Now in it’s third season, the Sotonia Summer Criterium returned last weekend for the first of two events held at the South Winchester Park & Ride venue this year. A best ever turnout of 159 riders took part with plenty of family and supporters taking advantage of the ‘race village’ refreshments from the good people at Coffee Cruiser, GelArto Ice Cream and the Terrace Sandwich Bar. Mechanical support was on hand from race sponsors, The Hub Cycleworks.

Fine weather greeted the youth riders in the early races with Sotonia fielding seven U8s. Ollie Graham rode strongly for another podium finish with 2nd place. Isabella Hall taking 2nd in U8 girls. Of the four Sotonia U10s, Samuel Ridgment was our best finisher in 7th place.

When it came to the senior races, we were again well represented in the 4th cats with seven Sotonia riders. A lead group of nine riders including Tom Budden and junior, Josh Bakker quickly formed which stayed away until the end with Josh taking 3rd and Tom 4th in the sprint won by Adam Downing (Cycleworks).

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Five Sotonia riders raced the 3rd cat race and again it was full gas from the gun. A lead group moved clear as the bunch strung out, containing Ed Slot, James Peckham, Phil Wilks and Andy MacKay. The eventual sprint won by Rob Hardyman (North Hampshire RC) saw Ed take a fine second place, Andy 7th, James 8th and Phil 12th.

Thanks to all the club members who helped make the event such a success. Thanks also to The Hub Cycleworks for their support and Graham Robins for the event photos.

Next up is the Sotonia Summer Road Race on 3rd July which should see some exciting racing on the sporting circuit at Owslebury with another strong lineup by team Sotonia.


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U8 Boys

Pos Name Club
1st Jack Morgan Solent Pirates
2nd Oliver Graham Sotonia CC
3rd Lauren Charles Charlotteville CC
4th Oliver Patterson
5th Isabella Hall Sotonia CC
6th Celia Moody Sotonia CC
7th Thomas Wilks Sotonia CC
8th Skye Martingale Sotonia CC
9th Joshua Graham Sotonia CC
10th Lucas Mills Sotonia CC


U10 Boys

Pos Name Club
1st Edward Charles Charlotteville CC
2nd Stanley Kent Hillingdon Slipstreamers
3rd Bobby Buenfield Velo Club Venta
4th Oliver Morgan Solent Pirates
5th Oliver Kent Hillingdon Slipstreamers
6th Arne Esslemont Andover BMX Club
7th George Connell Sotonia CC
8th Samuel Ridgment Sotonia CC
9th Alfie Gaunt Sotonia CC


U10 Girls

Pos Name Club
1st Greta Carey Palmer Park Velo RT
2nd Melissa Cooper Eden Veranda Racing
3rd Anna Patterson
4th Liv Kersley Andover Wheelers
5th Evelyn Mills Sotonia CC
6th Mabel Moody Sotonia CC


U12 Boys

Pos Name Club
1st Jamie Gostick Palmer Park Velo RT
2nd Joel Maclean-Howell Cardiff JIF
3rd Arlo Carey Palmer Park Velo RT
4th Peter Drabble VC Meudon
5th Felix Clacy Chapel Tri-Stars
6th Oscar Pratt Velo Club Venta
7th Charley Perkins


U12 Girls

Pos Name Club
1st Ella Maclean-Howell Cardiff JIF
2nd Madeline Cooper Eden Veranda Racing
3rd Elena Day Solent Pirates


U14 Boys

Pos Name Club
1st Freddie Horner Behind the Bikeshed
2nd Nathaniel Brookes Gillingham & District Wheelers
3rd Ella Shaftoe Performance Cycles
4th Toby Proctor FSM Schools



Pos Name Club
1st Adam Downing Cycleworks.co.uk
2nd Connor Ambrosini
3rd Joshua Bakker Sotonia CC
4th Tom Budden Sotonia CC
5th Sam Stewart Southdown Velo
6th James Gill DHCyclesport
7th Ed Clarke Velo Club Venta
8th Matthew Posner Southampton University RC
9th Richard Windsor
10th Benjamin Hames Sotonia CC
11th Russell Speight Sotonia CC
12th David Martin Velo Club Venta
13th Jason Rushton Army Cycling Union
14th Kevin Easterbrook Royal Air Force CA



Pos Name Club
1st Keri Parton Royal Air Force CA
2nd Gemma Stuart Mickey Cranks CC
3rd Chloe Barr



Pos Name Club
1st Rob Hardyman North Hampshire RC
2nd Ed Slot Sotonia Cycling Club
3rd Adam Holleyman Wight Mountain RT
4th Matthew Buckley Abbotts Ann Cycles
5th Ieuan Woods Charlotteville CC
6th Paul Barnard Southdowns Bikes Casco
7th Andrew Mackay Sotonia CC
8th James Peckham Sotonia CC
9th Charlie Cooper Eden Veranda Racing
10th Robert Baird Blazing Saddles Cycles
11th Tom Lane Blazing Saddles Cycles
12th Phil Wilks Sotonia CC
13th Joe Clark I-Team Cyclists' Club



Pos Name Club
1st Mike Smith Cycleworks.co.uk
2nd Benjamin Marks Cycleworks.co.uk
3rd Joe Hickerton Eden Veranda Racing
4th George Stainton-Ellis Excel Pedal Heaven Academy
5th Matthew Webster Wellingborough RT
6th Patryk Rucki Skinline RC
7th Harry Veale Cycleworks.co.uk
8th Stanley Kennett PMR@Toachim House
9th Oscar Hutchings Primera-TeamJobs
10th Paul Double Velo Club Venta
11th Matthew Downie Eden Veranda Racing
12th Stephen Cavey Southdowns Bikes Casco