Blue skies, sunshine and bike racing – it must be week 4 of the ELV Winter Series. A great turn out and feisty racing made for another excellent day. Thanks to everyone who came along.
Congratulations to East London Velo’s own Anton Breuste on taking the win after a series of long solo efforts from William Weatherill (Hope Factory Racing). William took second place with Andy Wakeling (Hub Velo) in third. Commiserations to ELV’s Alex Trench on the puncture-enforced early retirement. Next time.
No doubting that Hog Hill is a tough circuit, chapeau to all who raced and who keep coming back for more! Two more weeks to go and still plenty of Series points to play for.
The day’s second race went off hot, with attacks on the first ascent of the Hoggenberg and every climb that followed. The bunch stayed cohesive for five laps, before the effort of keeping pace started to show. The cracks that appeared on lap six were fissures by lap seven and by lap eight, Storm Ciara seemed to have blown through a day early.
As riders were drifting back, retiring, losing laps, a handful of racers were putting in valiant efforts at the front of the race – Paul Burton (Paceline RT), Max Bolton (Tofauti Everyone Active), Felix Barker (Hope Factory Racing), Robert Staines (Pedal Power Ipswich) and Tom Cullen (Otley CC) were all digging deep.
But it was Max Bolton and Felix Barker who made it stick, with a two-up that saw them gap the rest of the race by close to half a lap and which would ultimately see Max take the win. Felix took second place and Tom Cullen, having broken clear of the bunch, took a decisive third place.
Thank you to everyone that raced, supported, and took great photos – Ian Lambert, we’re looking at you.
Thanks also to our marshalls, BC Comms and to Kalas who are sponsoring some great series prizes.
Enter next week’s 4th Cat and 234 races before 8pm on Wednesday to save a fiver on the standard senior rate.