Scunthorpe Open Track

Scunthorpe open track event - Friday 21st June - E1234 - Kieran Hotson reporting:

10 lap scratch - the first event up after a bit of absence from the track recently I was keen to get stuck in. Rolling round the first few laps no problem until 5 laps to go when the attacks started. I covered the moves well and with 3 to go I jumped clear with one other rider to gain a clear advantage and on the last lap nearly took the sprint but had to settle for 2nd.

Points race - in this race I had a few digs to get away but was covered too much and ended up getting worked over. I managed 2nd in one of the sprints but overall I think I was 4th or 5th.

Quibel 1 mile - hitting the race hard from the off I struggled to move up in the first half so had to really push in the last lap to push right up in the end rolling in 4th.

10 mile scratch - again in this race I was up near the front trying to keep out of trouble and for the most part contributing strong turns keeping the pace high. In the last few laps 6 if us went clear and on the last lap I had a solo gap and tried to take it to the line. Unfortunately I just got rolled at the end coming 4th.

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

IIkley Town Centre Crit

Ilkley town centre crit- E12 event - Wednesday 19th June - Kieran Hotsonreporting:

starting my town centre racing campaign with a bang this year ending up starting with arguably the hardest town centre course going... Ilkley. With the 1.2km course consisting of a flat finish straight running into the foothills of the infamous cow and calf climb. Each lap doing 200m up the hill topping out at around 12% following a sharp downhill in the run in to the finish. A punchy course that blows fields up to pieces. A war of attrition that only the fittest survive. As it turned out I wasn’t the fittest at all during the race, trying my best to keep up the front out of trouble as the group got smaller, but after the halfway mark I got shelled out the back of the lead main group and had to retire. Fellow teammate David Reece however was able to survive in the 4th group on the road that was able to finish a couple of laps down.

Thank you to Kieran Metcalfe Photography for the photos!

Thanks to sponsors:

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Endura https://www.endurasport.com/

Le Col https://lecol.cc/?

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

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

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

Chapeau http://www.chapeau.cc/

Velotoze http://www.velotoze.com

Andrew Hillman https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-hillman-48533463?

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

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London Dynamo RR

London Dynamo National B - 16th June - Joe West reporting:

On Sunday I made my way down to a local circuit in Dunsfold for the annual Dynamo Road Race. The heavens opened on our way down leaving a lot of standing water on the circuit and the coms were contemplating canceling the race for safety reasons as there were some nasty crashes in the earlier womens race!

Once they delayed the start, we also had 20 kilometers neutralized for a sighting lap with came in handy for learning the circuit as I've never raced here before.

Once the flag dropped the pace was set high, with myself and a handful of others determined to get away but nothing was to stick as the peloton really wasn't letting up when we made a gap. As I was a lone rider, others expected me to close gaps if anything looked threatening but after all the attacks nothing was to stick and it all came down to a bunch sprint which with a nice little drag to the finish line suited me and I came across the line 10th. Happy days!

Big thanks to all the organisers and sponsors who put together a quality race!

Thanks to sponsors:

TBW23. https://www.tbw23.com/

Stuart Hall Cycling. https://stuarthallcycling.co.uk/

Gett Taxi Uk. https://gett.com/uk/

TBW The Bike Warehouse www.thebikewarehouse.net

Bottecchia https://www.bottecchiauk.com/

Endura https://www.endurasport.com/

Le Col https://lecol.cc/?

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

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

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

Chapeau http://www.chapeau.cc/

Velotoze http://www.velotoze.com

Andrew Hillman https://www.instagram.com/andrew_hillman1/

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

Circuit of the Mendips

Circuit of the Mendips - 16th June - Ryan Watkins reporting:

My third premier calendar race of the season last Sunday reasonably local for me down in the Mendips. After a long 6.5 mile neutral then a 10 minute delay to the race start, we eventually got under way. At the start of the race I was well at the front and gave it a go to try and get in an early move off the front. This didn’t last too long with the headwind but I held my position in the bunch until the first climb where I slipped back through the bunch slightly. I got over the first climb with the main bunch and sat in for a good 20 miles until the second climb which was probably the hardest. It split the bunch into several different groups but I managed to get over it in the second group with some really good riders. Unfortunately a few miles later, Ribble pushed the pace in the cross wind section and I lost the wheel after being in the gutter for a few miles. I dropped back to the third group on the road which was the biggest group and worked to try and catch the other 2 groups for another 20 miles. The race pushed on up the third climb and I managed to stick in the group which had decreased in size but unfortunately I lost the wheel on the same cross wind section as before, leading to a disappointing DNF, but having gained some valuable experience racing at this level.

Thanks to sponsors:

TBW23. https://www.tbw23.com/

Stuart Hall Cycling. https://stuarthallcycling.co.uk/

Gett Taxi Uk. https://gett.com/uk/

TBW The Bike Warehouse www.thebikewarehouse.net

Bottecchia https://www.bottecchiauk.com/

Endura https://www.endurasport.com/

Le Col https://lecol.cc/?

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

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

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

Chapeau http://www.chapeau.cc/

Velotoze http://www.velotoze.com

Andrew Hillman https://www.instagram.com/andrew_hillman1/

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

Tour de Lasalle.

Tour de Lasalle - Stage 5 - Matty Dobbing reporting:

The final stage to round off the week, this was a fast flowing crit with 4 bends consisting of 90 degree turns. All of the lads started near to the front in case the race decided to go from the gun. The first part of the race was neutralised due to a head wind. I clipped off the front early staying away with another rider for a few laps then again with another rider but to no avail. David Reece then got in the next few breaks also keeping himself towards the front with Cameron Foster and Joe Howcroftsafely tucked in from the wind. As the race progressed into the last few laps the pace was really high meaning bunch positioning was crucial as everyone was fighting for gaps. A few riders got away in the final few laps, but with the strength in the bunch we thought it would come back. I then made sure he stayed near the front before launching his sprint to take 8th in the category with all the other riders safely finishing and rounding off an amazing week of racing.

Tour de Lasalle.

Tour de Lasalle - Stage 4 - Matty Dobbing reporting:

The race started on the coast meaning the wind was going to be a factor as well as the fact the course was twisty and testing. The race started fast from the gun splitting quickly within a few laps, with myself making the front split of 12 with Cameron FosterJoe Howcroft and David Reece safely in the 2nd split. The gap went out quickly to over a couple of minutes, Dave then suffered a puncture meaning his race was finished. I then attacked up the steep cyclo cross style hill with 600 meters to go just getting caught 50 meters from the line hanging on for 7th. I was happy for trying to reach out for the win and just falling short as the guys in the front group were in the 7 foot club so a sprint wasn't an option. Joe and Cam crossed the line in 30th and 35th.

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Portsmouth North End CC RR

Portsmouth North End CC Summer Road Race Reg A - 15th June - Peter Merritt reporting:

On Saturday, I went to Owslebury, Hampshire, to compete in a Regional A race organised by Portsmouth North End CC. The course consisted of a 13km (8 mile) loop that was to be completed 7 and a half times for a total of 97km (60 miles). Despite being a relatively short race, the circuit featured a number of punchy climbs; 1500m (4900ft) of elevation in total.

A field of 80 started, but that quickly began to reduce in size as the nature of the course took its toll. In spite of my efforts to bounce back from complications that arose in previous weeks, I wasn't feeling strong at all. With this in mind, I spent the majority of the race in the wheels. With a couple of laps to go and 6 riders already up the road, I put in a dig and established a counter-move with three other riders. On the final lap, we had a minute advantage over the peloton and the front group were in sight. Unfortunately, the gap to the group ahead was still too big and it became a race for minor places. I put in a final dig in the last kilometer to finish 7th place. Not what I had hoped for, but given the lack of fitness, I was pleased to salvage something in the end.

Thanks to Dave Swaffer for the photos!

Thanks to sponsors:

TBW23. https://www.tbw23.com/

Stuart Hall Cycling. https://stuarthallcycling.co.uk/

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Endura https://www.endurasport.com/

Le Col https://lecol.cc/?

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

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

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

Chapeau http://www.chapeau.cc/

Velotoze http://www.velotoze.com

Andrew Hillman https://www.instagram.com/andrew_hillman1/

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

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Tour de Lasalle.

Tour de Lasalle - Stage 3 - Cameron Foster reporting:

Stage 3 was a short and flat out time trial, with 3 hair pins coming in the first mile of the race. My plan was to try and get aero and push as hard as possible. It went well and nothing much happened, couldn't catch anyone and no one caught me which is a bonus. There was two small climbs the first being at the hair pins then a second just over a KM to go. By the time I hit the last climb I was deep into the red and moving fast watching the avg speed go up! Coming down the small downhill section towards the finish had a few speed bumps for me to bunny hop to add some excitement and I sprinted towards the finish. Post race after I turned around I was flagged down by a guy with a clip board asking if I was Cameron. Wondering if I was in trouble for something, I said yeah and he asked if I'd like to give an interview for the local radio station at which I jumped at!

Tour de Lasalle.

Tour de Lasalle - Stage 2 - Cameron Foster reporting:

Friday's stage was another fast one! We had a long neutral section to the start of the race where I nearly stacked it on a roundabout caused by a unplanned drift which resulted in some bruising. Thankfully the race stayed together and we tried a few attacks, mine didn't get much further than 5 bike lengths up the road. David Reece tried to get up the road but after half a mile it was back together. As the race went on we all got to sharpen our bunch riding skills as nothing was getting away. The race ended in a big bunch sprint and we all finished safely in the bunch with no time lost with Matty Dobbing finishing around the 22nd ish mark.

Tour de Lasalle.

Tour de Lasalle - Stage 1- David Reece reporting:

We left the apartment in high hopes until the heavens opened, non stop heavy rain, it was like just being back at home! Because of the high winds the weather was changing every hour and we couldn’t predict what the conditions would be like in the race.

When we arrived the rain eased up and that set the scene for the race. We rolled out into the boat as the first stage was on one of the many small island in the North Holland. The race started after a small neutral section as we left the boat. The speed was very quick for the first 10 minutes averaging 32mph, in this time there was 3 crashes, which we only ended up behind. Matty Dobbing punctured which ruined his stage due to the speed making it impossible to rejoin again solo.

The peloton split which left me and Joe Howcroft in a smaller group behind, with only a few people wanting or that could actually pull through on the front I pulled a massive turn right down the back side of the course to put us within 10 seconds of the leading group. I then moved over, but had to go back through within no time to finish closing the gap. Instantly again soon after we re joined, another rider dropped a wheel, which I had no option to close. Everyone sat on me then once I closed the gap came past. Nice of them.

We then hit a strong crosswind which after 20 minutes at over 400w I wasn’t able to close the wheel. Extremely frustrating seen as though I did the majority of the work to get a lot of riders back in the race. 
Cameron Foster managed to hold on to the back of the peloton someone the whole race to finish on the same time as 9th place, great ride cam. 
Joe managed to get back into the main group to also finish on the same time as cam.

I finished a couple of minutes down, very frustrating and annoying seen as though I felt really strong! Onto the next stage tomorrow. Anything can happen so we’ll see.

Thanks to sponsors:

TBW23. https://www.tbw23.com/

Stuart Hall Cycling. https://stuarthallcycling.co.uk/

Gett Taxi Uk. https://gett.com/uk/

TBW The Bike Warehouse www.thebikewarehouse.net

Bottecchia https://www.bottecchiauk.com/

Endura https://www.endurasport.com/

Le Col https://lecol.cc/?

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

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

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

Chapeau http://www.chapeau.cc/

Velotoze http://www.velotoze.com

Andrew Hillman

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

Hillingdon Tuesday night.

Hillingdon Crit West Thames Rnd #9 - 11th June - Dave Williamsreporting:

The circuit this week was run anti-clockwise and with a strong head wind heading up the finishing straight it was going to be a tough night and one which could have a break stick... The race was pretty hard from the outset as I attacked after around 3 laps and got a decent gap on the bunch. It was however short lived as the lads were still of course fresh. I then joined forces with a few other stronger lads and we did our upmost to put pressure on the race creating breaks and really doing at times a good job of stretching out the race to chase us down. At around 25 mins into the race I had just got brought back after an attack off the front and a group of 5 guys managed to escape and with no real desire left in the bunch to work together to catch them, they were left to escape and ride off up the road and all bar one would never get caught! Left frustrated that I had missed the break I just stayed active at the front of the main bunch and when it got to the last lap I held my position perfectly in the wheels within the first 3 riders. When we got to the bottom corner of the finishing straight I put everything into my sprint and took it on from the front but got such a gap I won the bunch sprint for 5th place... however frustrating to miss the break I will be back next week to see if I can improve on this weeks result!

Thanks to Mick Hodges SmugMug for the photos!

Thanks to sponsors:

TBW23. https://www.tbw23.com/

Stuart Hall Cycling. https://stuarthallcycling.co.uk/

Gett Taxi Uk. https://gett.com/uk/

TBW The Bike Warehouse www.thebikewarehouse.net

Bottecchia https://www.bottecchiauk.com/

Endura https://www.endurasport.com/

Le Col https://lecol.cc/?

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

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

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

Chapeau http://www.chapeau.cc/

Velotoze http://www.velotoze.com

Andrew Hillman

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

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Velopark Crits

Velopark - 8th June - Alex Ashman reporting:

First race back from a training camp; first race on the new bike!

It felt so good getting changed into Le Col team kit, Endura team helmet & glasses and then getting on to the matching bike for the first time in a race this season!

On Saturday I drove from Folkestone to Norfolk for a Nat B road race that I was really targeting. Signed in, number pinned, getting changed and the race was cancelled just due to the horrific weather... time for plan B! Straight on to BC to find a race that I could stop at on the way home, Lee Valley was the best option. So, back in the car for 2 hours (bringing it up to 5,5hr before I’d even clipped in).

Going into the race I was confident in my legs and the form that I had off the back of my trip to Spain. I let the early moves happen and watched as the others reeled them back in! With 30 minutes to go I put my nose in the wind and invested a big 5 minute effort to split the race. After this I went back to sitting around 5th wheel. On the last lap I made my move, someone sat up and blocked my way through, I had to pull the brakes and go again. I made up 14 of the 15 meter deficit to the rider that won but couldn’t quite make the last jump...

But on the plus side, it’s now been 3 weeks on the brand new Bottecchia UK Emme Super Light 4 and I cannot fault it! I’ve taken it to the high mountains, local club runs, crits and it hasn’t put a foot wrong or felt out of place at any!

Thanks to sponsors:

TBW23. https://www.tbw23.com/
Stuart Hall Cycling. https://stuarthallcycling.co.uk/
Gett Taxi Uk. https://gett.com/uk/
TBW The Bike Warehouse www.thebikewarehouse.net
Bottecchia https://www.bottecchiauk.com/
Endura https://www.endurasport.com/
Le Col https://lecol.cc/?
Clive Emson https://www.cliveemson.co.uk/
Lake shoes http://www.lakecycling.com/
Rotor http://www.velotechservices.co.uk/shop/Vcat3.asp
Chapeau http://www.chapeau.cc/
Velotoze http://www.velotoze.com
Andrew Hillman fb.me/sportsmassageandrewhillman
Wigmore Cycling Club http://www.bc-clubs.co.uk/wigmorecc/

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York Road Omnium

Saturday 8th June - York road omnium - regional A - Kieran Hotsonreporting:

My first bigger race since my return and I was really looking forward to riding this brand new event. A road bike omnium style event held over 4 events in one day around the York sport village crit circuit. The 4 events were a scratch race, a points race, a one lap sprint and an unknown distance race. As the event was emphasised on having team entries I formed a composite team of 3 other local riders I race and train with, Ben gale, Stuart Harrison and Dan Hutchinson. We formed the composite team and I managed to secure backing from my local bike shop (Jc Cooks) for a team jersey and nutrition products and we named the team Jc Cook Factory RT.

As I arrived at the race the traditional British summer rolled in and the rain started to pour down. The first event of the day was the plain and simple scratch race, a race which kicked off early doors splitting the group to pieces in the opening laps. I stayed in the reduced lead group marshaling any attacks that went, making sure nobody sneaked away. The reduced lead group came down to a gallop for the win and I managed to roll a 3rd place.

The next race was the one lap sprint race. This event was held in smaller group of the mens field so there was 4 rounds of this race. Each group had around 10 riders in it based on abilities to keep a one lap dash as safe as possible. I was put in the strongest "A" group. Predictably this race was very very fast making it partially a clipping in race. I got a good start keeping up the front but again not strong enough to win the sprint and again rolling in 3rd.

Next up was the points race. Held over 12 laps with primes instead of points every 3 laps. Again I was able to stay up front out of trouble but just not quite strong enough to snatch a prime or the win, again rolling another 3rd place. That race was split into two groups based on abilities. I was again in the "A group".

Last up was the unknown distance race. Another event that was split into two groups on abilities. My race ended up being only 8 laps so it was very short and sweet. A rider attacked with 1km to go as we took the bell. Splitting the group to just 4 leaders including myself with 500m to go. I held my own. But again rolled in 3rd. This string of 3rd places as well as some other good results from my teammates placed our team 4th overall and myself 4th overall in the individual standings.

All in all a really good day out with some strong competition and a great event as something new.

Thanks to sponsors:

TBW23. https://www.tbw23.com/
Stuart Hall Cycling. https://stuarthallcycling.co.uk/
Gett Taxi Uk. https://gett.com/uk/
TBW The Bike Warehouse www.thebikewarehouse.net
Bottecchia https://www.bottecchiauk.com/
Endura https://www.endurasport.com/
Le Col https://lecol.cc/?
Clive Emson https://www.cliveemson.co.uk/
Lake shoes http://www.lakecycling.com/
Rotor http://www.velotechservices.co.uk/shop/Vcat3.asp
Chapeau http://www.chapeau.cc/
Velotoze http://www.velotoze.com
Andrew Hillman fb.me/sportsmassageandrewhillman
Wigmore Cycling Club http://www.bc-clubs.co.uk/wigmorecc/

Crawley Wheelers RR

Crawley Wheelers Summer Road Race Nat B - 8th June - Peter Merrittreporting:

After a few weeks of reduced training due to a bout of tendinitis, I was feeling a little uneasy in the lead up to this race. The weather seemed unpredictable; torrential when signing on, sunny when warming up. The course was an undulating 16km circuit that was to be completed just under 8 times for a total of 127km (79 miles).

A group of 4 got clear on the first lap. Later on, a few more groups made it up the road. I made a few efforts to join, but they were poorly timed (and therefore unsuccessful) and with a few laps to go there were 16 riders up the road. The peloton itself had downsized considerably due to the demanding course and turbulent conditions. As a result of this, the impetus in the bunch to pursue those in front was lost. On the last lap, the peloton had been reduced to less than 20 riders. Following the bunch kick for minor places, I rolled in for 22nd place.

Unsure of my condition going into this race meant riding with more reservation than normal. Understandably, this led to many missed opportunities. Nevertheless, it's nice to be back on the bike and pain-free!

Thanks to sponsors:

TBW23. https://www.tbw23.com/

Stuart Hall Cycling. https://stuarthallcycling.co.uk/

Gett Taxi Uk. https://gett.com/uk/

TBW The Bike Warehouse www.thebikewarehouse.net

Bottecchia https://www.bottecchiauk.com/

Endura https://www.endurasport.com/

Le Col https://lecol.cc/?

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

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

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

Chapeau http://www.chapeau.cc/

Velotoze http://www.velotoze.com

Andrew Hillman

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

Barton Wheelers tt

Barton wheelers 25 mile TT - 6th June - 1st - 54:55 - Kieran Hotsonreporting:

In preparation for the BC national TT champs at the end of the month I rode the Barton 25 after a heavy few days of training. As well as adjusting my position ahead of the champs.

The course is a twisty back road and country lanes route for the first 10 miles followed by a horrible short steep climb thrown in at 11 miles before the remainder of the course uses a few relays up and down a draggy dual carriageway section all the way to the finish. By no means a fast course but certainly a fun and different course to ride and one I enjoyed. My time gave me a comfortable win and a time that was around 40 seconds shy of the course record which was set on a much better day. The wind was fairly high on the day so cost me some time.

Thanks to sponsors:

TBW23. https://www.tbw23.com/
Stuart Hall Cycling. https://stuarthallcycling.co.uk/
Gett Taxi Uk. https://gett.com/uk/
TBW The Bike Warehouse www.thebikewarehouse.net
Bottecchia https://www.bottecchiauk.com/
Endura https://www.endurasport.com/
Le Col https://lecol.cc/?
Clive Emson https://www.cliveemson.co.uk/
Lake shoes http://www.lakecycling.com/
Rotor http://www.velotechservices.co.uk/shop/Vcat3.asp
Chapeau http://www.chapeau.cc/
Velotoze http://www.velotoze.com
Andrew Hillman fb.me/sportsmassageandrewhillman
Wigmore Cycling Club http://www.bc-clubs.co.uk/wigmorecc/

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Lincolnshire rr league

Lincolnshire road race league round 4 - 3rd place - 5th June - Kieran Hotson reporting:

A pleasant warm evening welcomed me to my return to the Lincs league for this season, with my favourite round hosted by my first Club, Lindsey roads CC on their Great Limber Course. A non technical yet very demanding course with a third of it going up a long drag climb to the finish and a long descent and a twisty flat road along the bottom. It's a course that becomes a war of attrition. And with a large scratch group made up of some seriously good riders including fellow training partner and Madison Genesis rider Joe Laverick, i knew I was in for a tough race. With a large gap to the leaders given as the handicap of around 8 minutes we had our work cut out with a blistering start pace to chip away at the time gap.

As we came into one lap to go it was all together and now anyone's race. The pace was still high up the climb sending riders out the back left right and centre. I managed to keep contributing to the pace setting the best I could throughout and keeping myself in the front of the group avoiding the splits.

Going into the final kilometres the punchy attacks started whittling the group right down to about 10 survivors. I covered the moves to try and bring it down to a slog sprint for the summit of the climb which is what ended up happening. I jumped early and took the yellow jersey with me. He managed to get past me in the last 50 meters and I was trying to hang on for 2nd but ended up being rolled in the final metres and came away with 3rd place. A result which I'm happy to take away at the moment in this stage of my comeback.

Thanks to Brian Gromett, Rob Atkinson and Rhys Barratt for the photos!

Thanks to sponsors:

TBW23. https://www.tbw23.com/
Stuart Hall Cycling. https://stuarthallcycling.co.uk/
Gett Taxi Uk. https://gett.com/uk/
TBW The Bike Warehouse www.thebikewarehouse.net
Bottecchia https://www.bottecchiauk.com/
Endura https://www.endurasport.com/
Le Col https://lecol.cc/?
Clive Emson https://www.cliveemson.co.uk/
Lake shoes http://www.lakecycling.com/
Rotor http://www.velotechservices.co.uk/shop/Vcat3.asp
Chapeau http://www.chapeau.cc/
Velotoze http://www.velotoze.com
Andrew Hillman fb.me/sportsmassageandrewhillman
Wigmore Cycling Club http://www.bc-clubs.co.uk/wigmorecc/

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Stourport Crit

Stourport Crit - 4th June - Cameron Foster reporting:

Last night I rode stourport again, I was feeling a little tired before the race but as I was warming up I felt better. The race started with a few attacks and I got in one of the moves that I thought was promising, but it got pulled back. Then about 8 minutes into the race, I timed my attack and managed to slip away! Three or four laps later I was joined by a rider from Bikestrong-KTM. We worked well together and held a slim gap which slowly grew and by the last lap we had enough of a gap to play cat and mouse. Coming into the last two corners I was leading it out and thankfully I had the adrenaline going and hit the sprint as hard as I could to take the win again! Super pleased as I wasn't expecting that after a long day at work!

Thanks to sponsors:

TBW23. https://www.tbw23.com/
Stuart Hall Cycling. https://stuarthallcycling.co.uk/
Gett Taxi Uk. https://gett.com/uk/
TBW The Bike Warehouse www.thebikewarehouse.net
Bottecchia https://www.bottecchiauk.com/
Endura https://www.endurasport.com/
Le Col https://lecol.cc/?
Clive Emson https://www.cliveemson.co.uk/
Lake shoes http://www.lakecycling.com/
Rotor http://www.velotechservices.co.uk/shop/Vcat3.asp
Chapeau http://www.chapeau.cc/
Velotoze http://www.velotoze.com
Andrew Hillman fb.me/sportsmassageandrewhillman
Wigmore Cycling Club http://www.bc-clubs.co.uk/wigmorecc/

Hillingdon Tuesday night.

Hillingdon Crit West Thames Rnd #8 - 4th June - Dave Williamsreporting:

The race was run anti-clockwise tonight and with a smaller field this week (probably due to the earlier rain showers) I was hoping to break the race up for a good result... As per last week I had felt strong in the lead up to the race and after a few laps I began to attack off the front of the race trying to take a rider or two with me - unfortunately it seemed I was a marked man and no matter how hard I tried the bunch pulled me back. After around 20 minutes of racing I put in a huge effort but again to be pulled back - only this time as I was pulled back 3 lads attacked over the top on the other side of the circuit to me and managed to ride off working well together. I repeatedly tried to organise what was left of the bunch but to no avail as they generally seemed quite happy to wait to sprint for 4th place! As the laps went on I remained active at the front and then on the final lap I sat in 3rd wheel waiting until the hairpin corners to launch my final sprint for the line. Thankfully a strong rider from the Exeter Cycling Club rode super hard on the front and it gave me the perfect platform to sprint from and I took some consolation out of the race by winning the bunch sprint for 4th place. Hoping for continued form and a bit of better luck next week to get my foot back on to a podium position!

Thanks to Frankie Snell's Photography for the photos!

Thanks to sponsors:

TBW23. https://www.tbw23.com/
Stuart Hall Cycling. https://stuarthallcycling.co.uk/
Gett Taxi Uk. https://gett.com/uk/
TBW The Bike Warehouse www.thebikewarehouse.net
Bottecchia https://www.bottecchiauk.com/
Endura https://www.endurasport.com/
Le Col https://lecol.cc/?
Clive Emson https://www.cliveemson.co.uk/
Lake shoes http://www.lakecycling.com/
Rotor http://www.velotechservices.co.uk/shop/Vcat3.asp
Chapeau http://www.chapeau.cc/
Velotoze http://www.velotoze.com
Andrew Hillman fb.me/sportsmassageandrewhillman
Wigmore Cycling Club http://www.bc-clubs.co.uk/wigmorecc

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South East Regional champs

South East Regional Championships - 2nd June - Harry Horsmanreporting:

I came into the South East regionals with the hope of making the first break to materialise the race, just like in my last couple of races. Shortly after the flag came down I made a move with Stanley Kennett that despite not coming to much gave me a launch pad to get off the front shortly after with a decent sized group of 10. There was a lack of cohesion in the group and despite encouragement from myself and a few other riders we sat up and waited for the bunch that was breathing down our necks. Joe West, Stan and myself all tried numerous times to get off after this but Canyon DHB weren’t having giving anyone any sizeable gap. It was at this moment that the race started to speed up with gaps soon opening and a front split consequently occurring at around the 60km mark. With no commitment from others to chase we sat in and I maintained a position at the front, occasionally appearing on the front of the peloton to add an injection of pace. Despite taking on plenty of gels and fluid I started to suffer with cramp at around 40km to go, as did Stan. After a mechanical and a 10 minute chase back on to the bunch I was a spent and had no matches left, ending up not being able to produce any kind of decent sprint and rolling in 30th with Joe a few positions in front of me. Not my favourite day on the bike but a get round is always important for me. Unfortunately my team mate Peter Merrittt was unable to start on the day due to injury.

Well done to Joe Sutton for taking the win on the day!

Thanks to @Cycling Widow - Life Through a Lens for the photo of Stanley Kennett.

Thanks to sponsors:

TBW23. https://www.tbw23.com/
Stuart Hall Cycling. https://stuarthallcycling.co.uk/
Gett Taxi Uk. https://gett.com/uk/
TBW The Bike Warehouse www.thebikewarehouse.net
Bottecchia https://www.bottecchiauk.com/
Endura https://www.endurasport.com/
Le Col https://lecol.cc/?
Clive Emson https://www.cliveemson.co.uk/
Lake shoes http://www.lakecycling.com/
Rotor http://www.velotechservices.co.uk/shop/Vcat3.asp
Chapeau http://www.chapeau.cc/
Velotoze http://www.velotoze.com
Andrew Hillman fb.me/sportsmassageandrewhillman
Wigmore Cycling Club http://www.bc-clubs.co.uk/wigmorecc/

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North East Regional Champs

North east divs champs - 2nd June - Matty Dobbing reporting:

The race started off quite slow given we had 92 miles to go, however this was followed by the favourite clipping his pedal and coming off around a corner. This straight away started the attacks off! I didn't go with the first group, then a bridging effort went across which I couldn't follow. I then spent the next 45 miles with a chasing group to get across. We finally made the junction where some riders had sat on and then attacked, at this point 3 riders were already up the road then another 3 bridged. I tried to bridge solo but only lasting one lap (12 miles) before being caught and finishing 4th in the bunch kick and 10th overall. I'm not that happy with the end result as I knew I could do more if my legs were there. It was good to get some racing miles in my legs for Lancaster GP this weekend, onwards and upwards!

Thanks to www.backyardbikeshop.com for the photos!

Thanks to sponsors:

TBW23. https://www.tbw23.com/
Stuart Hall Cycling. https://stuarthallcycling.co.uk/
Gett Taxi Uk. https://gett.com/uk/
TBW The Bike Warehouse www.thebikewarehouse.net
Bottecchia https://www.bottecchiauk.com/
Endura https://www.endurasport.com/
Le Col https://lecol.cc/?
Clive Emson https://www.cliveemson.co.uk/
Lake shoes http://www.lakecycling.com/
Rotor http://www.velotechservices.co.uk/shop/Vcat3.asp
Chapeau http://www.chapeau.cc/
Velotoze http://www.velotoze.com
Andrew Hillman fb.me/sportsmassageandrewhillman
Wigmore Cycling Club http://www.bc-clubs.co.uk/wigmorecc/


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