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