Saturday, 31 March 2012

Redhill well represented at Bletchingly

Riders Eager to Start #2
By pjemmison
Friday, April 6, 2012 - 22:00
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Despite the high temperatures over the preceding week, the cooler conditions were ideal for this race.

Eighty riders had signed up but not all started with some citing the recovery from colds. The first lap was a mellow affair so that the field, could learn the course. The roads are narrow and with riders taking up the full road width, there was short moments of chaos when a vehicle approached from the other direction. An occurrence of this happened on the first lap heading into Bletchingly, which resulted in some riders, including Phil, having to put their foot down. After then wrestling with a start up hill, plus several attempts to re-cleat, Phil lost ground and had to put a big dig in up through Bletchingly. Having caught the pack, the pace was upped and he then found himself off the back by Rookery Hill. He almost caught the group again but saw them go off into the distance at Outwood. After this, Phil continued circuits, turning the race into a training ride, and did five laps in total until he was told my race was over on completion of my fifth lap. He found it interesting watching some of the other racers calling it a day when they had had enough.

Other Redhill riders didn't have the ideal day, with Dom suffering a mechanical on completion of the first lap. Olly was dropped on the fourth lap and finished with others. Due to the headwind on the south stretch, breaks weren't tending to be established. There was a couple of crashes but none of the same magnitude as the August race last year.

This left Maurice, Dan and Ryan contesting the win. With the racers a little spaced out on the final lap, there was a big team effort to catch the race leaders, and this was done by the start of the final climb. The race was won by Harold Evans of VO2 Development Team. Maurice finished 8th. Dan was our second racer over finishing 15th, with Ryan shortly after.

Well done to Addiscombe CC who put on a great race with lots of Marshalls and a well stocked cake selection at HQ.