Another phenomenal turn out. This week we were split into three races, with the “oldies” going first. Dave Astles, Kevan and Graham all made their presence known at the front of the pack on various occasions but missed the decisive break of four riders which got away with about 4 laps to go and stayed away: they were v. well organised. Gary and I stayed in the bunch, wisely conserving our energy for the final sprint. Steve Thomas was out for his first race of the summer but couldn’t contest the placings, as technically he should have been in the younger race. I’m not sure how we all did but I know that Graham was the first WVCC rider home, beating Kevan by a few centimetres: Kevan doesn’t set out to be Graham’s lead out man but seems to fulfil the role admirably!
The second race was split into two because of numbers, with the over 40s setting off first. It was good to see Derek racing for the first time. Nick joined an excellent break away who through and off’d v. effectively: they managed to catch the under 40s bunch, at which point however they were effectively neutralised as they got mixed up in this bunch. Dave McKay tried a big effort at the start of the last lap but he got swallowed up by what was now an enormous pack. Nick, despite his 12 hours of mountain biking at the weekend and his efforts in the break, somehow still managed to be first WVCC rider home, with Dave McK, Dave Swindells, Craig, Chas, Richard Munro, John Conboy and Derek all coming in behind them: sorry I didn’t clock in what order, and sorry if I’ve missed anyone out!
As always there was lots of WVCC involvement in the organisation of the race; and within the ranks of supporters, with the junior Conboys and little Melissa shouting their encouragement from the stands.