The Blue & Yellow Army Keep 'Smashing' It Up
Due to there being few quality road races in August, some of the team members have turned their sights to time trialling.
Simon Wilson rode the BDCA 50 which was his first attempt at this distance. He spent the first 40 miles wondering if he was pacing himself well before riding the last 10 flat out and was pleasantly surprised to get the 3rd fastest time at the finish with 1.41:24. Next up was the Derby Mercury 25 - he started pretty steady and built into it and rode the last 5 miles as hard as possible. Simon finished with a 48.12 which was good enough for second place in a field of high calibre time triallists and a new personal best.
The Winning ways continue!
Dale Appleby scored a great victory in the Welsh Circuit Race Championship at Builth Wells. Attacking just after 4 laps with the race in full flight, Dale put in a monster 2 lap turn to break the clutches of the main group and only had Zak May for company. May, a promising Junior who took 9th at the recent Abergavenny BC Elite Series was a suitable companion as he assisted in some of the pace setting and Appleby was confident of out sprinting him if it came to a two way sprint. The gap went out to 40 secs with Appleby doing the lion’s share of the work with May content to just be there. The final uphill sprint to the line was a formality for the more experienced Metaltek SCOTT rider, with plenty of time to show off the jersey to awaiting photographers. Rhys Lloyd managed to attack the peloton and rode solo in pursuit of the leading duo not quite making contact but claiming a great 3rd but more importantly Silver in the Welsh Senior Championship.
The Blue 'n' Yellow Army Goes Into Battle At Stockton
In what was described as possibly being the worst conditions the team has ever seen for a criterium, the riders started the battle with the circuit race in Stockton on Tees on Friday night.
On a course with a cobbled section which made the racing very difficult and the transition from tarmac to pave providing difficulties for the riders trying to stay upright, and the speed bumps as well, the race was described by some riders as having been very dangerous along with lots of crashes.
It is not uncommon in such wet conditions for riders to go from the gun simply because once they have a gap, it is difficult for the chasers to ride faster to close the gap and that was how the race unfolded.