For the second year the club held a road race on the Modbury circuit.
This year it was open to 2/3/4 category riders so the race was increased to 4 laps, approx. 52 miles.
We had a full field of 80 riders entered with 62 riding on the day.
It was an eventful race, the Commissaire stopped the race after 1 lap because riders were ignoring his warnings not to cross double white lines! After the restart the action started to increase. A solo break lasting 2 laps was created by top time triallist (and road racer) Andy Perkins of Mid Devon CC. He managed to mop up both prime laps on 2 and 3 taking £25 vouchers for Rockets and Rascals. Meanwhile there was a chasing bunch of around 25 riders which included PCCC’s Owain Gibby riding his first road race. Behind that there was another group of around 20 riders which contained PCCC’s James Cartlidge.
As we awaited the final lap Adrian returned from watching out on the course and explained that Andy Perkins had been caught so we had no idea what to expect when the riders were to reach the finish and the chequered flag (held proudly by Adrian’s son, Ben Sluman).
As it turned out a solo escapee had caught the bunch off-guard on the final climb back to Modbury. This turned out to be friend of the club, top mountain biker and winner of our King of the Hill event in 2012, Dexter Hurlock of Mondaker UK team. This was an awesome display of strength and the win and 30 BC points has elevated him to 2nd Category.
Thanks to all helpers from the club (Adrian Sluman, Ben Sluman, Jon Ellis, Debbie Hancock, Mark Hancock, Lynn Marris, James Biggerstaff, David Fletcher, Ross Wildman, my wife Karen and son Peter). Also thanks to the BC officials, NEG motorbike riders and to the Modbury MARS team for the use of their wonderful new pavilions.
Here’s some photos (courtesy of Adrian Sluman, full photos here on flickr
Great shot of the race winner with the bunch behind.
Another great shot of the sprint for second.
James in his group.
Owain stretching his legs.
Chief Commissaire, Graham Morgan gives the rider briefing before the race start.