Another busy weekend has come and gone for Team Orange, with our riders racing in the Notts and Derby League, South West and Wessex Leagues…not to forget our two boys up north battling the 3 Peaks in Yorkshire.
Nick headed to Wadebridge for the SWCX, here’s his view on the race:
Saturdays race at Wadebridge in Cornwall was set in the Royal Cornwall Showground, a very dry and dusty course with a lot of tarmac and steep banks would make for some fast racing a total contrast from last weekend’s muddy affair in Cheltenham. Unlike last weekend I started from the front row of the grid but I had a awful start not clipping in on the uphill drag to the first tarmac section, I sat in the wheels of a group of 8 leaders which soon thinned out to leave myself and fellow senior Phil Collings. I made a mistake coming into the steep off camber section that lead onto the start finish on lap 3 and never got back to Phil with 2 laps to go visiting senior Oscar Hutchings passed me and I tried hard to stay with him. But it wasn’t going to be my day, I punctured a front tub on the last lap but I hung on for 3rd senior behind Phil and Oscar who had a dead heat for 1st . In only my second full winter season I am super happy to have been on the podium several times and I am looking forward to competing in the Elite category in Derby this coming weekend at the National Trophy fingers crossed my legs play ball. I have given up on rain dancing it doesn’t work #teamorange.
Sam headed to the Wessex League to seek out a new course and some tough Wessex junior competition, here’s his thoughts,
I decided to travel down to Prospect Park for the Wessex League and after speaking to the organisers I managed to get myself a 2nd row start instead of having to be at the back. The track was hard but fun. I had a good start and managed to hit the front going into the first corner. I led the race for the first 2 laps followed by my two main Junior rivals and also Dan Guest, the leading Veteran. We had managed to gap the rest of the field, Guest took to the front and increased the speed yet again. With a few laps to go Barney Clacy (Hargroves Cycles) attacked, I managed to stick on his wheel and we broke away from the other two. Barney and myself were making it hard for each other, keeping the pace high. Coming into the final lap I took the lead, after half a lap Barney wouldn’t come through so I was going to have to lead it from the front. Barney tried to come past on a short climb before the tight wooded section but I didn’t let him pass. I knew where Barney was as we entered the last straight and I managed beat him to the line where I could put my hands up. Coming home 0.49 ahead of Barney.
Meanwhile, in the Notts and Derby League, Phoebe raced in a PACKED womens field of 50 women. Dry and fast conditions meant for an ‘off road crit’ situation… Racing shoulder to shoulder all race Phoebe managed to bring home yet another Senior Womens podium with a strong 3rd place, narrowly missing out on 2nd.
Our boys competing up north had a day of mixed emotions at the 3 Peaks Cyclocross, full report coming…
This weekend sees the majority of the team heading to Round 1 of the National Trophy in Derby…Let’s make things Orange!!