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.