"Pretty Damn Quick"
The third race in our Odd Down Race Series saw just 14 riders take to the start in nice conditions.
The race was tactical race with lots of attacks throughout the race. The Dream Cycles Team were particularly aggressive with 3 riders breaking away at one point. The inevitable wearing down of the multiple attacks saw just 9 riders contest the final sprint. A convincing win for Dennis Randell of Chepstow CC, taking the sprint by several bike lengths, ahead of team mate Nick Price and another 3rd place for Daniel Burt.
The third race in our Odd Down Masters Women’s Race Series saw 7 riders take to the start in nice conditions given the weather we’ve had the past week.
It was an aggressive race, with Sara James of Clevedon & District RC putting pressure on the group by attacking in the early laps. This split the group into pieces with series leader Miriam Whitehurst of Somer Valley CC and Sarah West of Bristol RC working well together as the leading duo. Sara James committed to a solo chase, with Helen Priest of Ajax CC and Jacqueline Davies of PDQ Cycle Coaching working together in 4th and 5th followed by Amanda Karlsson of PDQ Cycle Coaching and Karen Spiteri of Avid Sport chasing together.
This was how the race was to finish with a sprint out of each of the duos.
Miriam Whitehurst tied up the series win by taking her third victory in a row, out-sprinting her breakaway partner Sarah West. Sara James was rewarded for her dogged chase, staying away from the chasers to take 3rd place. Jacqueline Davies out-sprinted Helen Priest for 4th and Amanda Karlsson out-sprinted Karen Spiteri for 6th.
It was great to see some aggressive racing by the riders and working well together to chase or stay away.
The third race in our Odd Down Race Masters Series saw 28 riders take to the start in nice conditions given the recent rain.
This was another eagerly anticipated race with some of the best masters riders in the area taking to the start line. The series standings are being hotly contested and this showed in the aggressive racing on display. It’s fair to say it was a fast race with average speeds of over 30mph.
Both Bristol RC and Bath CC put out strength in numbers to contest the team prize. Team tactics were clearly on display today and it was great to see the many dynamics of the race based on the different series categories and prizes being targeted.
After many strong attacks a group of 10 riders finally got away after 10 minutes of racing. They built up a lead of up to 30s over the chasing bunch. This front group was made up of all the series contenders. After 30 minutes this group split into a lead group of 6 and a chasing group of 4. The front group continued to splinter until the same top 4 riders from last weeks race were left to battle it out to the finish. Drama unfolded as series leader Rob Pears of Bath CC celebrated early without realising Andy Edwards of BIKESTRONG-KTM was finishing fast on his blind side. Andy took the victory ahead of Rob, closely followed by John Russell of Bristol RC and Adrian Lawson of NoPinz Symec Development Team. Darrell Russell and Steve Whitehurst both rode home solo ahead of the chasing group for 5th and 6th respectively. The chase group of 3 riders was lead home by Elliot Davis of Team Tor for 7th place. The bunch was lead home by Steve Cottingham of Bath CC for 10th place.
Series standings will be published in the coming days. It’s going right down to the wire with the overall series and age categories having potential to draw level on points. If the overall series standings end equal on points it will go on count back to the highest placed rider on the last race in the series.
Thanks to our series sponsors Bomber Bikeworks, Ellmore Clothing, Estrella Bikes Limited, AeroCoach Ltd, 73Degreesbicycleshop.
Special thanks to Ride On Cycles for continued support at our events.
And finally we could not put these races on without the support of our helpers and officials on the night: Diane and Steve Marshall, Paul Cann, Jill & Chris Streather, Dan Carr, Richard Franklin, Mariano, Mark Gateshill, John Brown and Wayne Taylor.