(Pictures courtesy of Rich Wood)
On a sunny Wednesday evening there’s nothing better than watching the best that local road racing has to offer in Bath’s Victoria Park.
Round 3 of the increasingly popular race series yet again drew in riders from many of the local clubs and beyond with both the 3/4 and E/1/2/3 races close to capacity on the short and testing circuit. There was also an improved turnout for the women’s race which was especially encouraging. Adel Tyson-Bloor showed everybody else how to nail a sprint finish edging out Miriam Freemantle by just 0.013secs with Nicola Walters just 0.669secs behind. Let’s hope there’s more close racing to come from the women in the final two rounds.
In the Youth category Adam Beddall took his third victory in succession once again beating Rob Hogg to the line to take the points. Series victory looks set to be his come Round 5.
The 3/4s race produced another great finish with a large bunch of riders all in contention come the final lap with most riders content to keep the pace high and settle things late on. Last week’s winner Scott Chalmers looked set for another victory, calmly sitting on or near the front of the main group throughout but was narrowly beaten to the finish by Alec Rumball in a four man sprint including Michael Ward and Mark Munns. The 3/4s series will now surely go down to the wire with a different winner of each round so far.
The E/1/2/3s race was all about the Wilier/Live2Ride team. They controlled things from start to finish. Firstly Tavis Walker went for a solo effort managing at one point to gain an advantage of 28secs over the chasing pack. He was, however, slowly reeled in at which point another team rider bridged across to him and they pressed on to build up a small advantage. Again the bunch worked hard to pull them back with 1-2 laps to go. All the extra effort from the other teams finally took its toll and Mark Perry pounced in the final stages to take the victory by 1 sec from Jason Flooks with Ian Rees a little further back.
Thanks again to all who turned out to spectate and for Bath Uni CC for making sure things ran smoothly. Next up Round 4 and our turn to host!