Stevie Williams and Gruff Lewis were in action last weekend in Abertystwyth at the Angela Davies Memorial RR. A tough race which attracted the attention of some big teams which added to the challenge. Stevie Williams rode brilliantly and claimed second behind Condor JLT’s Handley. A short report below tells us how the race panned out.
It was a cold start to the day in Aberystwyth, I put a lot of pressure on myself to get a result as The Angela Davies memorial road race is my home race. It was Condor JLT and Madison who were well represented with strong teams which was going to make it tough.
As we rolled out from the HQ everyone was keen to get going, the early move was the key move, with me and Gruff visible at the front of the bunch, I followed wheels and got into the break of the day with 9 riders present which included Scully, Cronshaw, Cuming, Handley, Lloyd, local rider Dan Davies and a couple others. We worked well together and quickly opened a gap of 2 minutes.
The gap grew to around 3 minutes, until a chasing group was formed behind with a few more JLT and Madison riders and my team mate Gruff. This was good for us as we had a Pedal Heaven rider in the lead group and the chasing group.
As the race went on and natural selection was formed from the lead group only 6 of us remained. As we reached the last big climb of the day, myself, Mike Cuming and Richard Handley distanced ourselves from the break and went over the top of the climb and grew a gap of just over a minute.
The JLT riders had the upper hand on the run in as they were able to attack numerous times. As we got to the final kilometre it was time for a sprint, Cuming was distanced and it was very close between myself and Handley for 1st and 2nd, he narrowly got me in the finale and I was good enough for 2nd on the day.
Good race, organised brilliantly by Ystwyth CC.