Tour of Malta.
The Tour ta’ Malta is the Tour of Friendship – a four-stage road bike race around Malta. Most probably this is the friendliest road race you’ll ever come across in Europe. As the organizers phrase it “The Tour of Friendship” is neither about professional racing nor money – it is all about the love for cycling and to connect cyclists from all over the world.” Though there are no monetary prizes, the top places are still fought over competitively!
Our Team. David Reece, Cam Foster, Harry Horsman, Josh Copley and Matty Dobbing.
Josh Copley takes the win in the TT at the Tour of Malta and is now in the leaders jersey going into the second stage of the race. Harry Horsman finishes in 3rd place, with Cam Foster finishing 4th, Matthew Dobbing finishing 6th and Dave Reece finishing in 8th. Great ride lads
Malta stage one report - TT.
The team had big boots to fill after taking the win on this stage last year. Who consisted of David Reece, Cameron Foster, Harry Horsman, Matt Dobbing and Josh Copley.
The course is a simple lap with 2 U-turns and 2 straights one slightly up and one slightly down, 5 times in total each lap taking on average between 3:35 and 4:10.
The boys started individually like any time trial and put in good times, from the off with Cameron leading the standings as he finished. He was then beaten but the eventual 2nd place rider, before Harry put in a solid time to take 3rd. David got a time fast enough to take 8th and Matt rode to an impressive 6th. Josh started last due to the placings of the results last year. Josh rode smoothly and consistently measuring the effort, as it was his first major race back after time off.
Josh was able to grab the win for a second year on the trot by 5 seconds.
Combination of Bottecchia T1, with TT bars, C-bear BB, jocky wheels and rotor chainset helping him take the result.
Stage 2 of the tour ta Malta
On a hilly, windy pretty grippy day. David and Matty quickly established a gap in the break of 4 riders, keeping the pedals turning allowing cam, Josh and Harry to keep a watch on us while making sure the bunch was getting smaller every lap, so that we could control it better. Matty then decided to attack the break after a slowing in the pace pulling a gap of 10seconds out up the climb. Meanwhile behind the other 3 riders got caught by what was left of the bunch, this then left an opportunity for the other 4 lads to try and jump across. The first of which was Harry who jumped across in less than half a lap quickly followed Dave in a massive effort to jump across, pulling the gap upto 35seconds but building every lap which was brilliantly controlled by cam and Josh. Leading into the last lap Dave suffered a mechanical down the climb. Meanwhile Harry and Matty pulled the gap to 1 minute, both Matty and Harry took the time to celebrate. Matty taking the win and Harry taking over the overall, and Josh cleaning up the sprint taking 3rd followed by cam In 5th and dave in 11th. The gc standings at the moment are Harry leading, Matty in 2nd, Josh in 3rd, cam in 5th and dave in the top 10. Brilliant team work lead to an amazing result for the team. 2 stages still remaining
Stage 3 - Tour Ta Malta
David Reece Reporting.
Stage 3 of the tour was a tough one to call, being so flat there could have a been many outcomes. The plan of this stage was to help David pull some time back while keeping everyone high on GC ready for the final stage. From the start a few attacks came which were immediately shut down by the team. 2 laps in a move went which David followed, with the help from Cameron, Josh, Harry and Matt stopping any attacks getting away the break with David in managed to establish a healthy lead. Once over a minute Cameron gained a gap in a counter move with one other rider. 1 lap to go David attacked the break gained a small gap which ended up going to around 20 seconds and solo’d to the win. Cameron then broke away from the rider he was with and came in a solid 5th place. Harry then came 10th having a solid bunch sprint with josh in 14th and Matt in 19th. Leading into the last day with David 6 seconds down on GC, Harry in 3rd, Matt in 4th, Josh in 5th and Cameron in 7th. All to play for in tomorrow’s final stage.
Stage 4 Tour Ta Malta
After a few hard days of racing it was time for the queen stage. With Dave lying in second on GC it was obvious that there would have to be a big effort to get him on to the top step of the podium and so Josh and Cam set about chasing down early attacks and setting the pace. With the climb being included in every lap, it was key that the team did not burn its matches too soon. When the road went upwards, the race consistently got tougher with myself ensuring that attacks were minimised and huge efforts were made by us all to get Dave in the best possible position for the final ascent. By the last lap the race was smashed to pieces due to the teams work and as we planned and true to his word, Dave and Matty broke away on the final time up the climb, pulling away a sizeable gap. Matty was then able to take the stage win, with Dave coming in behind and myself in third. Josh rolled into the finish followed by Cam after working tirelessly. The work displayed by the boys was dominant and pretty much summed up the last four days of impressive racing