This last weekend the team was competing at two events, reports Team Manager, Mick Padley. We had George Sewell, Sam Smith and Karl Baillie, getting selection for the East Midlands team in the Melton Cicle Classic whilst I took David Ogg, Tom Booth and Luke Hind to the Stockbridge RR down on the Hampshire Downs.
The Stockbridge race was held over the rolling roads of Hampshire with the course either going up hill or down hill with little chance for any recovery. For the first two laps the riders were getting the measure of each other before committing to any attacks. The finish was at the top of a 1000m long climb and it was on the start of lap 3 that David made his move taking with him 5 other riders. they worked well together and quickly created a 60 sec gap. The breakaway seemed conscious of David’s climbing ability and worked together to get rid of him, so as we went into the 5th of 6 laps David was dropped after making them work hard to drop him.
Meanwhile Luke was the victim of zealous officialdom and was disqualified for finding himself the wrong side of the white line after swerving to avoid another rider, the commissaire reversed his decision but by this time the bunch had disappeared over the hill. Tom Booth continued with his recovery after bouts of illness at the beginning of the season and used the event to get some competitive miles in his legs, not to be dismayed Tom recognises that poor early form can lead to good mid season form which he needs for his two months we have planned for him in the Flandrian region of Belgium.