Well i cannot let the day finish without just a few words about our very autumnel autumn road race today . The Weaver Valley Autumn road race .
A beautiful day following a beautiful sunrise as i did a final check on the circuit this morning . I even saw a fox just finishing his night foraging shift.
Opening up HQ not a minute before 08.00 fearing setting the alarm off the place was soon a hive of activity . Marshals, drivers , Bc officials ,BC accredited marshals, National Escort Group riders , 1st Aiders , riders signing on , teas and coffees being consumed ,, riders looking serious in the car park, warming up for their last chance of the season to gain points for upgrading to a higher category .
About 7 places in the main field were not taken which did disappoint me after the massive entry we had though many sent apologies for sickness etc ,.but so pleased for those that did ride as im sure they had a good day !
I would have loved to have ridden today!
Briefings over , the race on and so time to give the race a head start before getting around the circuit, checking the marshals are ok and handing over refreshments then on to the finish line . A scare to find a vehicle parked right on the finish line with the owner no where in sight.
Although Lucy and I saw very little of the race we did see enough to know that a rider from CC London, Tom Whalley attacked on the first lap and stayed away only to be caught half a lap from the finish line .
The race was won from a fantastic bunch sprint , the clear winner being Dave Williams from the Wrexham RC .
My Weaver Valley CC clubmates did us proud today , turning up en masse to marshal this very labour intensive circuit and i thank you all .
Thanks to all involved today , a great team effort , Drivers , First Aiders , Accredited and club marshals,National Escort Group, the ladies on refreshments , sign on desk, BC officials and a special thanks to Garry and Jim for all their hard work setting the course out .
To all riders today i will try and email the official result sheet when i have it .
Chief commissaire has asked me to pass on his thanks to all involved today ” for a job well done “.
Result: Weaver Valley Road Race
1 David Williams Wrexham Roads Club 2hrs. 06m. 43s.
2 Jacob Sparrow Ludlow Brewery Race Team @ 2 secs.
3 John Lucock West Midlands Police CC st
4 Paul Gibson Warrington RC st
5 John Hines Audlem CC st
6 Steven Bunting Rutland CC st
7 Mark Twiss North Cheshire Clarion st
8 Mathew Ellis Weaver Valley CC st
9 Joseph Dobson Manchester Bicycle CC st
10 Dan Rowett Synergy Cycles st
11 Steve Simpson Manchester Wheelers Club st
12 Alex Loven Wrexham Roads Club st
13 Iain Young Weaver Valley CC st
14 David Cole LEquipe st
15 Daniel Styler Croston Velo st
16 Thomas Davies Loughborough Students CC st
17 James Helsby Sportcity Velo st
18 Paul Higginbottom Body Torq Racing st
19 Alistair Moffat Velo Club Cumbria st
20 Kevin Stuart Leeds Mercury CC st
21 Jack Wilson Ludlow Brewery Race Team st
22 David MacKay LEquipe st
23 Michael Jones Warrington RC st
24 Thomas Maher Horwich CC st
25 Nick Giles Wrexham Roads Club st
26 Jim Duffy Weaver Valley CC st
27 Mark Jones Clwb Rasio Mona st
28 Julian Vescovi Ribble Valley CC st
29 Philip Blundell Buxton CC/Sett Valley st
30 John Keen Weaver Valley CC st
31 Michael Johnson BC Private Member @ 12 secs.
32 Jonathan Stanlake BC Private Member st
33 Michael Glyn Wills Wheels Cycling Club @ 22 secs.
34 Stephen Minton Ludlow Brewery Race Team @ 34 secs.
35 Tom Whalley CC London @ 1m. 10s.
36 Guy Jones Salt Ayre Cog Set @ 1m.55s.
37 Lee Hill Body Torq Racing @ 2m. 06s.
38 Earle Logan Lune RCC @ 1 Lap
Junior Prize: James Helsby Sportcity Velo
Most Aggressive Rider Award: Tom Whalley CC London
Images from the race in the gallery. Direct link: WVCC Autumn Road Race