Wales Open Criterium

The last round of the Elite circuit series was held in the streets of Abergavenny on Friday evening. The pace was fast from the start with a lot of action. Alex Paton finished 8th overall on the night and has written report below talking us through how it went.

Friday night saw Mitch, Rory, Gruff, Simon, Rob McCarthy, Lewis and myself take on the final round of the Elite Crit Series.  Due to illness we had Dave McGowan and Will Fox missing, this was a shame considering their very good positions within the series.

A fast and quite technical circuit was great for the final round and made for some very exciting racing.  The circuit was lined with spectators almost the entire way round with some parts a few rows deep.

The race started in its usual blistering pace and soon enough the race was in one long line with the hairpin turn staring to force gaps.  We initially had all riders involved in the front half of the race and looked god as other teams started to loose riders.  However as the race progressed, gaps opened up due to the high speed and constant attacks at the front we lost a couple of guys.

Still involved in the main group was Gruff, Rory, Mitch and myself.  Still a good situation to be in.  I managed to be involved with the majority of attacks and twice looked to have made a small group that stayed clear for a few laps, however none stayed clear for more than a few laps even with myself and other very strong riders.

Eventually a large group split and stayed slightly clear of the hugely depleted field.  Some good results on a tough night that was very difficult to stay in contention at the front.  I placed 8th, Gruff 12th, Rory 16th and Mitch 22nd.  Great news for Dave too, who despite not even racing on the night still managed to place 3rd overall.

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