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Vikings Victorious in 2013 ...

It was a Manx Viking Wheelers 1 - 2 overall as Darren Bell finished Stage 6 in 7th place adding a 1 minute advantage to the 30 seconds he had over team-mate Elliot Baxter going into the final stage. Bell retained the yellow jersey he had pulled on after Stage 2 and Baxter had sufficient an advantage to hold on to 2nd place as Ryan Bevis (Cwmcarn Paragon) overhauled Owen James (Wales Junior Team) by 1 second to take 3rd overall. In addition the strength of the Manx Viking Wheelers team saw them finish just under 5 minutes ahead of BC Central Region with Dynamic Bicycles RPC and 2012 winner Tony Kiss in 3rd. Kiss took victory in the KOM competition and, by virtue of his points on the final stage, Daniel Davies (Ystwyth CC/Continental/Summit) claimed the Sprint jersey. The prize for the most aggressive rider overall was awarded to Jonathan Shuster of BC Central Region.

View photos of Stages 5 and 6 and the prize giving by Rich Lewton and Short & Round.

  • Stage 1
  • Stage 2
  • Stage 3
  • Stage 4
  • Stage 5
  • Stage 6
Stage: a 4.2 mile rolling individual time trial with a hill finish
Starters: 100
It was a flying start to the event for Welsh Junior Stephen Williams as he clocked a sub 11 minute time for the prologue time trial - despite being baulked by a lorry at the start. A tail wind up the climb to Llanhennock helped the first year Junior from Aberystwyth to what might be a new course record.
Result:
1st Stephen Williams (Wales Junior Team) 10.59
2nd Darren Bell (Manx Viking Wheelers) @ 8 secs
3rd Felix Barker (Severn Road Club) @ 18 secs
Team GC:
1st Manx Valley Wheelers 34.36
2nd Severn Road Club @ 6 secs
3rd Wales Junior Team @ 8 secs
STAGE 1 | TEAM GC
Stage: 6 laps of a rolling / hilly circuit with a hill finish
KOM primes: 3
Sprint primes: 3
Starters: 100
In contrast to the deluge of 2012 the riders were blessed with perfect conditions and were spurred into action from the off. Riders repeatedly clipped off the front of the peloton but these early forays came to nothing. The largest break came on lap 2 when a group of 12 riders put 15 seconds between themselves and the peloton but the most successful involved a lone break by Darren Bell (second on Stage 1) soon after this. The Manx Viking Wheeler pulled out a gap of 30 seconds on lap 3 but was reeled in by the start of lap 4. The defining move came almost immediately after this as Daniel Davies and Ras regulars Richard Harris and Tom Crouch attacked and established a lead of around 15 seconds on a chasing group of 6 riders including Bell and team-mate Elliot Baxter. The gap from the chasers to the bunch steadily increased but into lap 5 the leading trio was caught and it was a break of 9 riders that had pulled out a gap of 2 minutes on the bunch as the bell rang for the final lap. Still 2 minutes up on the peloton and with 3 kilometres remaining Bell made his final move and held off his breakaway companions on the climb to the finish to take the stage win and the race leader's jersey.
Result:
1st Darren Bell (Manx Viking Wheelers) 2.27.15
2nd Owen James (Wales Junior Team) @ 8 Secs
3rd Ryan Bevis (Cwmcarn Paragon) @ 16 secs
KOM
1st Ryan Bevis (Cwmcarn Paragon) 12
2nd Darren Bell (Manx Viking Wheelers) 8
3rd David Griffiths (Dynamic Bicycles RPC) 6
Sprint
1st Daniel Davies (Ystwyth CC/Continental/Summit) 10
2nd Darren Bell (Manx Viking Wheelers) 6
3rd James Phillips (Severn Road Club) 6
GC
1st Darren Bell (Manx Viking Wheelers) 2.38.22
2nd Owen James (Wales Junior Team) @ 54 secs
3rd Elliot Baxter (Manx Viking Wheelers) @ 1.01
Team GC
1st Manx Viking Wheelers 8.00.09
2nd Welsh Junior Team @ 2.53
3rd Cwmcarn Paragon @ 2.57
STAGE 2 | KOM | SPRINT | GC | TEAM GC
Stage: 3 laps of a rolling circuit with a flat finish
KOM primes: 3
Sprint primes: 3
Starters: 98
What turned out to be a race-long break was initiated with little over a mile of racing covered. 2012 winner Tony Kiss (Dynamic Bicyles RPC), Jonathan Shuster (BC Central Region), Felix Barker (Team Malcolm Dixon) and Gareth Jones (Wolverhampton Wheelers) escaped from the peloton at Penpergwm and had established a gap of 1 minute by the time the race reached Usk. Second time through and this had nearly doubled. A puncture troubled the yellow jersey towards the end of lap 2 but his team-mates were on hand to tow him back to the bunch. On to the final lap and the leaders' advantage started to come down, dipping to under 1 minute at the KOM prime point. Barker lost contact in the final miles but the remaining trio maintained their advantage with Kiss winning the 3-up sprint.
Results:
1st Tony Kiss (Dynamic Bicycles RPC) 2.02.05
2nd Jonathan Shuster (BC Central Region) @ 5 secs
3rd Gareth Jones (Wolverhampton Wheelers) @ 13 secs
KOM
1st Tony Kiss (Dynamic Bicycles RPC) 18
2nd Jonathan Shuster (BC Central Region) 10
3rd Gareth Jones (Wolverhampton Wheelers) 6
Sprint
1st Tony Kiss (Dynamic Bicycles RPC) 14
2nd Felix Barker (Team Malcolm Dixon) 12
3rd Jonathan Shuster (BC Central Region) 8
GC
1st Darren Bell (Manx Viking Wheelers) 4.41.12
2nd Owen James (Wales Junior Team) @ 54 secs
3rd Elliot Baxter (Manx Viking Wheelers) @ 1.01
Team GC
1st Manx Viking Wheelers 14.08.39
2nd Dynamic Bicycles RPC a 2.27
3rd Wales Junior Team @ 2.52
STAGE 3 | KOM | SPRINT | GC | TEAM GC
Stage: a flat 14.6 mile team time trial
Starters: 95
Results:
1st Manx Viking Wheelers 31.52
2nd BC Central Region @ 15 secs
3rd Wolverhampton Wheelers @ 30 secs
GC
1st Darren Bell (Manx Viking Wheelers) 5.13.04
2nd Elliot Baxter (Manx Viking Wheelers) @ 1.01
3rd Owen Jones (Wales Junior Team) @ 2.09
Team GC
1st Manx Viking Wheelers 15.44.15
2nd BC Central Region @ 5.24
3rd Dynamic Bicycles RPC @ 5.27
STAGE 4 | GC | TEAM GC
Stage: hilly place to place with a hill finish
KOM primes: 3
Sprint primes: 3
Starters: 92
There was an early flurry of activity at the front but this came to nothing as the peloton climbed away from Usk and split dramatically, leaving groups of riders chasing but failing to regain the bunch on the descent to Chepstow. There were further attacks off the front of the reduced peloton with Tom Crouch (Dynamic Bicycles RPC), Richard Harris (Cwmcarn Paragon) and Rupert Denny (Dream Cycling) once again particularly active but the gap was never more than 14 seconds and all had been reeled in by the time the race reached Mitcheltroy. But Dynamic Bicycles RPC and Dream Cycling were determined to try and get away and with Wolverhampton Wheelers and the yellow jersey for company a group of 7 had established a gap of 18 seconds as the race exited Raglan Roundabout. Thwarted attacks were the order of the day, however, and by the Hardwick Roundabout they were all back in the bunch. There was no let up in attacks as the race returned to Raglan with Jonathan Shuster (BC Central Region) trying his luck. Finally, however, on the climb to the finish at Gwehelog, it was Peter Medhurst (University of Exeter CC) and, 2nd on GC, Elliot Baxter (Manx Viking Wheelers) who had clipped off the front, with Baxter pulling away to take the win.
Results:
1st Elliot Baxter (Manx Viking Wheelers) 1.59.20
2nd Peter Medhurst (University of Exeter CC) @ 5 secs
3rd Edward Palfreeman (Arbis Colbert Cycles) @ 21 secs
KOM
1st Tony Kiss (Dynamic Bicycles RPC) 12
2nd Ryan Bevis (Cwmcarn Paragon) 8
3rd Elliot Baxter (Manx Viking Wheelers) 6
Sprint
1st Robin Garry (Manx Viking Wheelers) 12
2nd Tony Kiss (Dynamic Bicycles RPC) 6
3rd Daniel Davies (Ystwyth CC/Continental/Summit) 4
GC
1st Darren Bell (Manx Viking Wheelers) 7.12.54
2nd Elliot Baxter (Manx Viking Wheelers) @ 31 secs
3rd Owen James (Wales Junior Team) @ 2.09
Team GC
1st Manx Viking Wheelers 21.43.15
2nd BC Central Region @ 5.54
3rd Dynamic Bicycles RPC @ 6.01
STAGE 5 | KOM | SPRINT | GC | TEAM GC
Stage: rolling place to place with hill finish
KOM primes: 3
Sprint primes: 3
Starters: 82
Gavin Morton (VC Meudon) used the first sprint of the day in Llangynidr to launch an attack and had a gap of 49 seconds on the peloton by the time the race left Talybont on Usk and joined the A40 in the direction of Brecon. This had increased to 1 minute at the Brecon roundabout but Morton was being chased down by Jonathan Shuster (BC Central Region) and Daniel Davies (Ystwyth CC/Continental/Summit). First Shuster then Davies caught Morton and the trio continued to pull away from the bunch. By Talgarth, however, Morton had lost contact with Shuster and Davies. And having taken the second KOM prime, Shuster then sat up and also dropped back to the bunch leaving Davies holding on to a 1 minute lead. Once on the lower slopes of Llangynidr Mountain this soon vanished as the climbers came to the fore, headed by Andrew Feather of Exeter Wheelers. Feather took an emphatic stage victory and Darren Bell the 2013 Ras De Cymru Winner's jersey.
Results:
1st Andrew Feather (Exeter Wheelers) 1.56.05
2nd Edward Palfreeman (Arbis Colbert Cycles) @ 27 secs
3rd Michael Lancaster (VC Meudon) @ 32 secs
KOM
1st Jonathan Shuster (BC Central Region) 12
2nd Daniel Davies (Ystwyth CC/Continental/Summit) 8
3rd Andrew Feather (Exeter Wheelers) 6
Sprint
1st Daniel Davies (Ystwyth CC/Continental/Summit) 14
2nd Gavin Morton (VC Meudon) 8
3rd Tony Kiss (Dynamic Bicycles RPC) 6
GC
1st Darren Bell (Manx Viking Wheelers) 9.09.51
2nd Elliot Baxter (Manx Viking Wheelers) @ 1.29
3rd Ryan Bevis (Cwmcarn Paragon) @ 2.37
Team GC
1st Manx Viking Wheelers 27.36.43
2nd BC Central Region @ 4.43
3rd Dynamic Bicycles RPC @ 5.44
Overall KOM
1st Tony Kiss (Dynamic Bicycles RPC) 32
2nd Jonathan Shuster (BC Central Region) 26
3rd Ryan Bevis (Cwmcarn Paragon) 20
Overall Sprint
1st Daniel Davies (Ystwyth CC/Continental/Summit) 28
2nd Tony Kiss (Dynamic Bicycles RPC) 28
3rd Felix Barker (Severn RC) 18
Overall Most Aggressive Rider
Jonathan Shuster (BC Central Region)
STAGE 6 | KOM | SPRINT | GC | TEAM GC