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.