The final race of the Hillingdon Winter Series last Saturday proved to be an anti-climax as the top three places in the overall competition were settled beyond doubt the previous weekend.
The race was something of a let down as it finished with a bunch sprint, the first time this has happened in the current series.
It was also problematic for a number of riders when a crash with half a lap to go felled 13 participants, including Chris Moores, second in the competition and delayed overall leader Jerone Walters. Fortunately there were no major casualties.
With 66 starters, the first five miles were flat out being led by Daniel Rudd (Arctic RT) and Russell Painter (Norwood Paragon).
Further attacks as the race developed resulted in a 21 minute break-away, gaining a 50 second lead by 17 miles.
With too many riders 'taking a tow' the break eased and was cut six miles later.
At 600 yards to go wheels touched in the back straight and 13 riders hit the tarmac, disrupting the sprint and seriously delaying others.
Joe Skelton (private) took the flag in 1.14.10 from Rudd, with Chris McNamara (Team Corley) in third.
Fifty one riders finished the 32-mile race at an average speed of 27mph. Overall series competition results: 1st Jerone Walters (Sigma Sport) 1610pts; 2nd Chris Moores (Norwood Paragon) 1510pts; 3rd Paul Alderson (SWRC) 830pts; 4th Joe Skelton (private) 600 pts; 5th Martin Dawkins (Team Quest) 520pts.
Prizes were presented by young Cervelo professional, Daniel Lloyd. The Series Combativity Award went to Archer RC's Rudi Maraise for his consistent aggression throughout.
The 20-mile fourth category support race, meanwhile, was won by Jai Watson (Dulwich Paragon) in 48.10 from Adam White (Reading CC) and Anthony Lacey (private). Thirty two riders finished.
Kenton Road Club's Sunday ride saw four members out, led by Gino Goddard and David Thurtle, previewing next Sunday's hilly North Road hard riders time trial circuit in the Essendon and Bayford areas, near Hert-ford.
Kenton's Des Gayler was training at the circuit and is hopeful of a good ride in the traditional season opener.