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Chitterne Road Race: report and results

Zeb Kyffin becomes the first UCI Continental rider to win a national road race since 2019

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

Less than two hours after the first men’s National B road race of the year had finished, the second began. The fifth edition of the men’s Chitterne Road Race took place in horrid weather conditions, with riders facing wind and rain from the off.

With a long neutral section out of the way, it was on the second lap of the race that the wind gradually prised a 13-strong group off the front. The group included journal contributor Tom Portsmouth (Carbonbike Discar Academy), veteran Yanto Barker (Onyx Racing Team), Samuel Painter (TBW23 Stuart Cycling) and Zeb Kyffin (Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling). The same impetus that had eked out their slender advantage began to rip things apart further on the climb and the group was down to 9, singled out in the gutter heading down the descent towards Shrewton.

One lap later, the pattern of the race was emerging with the front group nursing a 60-second advantage over a chasing pack led by Canyon dhb Sungod that threatened to pull the whole bunch apart as they approached the final lap.

As the bunch took the bell they were down to 24 riders but the gap had been cut to just 40 seconds and the race was finely poised. Kyffin, Painter and Barker managed to strike out away from the rest of the leaders on the final lap and came into the finish with enough time to finesse, with Kyffin blasting four seconds clear of Painter on the final slope to the line, with the bunch and remains of the breakaway all starting to come together in the final kilometre. 41-year-old Barker came in third to complete a fine comeback to racing in his first road race since 2017. Joshua Giddings (Z Junior RT) was the best-placed junior, finishing seventh.

Earlier that day, Lucy Lee (Brother UK – LDN) had taken the win over Zoe Backstedt (Tormans-Acrog) in the Regional A women’s race.

Featured photo: Hugh McManus / Canyon dhb SunGod

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1Zeb KyffinRibble Weldtite Pro Cycling
2Samuel PainterTBW23 Stuart Hall Cycling
3Yanto BarkerOnyx RT
4Oliver MaxwellSaint Piran
5Tom PortsmouthCarbonbike Discar Academy
6George SmithPrimera-TeamJobs
7Joshua GiddingsZ Junior Race Team
8Daniel TulettCanyon DHB Sungod
9William TrueloveWales Racing Academy
10James AshcroftNopinz Motip Race Team
11Sebastian GarryNopinz Motip Race Team
12Josh WhiteheadTeam PB Performance
13Owain RobertsTeam Wales
14Samuel ClarkTBW23 Stuart Hall Cycling
15Vaughn PretoriusBrother UK Team LDN
16James NicholsonTAAP Cervelo
17Ross HollandSaint Piran
18Tom NancarrowNopinz Motip Race Team
19Joshua AveryBrother UK – Cycle Team OnForm
20Aaron FreemanRichardsons-Trek
21Max StedmanCanyon DHB Sungod
22Shaun CookBristol RC
23Callum MacleodCanyon DHB Sungod
24Jacques CoatesTeam PB Performance
25Cameron BiddleVredestein Basso
26Sion HarlowTeam PB Performance
27Nicholas TyriePrimera-TeamJobs
28Callum RileyRichardsons-Trek
29Christopher RothwellIndepdendent
30Joshua PriceSpirit Racing Team