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Race Team Round Up - April 2016

29th April 2016

The race season continues apace, the Bikeshed Bianchi team continuing to add to their successes, adding-in a few near misses too along the way.
By far the closest race so far this year, the Plymouth Corinthian RR, held on a cold, blustery day, on a course that mixes steady climbs and fast descents. The race was a very cagey affair, a few attacks getting away, only to be brought back relatively quickly. This had all the
appearance of a quick and attacking last 5km, up the hill into Modbury and down the slope through the village to the line, as so it would be. With Emma, Bethan and Jess all safely in the lead group of 14, it was to be a burn-up to the line, Emma going for a long-one once she’d crested the hill. Pushing a big gear, upping the pace so that no-one could come round her, she took the win by half a wheel from Jenny Powell, reminiscent of a track finish! Bethan 6th, Jess 7th, good work by all.
The Easter Classic at Castle Combe is a long-standing fixture, and a great advertisement for circuit racing. A big field as always, and an attacking race saw Emma and Alex getting really stuck-in and involved in moves off the front. Nothing much was sticking however, until 2 from Liv-Epic managed to get, and stay away late in the race. Alex bagged a top 15 after riding well all race.
The squad’s first Women’s Team Series event of the year didn’t go to plan however. The Dave Peck Memorial RR saw Bethan puncturing in the first 2 miles, getting a wheel from service but no assistance unfortunately, she was left stranded, race over before it got started..Alex got caught-up behind a slow crash on a hairpin bend, came to a standstill just as the pace was upped at the front, unfortunately stranding her and the others caught behind. Jess rode strongly in the big field, ending well in the lead group, 35th from a very diminished pack, showing that the form’s coming, excellent perseverance and fight.
Elsewhere in a busy calendar, the University TT Champs are full-on in April, representing Exeter University, Emma taking-in the 10 mile and 25 mile competitions. The 10 at Cambridge resulting in 5th place, the 25 in Oxford netting 4th; very good and consistent performances in highly talented and competitive fields. The Team Time Trial was held near Castle Combe, Emma and Bethan teaming-up with Imi Hutchings, putting in a really solid ride over 36 km, they claimed bronze for the Uni, excellent reward for all the effort and hard work.
The season continues with some big events on the horizon in coming weeks. The Bedford 3 day stage race, part of the National Team Series, is the squad’s first stage race and should be a great experience in how to adapt to multi-stage and multi discipline racing, with a mix of TTs, TTT and road stages, one for the all-rounders.
Thankyou to all our supporters as always, thankyou for all the kind messages, we’ll keep pushing hard!