This weekend saw the a fair chunk of Team Orange head to the west coast of Wales and the newest National Trophy venue of Pembrey Country Park! Round 5 of the 6 round series was set to be another tough weekend out of, but somewhat less muddy than last time out in Crawley! On the Saturday we had 3 new riders in orange in the form of Caroline and Neil Mansfield and Alan Green, along with Tracey, Sally and James. Sunday saw Tracey also race the Elite Women’s race and Sam, Nick and Scotty ride in the final race of the, the Elite/U23 Men’s race.
Saturday saw our Veteran men and women take to the start line, with Alan Green in the V50 and James and Neil in the V40 race in the Men’s field two of these three heading out for the first time under the Team Orange banner. Strong rides by all on a very tough new course in Pembrey that didn’t offer much in the way of let up during the lap. James managed to bag another top 10 in 8th, making it another good day out for the Sheffield man.
Tracey, Sally and Caroline all got stuck in amongst it in the Veteran Women’s races, on what was to be the damper of the two days at the Welsh course. Another podium each for Tracey and Sally in their respective categories, with Tracey taking the win and Sally bringing home second and our newest rider, the smiley Caroline riding a solid race out in orange for the first time!
Sunday saw the next wave of orange arrive with Sam, Nick and Scotty all racing in the Elite Men’s race and Tracey staying on to race again, this time with the Elite Women! A good practice session for the boys in the morning to get tyre choices right and lines dialled in and then it was time for Tracey to get out there with the young guns. A great ride by our V50 National Champ and a solid result in a strong field of Elite/U23 Women!
Last race of the day was going to be, as ever, quick! A host of Belgians on the start line again and the usual strong lads who race the National Trophy series, that and a tough course, it was going to be a hard day out. Sam got off to a decent start and slotted in amongst a host of top riders and managed to maintain a decent position, keeping it up until the line and scoring another top 20 overall. Behind, Scotty and Nick had an early battle, but the pair eventually split and the slightly injured (from his get off at Crawley) Scotty got away from Blighty who had heavy legs from training for the upcoming Masters Worlds. 15th and 17th respectively for these two in the Senior Men’s category, so not too bad a day out!
Another great weekend out at the races for Team Orange and up next is a bit of an orange invasion of Belgium, with some of the team heading to the Masters Worlds and some racing at other races in Belgium. Plus a host of action back in the UK…lets get muddy!