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)