Tour of Montenegro Day 3

Tour of Montenegro - Day 3 - Josh Parkin reporting:

The day started early, with the team being up and ready to leave by 7:30am on the dot! The race traveled in convoy from from the race hotel in Kotor to Podgorica, a 3 hour commute over the mountain. As temperatures began to rise throughout the morning, the team were thankful for the many water bottles, thanks to Clive Emson Land & Property Auctioneers.

During the journey, one of the elite teams vans broke down. Without enough space in the car for the whole team and staff, let alone equipment, they decided not to start the day. At this point the convoy began to disband, with teams finding their own way to race. Having to reply on others to transport the team, we managed to get lost on route, arriving only 40 minutes before the start.

The team began to change, prepare bottles, gels and numbers for the race and build the bikes back up. After signing on, the team rolled out for the ceremonial start at 11:30am.

The evening before, the organiser proposed shortening the circuit from 16 laps of 4.4km to 10, followed by 40 km of climbing. This was due to the heat and the difficulty of the race the day before.

The race came to a halt at the official start, while the circuit was confirmed as being clear. After waiting for approximately 10 minutes, the race was underway. It went hard from the gun, with one rider attacking straight away. Within two laps, a group of 4 had formed with an advantage of 10 seconds. Ollie Morgan managed to get across to the group within a lap with one other rider to make a group of 6. They worked well as a unit with Ollie pulling some big turns to help increase the gap. At its peak, the break had a 45 second gap. As the main bunch contained riders who had missed the break, the gap begun to come down. Within 5 laps the break had been caught. A lone rider then countered and time trialed off the front of the group.

The riders then headed off the circuit and towards the mountain. From the bottom of the mountain 30km of climbing awaited them. The lone rider was soon caught and Ollie was first to attack. This decimated the bunch, breaking it into small groups of riders. A small group of 7 then formed at the front.

Having worked so hard for the team earlier on, both Josh Copley and Cameron Foster were caught at the back, meaning they missed the leading group.

Riders were soon spread across the mountain, with Matty Dobbing in a group of 3 chasing Ollie’s and David's group of 7.

Riders began to blow all the way up the climb in what was a war of attrition. Those who paced themselves were successful, with the team all fitting into that category. All riders managed to pick others off, catching them as the race continued to climb.

Ollie’s groups depleted and Matty soon caught up and passes the riders, in pursuit of the win. David was still chasing behind and working well to maintain a rhythm within his group.

Matty pushed over the climb to finish third, a clear display of his climbing ability within the team in what was an impressive performance.

Ollie came over the top with a small group of riders, sprinting to the line. A touch of wheels/switching of other riders caused Ollie to crash and hit the deck, resulting in road rash, twisted bars and a twisted saddle. Ollie soon got back on his feet, running to the finish in what was another impressive ride given the series of very unfortunate events that he had been involved in over the course of the week. Ollie even received compliments from the organisation on his performance over the three days. Ollie was well patched up at the finish and also attracted some attention from the locals.

David came up and over the climb to win the sprint to the line ahead of some of the riders from his group. Another great performance.

Both Josh and Cam finished together in very respectable places given their dedication to doing well as a team. Both riders were an asset to the team in this Tour, so this should not be dismissed. They should both be very proud of their achievements, especially given Cam has been injured and Josh has been unable to ride for the majority of the year due to an operation.

Positions:

Matty Dobbing 3rd
Ollie Morgan 7th
David Reece 8th
Cameron Foster 14th
Josh Copley 15th

A strong performance on the final day brings to a close what has been a very eventful but enjoyable three days for the team. Thank you to the organisers and all involved to make the event happen. We hope to be invited back next year!

Thanks to Team Giant-RBS for the support over the last three days!

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Tour of Montenegro Stage 2

Tour of Montenegro - Stage 2 - Josh Parkin reporting:

The day started on a high, with Ollie Morgan sitting in 6th place on GC having been 6th the day before.The team had a game plan for day two. With another hot day ahead, the team were well prepared with enough bottles, thanks to Clive Emson Land & Property Auctioneers. During the race, temperatures hit 44 degrees celsius, so the team were conscious to ensure they kept drinking, consuming over 30 liters of water between the five of them in the race alone.

The team rode 3.5 miles to the start of stage two and then completed a lap of the course, so to familiarise themselves with what lay ahead of them. Stage 2 consisted of 30 laps of a 3.3km circuit, undulating slightly each lap. Being well positioned on start line, the team started well, ensuring they remained in the top third of the race.

The first attack of the day came from Ollie Morgan, rolling the dice and testing the water of the teams following a tough stage 1. Sadly, Ollie was caught after 1 lap away and a counter attack split the group. The race began to fragment very quickly. A group of 7 got away, including 2 riders from KK Kranj, one of the elite teams, @Ollie Morgan and Matty DobbingDavid ReeceJosh Copley and Cameron Foster worked hard to ensure both Ollie made the decisive move and then remained in the bunch.

The leading group later split in two two smaller groups after some attacks from other teams. Both Ollie and Matt were now in the second group on the road with one other rider. Behind, the gap was opening up from the leaders to an ever depleting bunch. After putting themselves in the red to get Ollie in the move, both Cam and Josh unfortunately got dropped from the bunch. Cam made the decision to roll in and rest ready for day 3, after having trouble with his ankle caused by injury earlier this season and Josh rolled in just behind the bunch.

Stage 2 team positions:

Matty Dobbing 5th
Ollie Morgan 7th
David Reece 12th
Josh Copley 23rd
Cameron Foster DNF

GC:

Ollie Morgan 5th
Matty Dobbing 7th
David Reece 11th
Josh Copley 20th
Cameron Foster DNF

Team GC:

KK Kranj 1st
Velo M Termalift 2nd
TBW23 Stuart Hall Cycling Gett Taxi Bottecchia 3rd

Thanks to Team Giant-RBS for transporting me to and from the start for each stage!

Roll on day 3!

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Tour of Montenegro Stage 1

Tour of Montenegro - Stage 1 - Josh Parkin reporting:

The day started on a bit of a low, as sadly Ollie Morgan had been involved in a collision with a car while out on the reccy ride the day before. Thankfully, Ollie was not injured badly and came away with a buckled front wheel and a broken bottle cage. Feeling good the next day, Ollie used his frustration to fuel his race!

The teams gathered at the race hotel, ready to role out for the race ceremony at 2pm. The team rolled down to the old town of Kotor for the team presentation. With the sun beaming at 32 degrees, it was going to be a hot one! The team then rolled to the start line at the bottom of the mountain, finding shade to rest in before the start.

The hill climb started at 4:15pm, with riders set off at 1 minute intervals. Ollie Morgan punctured before the start, but we had enough time for a wheel change. Josh Copley punctured in the last kilometer but will still able to finish, with the rest of the team finishing with no major issues. The team climbed a staggering 900m over 21 kilometers with the winner finishing in 46 minutes and 26 seconds.

The race operated a one way system, meaning all riders had to wait at the top until everyone had finished. I waited at the bottom, so to ensure the riders were all okay before setting of. I sent some refreshments to the top, including lots of water in the back of another team car as I had no way of getting to the top as the road was closed by Police for the race.

Following stage 1, the team rolled back the the race hotel, giving them time to spin their legs out and discuss how they felt about the stage.

Roll on stage 2!

Team positions:

Ollie Morgan 6th
David Reece 10th
Matty Dobbing 14th
Josh Copley 23rd
Cameron Foster 33rd

Thanks to our sponsors:

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Wigmore Cycling Club http://www.bc-clubs.co.uk/wigmorecc/

Surrey League RR

Surrey league RR- Barcombe circuit - 8th September - @Joe West reporting:

Myself and Peter Merritt made our way to Lewes on Sunday for a Surrey Cycle Racing League RR hosted by Sussex Revolution VC, a 100k RR on a rolling course with a sharp little climb up to the finish.

It started quick with attacks and I was determined to get a break going, attacking every lap and keeping the pressure high. Annoyingly on the 4th lap, my attack got countered and the break was established.

I kept pushing along with Peter, making sure no one else got anyway. Coming into the last lap, we could see the break 20 seconds ahead, but no one was committed to closing the gap and it came down to a bunch sprint.

We were both positioned well coming into the foot of the climb, but as soon as the sprint opened up, frustratingly, Peter got cut up. I managed to dodge it and get 3rd in the bunch and come home 11th, meanwhile Peter came in a respective 20th.

Thanks to all the organisers and sponsors who make these races possible.

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Endura https://www.endurasport.com/

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Clive Emson https://www.cliveemson.co.uk/

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Rotor http://www.velotechservices.co.uk/shop/Vcat3.asp

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Big Event Hillingdon Crit

BIG Events Hillingdon Crit Nat B - 07/09 - Peter Merritt reporting:

It was a tough race at Hillingdon with a strong field and windy conditions. I made it into a couple of moves, but I didn't manage to make anything stick. This was the theme for everyone throughout the race which concluded in a bunch sprint. Unfortunately, I didn't position myself well and I rolled in 21st place.

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Scunthorpe Open Track

Scunthorpe open track league - Quibel Park Velodrome - Friday 6th September - Kieran Hotson reporting:

A slightly windy and fresh night greeted the riders on Friday night at the track after a few cancelled events previously due to rain, so we were all keen to get back stuck into some good fast racing.

First up was the 10 lap scratch race around the 500m track with a very active fast race to start things off. In the closing laps I was battling with the race favourite Aaron Preston to keep in a position to watch him. On the last lap I tried a gamble on the back straight to jump early pushing a slightly lighter gear giving me a faster jump while the other riders were looking at each other. I got a good gap but was just caught on the line by Aaron but held on for a solid 2nd place.

Next up was the devil. Eliminating riders every lap until only 4 riders remain to fight out for the win. The group mostly kept together at a good brisk pace all race as I kept myself marshaling the race from the back keeping a good eye on every rider remaining then to just roll up before the line so I didn't get eliminated. I made it into the 4 man shootout on the last lap waiting a little later this time for my rival to sprint first with the aim of coming past him on the banking before the finish this time. As he jumped on the back straight I was there on his wheel but just didn't quite have the power to get past him in the finish taking another 2nd place.

Last up was the 10 mile scratch race - with all the daylight gone now under the floodlights and the air getting cold I kept myself warm between races with my Le Col Long sleeved thermal jersey doing a great job. The race soon kicked off in the first few laps with a few attacks and surges to line the group out and split things up. By halfway we had just 6 riders left on the front group with me. Working well to take us all the way into the finish where I had another gamble to jump first whilst Aaron was boxed in at the bottom of the track. I nearly held on again but it wasn't to be as Aaron managed to squeeze his way out and managed to surge past again. For me another 2nd place.

Thanks to John Robert Photography and Richard Howes Photography for the photos!

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Jef Schils Memorial RR

Jef Schils Memorial Road Race 2019 - 1st September - Harry Horsman reporting:

Myself and four teammates ventured to Colchester for one of the final National B show downs of the 2019 season. With an exciting and complex route, the Jeff Schils memorial road race offered cross winds aplenty, taking us past and over the Abberton reservoir in all manner of circuit variations. After a large neutral zone, Ryan WatkinsJosh CopleyPeter Merritt and Joe West sat close to the front of the bunch as the flag went down and proceeded to watch and follow. Feeling slightly lethargic, I battled during early cross winds just to stay in contact but as we hit the half way mark I found myself at the front thanks to guidance from the Copley steam train. Becoming ever increasingly settled, I managed to find myself off the front numerous times as did Joe who rode powerfully at the head of the peloton. Having missed the nine man selection and with nothing seeming to stick from the main group it seemed inevitable that a large bunch sprint was going to occur. Only just having got back on after a mechanical issue, Pete managed to get a solid result with Ryan coming in the best out of us in 14th, Joe just behind and with myself and Josh closely trailing. With this being his first race back after multiple heart surgeries, this was a very impressive performance by Josh! On reflection, we could have communicated more frequently and raced more efficiently. However, positives can be taken in what was salvaged and as a team unit, we look towards the next race. Many thanks to Jason Nind and Josh Parkin for supporting in the car and providing guidance, our parents for standing in the feed zone and Velo Schils Interbike and Velo Schils - Interbike Racing Team for putting on a great event!

Thanks to Neale Watkins for the photos!

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Max in Belgium

LANDSKOUTER- Sunday 28th August - Max McMurdo reporting:

Took myself out to race a more rolling course after having been getting round the flatter races. It was 13 laps of a tough circuit with a long drag that finished with a real kick up all into a tailwind. The field wasn’t allowing any attacks to go and so the peleton just became whittled down as the race went on. I was poorly positioned when a rider lost the wheel and I had to use all my energy to get back across, only for the next surge in the race to find me dropped from the race. It knocked my confidence quite a bit since I was finishing races now, however I’ll take it as good training and try again soon.

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Squadra RR

Squadra RR - 25th Aug - David ReeceI reporting:

WIN WIN WIN!

I went to this race on five hours sleep, not the best but not much I could do. The race started and for the first 40 minutes I felt terrible, sat near the back trying to get my legs going. After this, they started to come around and before I knew it I was chasing the break of 4 with 3 other riders. With only one other contributing, it took us around 10 miles to catch the break but eventually we did. I took a look at the 8 riders and picked what I deemed as my only threat in the race. With about 6 miles to go, I attacked over a small climb, splitting the break up into 2 groups. Again they chased me and it came back together. With around 2 miles to go I attacked again and one other rider jumped on my wheel, He gave me 1 turn, then I attacked him for the last mile, which gave me enough breathing space to hold on for the solo win.

Thanks to Craig Zadoroznyj Craig Zadoroznyj Photography for the photo!

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Victor Berlemont Trophy

Victor Berlemont Trophy RR Nat B - 25/08 - Peter Merritt reporting:

Kieran Hotson and I lined up among a field of 80 riders for the country's longest National B road race. 11 laps of a near 10 miles circuit for a total of 108 miles. The circuit was undulating and exposed; characteristics that were exacerbated by the windy conditions and intense heat! As the race began, a majority of the field were keen to avoid spending too much energy early on. A small group of riders capitalised on this by establishing an early break. Kieran and I went with multiple countermoves, but it was to no avail. As the race wore on, the weather and terrain took their toll, and the peloton became evermore depleted. After putting in a grand effort in the first half, Kieran didn't have much left in the tank for the final laps and had to end his race early. About 60 miles in, there were already two group up the road. With the peloton constantly reducing in number, I followed a small group that attacked off the front. We started as a group of 15, but come the final couple of laps this was reduced to just six. No one had much left in the legs for a sprint and we rolled in together as the last riders left in the race. Of the 80 riders that started, only 20 finished. With this in mind, I was relatively pleased to come in 18th place.

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Cyclopark Summer Series

Cyclopark Summer Series E/1/2 - 22/08 - Peter Merritt reporting:

Harry Horsman and I lined up for the penultimate round of the Cyclopark Summer Series. The race started as standard with plenty of early attacks. Not long into the race, I went off the front with two others and quickly established a gap of 20 seconds. We spent a few laps maintaining a slim advantage over the bunch, but as we approached the second half of the race, the gap began to increase. Back in the peloton, Harry kept a frontal position, chasing down counter moves that threatened to bridge. With a few laps to go, we had a considerable lead over the group behind. The race for the win came down to a sprint between the three of us. I gave it a go, but was just edged out by the other two, with not much more than a bike's length between first and third. Bottom step on the podium for me. After all his hard work, Harry went solo in pursuit of fourth place. Unfortunately, a puncture stopped him from securing this position. A disappointing end for him, but a great shoe of teamwork to ensure the break stayed away.

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Bayton Circuit Series

Blyton circuit series - wed 21st August - e/1/2/3 - 1 hour 30 - 3rd place - Kieran Hotson reporting:

After a few cancelled rounds and having missed rounds from other races going on, I was excited to get stuck back into the blyton scene.

A small field attendance in the elite field yet still a challenging race as there would be no real bunch to hide in. Plenty of attacks in the race soon dropped a few riders leaving a select group including myself to take it to the finish. After a lot of attacks in the closing stages the group could not be split anymore. Bringing it into a bunch sprint in which I managed 3rd place.

Thanks to Gary Main for the photos!

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Lake shoes http://www.lakecycling.com/

Rotor http://www.velotechservices.co.uk/shop/Vcat3.asp

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EMML

EMRRL Road Race - 18th August - Ryan Watkins reporting:

An afternoon start for this 67 mile road race which consisted of 5 laps around a rolling and narrow circuit. There was attacks from the start but nothing got away. It was a really windy day with exposed sections where the bunch would string out so staying up front was key. With 3 and a half laps to go the pace really picked up for the prime sprint. I followed attacks and found myself in great position for the prime so sprinted for it and got it. I looked behind and found myself in a break away of 10 riders with a narrow advantage. With 2 to go, the gap had extended to 30 seconds and my group had gone down to 8 riders. On the last lap one rider got away and stayed away. With my group starting to mess around another slipped away in the last few kilometres, always in sight with around a 5-10 seconds gap. Nobody wanted to do the chasing so unfortunately we didn’t catch 2nd place either but I managed to sprint for 3rd in the reduced group.

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Surrey League RR

Surrey league RR - 18th August - Joe West reporting:

Peter Merritt and I made our way over to sussex for a Surrey league road race. The race had been shortened due to road works on the course, which by no means made it any easier so we were to complete 15 laps of a brutal course with very little rest bite each lap after the climb. As expected it was a quick start with attacks flying left and right and one rider getting away. After 5 laps we both found ourselves forming a chasing group with 7 other riders. With the group attacking each other as we got closer to the finish, I decided to make an attack up the climb with 2.5 laps to go. Making sure no one would follow, I quickly established a 30 second gap and held a good rhythm to come home solo with 2nd followed by Peter in 5th.

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Phoenix Inferno Crit

Phoenix Inferno Crit Reg A - 17/08 - Peter Merritt reporting:

Alex Ashman myself lined up amongst a big field for Lee Valley's Phoenix Inferno Criterium. An early break of 2 got up the road and established a convincing gap ahead of the peloton. Alex and I worked especially hard to bring the move back, and shortly before the halfway point, the breakaway was brought back. Shortly after catching the early move, I attacked down the home straight and was followed by 2 others. After initiating the move, I worked hard within our trio to press our advantage over the peloton. Come the final laps, the gap had grown enough to be confident of the move's success. The race came down to a sprint between the three of us. I did what I could, but was beaten to the line by one and finished 2nd place.

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Cyclopark Summer Series

Cyclopark - 15th August - Alex Ashman reporting:

On Thursday Peter Merritt and I raced at cyclopark, arguably the hardest of the midweek crits in the area. Pete and I took it in turns to roll with moves for the first 15 minutes, but nothing was sticking. With Pete riding at the front to control the gap to 2 riders up the road, I was able to have a ‘relaxed’ ride until 15 minutes to go. I saw the bunch slowing, I rolled off the front, instantly had a small gap and then committed to making it work. I started to make inroads into the breaks advantage but I was ultimately caught with 1km to go. At this point, I left sprinting duties to our bunch sprinter, Pete, who came away with another top 10.

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Matthew Hanford in Belgium

GP Bottelare - 15th August - Matthew Hanford reporting:

Onto my 2nd Kermesse of the week, we rode 10 miles to the town of Bottelare for a ‘hilly’ race. This time I told myself to not attack for no reason and to play the patient game. The circuit was a hard circuit with a very fast tailwind section, a short gradual climb, technical corners and short cobble sections. The race kicked off and was full gas from the start. I sat in the top 15 of the bunch letting other riders bring back moves. Later in the race I found myself off the front with 4 other riders trying to bridge to the break but riders skipping turns and not committing resulted in us being brought back. After 2+ hours of racing we came into the last lap. I was 2nd wheel going into the last bend before the spring, unfortunately for me the guy just sat up and pulled away. I then looked over and saw Ben Foames so I gave him the nod and led him out for the bunch sprint for around 30th which he won. I came in at 43rd out of 68 and was happy with the way I rode, just looking to improve each race!

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Matthew Hanford in Belgium

27STE GP BURGEMEESTER LUC DE RYCK - 13th August - Matthew Hanford reporting:

This being my first ever Kermesse, I didn’t have much to expect other than hard racing. It was a small field of only around 50-60 riders with GB U23 having a team in the race too. The race kicked off and strung out straight away, kicking hard through every corner. I was too keen and started attacking a lot for the first hour trying to get away, but the peloton was only giving attacks about 100m before pulling us back. I then decided to sit back in the group as I started to suffer. Going into the last 45min of the race the main attacks started to come in and I had nothing left. A silly mistake of not sprinting to get back on the back meant that I was distanced and just couldn’t get on again. Race over. Pretty gutted but happy with how I raced and I learnt a lot to take into the next one.

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Duncan Murray Wines RR

Duncan Murray wines RR - 11th August - Matty Dobbing reporting:

The race started off fast with a big pile up first lap into the cross wind section, Stanley Kennett then attacked to try and get into the early break but to no avail. A couple of other breaks went and came back until Peter Merritt managed to get into a strong group of 8 which stayed a way for a while but riders were too keen to chase everything back. David Reece and I then stayed towards the front to monitor who went away and chase if needed. Coming into the final couple of kms a lone rider was left to hang while everyone got ready for a reduced bunch sprint. I was slightly out of position so started the uphill sprint a bit early hanging on until 10 meters from the line, but hung on for a creditable 3rd place. Stanley finished in 7th and the other 3 riders in the top 30. Well organised race and good course but a shame about the crashes and horses on the course.

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Hog Hill

Islington CC Hog Hill Crit Reg A - 10/08 - Peter Merritt reporting:

The conditions at Hog Hill for the Islington CC Crit were quite extreme with rain and force 9 winds. Nevertheless, this did not deter the big field that lined up on the day. The race was made especially difficult by the direction of the wind that met us every time we went up the circuit's hill, 'the Hoggenberg'. A breakaway that got clear in the first couple of laps was brought back 20 minutes into the race. With the bunch clearly tired out by the effort it took to chase the break down, I saw my opportunity and put a dig in to get away. After a few laps, I pushed my advantage out to 38 seconds over the peloton. Coming into the last lap, I still had a healthy lead over the rest of the field, and after a final push up the Hoggenberg, I was able to take my first win of the season!

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