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Mar 31

Freezing start to road race season

The local road racing scene got underway last weekend with the first ever BBM Revolution Road Race at Pollington.

The freezing weather and snow had put an end to many events over the weekend and it looked for a moment that Sunday’s race would also succumb to the weather. However this was not the case with an inspection stating that the course was ‘bone dry’. Many riders can’t have believed the organisers as only 49 braved the cold to turn up. It wasn’t just the cold that was bothering the riders but a stiff easterly breeze also added to the difficulty of the race.

The race got underway and it wasn’t long until we discovered that there were large chunks of ice still on the course. Fortunately no one fell off and the ice melted as the race went on. The race split numerous times under the impetus of the stronger riders and the wind leaving a 16 man break away at the half way point. The second group was never going to catch them and it became a race within a race with riders trying to attack out of the group.

As for me, flat and windy races are not my kind of thing, so I was somewhat pleased to be hanging in with the 2nd group. Unfortunately the legs had had enough and I had to let the group go with half a lap 2 go to cruise into the finish for what would turn out to be a mid-30th finish. Nothing to shout out about but considering the conditions and the time of the season, I was just glad to finish.

The race was won by bikebox rider Ashley Proctor of Sheffield. For those with good memories you may remember him dominating the HTRC road race a couple of years ago. One race down many more to go.

Mark Walker

Photograph © Craig Zadoroznyj, www.craigzad.com