Another tough weekend of racing done and dusted at the Tour of the Reservoir. Pedal Heaven’s own Dave Mcgowan finished 13th overall in general classification, a report below explains more.
The tour of the reservoir is renowned for its difficult racing conditions and the 2015 tour did not disappoint.
135 riders set off on stage one to tackle eight laps of the Derwent Reservoir, no sooner had the race begun when the race began to split into groups; due to the tough winds the riders had to face.
At the end of lap one a small group of 7 riders escaped the peloton, including Pedal Heaven’s own David McGowan as the only none UCI team representative in the breakaway. A lap later the group would swell to 9 riders and gain almost a four minute advantage.
However, in the final 20miles the aggressive peloton had been decimated by the fast pace and were now closing in fast on the breakaway!
At the finish line it was Madison Genesis rider Eric Rowsell who took the victory, with a slender margin over the rest of the breakaway.
With a small 15 man peloton less than a minute behind it was all to play for on Stage Two.
As the race started on stage two, the remaining riders left in the race faced gruelling weather conditions with rain, biting winds and even a snow storm!
The race organisers decided to change the route to a shorten 80mile event, taking on 6 laps of the Derwent Reservoir.
Many attacks early in the race came to nothing, as the Madison Genesis team controlled the peloton for the Stage One winner, Eric Rowsell.
As the race reached the last lap the weather had taken its toll and there were now only 20 riders left at the front of the race.
As the sun finally broke through the thick grey clouds, Marcin Bialoblocki of OnePro Cycling emerged at the head of the group to take the win on Stage Two.Eric Rowsell took the overall win of the Tour of the Reservoir 2015, with Steve Lampier (Team Raleigh) in second and Andy Tennant (Team Wiggins) taking the final spot on the podium.
Pedal Heaven were well represented despite having difficulties with crashes and injuries during the two day event in Northumberland. With David McGowan finishing 13th, Gruff Lewis 26th and Stephen Williams in 29th place.