With only four more events to go in the Hillingdon Winter Race Series, Australia-born Jerone Walters (Sigma Sport) is almost certain to become the cycling champion by the final event on February 14, having increased his overall lead to 170 points.
On his tail is Norwood Paragon's Chris Moores, who in turn has increased his lead to 360 points over third-placed Paul Alderson (South Western RC), which virtually assures him of second place. Team Quest's Ed Summerwell dropped to eighth overall, with 420 points.
Last Saturday's 32-mile race had 48 starters. All attacks in the early miles came to nothing until a five-man group escaped at half distance. The group included Walters and Moores, but also Walter's Sigma team-mate Steve Golla.
The tactical benefit of having two Sigma strongmen in the break was proved when Golla attacked with 15 miles to go. He crossed the line in 1.13.40. Some 28 seconds later, Walters outsprinted Moores for second place. The next bunch, having absorbed the other two riders from the break, crossed the line 1.10 later.
The Fourth Category Support Race over 14 miles saw a 29-strong bunch sprint. The race was won by Anthony Leeson (Addiscombe CC) in 46 mins. Youth racing results: U16 Tom Canning (Halesowen CC); U14 Boys Daniel Maslin (Hillingdon Slip-streamers); U14 Girls Sara Gent (In Gear RT); U12 Boys Ben Smith (Hillingdon Slipstreamers); U12 Girls Rebecca Maynard (CC Ashwell); U10s Karl Jolly (Hillingdon Slip-streamers).