The warmest day of the year so far saw some hard laps of the Great Barford Circuit and a significant number of starters were dropped by lap three. Crooswinds were definitely a factor on the exposed main road section, and most attacks came on the tailwind section before the turn to the finish hill.
A significant break containing John Peters of CC Luton, Josh Beckett of High Wycombe and one of the Equipe Velo riders looked set to succeed, holding a gap from mid lap 3 onwards, but the bunch eventually reeled it in with 1 to go, which gave rise to a few long range efforts. Robert Abbey of Hemel Hempstead CC opened a gap for a couple of kms but the bunch was winding up for the finale and he was caught with around 4km to go.
With two corners left to go, Jack Steel-Jessop of CC Luton launched a massive attack and immediately opened a dangerous gap, but it seemed the bunch were too busy looking at each other. He never looked back and took a ballsy win ahead of Simon Cannings of Equipe Velo and Ruairi O’Driscoll, also of Equipe.
Jack’s win not only takes him straight to the top of the Junior Competition, it also puts Luton in a very strong second place in the team standings and with the Team MK Regional ‘A’ looming next weekend, there’s more ground to be gained on Spirit Racing.
Thanks to Jason and the Beds Road team for laying on a great race.