As the summer of racing heads towards its conclusion, we look back on the last month’s remarkable results for team Sotonia…

Tom goes solo at Sotonia Summer Criterium 2

Kicking off the month, it was a great day’s racing for team Sotonia at the Winchester Park and Ride circuit for our final Summer Criterium of the year. Ride of the day went to Tom Budden – soloing off the front from the start to lap the field in the 4th cats.  A great ride too by Ben Hames – winning the sprint and second place. Andy MacKay was a well deserved second place in the cat 3 race with Red Walters 6th and Jon Hall 7th. There was a top turnout by our youth riders too. Thanks also to race sponsors The Hub Cycleworks for their generous support.



Red impresses at Portsmouth Evening Circuits

The return of the Mountbatten circuit has meant a happy hunting ground for junior, Red Walters with 3rd places in rounds 8 and 11 to secure promotion to 2nd category – pretty amazing in his first season of road racing! Congratulations Red!

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Andy nabs promotion at Torbay Velo Park Crit

Andy MacKay also won a well deserved promotion to second Category after getting into a five man break in Torbay and racing to the win.


Ed wins at VC Venta Criterium 3

There was a decent points haul for Sotonia at the third VC Venta Park & Ride Crits on 14th August. In the 4th cat race, Ben Hames impressed with a second place and promotion. George Karta came 10th and Tobie Charlton 14th.

In the 3rds, Ed Slot went one better – soloing off the front to take the win. The lead group containing three Sotonia riders was led largely by Tom Budden and Ed. After a few efforts to split things up, Ed eased away with a quarter of the race remaining with Red Walters taking third in the bunch sprint. Ed followed this fine result with a third place at Thruxton a week later to gain his second cat promotion as well.



Podium for Tom in Southern XC series

Last weekend saw the final round of the Southern XC Cross Country Mountain Bike series at Checkendon with Tom Budden and Tobie Charlton featuring at the sharp end in the lead group of the Sport category race on the twisting woodland course. Tom sealed an impressive second place in the series, finishing second on the day with Tobie 4th (9th in series).

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It’s been a great summer for Sotonia – really well done everyone! Not long now until Cyclocross season…