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Chitterne Road Race: race preview

Mini-preview and start list for one of the first men's National B road races of the season

The B-side: a closer look at National B road racing

After an absence of well over a year, national road racing returned last weekend. This Sunday, no less three National B road races take place: the Banbury Star Women’s Road Race, the Link My Ride Return to Racing for Big Dogs and the men’s Chitterne Road Race. This post previews the latter.

What is it?

National B test race put on by Avid Sport, sponsored by Trek Bath. As with all road racing events at the moment, Covid-19 restrictions apply, meaning the field is capped at 60 riders.

Previous winners including Isaac Mundy (2017), Mikey Mottram (2018), Stephen Bradbury (2019) and Jack Freeman (in 2019 when it was used for the regional championships).

The field this year is probably the strongest the race has ever had. It features 8 UCI Continental riders (four each from Canyon dhb SunGod and Saint Piran), strong line-ups from top elite teams such as Richardsons-Trek and the Spirit Racing Team, and two of our journal contributors, Tom Portsmouth and Red Walters, both very strong riders in their own right. 41-year-old Le Col founder Yanto Barker is also on the provisional start list; it will be fascinating to see how he fares.

The event also includes a Regional A women’s race.

The route

The race takes in 4.75 laps of a 19 km circuit starting and finishing in Chitterne, Wiltshire. It’s a rolling course, taking in 174 m of elevation gain per lap.

Exposed sections and crosswinds have been a big feature of the race on the four previous occasions it has run and, at the time of writing, it looks like the wind will be strong enough to once again be a defining factor this Sunday.


Date: Sunday, 23 May 2021

Start: 14.00

Provisional startlist

First NameLast NameClub / Team Name
RedWaltersBlack Cyclists Network
JoshuaAveryBrother U.K – Cycle Team OnForm 
CallumMacleodCanyon DHB Sungod
EuanMacleodCanyon DHB Sungod
MaximilianStedmanCanyon DHB Sungod
DanielTulettCanyon DHB Sungod
TomPortsmouthCarbonbike Discar Academy
AndrewTaylorDAP Cycling Club
LouisBombroffJRC-Shutt-Ridley Race Team
OliverBowdenJRC-Shutt-Ridley Race Team
LucaD’Arcy WillettJRC-Shutt-Ridley Race Team
WilliamJewittJRC-Shutt-Ridley Race Team
YantoBarkerLe Col
JackFreemanMeudon Pedal Heaven Le Col RT
MatthewHoulbergMeudon Pedal Heaven Le Col RT
JamesAshcroftNopinz Motip Race Team
NathanHallettNopinz Motip Race Team
TomNancarrowNopinz Motip Race Team
MattWittsNopinz Motip Race Team
KenBuckleyNuun-Sigma Sports-London RT
RossChaplinOnyx Racing Team
PiersCurleOnyx Racing Team
MichaelKoreneffOnyx Racing Team
SamuelAskerRichardsons-Trek RT
JimBradfordRichardsons-Trek RT
AaronFreemanRichardsons-Trek RT
CallumRileyRichardsons-Trek RT
StephenBradburySaint Piran
IwanEvansSaint Piran
RossHollandSaint Piran
OliverMaxwellSaint Piran
FarleyBarberSpirit Racing Team 
TomCouzensSpirit Racing Team 
AngusHawkinsSpirit Racing Team 
JoshuaPriceSpirit Racing Team 
ElliotBarrattTAAP Cervelo
MatthewDownieTAAP Cervelo
HenryLatimerTAAP Cervelo
JamesNicholsonTAAP Cervelo
SamuelClarkTBW23 Stuart Hall Cycling 
SamuelPainterTBW23 Stuart Hall Cycling 
TimothyTorrieTBW23 Stuart Hall Cycling 
JosephWestTBW23 Stuart Hall Cycling 
TimAllenTeam LDN – Brother UK
JodyPaxmanTeam LDN – Brother UK
TomWileyTeam LDN – Brother UK
JamieWimborneTeam LDN – Brother UK
JamesBentleyTeam PB Performance
JacquesCoatesTeam PB Performance
SionHarlowTeam PB Performance
JoshWhiteheadTeam PB Performance
OscarHutchingsTeam Tor 2000 Kalas
HarveyMcNaughtonTeam Wales
OwainRobertsTeam Wales
CameronBiddleVredestein Basso
WilliamTrueloveWales Racing Academy
JoshuaGiddingsZ Junior Race Team

Featured photo: James York. 2019 Clayton Velo race.