On a grim Sunday in late April, Dulwich Paragon’s Jonathan Gales beat a strong National B field – including world champion Ethan Hayter – to take the South East Road Race League’s Elite/1/2/3 Tour of the Hopfields.
The race took in 5 laps of the Chilham circuit in Kent before a 1.9km climb up White Hill. After a couple of big efforts to cover moves on the wet circuit, a big effort on the final climb dropped the rest of the riders, and one final push was enough to overtake Ethan Hayter for the victory.
The win comes just a few weeks after his victory in the Surrey League 2/3 race at Seale. Jonathan said:
“This is my first National B win and biggest result by a long way. I can’t describe how happy I am, I will certainly try and relish this moment for a long time. I is not often you get to ride against a World Champion, let alone beat them after 3 hours of racing.”
Full results here.
Photo: Dave Hayward