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Race Report: Tour of the Reservoir 2019

Round-up of the action, plus full results, from the men's Tour of the Reservoir

Featured photo: James York / https://www.jamesyorkphoto.com/bike-race-photography

Part of the British racing calendar since 2005, the Tour of the Reservoir has been a rare (and valued) novelty on the domestic scene over the years: a stage race. The UK has been sorely lacking in stage races at the National A and UCI 2.2 level for some time, so whilst only two days long, the race provides domestic teams with a rare stage racing experience on home roads. Based around the Derwent Reservoir in County Durham, this year’s event featured the usual mix of British Continental and elite teams.

Tour of the Reservoir, stage 2
Photo: James York / https://www.jamesyorkphoto.com/bike-race-photography

Stage 1

The first stage Stage involved 127 km of racing to the north and south of the Derwent Reservoir. The Blanchland loop to the south was tackled twice and featured the day’s main challenge: a four kilometre climb to Meadows Edge on exposed roads. A short punchy climb up to the finish line added a final test for the leading riders.

The racing was aggressive and uncontrolled from the gun. Various moves went off the front but the main move went after about 20 km and involved 10 riders: Chris Latham, Adam Kenway (both Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK), Jordan Peacock (Spirit Tifosi), Erick Rowsell (Madison Genesis), Will Bjergfelt, Ben Hardy (both SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling), Scott Auld (Ribble Pro Cycling), Callum MacLeod (Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes), Damien Clayton and (Andy Moore Autocentres Racing) Ben Healy (Team Wiggins Le Col).

The break was over 9 minutes clear at one point. The reaction behind led to the peloton splintering into pieces. A chasing group of 16 riders eventually reeled the break back, creating a 26 man lead group. The 16 included Jacob Scott, James Shaw, Ed Laverack (all SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling), Zeb Kyffin (Ribble Pro Cycling), Thomas Mein (Tarteletto – Isorex), Mark Christian (Team Wiggins Le Col), Dylan Kerfoot-Robson, Chris McGlinchey, Ali Slater (all Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK), Dan Pearson, Ollie Wood, Max Stedman, Matt Bostock (all Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes) Matt Holmes, Tom Moses (both Madison Genesis) and Joe Evans (Saint Piran).

Despite several attempted moves from this group, none stuck, so it came down to a sprint on the final uphill climb. Ollie Wood took the win, his first big road victory since the Ryedale Grand Prix in 2017. Jacob Scott and 2018 Tour of the Reservoir winner Tom Moses rounded out the podium.

Stage 2

Starting and finishing in Consett, the second stage was significantly longer at 177km. The route featured similar terrain to the first stage, with riders taken on loops both north and south of the Reservoir. This time, Meadows Edge was reached in the opposite direction to day one; a longer but less steep rise.

As with stage 1, the racing was aggressive all day, with various breaks going throughout the race. An attack from Pete Williams (SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling) midway through the race was one of the most notable. He was joined by our journal contributor Ed Laverack, Ben Healy and Chris McGlinchley. The four never got much more than a lead of a minute though, as a group of around 15 riders chased.

James Shaw, Matt Holmes and Mark Christian then bridged across to form a lead group of 5 with Laverack and Healy. They were chased closely behind by another 5: Steve Lampier, Will Harper (both Saint Piran), Max Stedman, Dan Pearson and Ali Slater. The two groups eventually came together to battle it out for stage win honours.

Ed Laverack led things out, and it was his teammate James Shaw who edged the win, inches ahead of Matt Holmes. Steve Lampier finished 3rd. Shaw also took the overall win, with the GC podium completed by Holmes and Mark Christian.

What we learned

  • Scott Auld coming back to form. It’s been a long way back for the Ribble Pro Cycling rider after his horror crash in February, but 10th overall at the Tour of the Reservoir showed that he is back in fine shape. Let’s hope he gets plenty more opportunities to shine in the second half of the season.
  • Wood reminds us he is still one to watch on the road. Ollie Wood has his sights set on track success at the Tokyo Olympics, but with his stage 1 victory he reminded he still has the road talent that saw him take 4th place in the U23 world road race championships in 2017.
  • SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling show great team strength. One of their strongest riders this season, Isaac Mundy, recently left to join Richardsons-Trek, and there has been the odd rumour of team disunity. But there was no evidence of any issues on the road, as SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling put on an impressive display of team strength and coherence at the weekend. Pete Williams, Ben Hardy, Ed Laverack, William Bjergfelt and Jacob Scott all shone and the team provided excellent support to James Shaw throughout. He was quick to praise to his teammates’ efforts after he crossed the line on stage 2.
Ed Laverack congratulates James Shaw on his win.
Photo: James York / https://www.jamesyorkphoto.com/bike-race-photography

Rider of the race

An obvious pick, but as we said in our Circuit of the Mendips report, it was only a matter of time before James Shaw took a win, such has been his consistency and aggression this season. He was once again a chief provocateur throughout the race and has surely done enough now to prove he is well worthy of another shot at the World Tour in 2020.

Looking Ahead

The domestic riders will now turn their attentions to the National Road Championships in Norfolk this week. The time trials will be contested on Thursday, while the new national road race champions will be crowned on Sunday. The National Road Series then resumes on 7 July with the Beaumont Trophy.

Highlights of the Tour of the Reservoir will be shown on Eurosport. Timings tbc


Tour of Britain qualification standings here.

National Road Series standings here.


Stage 1

115Oliver WoodCanyon dhb P / B Bloor Homes3:13:56
228Jacob ScottSwiftCarbon Pro Cyclingst
31Thomas MosesMadison Genesisst
45Matthew HolmesMadison Genesisst
526James ShawSwiftCarbon Pro Cyclingst
644Alistair SlaterVitus Pro Cycling  p/b Brotherst
716Scott AuldRibble Pro Cyclingst
840Adam KenwayVitus Pro Cycling  p/b Brotherst
932Mark ChristianTeam Wiggins Le Colst
1012Max StedmanCanyon dhb P / B Bloor Homesst
1110Daniel PearsonCanyon dhb P / B Bloor Homesst
12120Thomas MeinTarteletto-Isorex+5
139Matthew BostockCanyon dhb P / B Bloor Homesst
1446Christopher McGlincheyVitus Pro Cycling  p/b Brotherst
1523Ben HardySwiftCarbon Pro Cycling+8
1630Will BjergfeltSwiftCarbon Pro Cycling+9
1734Ben HealyTeam Wiggins Le Colst
1896Damien ClaytonAndy Moore Autocentres Racingst
198Erick RowsellMadison Genesisst
2020Zeb KyffinRibble Pro Cyclingst
2145Dylan Kerfoot-RobsonVitus Pro Cycling  p/b Brotherst
2224Edward LaverackSwiftCarbon Pro Cyclingst
2370Joe EvansSaint Piran+15
24122Callum McleodCanyon dhb P / B Bloor Homes+18
2581Jordan PeacockSpirit Tifosi Racing Team+24
2641Christopher LathamVitus Pro Cycling  p/b Brother+55
2764Kieran SavageCycling Sheffield Giant Sheffie+6:02
2848Jim BradfordActiveEdge Race Teamst
2911Louis Rose-DaviesCanyon dhb P / B Bloor Homesst
3078Rupert GrahamSpirit Tifosi Racing Team+6:04
3179Leon MazzoneSpirit Tifosi Racing Teamst
3242Michael MottramVitus Pro Cycling  p/b Brotherst
3331Lawrence CarpenterTeam Wiggins Le Colst
3417Alex DaltonRibble Pro Cyclingst
35118Fergus RobinsonZappi Race Teamst
3665Louis SzymanskiCycling Sheffield Giant Sheffie+6:07
3747Felix BarkerActiveEdge Race Teamst
3827Peter WilliamsSwiftCarbon Pro Cyclingst
3971William HarperSaint Piranst
4073Steve LampierSaint Piran+6:36
4129Julian VarleySwiftCarbon Pro Cycling+7:25
4287James CoatesWheelbase CabTech Castellist
4359Elliot HarrisonCrimson Orientation Marketing Rst
4462Joseph ClarkCycling Sheffield Giant Sheffiest
4513Charlie TanfieldCanyon dhb P / B Bloor Homesst
46100Andrew TaylorDab Cycling Clubst
4722Alex LuhrsRibble Pro Cyclingst
4852Richard McDonaldBioracer- Moriarty Bikesst
49106Ross FawcettPedal Power Cycles Ipswichst
5068Darnell MooreCycling Ulsterst
51113Angus FyffeCycling Ulsterst
5239Graham BriggsVitus Pro Cycling  p/b Brother+7:37
53101Neil ScottDeeside Thistle CC+7:40
5476Alex PlattSaint Piran+10:17
5566James CurryCycling Ulster+10:21
5691Joe ReillyWheelbase CabTech Castellist
5790Cameron RichardsonWheelbase CabTech Castelli+10:22
5886Matt ClarkeWheelbase CabTech Castellist
5943Frederik ScheskeVitus Pro Cycling  p/b Brother+10:24
6025Jordan ReedSwiftCarbon Pro Cyclingst
6121Gruffudd LewisRibble Pro Cyclingst
62116Ryan ReillyCycling Ulsterst
637Jon DibbenMadison Genesisst
64112David BollandVelo Schils Interbike RTst
65123Archie CrossB38 / Cycles in Motionst
6694Matthew ClementsRichardsons-Trek RTst
6772Cameron JeffersSaint Piran+10:32
684Richard HandleyMadison Genesisst
6974Oliver MaxwellSaint Piranst
7077Frazier CarrSpirit Tifosi Racing Teamst
716Jonathan McEvoyMadison Genesisst
72104Yorben Van TicheltNeon-Velo Cycling Teamst
7388Ben BarlowWheelbase CabTech Castelli+12:47
7482Matthew DobbinTBW23 Stuart Hall Gett Taxist
7558Matt HallamCrimson Orientation Marketing R+12:49
76102Donal ShearerCycling Ulster+12:52
77107Gary FreemanPedal Power Cycles Ipswich+12:54
7851Thomas GelatiBioracer- Moriarty Bikes+12:55
7956Jonathan FowlesCrimson Orientation Marketing R+12:57
8057Tarn FynnCrimson Orientation Marketing R+13:04
8169Gareth OneillCycling Ulster+13:06
8260Adam MacRaeCrimson Orientation Marketing R+13:12
8363Daniel PullenCycling Sheffield Giant Sheffie+13:17
8436Oliver RobinsonTeam Wiggins Le Colst
8535Callum RileyTeam Wiggins Le Col+13:19
8693Fraser MartinWheelbase CabTech Castellist
8719Richard JonesRibble Pro Cyclingst
88124William PerrettLeisure lakes bikes.comst
8967Ronan Mc LaughlinCycling Ulsterst
90111Oliver RichardsonTwickenham CC+13:22
912Ian BibbyMadison Genesisst
92121Charlie PassfieldSpirit Tifosi Racing Teamst
9318Jacob TipperRibble Pro Cyclingst
9480Jake HalesSpirit Tifosi Racing Teamst
95105Joe HowcroftOtley CC+13:36
96117Eliot WardBC Private Member+14:01
9750Sam WoodfieldActiveEdge Race Team+15:09
DNF85Ryan WatkinsTBW23 Stuart Hall Gett Taxi
DNF83Matthew HanfordTBW23 Stuart Hall Gett Taxi
DNF95Steven ParsonageRichardsons-Trek RT
DNF92Finlay RobertsonWheelbase CabTech Castelli
DNF115David HewettBC Private Member
DNF55Jonathan BridgeCrimson Orientation Marketing R
DNF110Craig GowTeam Andrew Allan Architecture

Stage 2

126James ShawSwiftCarbon Pro Cycling4:33:11
25Matthew HolmesMadison Genesisst
373Steve LampierSaint Piranst
471William HarperSaint Piranst
532Mark ChristianTeam Wiggins Le Colst
612Max StedmanCanyon dhb P / B Bloor Homesst
724Edward LaverackSwiftCarbon Pro Cycling+12
844Alistair SlaterVitus Pro Cycling  p/b Brother+21
934Ben HealyTeam Wiggins Le Col+26
1010Daniel PearsonCanyon dhb P / B Bloor Homes+28
1128Jacob ScottSwiftCarbon Pro Cycling+1:48
128Erick RowsellMadison Genesisst
139Matthew BostockCanyon dhb P / B Bloor Homesst
1446Timothy TorrieVitus Pro Cycling  p/b Brotherst
1516Scott AuldRibble Pro Cyclingst
1623Ben HardySwiftCarbon Pro Cycling+1:52
17120Thomas MeinTarteletto-Isorex+1:53
1865Louis SzymanskiCycling Sheffield Giant Sheffiest
19102Donal ShearerCycling Ulster+2:03
2017Alex DaltonRibble Pro Cycling+2:50
2164Kieran SavageCycling Sheffield Giant Sheffiest
2267Ronan Mc LaughlinCycling Ulsterst
2315Oliver WoodCanyon dhb P / B Bloor Homesst
2430Will BjergfeltSwiftCarbon Pro Cyclingst
2556Jonathan FowlesCrimson Orientation Marketing Rst
2674Oliver MaxwellSaint Piranst
2778Rupert GrahamSpirit Tifosi Racing Teamst
2821Gruffudd LewisRibble Pro Cycling+2:57
2942Michael MottramVitus Pro Cycling  p/b Brother+5:52
301Thomas MosesMadison Genesisst
316Jonathan McEvoyMadison Genesisst
3270Joe EvansSaint Piran+8:47
3340Adam KenwayVitus Pro Cycling  p/b Brotherst
3413Charlie TanfieldCanyon dhb P / B Bloor Homesst
35122Callum MacleodCanyon dhb P / B Bloor Homesst
367George PymMadison Genesisst
3729Stephen BradburySwiftCarbon Pro Cyclingst
3827Peter WilliamsSwiftCarbon Pro Cyclingst
3968Darnell MooreCycling Ulster+12:32
4047Felix BarkerActiveEdge Race Team+20:49
DNF104Yorben Van TicheltNeon-Velo Cycling Team
DNF66James CurryCycling Ulster
DNF116Ryan ReillyBC Private Member
DNF113Angus Fyffe
DNF69Gareth OneillCycling Ulster
DNF58Matt HallamCrimson Orientation Marketing R
DNF57Tarn FynnCrimson Orientation Marketing R
DNF121Charlie PassfieldSpirit Tifosi Racing Team
DNF82Matthew DobbinTBW23 Stuart Hall Gett Taxi
DNF90Cameron RichardsonWheelbase CabTech Castelli
DNF43Frederik ScheskeVitus Pro Cycling  p/b Brother
DNF91Joe ReillyWheelbase CabTech Castelli
DNF107Gary FreemanPedal Power Cycles Ipswich
DNF117Eliot WardBC Private Member
DNF51Thomas GelatiBioracer- Moriarty Bikes
DNF76Alex PlattSaint Piran
DNF63Daniel PullenCycling Sheffield Giant Sheffie
DNF96Damien ClaytonAndy Moore Autocentres Racing
DNF48Jim BradfordActiveEdge Race Team
DNF100Andrew TaylorDab Cycling Club
DNF60Adam MacRaeCrimson Orientation Marketing R
DNF18Jake GrayRibble Pro Cycling
DNF111Oliver RichardsonTwickenham CC
DNF2Ian BibbyMadison Genesis
DNF39Graham BriggsVitus Pro Cycling  p/b Brother
DNF45Scott ThwaitesVitus Pro Cycling  p/b Brother
DNF81Jordan PeacockSpirit Tifosi Racing Team
DNF80Jake HalesSpirit Tifosi Racing Team
DNF79Leon MazzoneSpirit Tifosi Racing Team
DNF31Lawrence CarpenterTeam Wiggins Le Col
DNF41Christopher LathamVitus Pro Cycling  p/b Brother
DNF77Frazier CarrSpirit Tifosi Racing Team
DNF123Archie CrossB38/Cycles in Motion
DNF72Cameron JeffersSaint Piran
DNF4Richard HandleyMadison Genesis
DNF112David BollandVelo Schils Interbike RT
DNF52Richard McDonaldBioracer- Moriarty Bikes
DNF11Louis Rose-DaviesCanyon dhb P / B Bloor Homes
DNF36Oliver RobinsonTeam Wiggins Le Col
DNF105Joe HowcroftOtley CC
DNF94Matthew ClementsRichardsons-Trek RT
DNF88Ben BarlowWheelbase CabTech Castelli
DNF59Elliot HarrisonCrimson Orientation Marketing R
DNF35Callum RileyTeam Wiggins Le Col
DNF124William PerrettLeisure Lake Bikes.com
DNF93Fraser MartinWheelbase CabTech Castelli
DNF19Richard JonesRibble Pro Cycling
DNF20Zeb KyffinRibble Pro Cycling
DNF86Matt ClarkeWheelbase CabTech Castelli
DNF87James CoatesWheelbase CabTech Castelli
DNF118Fergus RobinsonZappi Race Team
DNF106Ross FawcettPedal Power Cycles Ipswich
DNF25Jordan ReedSwiftCarbon Pro Cycling
DNF50Jesse YatesActiveEdge Race Team
DNF115David HewettBC Private Member
DNF101Neil ScottDeeside Thistle CC
DNF22Alex LuhrsRibble Pro Cycling
DNF62Joseph ClarkCycling Sheffield Giant Sheffie

General classification

126James ShawSwiftCarbon Pro Cycling7:47:07
25Matthew HolmesMadison Genesis7:47:07
332Mark ChristianTeam Wiggins Le Col7:47:07
412Max StedmanCanyon dhb P / B Bloor Homes7:47:07
544Alistair SlaterVitus Pro Cycling  p/b Brother7:47:28
624Edward LaverackSwiftCarbon Pro Cycling7:47:28
710Daniel PearsonCanyon dhb P / B Bloor Homes7:47:35
834Ben HealyTeam Wiggins Le Col7:47:42
928Jacob ScottSwiftCarbon Pro Cycling7:48:55
1016Scott AuldRibble Pro Cycling7:48:55
119Matthew BostockCanyon dhb P / B Bloor Homes7:49:00
1246Timothy TorrieVitus Pro Cycling  p/b Brother7:49:00
138Erick RowsellMadison Genesis7:49:04
14120Thomas MeinTarteletto-Isorex7:49:05
1523Ben HardySwiftCarbon Pro Cycling7:49:07
1615Oliver WoodCanyon dhb P / B Bloor Homes7:49:57
1730Will BjergfeltSwiftCarbon Pro Cycling7:50:06
181Thomas MosesMadison Genesis7:52:59
1971William HarperSaint Piran7:53:14
2073Steve LampierSaint Piran7:53:43
2165Louis SzymanskiCycling Sheffield Giant Sheffie7:55:07
2240Adam KenwayVitus Pro Cycling  p/b Brother7:55:54
2364Kieran SavageCycling Sheffield Giant Sheffie7:55:59
2417Alex DaltonRibble Pro Cycling7:56:01
2578Rupert GrahamSpirit Tifosi Racing Team7:56:01
2670Joe EvansSaint Piran7:56:09
27122Callum MacleodCanyon dhb P / B Bloor Homes7:56:12
2842Michael MottramVitus Pro Cycling  p/b Brother7:59:03
2921Gruffudd LewisRibble Pro Cycling8:00:28
3074Oliver MaxwellSaint Piran8:00:29
3127Peter WilliamsSwiftCarbon Pro Cycling8:02:01
32102Donal ShearerCycling Ulster8:02:02
3356Jonathan FowlesCrimson Orientation Marketing R8:02:54
3467Ronan Mc LaughlinCycling Ulster8:03:16
3529Stephen BradburySwiftCarbon Pro Cycling8:03:19
3613Charlie TanfieldCanyon dhb P / B Bloor Homes8:03:19
376Jonathan McEvoyMadison Genesis8:03:31
387George PymMadison Genesis8:06:18
3968Darnell MooreCycling Ulster8:07:04
4047Felix BarkerActiveEdge Race Team8:14:03