Last week saw the begging of the second half for the Brtish Cycling Elite road and the start of the Elite crit series to begin. It started full gas with three tough races in Otley and Stafford. Alex Paton talks us through how things went in stafford on Friday and Saturday with two short reports below.
Stafford Crit –
Making the journey up to Stafford for round 2 of the Elite Circuit Series was Simon Holt, Will Harper, Will Fox, Roy Townsend, David McGowan, Lewis Atkins and myself.
The circuit was a testing one, with plenty of tight turns and quite narrow the whole way round the lap. From his good performance in the first round, Dave had a luxury grid position on the front row, with the rest of us a couple of rows further back, although still positioned quite well in the huge field.
In true crit racing style, the pace rocketed from the start and immediately strung the race out. Soon enough gaps started to form as people became unable to hold the wheels in front and a large group of 21 had gone clear. Making the split was David (son of Gowan), Will Fox and myself. A good team position with 3 in the lead group, however as the pace continued to rise a rider crashed and Will Fox was caught up. He survived with no real injury but was race over for him with all groups passing him unable to get going quick enough.
While Dave and I were in the front group, others were mixing it up in the 2nd and 3rd chase groups and making good ground.
Towards the later stages of the race Jon Mould eventually clipped away solo for the win with no one else willing or able to chase. Dave came home 4th or 5th, while I was 15th. A solid performance all round.
Not 100% sure of all finishing positions, but everyone represented well and raced hard on a circuit that favoured a small group.