ALMOST 80 riders took part in the inaugural round of the Beeline Bikes Oxfordshire Road Race Series.

Held at Weston-on-the-Green after almost 12 months of planning, the bumper field battled it out on the challenging narrow course.

After some hard racing, which included one crash in the middle of the pack, Didcot Phoenix’s David Emms sprinted to victory.

Result: 1 D Emms (DPCC), 2 M Cyer (Army CU), 3 S Jones (GS Henley).