We took a team of 3 riders to the Racing Chance Foundation Nat B race at Pimbo today, organised by Fred Bamford and his team and everyone came away in the points.
The way that David, George and Tom raced today is an example of how you can help people develop when you create the right environment for them to pursue their aims and understand the value of working as a team.
The 65 mile race on one way roads helped the riders compete in a safe environment without the worry of oncoming vehicles, probably making it the next best thing to closed roads.
After the first couple of laps some tentative attacks went off the front which with the experience they have gained the lads knew were not worth chasing. In the first third of the race both David and George shook the pack up to test who were the riders with legs that could be dangerous in the final. Meanwhile Tom’s job for the day was to sit tight in the bunch and capitalise on any damage that his team mates could create.
With 10 laps to go George found himself in a soft break of 5 riders which soon developed into a 20 sec lead. Five other riders recognised the danger after George’s recent form in the OVB stage race and started to bridge across. David ever alert knew all he had to do was follow them and if they bridged he was in the perfect position and after a lap a group of 11 riders now formed creating the winning break. George and David continued to drive the break with the lead stretching out to 30 sec leaving it all to the sprint, which was a close affair with David taking 6th and George 11th.
Meanwhile the rest of the field had split apart and Tom positioned himself in a small group off the front of the bunch. Tom recognising that points were still available knew he had to win his bunch sprint and with 50m to go jumped his companions to take a very comfortable 12th.
After the race Tom, who is shortly going to race in Belgium for 2 months with Sam Smith said “ Once the break had gone with David and George I knew I had to play the team role and the best I could do was ensure I won the sprint of the remaining riders. After a slow start to the season with illness my form seems to becoming just at the right time for Belgium”
The team are now looking forward to the Peterborough Alston Homes race next Sunday
Report by Mick Padley.