Round 5 of the Kalas SWWRS saw the first of the circuit races, with a lovely summer evening for a bike race the 12 starters were in for some great racing.
There were a fair few new faces in the race, with Maddie Horton and Lucy Allan (Fully Sussed) dipping their toes in to road racing for the first time from mountain biking, as well as a spattering of local cycling club women racing in the series for the first time.
From the off the Fully Sussed ladies made the race hard, working together to keep the pace high for the first half of the race. This quick start splintered the field leaving a bunch of 8 up the road and 4 working together to try and chase back on. After 15 minutes of being dragged round by the Fully Sussed teammates the stronger women in the bunch decided it was time to start attacking, Mary McFadzean was the first to get away. The attack and the resulting chase split the leading bunch again, whittling it down to 6 as the attacks continued to go.
In the end it was an attack from Mary in the closing laps of the race that decided the win, she stayed clear of the chasing bunch of 5 to solo to victory. Behind in the bunch sprint Laura Clode just pipped Nicola Noble into 2nd.
Further down the field the racing was tight to decide the final placing; the dropped riders playing cat and mouse in the run in to the finish. Zoe Betteridge rode to her strengths attacking with 3 laps to go and time trialling to the finish alone. The remaining riders opted for a sprint finish to decide the placings. It was great to see such tight racing all the way through the field!
PLEASE NOTE; The next scheduled event on 27th July PCCC 25 mile time trial, has been cancelled. We will look at getting a replacement in to the series.
The NEXT EVENT is 3rd Aug – Brentor Road Race, enter early to support the series and guarantee this event goes ahead.
Thank Nicola for the photos!
|1||Mary McFadzean||Revo Racing|
|2||Laura Clode||VC St Raphael|
|4||Maddie Horton||Fully Sussed|
|5||Wiebke Rietz||1st Chard Whls|
|6||Lucy Allan||Fully Sussed|
|7||Elena Bremer||Exeter Wheelers|
|8||Alice Miller||Look Mum No Hands!|
|9||Zoe Betteridge||North Devon Wheelers|
|10||Nicky Quant||Mid Devon CC|
|11||Tor McIntosh||North Devon Wheelers|
|DNF||Nik Rorke||Exeter Wheelers|