Rhys Howells, a Rapha employee turned Team WIGGINS rider, won the third edition of the Rapha Cycling Club Road Race on Sunday 20th August 2017.
The 29-year-old Welshman, who set up and organised the race when working as Rapha Cycling Club secretary back in 2015, attacked a select group of seven riders with 10km to go, soloing to the win by 26 seconds.
In taking the victory – on only two hours sleep – Howells also became the British eastern region road race champion, after the race had been chosen to host the regional championships by British Cycling.
Sixty riders from elite through to 3rd category had lined up for eight laps of the popular Strethall circuit through the Essex countryside, but after 140km, the Team WIGGINS rider had ridden everybody off his wheel to take a memorable win.
1 Rhys Howells (Team WIGGINS)
2 Antony Moye (Spirit Bikes) +00:26 secs
3 George Wood (Richardsons/Trek) +00:29
4 Charlie Passfield (Spirit Bikes)
5 Matt Clements (Catford CC/Banks)
6 Arlen Vartazarian (Regent Park Rouleurs)
7 Tommy Power (Strada Sport) +01:04
8 Lloyd Chapman (Catford CC/Banks) +02:38
9 Mark Richards (DAP CC) + 03:11
10 Clay Davies (Verulam-Really Moving) + 03:22