Club member Duncan Murray, with his wife Megan, runs the wine business in Harborough which I know is popular for one reason or another with a large number of Club members. They have sponsored the Duncan Murray Wines Road Races – a key event in Welland Valley’s calendar – for fifteen years.
Today, 60 riders turned up to race the 50-mile course from Naseby Village Hall in challenging racing conditions for the Duncan Murray Wines Road Race 2021. It rained, then it didn’t, then it did again for the full two hours.
Three Welland Valley members were in the race: Rob Moore, Chris Orfeur and Loz Coz. After a blisteringly fast first lap and a few tentative attempts at forming a break, the race settled into an ever-dwindling lead group, with the rest of the field scattered around the roads of Northamptonshire. Rob and Chris hung on well to finish in the group of around 20 riders who were at the front for the whole race.
The winner was Matt Bailey from High Wycombe Cycling Club, second was junior rider Joe Brookes from Halesowen CC, with Jack Pinchin from VeloElite Road Club third.
As many of you will know, the Duncan Murray Wines Road Races usually also includes a National level Women’s race. Sadly, for reasons outside of our control, that did not happen this year (if you ever want to lose five minutes of your life you will never get back again, I can explain why). We hope very much that race will be back for 2022.
Many thanks from me to the large number of Welland Valley members and friends who volunteered to help in a number of ways and so made the race possible. Feedback from the riders was excellent and everyone enjoyed themselves despite the challenging weather.