Ipswich Coastal GP 200km British Cycling Elite Road Race 31 August 2014
WHEELBASE ALTURA MGD lads rode well but a badly timed mechanical for lead rider Tom Barras saw him drop from the head of the race to the back for service when someones skewer went in to his rear wheel and broke a spoke just as team Raleigh and Rapha put the hammer down with 10miles to go.
Barras was serviced by the team car and he chased back to the peloton but a super technical and narrow finish made moving up impossible and he crossed the line in the bunch in 36th spot.
Great ride from young guns Matt Clarke and Sam Boast who all followed team instructions and got in some early breaks and also the youngest rider in the race Alex Turner who covered 106miles of the 29mph at just 18 year old - big future for this guy, watch this space. Stu Reid has to retire with ill health.
Ipswich saw the close of the British Cycling Elite series and we would liek to thank all the riders, helpers and of course the sponsors for making it another great season and we look to shift it up a gear in 2015!
Final Elite Race of 2014 Season: Ipswich Coastal Grand Prix Sunday 31 Aug 2014
Course: 200 km (124 miles)
Our riders: Tom Barras Stuart Reid Sam Boast Matt Carke Alex Turner
Final race of the year were we hope to defend our 7th place in the British Cycling Elite Road Race Series. Looking forward to closing the year on a high with plenty of young-gun talent racing in Ipswich with the likes of Boast, Clarke and Turner #heretorace #bringiton
Reid is 2014 National Emergency Services Road Race champion!
The National Emergency Services road race, incorporating the National Fire Service road race was this year held on the Mike Binks Memorial Circuit just to the south of the Middlesbrough.
The circuit is rolling with one distinct hill about half way round and fairly twisty in places, this year the circuit was made all the more difficult due to 22mph winds that were battering the circuit.
The start was reasonable steady with the strong headwind playing it’s part to neutralise the attacks, the main climb however had a cross tailwind and it was here Reid made his first attack, however being so early in the race this was closed down after half a lap. On the 3rd lap a group of 4 riders clipped away around the back of the circuit and gained a lead of 40secs.
So on lap 4 Reid attacked once again on the climb this time taking the 3 other strongest guys in the race (2 Fire and 1 Police). They worked well together to catch the break going through the line with 3 laps to go. Once they caught the break the 4 riders from the initial move they started messing around so Reid decided to attack once again on the main climb to try and break it up a bit but unfortunately/fortunately for Reid none of the other riders went with him.
“I had a gap of about 200m and decided to commit fully thinking it was hard for me in the wind but it would be just as hard for the chase in those conditions!” said Reid.
Reid rode the last 2.5laps full gas solo to gain a winning margin of over 1 minute to become the 2014 National Fire and Emergency Services road race champion.
BC Elite Leicester Castle Classic Kermesse 17 August 2014
Solid ride from Barras and Wilson in a tight and dangerous wet race on the cobbles of Leicester for the penultimate round of the British Cycling Elite Series.
Elite Men: 1 Jon Mould NFTO 1:55:05 2 George Atkins Team Raleigh st 3 Matt Cronshaw Velosure – Giordana RT st 4 Josh Hunt NFTO @ 2 secs 5 Jake Wormsley Haribo @ 14 6 Ian Wilkinson Team Raleigh st 7 Yanto BarkerTeam Raleigh st 8 Marcin Bialoblocki Velosure – Giordana RT st 9 Edward Clancy MBE Rapha Condor JLT st 10 Jacob Scott Haribo st 11 Peter Hawkins Madison Genesis 12 Will Bjergfelt Metaltek-Kuota 13 Sam Williams NFTO st 14 Tom Barras Wheelbase Altura MGD 15 Simon Wilson Wheelbase Altura MGD @ 16 16 Evan Oliphant Team Raleigh st 17 Gruff Lewis Pedal Heaven Colbornes RT st 18 Robert Partridge Velosure – Giordana RT st 19 George Pym Starley Primal Pro Cycling st 20 Ben Stockdale Metaltek-Kuota st