Bike Shed UEx Team Update
31st March 2014
The Bikeshed UEx boys have been busy racing over the last couple of weeks, bringing-on good race conditioning as well as getting some very good results.
On Sat 29th March, Al, Andy, Oscar and Pete travelled down to Perranporth in Cornwall to take part in race 2 of the 10 race Cornish Series. On a blustery day, Al attacked early to split the bunch, dragging one other rider with him. Proving to be obviously too strong for his companion, Al quickly distanced himself to ride the majority of the race solo, to win comfortably, taking the Team’s first top-step of the season. Behind, a series of moves resulted in Oscar and Pete being away on the own, again for a great deal of the race, finishing 2nd and 3rd; with Andy coming home 5th, a result as close to a clean sweep as is possible. 1,2,3,5, a great result for their efforts and a real marker laid-down.
Rich Oram tackled the Four Firs Time Trial on a course on the outskirts of Exeter on Sun 30th. With the rolling route taking the riders up drags to Woodbury common and back via a quick descent, pacing was all-important. Showing a great deal of control and some obvious good form, Rich completed the course in 34 mins 3 secs to take a very good 2nd place overall; that bodes well for upcoming TT races in April.
In the Modbury RR Sun 23rd, a chilly, blustery day greeted the riders on a lumpy 100km around the Devon Hams. It quickly became clear that attacks and counter attacks seemingly neutralised all the teams with more than 4 riders present in the mix. A small group did managed to break away at two-thirds distance, which included Ash Martin. Despite his best efforts in marking riders breaking off the front, trying to go alone, and with no coordination in the group, Ash could not get away, and finished 9th in a disorganised race.
So, with the first month of racing done, with a win and several other podium finishes, it’s looking very promising and coming-together nicely.
Next-up- the Ham Hill RR followed by the first major National race of the year, The Tour of the Reservoir.