We had another fine result at Winchester Park & Ride Criterium circuit this Sunday for the final round of the VC Venta Crit series. Sotonia rider, Ben Scott-Munden lets his legs do the talking and has been racking up top five finishes all season. On Sunday he finally got his first win in the 3rd cat race. A large field of over 30 contained two Sotonia riders – Ben and Phil Wilks. Both rode a smart race, were well positioned and never far from the front of the bunch. Ben left it to the last corner to unleash his sprint, winning by several bike lengths. Phil rode very strongly in support, chasing down some dangerous moves and would probably have been on the podium too, were it not for a crash on the last corner that held him up. Ben is now just four points off 2nd Cat promotion – we wait with excitement to see if he can do it!

In the 4th cat race, David Baxter represented the club, making a break of four riders at the mid point that would stay away to the end. The leading group of Mike Hopkins (Cycleworks), Ant Gritton (DHC) and Felix Wilkinson (Veloton) built up a lead of 13 seconds over four chasers until with three laps to go, Ant attacked and managed to hold off the break to the finish with David in second place and gaining promotion to 3rd cat too – great riding David!

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