Following the previous weekend’s cancellation of round one of the NCRA handicap road race, to have been promoted by WVCC at Naseby, the unofficial local ‘World Championships’ NCRA returned today Old.
Round two was promoted by the 45RC utilising a popular circuit starting and finishing in Old.
Welland Valley rider Adrian Reed made the most of an advantage over the more experienced riders to take a superb victory after 30 damp miles.
Adrian and his fellow riders worked well as a group, as they crossed the line with one ten mile lap to go they had a lead of 1 minute 20 seconds over a chasing pack. With every rider committed to doing turns on the front they rode strongly to contest the uphill sprint.
St Neots Ollie Hennessey , brother of Jacob Hennessy -Mitchelton-SCOTT, led the sprint out with 150m to go. Reed came off the youngster’s wheel to lunge across the line to take a superb victory.
Michael Burke traveled to Ashbourne to contest the Darley Moor March Misery. The 22 laps – 50km – of the Darley moor motor racing circuit was covered in damp miserable conditions. Burke finished 12th in the charge for the line.
Junior member Fraser Ayears traveled to Aintree to ride the 57th Eddie Soens Memorial Cycle race.
The circuit is based on the inside of the famous Aintree horse racing circuit, featuring ‘The Chair’ & the ‘Canal Turn’.
The event was a handicap and featured numerous Olympians and National Champions, a great experience for the Welland junior. As rain plummetted down the pace of the race was bonkers with a very high average of 27mph plus. Fraser fought and fought to stay in the wheels but was unfortunate to be withdrawn from the race after half distance.
Chapeau to the young man for stepping up and giving it everything.
A muddy marvel