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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:

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

Earlier Event: June 9
Circuit of the Mendips
Later Event: June 11
Hillingdon Tuesday night.