Team Captain David Ogg was just beaten into second place at today’s Upton CC’s End of Season RR after a strong showing from everyone in the team, writes Mick Padley.
With Tom Booth back from Belgium the team decided to target a race that played to everyone’s ability. The course is rolling and open and in today’s wind was always going to a tough one but with Tom coming back with good legs the aim was to set him up for the sprint.
For the first 30 mins of the race we had a man in every move and instigated a few ourselves but in the strong cross winds nothing was getting away.
A different tactic was needed so we conserved our energy by staying in the bunch and protecting Tom from the wind with Luke Hind deployed to neutralising any attacks.
However with 2 laps to go a group of 9 riders did get away and David saw his opportunity to bridge across and make it a 10 man break. With no one in the bunch willing to chase this was the decisive break and it stayed away until the final sprint. With a howling tail wind down the finish straight the sprint was fast and furious with David looking like he’d got it sewn up, but in the end he was beaten by half a wheel.
The only job left to do now was to set Tom up for the bunch sprint and Sam Smith with plenty of Belgium left in his legs put him in the perfect position to dominate the bunch sprint.
Chapeau to the lads who are still showing plenty of fighting spirit as the season rapidly comes to a close.