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Road racing - 2015 season

PostPosted: April 23rd, 2015, 9:15 pm
by simon
I finally kicked off the 2015 road racing season this week with Round 1 of the TLI Cheshire Series at Lower Withington. It was a perfect night for racing - dry and sunny with no wind. The organisers have done a great job with this event, bringing in motorbike marshals in addition to the lead cars, ambulance etc and with a large contingent of marshals it kept the race really safe for the 100ish riders taking part.

You can get a sense of this from the brief video coverage:

https://t.co/oqyTUQAXDP

I was in the 45-55 group and Steve Costello was in the 55+

My race saw 4 riders get away on the first lap and, although the pace was high at over 25mph, the rest of us never got organised enough to bring them back. There was still a furious bunch sprint however and I think I got third or fourth in this.

I've got events now every Tuesday night for at least the next couple of months so looking forward to the next one!

Simon

Re: Road racing - 2015 season

PostPosted: April 29th, 2015, 12:28 pm
by simon
Round 2 of the Cheshire Series last night. It felt like a really hard race, partly because it was quite windy but mainly because my tactics were pants. A good looking break started getting away on the first headwind stretch and I stupidly tried to bridge across on my own. I very nearly got there but eventually had to give up and then spent ages recovering and dropped back into the bunch. We put in about 15 miles of hard “through and off” to catch the break but, as usually happens, another break went away almost immediately and I missed this one too! This meant another long spell contributing to the bunch chase until we caught them on the last lap just as we were entering the finishing straight. By this stage I had nothing left for a sprint so was just happy to roll over the line in the bunch.

Not a great result but at least it was safe and an hour or so of high quality speed training!

The remaining events in this series are full but if anyone else fancies a go at TLI racing, Steve Costello is promoting an event for Abbotsford Park RC on 27 June which will be an hour long race on a nice safe closed circuit in Preston. Entry for non TLI members is only £15 and it’s age related so you will be put with riders of similar ability and vintage! If anyone fancies it let me know and I’ll explain how to enter.

Simon

Re: Road racing - 2015 season

PostPosted: May 6th, 2015, 1:16 pm
by simon
Not much to report from Round 3 last night - it was even windier than last week and I punctured!

Simon

Re: Road racing - 2015 season

PostPosted: May 20th, 2015, 6:42 pm
by simon
After a very wet and blustery day it was a relief to see the weather dry up just in time for the Macc Wheelers road race last night.

Maybe the weather did put a few people off as there were quite a few no-shows for my race (age 45 to 55) which only had about 20 of us on the start line in Siddington. After an early break of 4 got away and a few people packed in that left even fewer of us in the bunch. It was pretty much like riding the chain gang for an hour or so then with 30 miles of "through and off". The break was in sight for much of the time and at one point we got within 10 seconds of catching them. However we never quite made it.

Alex Royle won the younger race by a comfortable margin.

Poor old Steve Costello punctured for the second week running - hopefully he will have better luck next Tuesday when we have the fifth and final event in the TLI Cheshire Series on the Lower Withington series.

Simon

Re: Road racing - 2015 season

PostPosted: May 27th, 2015, 12:26 pm
by simon
My preparation for the final event in the Cheshire Series was not ideal – I hadn’t touched the bike since last week’s race and had a couple of days working in Portugal followed by a long weekend walking in the Dales. I was made to pay for this last night and, although the conditions were good, I found the race really hard.

Two of the strongest riders got away on the first lap and, although the rest of us worked together really well to try and bring them back, they still had at least 30 seconds on us at the finish and there was therefore the usual bunch sprint for the minor places. I was getting quite good at sprinting last year but seem to have lost the knack and could only manage 7th or 8th.

Steve Costello had better luck this week and won the bunch sprint in the 55+ race after a break of 4 had got away.

There is some doubt over the future of this series of events as Cheshire Police are apparently refusing permission for all racing on circuits shorter than 10 miles. That would be a shame as its been an excellent series of 5 races - very well marshalled on quiet roads and no incidents.

The Oulton Park series starts next Tuesday - I’m looking forward to my first year in the 50+ age group but suspect it isn’t going to be much easier!

Simon