10/05/2011 - SWINDON RC MSTINA EVENT EFG REPORT
EFG race report.
An unsettled sky threatened the race although the rain held off and despite it being a blustery day it remained dry.A new course based around The Sommerfords in Wiltshire hosted the Mstina Jersey series event 2 and the event was enhanced with the use of transponders.The series leader Andy Hicks South Western Road Club clearly identified in his series leader jersey
The 50 mile 3 lap race commenced at a steady pace with the lungs of all being exercised on the tough Callow Hill climb, although the field did generally stay together over this tough climb. An early animator was one of the oldest men in the race 71 year old Mick Ives - Team Jewson/MI Racing who crept away on a lone break and had over 1 minute over a disinterested bunch which was being monitored by Ives 2 team mates. However series race leader Andy Hicks decided it was time to take things into his own hands and organised a chase that rapidly brought Ives back into the fold. On the last lap race sprang into life over the top of Callow Hill on the last lap when Alan Williams – GS Ciucci-Bike Village attacked alone and for about 1 mile remained 300metres in front of the bunch with about 6 miles to go to the finish, a number of efforts were made to get across from some of the stronger riders which took the bunch to about 200 metres of the lone leader when Martin Hackley – Team Jewson/MI Racing shot from the bunch and made the connection alone. These two then worked hard with a chasing bunch at their heels and at about 1 km to go Keith Brooks - Ciclisti Vecchi bridged the gap alone and sat on the hard working pair, both of who were intent on not getting absorbed by the bunch and then as they turned off the main road into the headwind finish Keith Brooks took the win from Hackley and Williams, Dave Pitt - Charlotteville CC came in at 12secs with Wayne Thomas – Reading CC, lead the bunch sprint at 15secs.The event was excellently received by all the riders, it was a good testing circuit with a tough climb, well marshalled and the use of the transponders added to the professionalism of the event, and removed any possibility of human judging error.
Results to come