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!