June 19th saw the running of the third round of the Weaver Valley CC organised series promoted under TLI Cycling rules. Again running the full race circuit anticlockwise, this age related event saw a total of four separate races with a total of 240 riders taking part on the night.
Race 1 saw Lakes RC rider John McMinn in action, along with with second claim Lakes member Andy Stubbs, riding for BCW, and both featured in making the 10 lap race come alive.
It was a warm but very windy night, creating a headwind or cross headwind for most of the lap, which made for hard racing. Once the race settled down, John made a couple of attempts to get away but they didn’t stick.
With a couple of laps to go, Andy, feeling good, put an attack in, and it did stick – he was joined by a couple of riders, then a couple more, until there was a group of 9 away, which held on until the end of the race, with Andy coming in an excellent 7th. John was at the head of the sprint of the main bunch, just behind.
Richard Dixon rode in the 12 lap race 2, which had a large field of 75 riders. the race was run at a very hard pace – the wind playing a huge part in the race – although there were a couple of break – a four man break got away for several laps, the strong wind meant these were almost certainly doomed.
Positioning was critical in this race, and if you got exposed in the wind, you’d had it, and quite a few strong riders did get shelled out the back as the race went on, and race got really strung out at times.
In the end the race come down to a bunch sprint, with Liverpool Bravehearts Lee Steele first over the line – Richard came in a creditable 26th place.
Well done lads, good effort all round!
These are great events – bit of a drive, but a great, safe venue (although round 2 was marred by a big crash), good racing and a good crack all round. a great way to start racing – there is also have a novice ‘taster’ race before the main event as well.