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Crits in the Park

Crits in the Park - Cyclopark - 11th May - Peter Merritt and Alex Ashman:

On Saturday, Peter and Alex went to Cyclopark to compete in the second round of the Crits at the Park series. They lined up for the 1/2/3 category race in torrential conditions, which seemed to put some people off coming, with a starting field of less than 20.

In the first few laps, a duo of riders got clear and quickly established a substantial gap over the peloton. With one of their riders up the road, Arctic-TACX RT were quick to close down any counter-attacks. Alex rode tactfully and brought the gap down so that Pete could jump across. 
About halfway in, Peter attacked up the long straight and was followed by one other. Once establishing a gap, Peter and his compatriot worked well together, and thanks to Alex's efforts in the peloton; closing down potential counter-moves, Peter managed to push our advantage out to over a minute ahead of the bunch, but still not in contact with the leading pair.

Unfortunately, the distance to the two riders in front was far too sizeable to bridge and as the race approached the last few laps, it became clear that Peter would be racing for 3rd place. With half a lap to go, a classic bit of 'cat and mouse' allowed Peter to put himself at the front as the pair came to the finishing straight. With 200m to go, Peter launched his sprint and just managed to hold off the breakaway compatriot for 3rd place. It was bitter sweet not to be racing for the win, but a good performance nonetheless from Alex and Peter to salvage a decent result in the end.

Thanks to sponsors:

Stuart Hall Cycling.
Gett Taxi Uk.
TBW The Bike Warehouse
Le Col
Clive Emson
Lake shoes
Andrew Hillman
Wigmore Cycling Club

Earlier Event: May 11
British Eagle RR
Later Event: May 12
Bec CC Road Race