Once again the team were dotted all over the country, from Nick down in the South West League all the way up to Scot at the 3 Peaks Cyclocross (see previous blog) and dashes of orange at the Notts and Derby League with Tracey and Phoebe, Sally at the West Midlands League and Stu, Sean, Sam, Henry and Scotty at the Western League in Bath.
First up, on Saturday Tracey and Phoebe headed to Markeaton Park for Round 2 of the very popular series. Over 50 women took to the start line both Tracey and Phoebe managed to keep nearer the front end of the race and came away with Tracey in 11th overall and Phoebe just behind in 12th, 2nd and 3rd in their categories, great stuff!
Further down the country, Sally headed to Redditch to compete in the West Midlands League. A very fast race in what is also a busy grid and up against some very handy competition in the form of Isla Rowntree and Karen Summers to name but a few. Sally was not going to let them out of her sights and dug deep to win her age category and not be too far behind that speedy pairing in the Women’s overall race!
Down in Bath, the Western League boys were battling it out on the new course (old venue) set out and organised by the cracking team at Avid Sport in the sunny and warm conditions at the Odd Down cycling circuit. Sam and Scotty were on the front row with Sean, Henry and Stu not far behind. Scotty wasn’t on top form after getting hit off of his bike earlier in the week and rather unsure how he’d go, but managed to get a half decent start and settling into the top 6. Younger teammate Sam Smith managed to get into the lead pretty quickly and soon tried to do his now well known disappearing act. A good gap was formed and it was then looked like it was left to Scotty and Sam Andrews to battle it out for second place. It appeared that Smithy wasn’t feeling too great either and it soon became a three man lead group, which then became two, as the Magspeed pair put the hammer down. With Scotty’s recent injuries catching up with him, he ‘knocked off’ (pardon the pun) the pace and urged Smithy to ‘give it some’ and watched his young compatriot gain a nice gap. Scotty was caught within a few more laps and eased off and settled for third – MUCH better than he’d thought pre race! Smithy went on to win and make it two of two in the Western League, cracking stuff! Meanwhile behind, Henry brought home the Junior win in his first race of the season after a race long battle with another one of our senior riders Sean, that kept them both ‘on it’ throughout the race. Stu put in another solid performance putting in consistent laps all race long. Another decent team performance – up next, the National Trophy opener!
Cyclocross is here and we bloody love it… a long season ahead, but ohhhh its going to be fun. See you there…