Results Round up for 23rd Nov '14
Merida Brass Monkey series - Round 1
It was the return of the Merida Brass Monkeys as the Gorrick team took Round 1 of the winter monkey series to the iconic Minley Manor. Cold and rain greeted the 2 and 4 hr riders making the going a little damp and squidgey, a nice test of fitness and mental strength lay ahead for those taking to the start line!
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In the 2hr Womens race, it was Laura Sampson of GRT / Sussed out Suspension how managed to overhaul the early leader, Louise Robinson (XCRacer.com), to take the win. Louise Robinson held on for 2nd with Monika Rybacka of Redhill CC taking 3rd.
The Mens 2hr win was taken by Banjo cycles / raceware direct / Specialized / Torq rider, Phillip Pearce who finished 52 seconds ahead of Sam Stean. Will Taylor came how some 10 minutes 28 seconds further back to claim 3rd.
The 4hr Womens race was won in great style by the flying Jo Munden of Pedal Heaven RT. Bonnie Van Wilgenburg managed to get past Zappi's RT team-mate on the final lap to grab 2nd spot after near 5 hr's of racing from Hedvika Toncrova.
Pivot Cycles new boy, George Budd overcame a few teething issues to take the win, making it 1 from 1 in his new team colours (Read his report here). It was a good day for Pivot, as their riders took all 3 podium spots with Richard Penning finishing in 2nd spot and team-mate Paul Flynn taking 3rd.
You can check out the full list of results from Rd1 of the Merida Brass Monkey series via Timelaps here