20/03/2011 - FLECHE WALTONNE RACE REPORTS
REPORTS ON AB RACE from first time LVRC racers from Stone Whs
Had a dig on lap one, got chased down and sat up, went again on the drag on the back section on start of lap two joined by two others. Five minutes later saw teammate Paul Belfield between us and convinced group we would have more chance with with four as it was really windy. Paul joined us, then at start of lap three, about seven more were chasing. Finally with 30 miles to go we had a group of 10 which I hoped would guarantee we stayed away. We did and finished several minutes up on the bunch.
We settled down to through and off. Last lap people started getting twitchy while I hoped for a sprint. Paul went with 500 metres to go and split the group into five and four. With 200 metres to go sprint started as I was getting snadwiched, braked and came round rthe two by a bike length in the last 100. That second kick really hurt!
After Richard attacked at the start of lap two after a sharp corner and a small kick in the road. I decided to try and bridge on a very rolling section of road (making sure I didn't tow anyone up) before the start finish straight, as getting across into the headwind would have been impossible. Richard convinced the others to wait, seven others got away and so we had a decent group. I went for a long finish which failed miserably and Richard finished it off by a nose.
REPORT ON CD race from Steve Johnson, Birkenhead CC
All credit to Nick and his club for finding an excellent replacement course at late notice. The long undulating climbs and exposed crosswind sections produced a hard fought race. Within a mile of the flag dropping, Steve Macklin jumped away. He may have thought (quite rightly as it happened) it was a bit early for such rashness but this formed the springboard for a group of four riders to hance their luck. For 30 miles Dave Cuming, Keith Middleton, Mick Davies and I worked well togehther, however the bunch never allowed too much daylight between them and the break. With two laps to go it was all together again. Pete Turner, Derby Mercury showed good early season form and spent almost a full lap on his own before being joined first by Cuming and I with Davies riding strongly, he soloed across to form what turned out to be the winning break. I led out and held Davies off by the narrowest of margins to win the C's with Cuming wrapping up the D's. In the bunch gallop Middleton had enough left in his legs from the earlier break to hold off the bunch.
It was a cold,dry day with a rising wind on the new course which had been forced on the Welland Valley organisers due to road works. Pete Jeans, Swindon RC took off on his own after just over one of the 5 laps of 10 miles. He was chased down by Don Parry, Team Corley, Cervelo, Mike Allen, Pro Cycle Hire Majorca, Barrie Mitchell, Team Jewson, Phil ETches, WithamWhs aqll E's and Brian Sunter, Condor RC an F cat who went very hard second time up the small climb at Welford. Bob Richards in his new colours of Renault Rotor Colbert was there briefly but could not quite hold the pace as this group worked really hard to establish the break.
Behind a chasing group formed with Richards, G cat Derrick Woodings, Team Jewson, F John Ginley, Condro RC and E Dennis Knabe, Lichfield City but they were never going to catch the well organised and fast moving front break.
This remained the pattern of the race with everybody working well in the break until the finish where Parry won an extremely close sprint from Allen and Mirtchell. This was another very well organised and marshalled event by Nick Barnett and all his friends at Welland Valley Whs.
Derrick Woodings' view from the G's
The race took off on the 2nd ascent of the only climb on the course. I was back down the line and decided to wait for some reaction instead of trying to solo across (big mistake). John Ginley made the frist effort and made a small inroad into the gap holding the break at 100 metres., this was followed by no. 19 ( name later) I then decided that it was the time to go and quickly latched on to those two and we started tochase holding the gap but not closing. We then caught Bob Richards, who was unable to work for sometime. We pressed on losing sight of the break but drawing away from the depleted bunch. We eventually chased in team time trial mode (memories of the 60's!). Ginley won the sprint in our group from Richards and me. I must mention the sterling work put in by no 19 who contributed much of the effort in our chase. I must say the race was extremely well organised and marshallws. The course was much more forgiving than the original.
RESULTS AB Race
1. Richard Barnett, Stone Whs A
2. Paul Bell, Peak RC A
3. Paul Stewart, CC Luton B
4. Stephen Ellis, Rutland CC B
5. Paul Belfield, Stone Whs A
6. Steve Ferris, Daventry CC B
7. Paul Miller, Mapperley CC A
8. Campbell Noon, Virgin Active A
9. John Hall, LVRC B
10. Karl Moselely, Strourbridge Velo B
11. Giles Pidcock, Epic Cycles A
12. Phil Rayner, Welland Valley B
13. Andy Parr, Revolution Fitness A
14. Ian Holmes, Virgin Active A
15. David Bates, LVRC A
16. Chris Phillips, Abercynon RC A
17. Andy Webb, Kenilworth Whs B
18. Sean 0'toole, VC Sevale B
19. Mark Humphreys, Rugby Velo B
1. Steve Johnson, Birkenhead CC C
2. Mick Davies, Pedal Power C
3. Dave Cuming, Team Kuota D
4. Pete Turner, Derby Mercury C
5. Keith Middleton, VC Lincoln C
6. Mike Amery, VC Sevale C
7. Steve Taylor, Sherwood Pines C
8. Pete Trotman, Daventry CC D
9. Alan Hamshaw, Dinnington RC
10. Steve Macklin, Star Bikes D
11. Phil Astfalck, Team Jewson/ MI Racing C
12. Ian Cowan, Solihull CC C
13. Phil Evans, Coventry RC C
1. Don Parry, Team Corley Cervelo E
2. Mike Allen, Pro Cycle Hire Mallorca E
3. Barrie Mitchell, Team Jewson/ MI Racing
4. Phil Etches, Witham Whs
5. Brian Sunter, Condor RC
6. Peter Jeans, Swindon RC E
7. John Ginley, Condor RC F
8. Bob Richards, Renault Rotor Colbert RT F
9. Derrick Woodings, Team Jewson/ MI Racing G
10. John Buxton, Cycling Bargains.com E