The dust (even after all that rain in April) has finally settled on Round 4 of Bath Cycle Races. It could have been a real baptism of fire for the club. Compared to many of the local clubs racing we’re pretty small and resources are minimal but we do like a good challenge. Organising and hosting round 4 of Bath Cycle Races has probably been the biggest undertaking the club has ever attempted. Like a Jens Voigt solo effort Jon Arnold has put in huge amount of work to get himself and the club up to speed on all things road racing. In fact he’s actually been an integral part of every round so far helping set up, marshal and dismantle stuff each week. The nature of the course and having a series of events close together means running Bath Cycle Races is ‘labour intensive’. Course set-up begins about 3pm each week and the park is usually returned back to normal at about 10pm. And all in the name of fun…..
Of course, some nice weather, a rowdy bunch of students and a cycling crazy dog all add to the atmosphere. Mix in 80+ riders over 3 races and it’s happy days. What will we do with our Wednesday evenings once we hit June? For now we’ve got one more week of racing to look forward to and what a week it could be. With the series titles up for grabs and some exclusive winner’s jerseys waiting in the wings let’s hope everybody’s got enough left in the tank for round 5.
….And so to the racing. The 3/4 Cat race was once again contested at a frenetic pace, even quicker than the E/1/2/3s, clearly a gentle evening ride is not on the menu with those guys. Despite a high overall speed the main bunch stayed together into the last lap with Mark Munns prevailing in front of Ed Griffin. Pierre Thomas repaid the vociferous Bath Uni CC support by grabbing the final podium spot. In the Youths category Adam Beddall continued his dominance and will surely complete a clean sweep of wins next week. The women’s race was again won by Adel Tyson-Bloor with Nicole Walters the eternal second. Perhaps round 5 is yours Nicole?
The E/1/2/3 race was a very cagey affair with all the main teams happy to ‘eyeball’ one another for the fist half of the race. That was until Alec Baskaya and Colin Parry escaped off the front. For a while it looked as though they would be caught but eventually their lead was too big for the bunch to pull back. Despite Colin’s best efforts Alec always looked the most likely winner of the two and he duly delivered in the final dash for the line, taking his second victory in the series.
Finally, a massive thanks to everybody from the club who helped marshal the event plus Matt Hargreaves from Bath CC who supported Jon at the sign-on desk. A top club effort all round.
All pictures courtesy of Rich Wood
Full results on DB Max’s website