A short, punchy course produced a BBBC winner for the first time since HC #1 at Ally Pally, with Solomon topping the table, just ahead of new series entrant, Ben from Kingston Wheelers. With ten riders on the start sheet, it was a competitive affair, with 11 points available just for showing up.
Smith beat Woodall by four tenths of a second to go third, with Balch, in his first climb of the series rounding out the top five.
Owen ate one too many pre-race brownies and finished a disappointing sixth, allowing Woodall to close the gap for third overall to a single point.
Miguel, also Kingston Wheelers, slipped from top spot last week down to 7th on the night. He still adds another 14 points to his tally, though, which sees him sitting pretty in the upper echelons of the series leaderboard – a podium finish is not beyond reach. Our third debutant, Fox, still with the RideLondon sitting heavy in his legs, brought up the lanterne rouge in the men's draw.
Searl and De Calbiac battled it out in the classement feminin, with De Calbiac emerging the victor.
The raffle was won by Searl (digital hand pump) and Smith (subscription to Cyclist). Woodall's impressive baking prowess saved the day on the cake front after Owen cocked things up royally. Thanks to prize sponsors Cyclist and Immediate Media for their kind donations. We have so far raised more than £200 for Lunsar Cycling Team, which is incredible. Lets see if we can get it to £300 by the end of the month.
We'll see you all in Highgate for the penultimate round next Tuesday. I have seen the raffle prizes and there are loads and they are brilliant. I can't say exactly what, but one of them rhymes with Schmubscription Schmoo Schmyclist.