|35 year old Wayne Randle emerged from a group of 19 riders|
to take the Romford-Harlow Premier Calendar Road Race on the line. “It reminds me of the time I put Abdu in the barriers”, said Steve Joughin, Randles main quiche eating – coffee buffoon sponsor. Close on his
heels was BCF-World Class Performance Programme track specialist Rob Hayles, with
Steve Stonham and 36 year old Jonny Clay third and fourth respectively.
With some of the country’s best young riders, who had dominated the previous weekend’s
GP of Essex, absent racing abroad, the old order of British Road Racing re-asserted
itself with a vengeance. Indeed, with John Tanner coming in fifth, there were three
over thirties in the top five. Continuing the theme of age, a notable presence in
the race was 51 year old Masters World Champion Ian Hallam. Hallam finished safely
in the main bunch which came in just over one and a half minutes down on the winner.
With three events of nineteen gone it’s still to early to predict a winner for the
series. However, consistency often proves decisive in the Premier Calendar but and
the Pro-Vision trio of Wayne Randle, Mark Lovatt and John Tanner look determined
to make the other teams work hard for the points.
The next event of the series is the Europa Two Day, next weekend (1st & 2nd April).
The action starts at race HQ, Bishops Waltham, Hampshire at 1pm on Saturday.
Results: Romford-Harlow, 26th March 2000.
Name Team Time
1. Wayne Randall Pro Vision 139km in 3h, 2m, 50s
2. Rob Hayles Athletes 1 same time
3. Steve Stonham Real Cost Car Imports same time
4. Jonny Clay BCF Private Member same time
5. John Tanner Pro-Vision same time
6. Phil West Middridge CRT same time
7. Julian Ramsbottom Peter Read RT same time
8. Paul Pickup Liphook Cycles RT same time
9. Andy Lyons BCF Private Membar same time
10. Chris King Amore & Vita same time
2000 Series Standings after three events
Name Team Points
1 RANDLE, Wayne Provision Powerbar 65
2 TANNER, John Provision Powerbar 55
3 LYONS, Andy BCF Private Member 43
4 DOWNING, Russell BCF Private Member 40
4 NEWTON, Chris Middridge CRT 40
6 HAYLES, Rob Athletes 1 35
6 LOVATT, Mark Provision Powerbar 35
8 McCAFFREY, Aaron Heffs Bike/Jackson 31
9 BROOKS, Ben(Aus) Linda McCartney 30
9 DAWSON, Kevin Pete Reade Racing 30
9 STONEMAN, Steve www.Real Cost Imports 30