02/07/17 – Sunny Rhyl Crit – E/1/2/3 – Myself and Grant turned out in Velo colours, with a half past 9 start and a 2 hour drive it was an early one. When we arrived we were surprised to see that there wasn’t quite 10 on the start sheet, this was very frustrating given the early start 😦 nevertheless we did what we had to do. The race turned into a really good laugh if anything, we really enjoyed the race, some hitters turned up including the newly north west regional crit champ Ed Hopper. Late on in the race there were a few moves but nothing was going to stick so it was down to the sprint. Coming round the last corner sitting on Ed’s wheel I thought I might be able to nick the win but I couldn’t quite do it. Ended Martin 2nd – Grant 4th.
08/07/17 – BodyTORQ crit Lancaster National B – E/1/2/3 – Richard took the lead on the driving front, Rich was booked on the 3/4 race while myself and Grant were doing the Nat B. Rich rode strong in the 3/4, cancelling down some early attacks. Going into the last few laps It was going down to the sprint. Rich managed to make up a few places in the sprint coming over the line in 8th place.
As Rich was still feeling good he decided to sign on the Nat B straight after. This race was brutal early doors, attack after attack. The start sheet had some big names on it so the attacks were expected. It seemed to settle later on but it was a very congested race. In the last 2 laps 2 riders managed to get away, so again it was about the sprint. Getting into a good position going into the final corner was proving to be extremely difficult. At one point I was on the grass and lost a few positions. As the sprint started you really did need your wits about you, there were bikes being thrown around every where. Grant managed to come over the line in 9th place, myself 14th and Rich 18th (pretty strong effort considering). We all went home happy as we were all in the points and again we had a good laugh.
16/07/17 – Swyno 60 Mile Road Race TLI – AS this being a local race we always want to do well representing Velo. Only myself and Grant entered this from Velo. Early doors 2 riders went up the road, I did consider to try and bridge over but I was confident it wouldn’t stick (how wrong was I going to be) the 2 riders was soon 1, with 1 rider being swallowed back in the pack. As the race progressed, we both tried various attacks but everything was getting brought back. With 1 rider still away on the final lap Grant decided to make a move going over the top of one of the climbs. Seeing Grant do this I immediately jumped across with another rider…the 3 of us were away. The solo rider away was in touching distance but this wasn’t meant to be. He crossed the line as we started our sprint 200 metres back. I managed to sprint for 2nd place and Grant came over the line in 3rd – the best outcome really :). The bunch weren’t far behind but we had done the job in hand. Shame we didn’t catch the guy out in front but he fully deserved 1st.
19/07/17 – Midweek Marsh Tracks Crit Rhyl – E/1/2/3 – Evening race, not the best to get to during rush hour but worth the journey. After 2 hours in the car I got there hoping that there was more than 10 entries, which it turned out there was – thank God. With Ed Hopper and George Evans on the start line I knew it was going to be a difficult race. The race was for an hour and there was lots of attacks, George trying his best to shake everyone off his wheel but it wasn’t meant to be. Towards the end Ed put in a big effort and went solo but he was caught. The last couple of laps went slow, everyone sat up and looked at each other. As I came onto the home straight I managed to cross the line in 5th place… overall happy to finish in the points, it made the journey home more Pleasurable but still looong.
23/07/17 – West Mids League Alan Goddard 2/3/4 – Going into this race I felt pretty good, with some good results under my belt I was looking foward to it. The course is flat but there was a nasty wind knocking around. Again, just myself and Grant entered this. The race started with a few soft break attempts, I wasn’t convinced anything was going to stick today due to the course being flat. As the race went on there were more attacks, I went with a few but again nothing was going to stick. After 47 miles going into the left hand turn on the A53 a group of riders got a gap. I instantly went for it with another rider, we managed to get on the back of the break. In total there was approx 10 riders, with a lot of shouting and organising going on we started to go through and off. My number one priority was to look after myself, try not to go through to hard and stay as aero as possible. With the pack a good 30 sec behind and the line getting closer I was confident we were going to stay away. After 15 miles we were in the last mile of the race, the 10 riders were still together. In the last km a guy took off, followed by a few others. Coming up to the finish line it was a all out sprint. I was slowly catching a podium place but it wasn’t meant to be…4th place but happy. This is probably my best result to date due to it being in the west mids league. Unfortunately Grant puncture on the 2nd to last lap, so he DNF.
So far July has been a good month for us all. At the local Audlem road race TLI league Grant took 1st place in the 1st out of 3 races. This was the 1st win Velo have had this season and hopefully not the last. Since this Grant also took 6th in the 2nd race, so it’s all down to the last race (good luck mate) I will update Grants final position next time.
Richard also raced the Darley 3/4 on the 22/07/17 and came over the line in 4th position. This was Riches best result to date and hopefully not the last 🙂