Craig Armitage Trophy RR - 15th July
Report by Jon Farmer and Ryan Ellis
Sunday morning saw Jon and Ryan head to the Craig Armitage road race in Selby. Craig had unfortunately lost his life during a collision with a motorist in 2014 and the race was being hosted by his family and friends. The briefing by race organiser, Mike Salkeld, highlighted just how important this event was to everybody involved and I know, Ryan and I both felt a responsibility to do the race proud.
After a catch up and warmup with Phil and Tom from High Peaks Cycles RT, the race was underway. 55 miles in the baking sun on what is quite an enjoyable circuit. During the first lap Ryan had managed to place himself in to a strong breakaway of five riders. This left Jon to sit back and enjoy the relatively uneventful first half of the race. After seven of the 10 laps, the break was finally brought back and the juicy end of the race had begun. The two had a short catch up and as usual Ryan was shepherding Jon through the bunch to a safe position.
A few moves had been established but none were going to stick with the end in sight and some relatively fresh looking riders anticipating a bunch kick. Jon felt a lull in the bunch speed just before the small kick that led the riders in to the wooded lanes and decided to make a short effort to put himself in the front ten wheels. Ryan was positioned nicely just behind him at this point.
The final few Km’s had the usual twitchy feeling with riders constantly forming new trains to move up with. In fifth wheel with such a short distance left to race I knew I had done everything I needed to pick up my best ever result in a regional A road race. Coming out of the final corner everybody the long sprint to the line had begun. I moved up to third wheel when I heard the dreaded sound of bikes coming together. A huge crash behind completely through me off contesting the final 20 metres of the sprint. I crossed the line in third place and headed back to the news that Ryan had been involved in the crash. By the time I caught up with him, he was walking around looking slightly confused and tensing his legs... I wasn’t convinced there was anything different about him. Unfortunately, I then saw the snapped head tube and blood all over him. This was a terrible outcome for my team mate who had done so much work to give me a comfortable ride in the bunch. Wishing Ryan a very speedy recovery!
We would like to say a huge thank you to everybody involved in the organisation of the event and the after care provided by the same individuals.
EMRRL Six Hills - 30/06/18:
Jon and Ellis lined up for the Leisure Lakes Bikes round of the EMRRL. The course only featured two small climbs, one up to the finish line and one 2km out. Ellis got in a couple early moves to test the legs and the bunch but the big teams weren't letting anything stick. Then on the 4th lap Ellis attacked up the first climb to try and split the group but only managed to bring two others with him, the main group then brought them back just after the finish.
It looked like the race would be decided in a sprint up the final climb and with Jon having sat in the bunch saving energy things things were looking good for the team. But then on a seemingly innocuous part of the course a group of 5 went away containing people from three of the four biggest teams. One other rider bridged solo over an entire lap but other than that everything was chased down. Ellis brought Jon to the front for the final lap but on the first climb Jon lost his position a little and Ellis sprinted for 13th on empty legs.
Photo credit: Duncan Slator @DSCyclingPhotos
Harrogate Nova RR - 01/07/18
Ellis then carried on from Leicester to Leeds to join Ryan and Hayden in the Harrogate Nova road race on what turned out to be a very grippy course where the power was always on. Having returned from Holiday Hayden came down with a stomach bug and didn't eat for four days, coupled with not riding for two weeks he was lucky to feel good enough to start.
Ryan got in the break from the gun as Ellis was opening up the legs from the day before and Hayden was trying to remember how to ride a bike. That first break stayed away for just over a lap but after it was brought back nothing was let go for the next hour. Hayden pulled out at this point not wanting to risk further illness.
Out of the final major corner the race was strung out and over the top of the finishing climb a group of five forged ahead into a cross-headwind. Knowing this was the move to be in Ellis attacked with another rider to attempt to bride the gap. At the bottom of the fast descent into pot bank and within metres of the back of the breakaway Ellis dropped his chain and in the 40 seconds spent stationary the peloton also teared past. After a solo chase down Penny Pot lane the gap went out and Ellis abandoned and met Hayden to cheer on Ryan at the finish. Starting out of position in the main group Ryan came in for a top-20 behind the breakaway.
Not the results the team was hoping for but plenty of positives to take away from a solid weekend of racing.
Jon, Hayden and Ryan lined up for the East Lancashire spring road race on the Bashall Eaves long course. The 55 miles race would take in 5 laps of the rolling course that contained one notable climb and numerous fast flowing sections, some hampered by poor road surface. The team assembled for a roll out to the course only to realise the race briefing was 10 minutes earlier than they thought, meaning the warm up was far from ideal but had to suffice. The team discussed tactics for the day, with Hayden eager to work to gain a result for Ryan and Jon. The field of 51 riders rolled out neturalised for a mile from Edisford Primary school until the flag was brought in. Initially, the team were spread out in the pack with Ryan up the front, Jon in the middle and Hayden sitting last wheel.
From the flag drop, the Manchester based Crimson performance team drove the pace on hard on the first lap. Seeing the danger Hayden moved himself from the back to the front 10 riders on the first climb, an ascent that would see the race split in half. After being caught on the wrong side of the early split, Jon found himself in a small group of around 10 riders that formed the chase and were hoping to regain contact (by some miracle – punctures or farm traffic would have been ideal). The pace was kept high at the front by Crimson, but their three riders was quickly dropped to two. Seeing the front of the race suffering, Hayden attacked half way into the first lap going clear by himself, his sights set on the first of four primes on offer. Hayden claimed the prime and pushed on solo, forcing other teams such as Crimson and Chronomaster to chase.
Hayden was reeled in close to the end of the second lap, only to immediately jump off the front, again forcing Crimson to chase. He narrowly missed out on the second prime to a rider from the host club. However following this second lap sprint, Junior rider James Noonan decided to press on with the bunch slightly distanced. Hayden jumped on his wheel but only to get a free ride, not wanting a break to stay away for the race. Despite multiple plees, Hayden refused to pull a turn with Ryan getting a free ride in the pursuing peleton. The duo stayed out to cross the line for the third time with Hayden taking the prime, and despite a gap of 48 seconds at one point, the two riders were brought back by the bunch. Without hesitation, Hayden launched again with 3 riders joining him, although they were not willing to work as Hayden refused to pull a turn. Feeling better throughout the race and particularly good on the short steeper inclines, Jon decided to continue with the group and set a new goal of finishing first of the chase group.
Following a discussion with Ryan, the plan was for Hayden to keep the pace high on the front to bring it to a sprint. However, Hayden won the sprint for the 4th prime, a sprint with 2 others that had caused yet another split in the group. Hayden was temporarily caught in no mans land. A Crimson performance rider, second in the sprint for prime 4 pressed on with the bunch now some 50 metres behind. A couple of looks behind from Hayden, and Ryan yelled him to ride for a result. With that Hayden caught the front rider and was joined by another. The Crimson ride was keen to push on and happy to do most of the work, before he dropped his chain on the climb. Immediately after the commissaires gave the duo the time gap, Hayden attacked to lead the race by himself. He held a strong tempo to the line to claim his 4th victory of the season. Coming out of the final corner, Ryan positioned himself well with others seemingly offering to lead the group out. After a comfortable ride round in the main field for the entirety of the race, Ryan had the energy to execute the perfect sprint to win the bunch gallop. A 1st and 2nd for the THRE datawolves. For Jon, the final lap of the tough course meant only 5 riders remained. The pace was being driven hard and one final attack with around 3km to go saw Jon and one other rider go clear of the others in the group. The final 1km uphill drag proved a little too much for Jon and he finished second in the group. Overall, a good performance and a good lesson learnt for Jon.
Thank you too the East Lancs cycling club for putting on a great event.
Next weekend Hayden and Jon race the GA Bennett and GT Ellingworth road races on bank holiday Monday in grantham.
Photo credit Ellen Isherwood.
Behind Bars Circuit Series
Race report by Jon Farmer
Jon headed over to the 3rd cat only race at Birmingham Business Park on Sunday morning as a solo rider.
Using the race as training for some of his upcoming target races, Jon had spoken to his coach Tom Neale throughout the week and was heading to the race with only one plan – Attack and then attack again. This was mainly to rid Jon of early frustrations from races where he had been too conservative and not able to utilise any of the form he had built over the early part of the season.
Fuelled on Espresso(s) and a complex mix of oat flakes and milk, Jon completed his usual warm up and knew that the legs were feeling good. He attacked the race from start, creating and reacting to the majority of moves throughout the race. The attacks continued throughout but no move was given any more than 10 seconds – clearly where having several team mates to disrupt the chase is needed.
In to the final stages of the race and the inevitable 30 man gallop for the line, the bell rang and as usual the pace sored as the riders fought for position at the front of the bunch. A notable attack came from a Morvello Basso rider and the two Loughborough student riders. Jon immediately jumped across and was positioned well in to the final 400m of the circuit. However, Jon was forced to take the inner line and was unable to fully open up in the sprint. Coming away with 8th or 9th overall, Jon was happy with his attacking form though is looking forward to better results to come.
Thanks to Behind Bars Sports Events for putting on a very well organised race and thanks for the amazing support from Datawolves!
West Pennine Road Race (55 miles - Regional A - 2/3/4
Ryan and Hayden lined up for 14 laps of the short Bashall Eaves circuit near Clitheroe, East Lancs. The 60 rider field set off from Edisford Primary school, with both THRE riders places in the top 10 throughout the neutral section. In the warm up chat, Hayden and Ryan discussed trying to get one, or both of them up the road and in the move. From the flag drop Hayden went straight to the front and kept things hot, forcing other teams and riders to Chase.
Lap after lap, Hayden and Ryan were part of moves that went clear on the draggy side of the course, however most were shut down. Hayden broke away for a lap with one other around the half way point before it was shut down, only to spend a lap off the front by himself a lap later. Ryan maintained great position in the front poised to follow any promising moves. At the front of the race, Ryan avoided the first of two crashes, caused by a touch of wheels in the bunch. Fortunately Hayden was a few bike lengths off the back and managed to slow and avoid the carnage, and rejoined the back of the main group shortly after. Things were all the more quiet in the third quarter of the race with many likely saving energy after the fast start.
At the bell, Hayden attacked from 10th wheel, taking a strong, and fresh, Paceline RT rider and one other with him. The rider from Paceline RT put in an extremely strong turn on the back side of the course to all but secure the top 3. On the headwind drag, the freshest rider broke away with Hayden hesitating to get on the wheel. In the finishing straight Hayden, moved to the opposite side of the road to secure the sprint for second and the points to achieve his first category British cycling licence. Meanwhile in the bunch, Ryan had been maintaining good position on the final drag before the paced slowed and he was swamped prior to the final left hand turn. With the dash to the line short, Ryan was unable to unleash his sprint.
Thanks to West Pennine Road Club for a well organised event. Photo credit: Ellen Isherwood.
Jon, Ryan and Hayden will return to Clitheroe this weekend (20th) for the East Lancs RR on the long Bashall Eaves circuit. Best of luck to the whole team!
The Kalas cup is a 1 day, 2 stage race in it's 12 year, near the town of Somerton in Somerset. A significant distance from the teams normal racing grounds, but Hayden was back on home roads. The morning stage was a 10km prologue run on the bottom and right had side of the triangle shaped course, taking in the notable climb, snap hill. After a foggy start, the sun had come out by the time Hayden and Ellis were off at 10:23 and 10:24 respectively. Hayden may have slightly overcooked the first half of the course but was able to hold on to some power up the long drag to post a time of 12:12 to give him 3rd on the stage. Ellis rode a strong TT and came in with a great time for a light guy.
Following 2 hours of feet up, and some important re-hydration (24 degrees on the day) it was time for the road race. The riders in 1st and 2nd were supported by no less than 8 riders each and some uncertainty surrounded race from Hayden and Ellis' perspective. A long neutralised section gave a chance for riders to settle into the race, however the typical early attacks were quick to ensue after the commissaire had taken in the flag. Hayden made an some early attempts to breakaway, but being only 23 seconds down in the general classification, the moves were quickly shut down. Time bonuses were offered on laps 2, 4 and 6 of the 8 lap 120km race. The first of which were taken by Tristan Robbins (4th after the TT) from a bunch sprint. A small breakaway gobbled up the time bonuses on lap 4. Hayden went about gaining the lap 6 bonus seconds the hard way and went solo from laps 4 to 6 before coming back to the bunch on lap 7. A momentary lapse in judgement meant the eventual winner (Lee Frost, Tri UK) and his breakaway companions rode away from Hayden and the rest of the bunch, shortly after he had been caught. A further 3 riders chipped of the front of the bunch on the last lap to make 6 riders up the road. Hayden tried a last ditch attack on the final ascent of snap hill but couldn't make it stick.
Rolling in with the bunch meant Hayden had consolidated 4th overall. He wasn't happy with his tactical judgement during the race but was pleased to come away with some prize money, cheese and further BC points. A big thanks to Team Tor 2000/ Kalas for putting on a very well organised event, and the volunteers and marshals for it's smoothing running.
Photo Credit: Bill Temple, Pete Woodgate
Southport CC - Bickerstaffe Road Race (Regional A 2/3/4)
In the week prior to this Sundays race I wasn't thrilled to be racing. Despite starting the week with a solid 3rd at the Tameside midweek Crit i'd been feeling under the weather ever since and to make matters worse, it had rained every day and the forecast didnt show any signs of improvement. Good news though, I had a team mate for the weekend. Jon was crashing the night before the race. His only requests were a fresh towel and some milk for his protein shake so it felt like I was getting a good deal in return for some company and pre race banter for a change.
Up early on Saturday ......... NOT Sunday and we arrived in Bickerstaffe at 8am to surprisingly pleasant weather. We squeezed into the last remaining car parking space at HQ, Signed on and then had a really good look at the course during our warm up. It's flat with some left hand turns like most courses in the area with a fast flowing section down the back straight and a slight drag round to the finishing straight. Having suffered two punctures in races in April I was relieved to find that the road surface in most places was excellent, with the exception of a few small pot holes (marked by the organiser) and lots of cow shit!
Our tactics for the race had been simple. Being based in the North West and knowing which riders and teams were strong I would be the one to follow the moves leaving Jon in the bunch to what we anticipated would most likely be a bunch sprint. For much of the race this worked perfectly. I would get myself on the right side of any dangerous moves and bridge across to anythng promising but despite my best efforts and those of other attacking riders nobody established anything more than a short lived gap of 15/20 seconds. As the race went on and following another failed break attempt I settled back into the bunch to take a breather and have a conversation with Jon.
'DEFINITELY a bunch sprint today'.
'NO WAY anything is staying away today'.......... You know where this is going!
By the time I had made my way back to the front of the bunch 4 riders had rolled off without a reaction, the bunch were not cooperating and we would eventually be sprinting for 5th and not 1st as me and Jon had so confidently predicted just moments earlier.
As the remaining laps ticked down I hadnt seen much of Jon but as we approached the final KM he nonchalantly rolls up alongside me and takes the wheel in front. This is exciting, with only one left hander to go Jon and I sit circa 6th and 7th wheel and with only 4 riders up the road 5th place is up for grabs which would be a solid result in this company. Unfortunatly the pace is not high enough and as we hit the little riser before the left hand turn I begin to be swamped on the right. It's too late for me but I scream to Jon to move right to block the path of the riders behind and take the best line into the corner. Jon does this perfectly. I have been swamped and lost several places and with only a short run into the finish line after the corner there is only one thing for it. Divebomb (sorry lads). I jump out to the left, take some wind and take a very tight line around the corner and amazingly Jon is now on my wheel and we have only lost a few places through the corner. I drive out of the corner and start to take some wind believing that I have Jon on my wheel but we have lost each other once again. I manage to get into the wheels and sprint with the first group of riders to secure 10th while Jon faids slighly before the line but digs deep to grab a top 15 for the team. Encouraging results for both of us but even better Jon is confirmed as the first 3rd Cat rider to cross the line and he's £20 better off...... Until we order our Domios Pizza later.
A really enjoyable race on what was a nice fast but safe circuit so One for the calendar again next year. Well done to all riders and many thanks to Southport CC and to all those who marshalled on the day. Thanks to Ellen for the great photos.
1 Micheal Ashurst Onimpex Bio-Racer
2 Kristian Zentek Team Chronomaster
3 Christopher Booth
4 Matt Hallam Crimson Perf.RT.
5 Lee Brown Holmfirth C.C.
6 Jake Cowen
7 Thomas Ashcroft Bott Cycle Team
8 Anthony Greenhalgh Team Chronomaster
9 Paul Wilkinson N.Chesh.Clarion
10 Ryan Ellis Thre Datawolves RT
11 Thomas Mitchell B,Head N End CC
12 David Parrington Hoppers Rollers
13 James Noonan Hoppers Rollers
14 David Price Chorlton Velo
15 Jonathon Farmer Thre Datawolves RT
Race report by Ryan Ellis
British University and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Criteriums (York Sport) - E/1/2/3
Only Ellis was in the criterium races at BUCS, Hayden preferring to save his matches for a big day on Sunday (turned out to be a good idea):
"I knew going into the weekend that my form wasn't that great so I went in with the intention of just having some fun. After attacking from the front out of the hairpin I got into a break of 5. That was brought back after a few laps and then the winning move went. The pace then got too high coming out of the corners and I popped with 20 minutes to go. I settled into a group of three and we rode the rest together, getting some good cornering practise."
BUCS Road Race Championships (Sheriff Hutton, York) (National B - E/1/2/3)
Ellis and Hayden took to the start line of the 2018 BUCS road race champs, representing the University of Southhampton and Leeds Beckett University respectively. The Sheriff Hutton circuit has been used for the last few renditions of the race, and never fails to provide a grueling test for the rides with the likes of Bulmer Bank to negotiate. The race would take in 7 laps for the a total of 77 miles/124 kilometres that would result in 1800m of elevation gain.
Following completion of the rider briefing, the usual scramble to be chomping at the bumper of the lead car ensued with riders trying to ensure they reached Bulmer bank in good position for the first time. Ellis initially found himself nestled in the bunch, whereas Hayden was sat last wheel. Everyone made it up and over the Bulmer the first time round, the pace not too hot due to some very strong wind. A number of small attacks began on the backside of the course but were quickly shut down. Ellis made the first decisive move off the front of the bunch on the fast finishing section, and was quickly joined by Hayden and Leeds Beckett team mate Billy Robinson. The trio quickly established a gap, with no willing chasers.
A lap later and Ellis drifted back to the bunch whilst Hayden pushed on with Billy for company, establishing a gap of 1 minute 17 seconds to the main bunch. The duo were joined by a trio of riders, including Sheffield Universities Archie Cross while Ellis disrupted any moves from the bunch. The quintet work well but turns became less strong with the realisation of more riders attempting to come across. Hayden made a move that would take himself clear of the rest of his breakaway companions, a bold move considering there were still 60kms to race. At it's greatest, Hayden held a gap of 39 seconds but some sporadic attacking from the chasing group closed the gap quite quickly with a lap and a half to go. Hayden slotted in the group of 15 riders that remained and proceeded to recover the best he could despite the attacks within the group. On the last ascent through Terrington village, with the bunch 4 abreast, Hayden attacked. With the chasers looking at each other, he established a significant gap entering the final cross-tail wind straight, and had done enough to take the solo victory ahead of the bunch.
Awaiting full results
Thank you too the University of York, the volunteers and marshalls for making it happen!
Chevin Cycles Evening Road Race League Round 1 - E/1/2/3/4
The first round of the league was contested on the nearly pan flat Bishopwood course, and would take in 6 laps for 35 miles of racing. Tuesday (01/05/2018) evening was particularly windy which meant there were many cross wind sections. The race is run in a handicap format and meaning 4 different groups, based on category/experience, start at 1 minute intervals. Groups typically proceed to chaingang until the groups ahead are caught and the race all comes together.
Unfortunately a few riders from the last group merged with the third group prior to the start, later disqualified, that meant the 4th group on the road didn't catch anyone. Further up the road, the third group, containing Hayden saw the front of the race with 3 laps to go. There was one solo rider out front that was being kept in sight by the group. On the last, following a tough tailwind section, Hayden attacked the rest of the group. He was able to bridge over the solo rider who had been out there for two and a half laps. In the finishing straight Hayden swung away from the other rider to take the win.
Thanks to Chevin Cycles for organising the series. Hayden looks to defend the yellow Jersey throughout the rest of May.
Result: Chevin Cycles Evening RR Series 1
1 Hayden Allen THRE Datawolves RT
2 Christophe Demoulin York Cycleworks
3 Cameron Blake Prologue Racing Team
4 Tom Cullen Otley CC
5 Toby Jarvis Team PB Performance
6 Tom Barras
7 Billy Harding
8 Harry Lee Selby CC
9 Thomas Davison J’s Cycle Shack
10 Lee Morley Ilkley Cycling Club
CTT Otley 10M TT (V212):
Hayden took 4th place with a time of 21:10 in a field of 80 riders in the Otley 10 mile TT on Saturday. The course was an 'out-and-back', and was a slight decent all the way to the halfway roundabout before a gradual drag back up to the finish line. Hayden's ride didn't get off to an ideal start with his garmin headunit turning off in the open 2kms. This lead to some suboptimal pacing on the way out that may have cost him on the way back. Eventual winner Chris Smart completed the 10M course in 20:38. Race report: https://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-report/17472#anchor
Photo credit: @photography_PCS
EMRRL Round 2 - Witham on the Hill:
Race organiser - Mark Botteley
Race report - Jon Farmer
Following the successes of Hayden and Ellis at round one of the EMRRL, we decided to dedicate a four man squad to round two. It would be the first outing of the year for newcomers Nick Moore and Joel Candy; and the first time the four riders had raced together.
The plan was to see Nick and Joel represented in the early, long range moves; both being very handy in TT’s (representing UK Feather flags/ Tri RT for the 2018 TT season). Hardly a minute after the neutralised flag dropped and Nick was making a nuisance of himself, taking two riders off the front of the peloton. Attack after attack went but nothing meaningful formed. The decisive moment occurred around 50 minutes in to the race when a very heavy crash split the group. Unfortunately this led to Nick abandoning the race and Joel being distanced with too much ground to make up. Myself and Ellis managed to bridge across to the front group and were now in a reduced bunch with half the race to go.
The steep kick in to Witham had been the launch pad each lap for riders to try and attack the group. I was feeling fresh and able to respond to all of the accelerations. Until the final time up the climb (5km from the finish) resulted in my left leg cramping in several places and I was unable to contest the finish. Ellis had spotted this and was now in contention to fight it out for the sprint finish. He was well positioned in to the start of the climb but the early attacks from behind left him swamped at the finish line.
A mixed bag of fortune for the team but some very promising signs of early season form. A huge thanks to Mark Botteley for a very well organised race.
FTR Milltag Spring Classic
With the rest of the team further south, Ryan and Hayden lined up for FTR Milltag spring classic, raced on the Sharlston Common course near Wakefield. The field, 80 strong, would race 9 laps of 9km circuit. There were two key climbs each lap, one of which led to the finish line, and a technical decent sandwiched between a long exposed back side of the course.
It seems British roads have suffered this winter as a result and this course was no exception. A number of punctures struck the peloton with Ryan unfortunately a victim on lap one. The opening laps were fast with the normal small flurries off the front allowed little room. The prime at the end of lap 3 caused some action with the pace being driven up entering the finishing climb. However the cross-head wind deterred riders from continuing on, and Hayden found himself off the front driving hard and opening up a small gap. Billy Robinson (eventual 3rd place) was the only rider to come across from the main bunch. The gap went up to a maximum of 45 seconds before the bunch reeled them in with five laps to go.
Recovery was now the aim for the next 4 laps, with Hayden hovering around the middle of the bunch. On the final lap Hayden was well placed to break off with 5 other riders. It was never a done deal though with the peleton always in plain sight. At the bottom of the finishing climb, Hayden made his move. The gap was tight at the end back to the now swamped break and pack but he had done just enough for the win.
Thanks to FTR for putting on a great race and the sponsors for making it happen.
Photo credit: David Beckitt (luft.cc)
Ryan takes the win at the first round of the Tameside Circuit Tuesday night Crit series!
50 riders lined up for the first midweek race of the season at Tameside but the large bunch was soon being shredded with a number of strong riders making their way to the front to apply the pressure. Breaks came and went but as the final 3rd of the race approached a peloton of circa 35 riders were all together and with just under 15 laps to go another two riders tried their luck and built a small gap. At this point Ryan struck out and over the course of the next few laps he bridged to the two leaders only for the group to be brought back inside 10 laps to go. Having burnt a significant number of matches during the last move Ryan sat back in the group to try and conserve energy for what he thought would be a bunch sprint but when the bunch stalled with 4 laps to go Ryan jumped and a moments hesitation from the main pack was all he needed. Ryan put his head down and held off a charging peloton to take the teams first win or the season in style.
Well done Ryan
The circuit Hayden & Ellis were racing on had come down to a bunch kick up the final climb for the last few years, so going into the race Hayden didn't want to expend too much energy following early moves. He went with one on lap 2/3 but it didn't go so sat back in. With just under a lap to go, 2 strong riders chipped off the front and he knew he had to be there. Hayden promptly bridged across from the peleton, making the junction at the top of Draycott Bank. Ellis in true teammate fashion was swift to cause a nuisance at the front of the bunch and deterred the chase. The gap back to the main group went up to a minute so the last climb would be just the three breakers. Hayden thought his best chance would be to ride an even power so he took it up from the front. One rider came round him and the other was dropped. A fantastic result for Hayden finishing with a 2nd and extremely pleased to back up last weeks result. On to the FTR Milltag spring classic next weekend (15th April).
Ellis had to say the following:
Felt lethargic from the start but as sometimes happens I felt better as I got stuck in. Attacks were going for the first hour and a half, I followed a couple that looked promising but nothing stuck, then two dangerous guys went and got a gap. I saw Hayden attack to bridge and immediately made my way to the front to stall the chase. He bridged up to make it a group of three and I was doing soft turns on the front and chasing down every attack. Gap went out to a minute by the end. Was in the top 5 wheels for the whole of the run in to the final climb and was leading onto the steep section. Could not be in a more perfect position and I was feeling fresh from sitting in the last half a lap, but unfortunately a race motorbike was stopped by two cars and I had to almost stop. The result of this was i became swamped and knew I couldn’t make up the gap so rolled in easy for a low place. Frustrating as I was feeling fresh and could’ve been 2nd and 4th for the team.
Not wanting to miss out on the action this weekend, Ryan made the last minute decision to head over to the new Wakefield Circuit to see if he could make it two wins in a week. A fast aggressive race with plenty of strong riders meant any breaks were short lived and this race was always going to come down to a bunch sprint. As the pace slowed and the bunch swelled going into the last lap Ryan did well to hold position, eventually finishing in 8th following a frantic final lap. Many thanks to the guys at Huddersfield Star Wheelers for hosting a great day of racing and even arranging for the sun to come out (no arm warmers).