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Bike Shed UEx Team Update

14th March 2014

After the first two proper weekends of racing, and the first glimpse of good racing weather, the Bikeshed-UEx squad looks to be in very good shape. Each of the guys racing were involved at the sharp end of races, the off-season prep work seems to have paid dividends already.  
A race round-up:
8-9th March
In the Falco RR in Cornwall, Pete Medhurst took an early opportunity to get off the front and split the peloton to his, and teammate Oscar Hutching’s advantage. After 20 miles Pete was joined by Oscar and 2 others, forming the winning break, obviously working well together to stay away. At the conclusion, Pete got a very well deserved 2nd place, having animated the race throughout. A very good result and a solid performance that bodes well.  
Elsewhere, Andy Feather was racing at Lamberhurst in Kent, against some tough opposition from professional UK teams. After a break went virtually from the gun, Andy got into a chasing group that never quite pulled-back the leaders, finishing in the top 15, another good, strong ride.
Al Murison raced at a very sunny but blustery Ilton circuit; again a very early break went, this time 4 riders going clear (inc Greek National U23 Champ). Al meanwhile was part of a 6-man chase group that formed after 10 miles and slowly brought back the group. A few attacks came and went, but the race came to a 10 man finishing sprint, Al finishing 4th.  
Ash Martin meanwhile was in Mallorca on a pre-season camp, but entered a Pro-level UCI 1.2 event, lining-up against riders from the highest ranked teams. Inevitably, the strongest riders from these teams formed a race-winning break, but coming into the finale, after 80 miles at 27mph, Ash jumped what was left of the peloton, holding them at 10secs, to finish a fabulous 14th. A very good, notable performance.
15-16th March
Betty Pharoah RR in South Wales. Good spirits, and Al Murison did us proud with an excellent 15th against Rapha and NFTO massed ranks!
Andy Feather got 2nd place on Sat too, down in Cornwall.