Primavera Race Report – 23/02/2020

CORNISHMAN Tom Nancarrow (NOPINZ-Symec RT) defied the blustery conditions and stormed to a solo victory in the season-opening Elite/1/2/3Cat Primavera Road Race at Hatherleigh.

The 21-year-old university student from Truro, fourth in last autumn’s National Hill Climb Championships on Dartmoor’s Haytor, showed that he can be just as effective on rolling terrain by leading almost from pillar to post.

He won by nearly one and a half minutes from NOPINZ teammate Red Walters, who held off the bunch and first Junior rider Iwan Evans (Wielerzone Nederland) for second and third places.

With the rest of his squad doing their best to ‘patrol’ the peloton, Nancarrow revealed: “I attacked after about 15 minutes and got a gap straight away.

“It was hard work on the final circuit with the wind, but I tried to save energy wherever I could and push on towards the finish.”

He covered the 58 miles in two hours nine minutes and seven seconds

Nancarrow is in the fourth year of his medical studies, and those commitments will cut into his racing programme for 2020, but he does plan to contest the Torbay-based Mid-Devon CC’s next major National ‘B’-rated promotion, the Totnes-Vire Two-Day on April 25/26. 

PosFirst NameSurnameClub / TeamCatTime
1TomNancarrowNopinz Symec Race TeamE2.09.07
2RedWaltersNopinz Symec Race TeamE@ 1.24
3IwanEvansWielerzone NederlandJ 2ST
4MatthewHoulbergMeudon Pedal Heaven Le Col RTJ 2ST
5GeorgeKImberSpirit Tifosi Racing Team2ST
6AlistairStubbsRoyal Navy & Royal Marines CA3ST
7OliverWinwood BratchellVelo Club Venta2ST
8EdwardMorganCaffi Gruff2ST
9EthanBrowneThe BullsJ 2ST
10GethinPriceMaindy Flyers CCJ 2ST
11RossHollandSt Piran1ST
13OscarHutchingsTeam Tor 2000 | KalasEST
14MorganLeyshonMaindy Flyers CCJ 2ST
15FarleyBarberSpirit Tifosi Racing Team2ST
16LiamJames-MorrisBackstedt CyclingJ 2ST
17MattTupmanPrivate Member2ST
18AndrewWhittemoreExeter Wheelers1ST
19NicholasTyriePrimera – TeamJobs1ST
20JamesCartlidgePlymouth Corrinthians CC2ST

The Primavera’s 3rd/4th Cat race, over 48 miles, was won by Max Ashwanden (GS Mossa).

Ashwanden also won on his own, by more than half-a-minute from Sam Holwill (TrainSharp Development Team), with Conor Chandler (Bath CC) winning the bunch sprint for third place.

From the promoting club, talented first year Junior Morgan Gibson-Clay took 7th, with the evergreen Jason Kettle 9th.

PosFirst NameSurnameClub / TeamCatTime
1MaximillianAshwandenGS Mossa31.49.37
2SamHolwilltrainSharp Dev TeamJ 3@ 33
3ConorChandlerBath CC3@ 2.57
4MatthewPandagani-SayceBristol Cycling Dev. SquadJ 3ST
5SamuelMedlynOne and All Cycling3ST
6Steven JonesTeam Tor 2000 | Kalas3ST
7MorganGibson-ClayMid Devon CCJ 3ST
8AlexThomsonCycle Club Bridgnorth RWGJ 3ST
9JasonKettleMid Devon CC3ST
10IansaingToSwindon Wheelers3ST

The Mid Devon CC extends its thanks to all of the members, friends and supporters who helped on the day. Thanks must go to the SW RR Workgroup and the NEG for helping with the race too.

Text credit – Dave Thomas

Photo credit: Nick Phipps

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