Weaver Valley CC Oulton Park Race Series – Round 1 – Race Report

This race series, run under TLI rules, takes place over May and June at the Oulton Park motor racing circuit in Cheshire – the same venue as the recent TLI National Circuit Championships.

Richard Dixon was the sole representative of the Lakes RC at this event, which took place on 29th May.

The race covered the full circuit, although went anti-clockwise – the opposite way to the motor racing!  Over 70 riders started the race, which has held in good conditions, warm, dry, but with a fairly strong wind that blew the riders down the descent of Clay Hill and up towards the Shell

outlon park mapOils Corner, but was a killer headwind along the Lakeside straight and the climb to Old Hall Corner.

The race took in 12 laps of the 3 mile circuit and was run off at an average speed of 26 mph.  The fast speed and strong wind prevented any significant breaks from forming – Richard had a go at following some breaks but these small groups of 5 or 6 never really got anywhere and were soon pulled back into the main pack.  A break of 3 or 4 riders did stay out front for a couple of laps or so, but were soon reeled in.  Some teams had a strong presence and were able to control any breaks to a certain extent, such as Team 3C, Liverpool Braveheart and Port Sunlight Wheelers, and Warrington RC, as well as promoting club Weaver Valley CC.

Richard leading the pack round Cascades

Richard leading the pack round Cascades

As the speed really picked up in the last lap, an attempted break went clear so Richard followed it – one guy got away in front by himself, so Richard chased and got off the front – 99% sure that he’d get swamped by the bunch before the end, but not confident in his sprint against the stronger competition and keen to at least make an effort in the race finale!

Looks like it was getting a bit hard work at this point!

Looks like it was getting a bit hard work at this point!

Needless to, say he did get caught and swamped by the bunch and it went down to a bunch sprint, with Richard finishing safely in mid pack.

Trying to force a break coming onto the start / finish straight

Trying to force a break coming onto the start / finish straight

It was a brilliant nights racing though, with over 240 riders involved in four events, on what is an absolutely brilliant circuit to race on, and well worth the trip.


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