CYCLING: Rugby Velo

Martin Jones clocked his fasted ten-mile of the season
Martin Jones clocked his fasted ten-mile of the season

Results from Mallory Park and Velo riders in Rugby RCC’s Open 10

Once again Thursday saw riders from Rugby race across the tarmac of Mallory Park. For James Garrett the battle for league honours

was intense once again. To add to the many adversities the organiser had put up cash prizes to be raced for every five laps, leading to a break of two forming for much of the race with the bunch unable to pull back the leaders. Ultimately the test of endurance was too much for one rider who fell, however Leamington Spa’s Ross Horn took his third victory of the season and led much of the race solo. With a second break away group forming with ten laps to go Garrett himself made many an attempt to bridge across yet by the final lap he was left with the bulk of riders to fight over seventh place and the meagre points that come with it. With the uphill finish looming Garrett launched his attack but his mid-race efforts had taken their toll and league rival Kyle Abrahams (ASFRA) took seventh and Garrett scrapped his way to tenth. The result meaning Garrett now trails Abrahams by two points second overall in the league, but with a month of racing to come over August the fight is by no means over.

The following Saturday saw Mallory host a women’s only race, held over 45 minutes plus 10 laps, the race featured some top competition.

As Kiera McVitty of WindyMilla-Reynolds dominated the sprint finish Velo’s Lauren Humphreys held her own in the pack and took a hard-earned sixth place.

Whilst the younger riders of the club raced in packs, two of the club’s top veteran time triallists participated in Rugby RCC’s Open 10. In near perfect conditions of sunshine and low winds, the course record was smashed by top domestic rider Matt Botrill who clocked in at 18-25.

Velo’s Martin Jones logged a 21-09, his fastest for the season, whilst Phil Clark 21-38, his fastest time for three years. Jones and Clark placed 16th and 20th respectively in what was a highly competitive field.

PICTURE BY STEVE FRANKLIN