CONGRATULATIONS to Spirit Bikes RT who ran way with the CENTRRL Team and Individual Trophies in 2016. We’re proud that the prizes went to such an obviously strong squad.
Jake Hales & Russell Rowles of Spirit Bikes RT
Jake Hales, pictured left, says “To be honest the trophy wasn’t an objective for us, but it’s a nice addition to our collection and it’s been fun to compete in local races as well as the National Level Events we’ve travelled to.”
Russell Rowles, Team Principal added “It’s great to have some recognition of what we achieved last year. It was our best year yet, not just in terms of results but in terms of providing local riders with a programme of decent, hard racing and helping them see their potential. We’re expanding our programme in 2017 and we’ll be strengthening our links with Chicken Cyclekit branded as Spirit Tifosi. We won’t forget our roots though and we’ll be putting on a race as we did this year. It all begins at local level.
Many thanks to Tom Burnley and the Team at Thames Velo for their hard work on Sunday. Sadly the National B event had to be abandoned following an incident on the A329 near Little Milton, but despite numerous stories of falls, there apeared to be only one rider requiring hospital treatment.
The Regional B race stayed together pretty much for the duration, with a nervous bunch staying attentive to any moves and a relatively flat course reducing the possibilities for selection.
Although all about positioning in the run in, it was won decisively by James Chapman of Kenilworth Wheelers who, along with Jacob Tresham (Corley Cycles) had a clear gap in the final sprint over the crest of the hill. Jacob catapults Corley up the table with the League Rankings starting to swell around the 20-30 point mark whilst Gavin James adds to the CC Luton tally having taken 3rd place.
Thames Velo Regional B Podium – thanks Peter Chapman for the picture
Next round is the Beds Road Race Team Event at Great Barford on May the 8th.
Thanks to Lovelo Cinelli RT for hosting round 3 yesterday. The return of the Soulbury Circuit for the Regional B race saw a watchful bunch snuff out any attempts to escape.
Attacks off the front at the top of the rise out of Soulbury by Hemel Hempstead CC, CC Luton and TMG Horizon CT seemed to part of a plan, but the pace was high with very little respite which meant that around 20 riders were DNF.
In the end, it came down a bunch print, with Neil Wass of TMG taking the honours from Ben Stowe of Hemel Hempstead 2nd by half a wheel.
Lovelo – Cinelli Road Race Finish Line Camera Shot
the big points return in two weeks with the Thames Velo Road Race on the Great Milton Circuit which should change the Rider Rankings dramatically.
for full rankings, see the ‘Results’ drop down