20th June: The Thriller League - and the suspense that kills
We know the races took place, people were there, they're up on YouTube: three ERRL races - Paul Simon Homes RR, Redgrave RR, Eagle RC RR.
The mystery is just what were the results of these races?
Any information leading to the capture of these results will be amply rewarded. . .
8th May: Finchley RT storms back
Jack Davis won the bikerace for Finchley at the Techniflo 3/4 race, and Andy Hastings took maximum ERRL club points for his 4th place in the Lea Valley Road Race. It's been a lean time for the North Londoners, with wins eluding them and perhaps today will represent a turn in the wheel of fortune and breathe new life into their title challenge - suddenly they're 5th!
It's been a good day too for PCH, with their strong stable of riders racking up points in both today's races. This was enough to take back the League lead from St Ives, who demonstrated their insouciance by looking beyond the ERRL altogether and wondering instead how their representation in the Lincoln GP was faring (uh, that's you Jamie. . .).
From this week's hosts St Ives, to next week but one's CC Hackney: they are the other team who seem to score points despite themselves and in doing so today they have now distanced themselves from ELV to claim sole title to 3rd place.
For connoisseurs today has offered other interest. It's good to see points going to CC Luton and to CC Ashwell and first League points for Fenland Clarion as well. More clubs are being drawn into the results, having a sniff at what they can achieve. It's from such small beginnings that title challenges eventually grow.
NOTE - Results of Ixworth Criteriums not yet published and not yet included in the ERRL tables.
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17th April: Brilliance, channelling pure brilliance
Has any team ever entered just two riders into an ERRL race and found them placing one and two in the finish? Of course they have, because this year this is of course the League of brilliance, and we can all remember the Ipswich BC RR and CC Hackney's triumph.
But that one-two is what St Ives achieved again today in the Ken Wright Memorial RR. And this is no something-or-other ERRL race, itís got pedigree and itís got class and this year it attracted a field to do it justice. In each of the previous two years it has been won by riders of simply peculiar brilliance, last year Basil Moss (CCC) and previously the perhaps even more gifted and even more enigmatic Jon Tomlinson (ELV).
But this year St Ives achieved an exceptional double victory. Malcolm Smith came around David Barnes (ELV, and eventually fourth) to win from the break, while at the same time he was overhauled by his teammate Lee Desborough for the win from the bunch sprint.
If St Ives donít take the chance this year to chase the ERRL title, surely weíll all be entitled to wonder something about them as a club.
They go top, they go top in style, and we congratulate them.
11th April: PCH Go Top
PCH have overhauled CC Hackney and the hard-charging St Ives team (uh, that's you Jamie) by a single point with Matt Cowan's 3rd place in the Hainault RC RR (Reg B). Impressed? I think so.
But was this more impressive than Cambridge getting no less than three 4th Cats into the result of the same race? It's not just new clubs like CCH who can reach out and bring new riders into this sport, as the rest of the result shows clearly - new faces (except Neil Chapman of Maldon, maybe not so much. . .).
Preamble aside, it is of course to Jonathan Shuster of Stowmarket and District CC that the plaudits must go after his beautiful victory in this race.
The Glade CC RR (Nat B) on the same course revealed Jamie Caldwell (St. Ives) as the Basil Moss of 2011, and may well have left the former Basil Moss wondering the sense in which there could really be a vacancy for that role. Jamie was the only ERRL rider to reach the break of fifteen and earns 15 Club points for his 11th place as the best placed ERRL rider. The other revelation of the season has surely been Owen Lake, again of Cambridge, and he was most unlucky to miss out on ten club points when he came in 21st. With the withdrawal of the Orbea team from the League this year these E123 races now provide rich pickings for ERRL clubs who have the riders to capture a place in the top twenty. Like ELV. . .
The Glade CC RR is bidding to become the flagship event of the ERRL, and who would really want to deny them this honour ahead of the League's only National A RR, The Tour of Dengie Marshes, or the equally competitive and more established Ken Lush Memorial RR, or The Andrews Trophy, The Lea Valley RR, the ELV Two Day Race. . . ?
Hasn't our racing got good this year?
4th April: Photograph the Results Sheets with your Phone
To get results published on this site as fast as possible after a race, the quickest solution will often be to photo the handwritten results sheets which are used to announce the winner within an hour or two of every race and then to email the picture to somebody who can put them on the ERRL forum.
Send the picture to:
and the results will get recorded in the League Tables too.
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