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Thread: Parnell wins Fenland Clarion Road Race

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    Default Parnell wins Fenland Clarion Road Race

    In hot and windy conditions Toby Parnell (CCC) finished off an excellent team performance by Cambridge CC with a brilliant sprint from the breakaway group at the end of 6 laps of the 70 mile course. With an 8 man team (Edward Farnell, Joey Halloran, Nigel Hobday, Bjorn Krylander, Toby Parnell, Wes Ullrich, Mark Warren and Tom Vickery), confidence was high that the club could produce a good result on the day, however with an exposed and in parts technical course a victory was never certain.

    The race separated from the drop of the flag with Ed and Toby using their experience of the Sawtry course from the previous years race to make it into an 10 man breakaway after the race was strung out in a cross wind following the course's technical descent. The breakaway group had a good balance of riders from the peleton and riding hard for each other they took 15 seconds a lap for four laps to give a 1 minute advantage after 50 miles. However despite the efforts of their team mates in the bunch (Wes, Bjorn, Nigel, Wes, Mark, and Joey) their advantage never looked secure and as the break started to tire in the penultimate lap an 8 man group containing Tom bridged across to the break and the 18 man group that would lead the race to the chequered flag was formed. In the bunch the remaining CCC riders again kept at the front of the race and helped the breakaway riders make good their advantage.

    Back in the break, without an interest in the sprint and the motivation to work hard, Tom played domestique for his teammates and (proving why he's the club TT Champion) rode flat out on the front through the final five miles of the race, putting in an enormous effort through the final climb to thin the breakaway and line out the group for the sprint. In final 500m Toby rode a perfect line through the fragmenting bunch and in a shoulder to shoulder sprint edged out the Iceni Velo rider on the line to take the victory. Suffering from their earlier efforts Ed finished 11th and Tom 18th with Wes and Bjorn rounding out the top 20 with 19th and 20th in a two man break from the main bunch on the final climb.

    A stunning ride from the all members of the team and really great race to be part of.

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    I just wish I could have been part of it for a bit longer.

    Great to see the teamwork paid out though and congratulations to Toby!

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    Perhaps someone could have Toby's win highlighted on the homepage?

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    3rd Cat whdeboer's Avatar
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    Default Results section?

    To the webmaster: Maybe we can have a results section on the website that people can use to post their race results to? Similar to this:

    The club have been doing quite well this year with road racing (though unfortunately not as well in the ERRL as in previous years), several riders have won races, off the top of my head: Tony Purnell, Douglas Bradshaw, Bjorn Krylander, Toby Parnell, and me.
    Willem H. de Boer -- Lightweight Dutchman.

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