Tour of the Fens
Elite Road Race
Sunday 26 July 2014
WHEELBASE ALTURA MGD journeyed south for a very rare 130mile pan-flat course for the 4 round of the British Cycling Elite Road Race Series.
The race got off to a fast-pace with an average speed for the first 2 hours of 31.2pmh and no acts surviving. WHEELBASE ALTURA MGD riders were active at the front of the peloton with both Tom Barras and Sam Boast getting in moves with top riders but the windy conditions meant that all attacks were reeled back in.
Unfortunately a serious accident in the support race meant that racing was postponed for 1 hour and when it resumed WHEELBASE ALTURA MGD made sure we were on the front to cover and counter attacks.
Alex Bottomley got in a move which we hoped would stay but a fast moving bunch ensured that didn’t happen. The race was flipped on it’s head when we hit a section of gravel road at 40mph taking out half the field with punctures. Our Panaracer Evo A tyres stood up well and we only lost Si Wilson to a double puncture.
Tom Barras and cyclocross expert Stuart Reid relished the challenge of the dusty and danagerous gravel road and Reid managed to move up 40 places!
Barras gripped it on the final finishing circuits to finish 25th and Reid, Bottomley, Boast and Clarke and finished within the top 40 from 123 starters. All round a decent race.
ELITE MEN Result:
1. Adam Blythe, NFTO Pro Cycling
2. Chris Opie, Rapha Condor JLT
3. Russell Downing, NFTO
4. Alex Blain, Raleigh
5. Yanto Barker, Raleigh
6. Matt Cronshaw, Velosure Giordana
7. Kristian House, Rapha Condor JLT
8. Alex Peters, Madison Genesis
9. Russell Hampton, Athlonsport/Bioracer
10. Morgan Kniesky, Raleigh
11. James Lowsley-Williams, NFTO Pro Cycling
12. James Lewis, NFTO Pro Cycling
13. Tobyn Horton, Madison Genesis
14. Ian Wilkinson, Raleigh
15. Marcin Bialoblocki, Velosure Giordana
16. Liam Stones, Raleigh
17. Ian Bibby, Madison Genesis
18. John Tanner,
19. Tom Stewart, Madison Genesis
20. Richard Handley, Rapha Condor JLT
21. Tom Moses, Rapha Condor JLT
22. Dale Appleby, NFTO Pro Cycling
23. Sam Williams, NFTO Pro Cycling
24. Will Fox, Starley Primal
25. Tom Barras, WHEELBASE ALTURA MGD
26. Rob Partridge, Velosure Giordana
27. Dave Creegan
28. Jacob Scott, Haribo Beacon
29. Henry Hunter, Team Wallis
30. Mike Cuming, Rapha Condor JLT
31. Wouter Sybrandy, Sigma Sport
32. Stuart Reid, WHEELBASE ALTURA MGD
33. George Atkins, Raleigh
34. Nathan Edmondson, Velosure Giordana
35. Mike Northey, Madison Genesis