10 level, with Wilf Jones and Maisie Hamilton-Unwin claiming glory. Sam Genazzini, from Solent Pirates, was second to Jones in the boys’ race.

Edward Charles, of Charlotteville, and Spokes BPC Racing’s Melissa Cooper took the honours at under-12 level.

Solent Pirates were dominant in the youth ranks as Sam Freeman and Amy Cantelo enjoyed victories, with Max Edgington and Ella Lawrence also earning podiums.

Graham Morrison and Verity Horner were novice winners, while Hargroves talent Barney Clacy grabbed the juniors boys’ crown.

Dan Guest, of the Cotswold club, won the veteran 40 race and the veteran 50 honours went to Owen Pattinson, with Wheelers ace Mike Williams in fourth.

Click here for a gallery from the event. And visit wessexcyclocrossleague.co.uk for full results, series standings and more information on the competition.