Friday 19th August
This event, sponsored by Webbs of Warmley saw VC Bristol riders Charley Bradley-Veilands, Gavin Thomas, Jon Wright, Noel Waldron, Rob Sutton, and Simon Davis compete in an all-out 500m roller sprint fest.
First up was the qualifying round:
2. Gavin Thomas 21.59
10. Jon Wright 22.43
16. Rob Sutton 22.89
21. Charley Bradley-Veilands 23.73
23. Simon Davis 23.77
42. Noel Waldron 25.80
Previous South West winner Gavin set an early pace with a fast time of 21.59 placing 2nd. Jon posted a time of 22.43 and was placed 10th with Rob posting a 22.89 and placing 16th. As only the top 16 riders go forward from qualifying this unfortunately meant Charley, Simon and Noel didn’t go through.
This round saw Rob beaten by the fastest qualifier Dan Bowen. Both Jon and Gavin won their respective races and went through to the Quarter finals.
The quarter finals saw Jon and Gavin going head to head. Both fought hard with Gavin taking the win.
Gavin proceeded to win his semi-final race against Dream CC’s James Van Gowler which meant he was in the Final.
The final saw Gavin pitted against a very fast Dan Bowen who has previously placed 2nd in the National Finals in London. As is always customary with Rollapaluza the final distance was changed to 1000m (much to Gavin’s dismay). Gavin fought hard but lost to Dan with a time of 44secs placing 2nd.
Well done to all VC Bristol riders that took part and big thanks to Simon for sponsoring the event.
A full write up and results are available on the Rollapaluza website: http://www.rollapaluza.com/rollapaluza-cyclescreen-bristol-sponsored-by-webbs-of-warmly-in-the-watershed-arts-centre/