06/06/2011 - LINCOLN EDGE RR EFG REPORT
The Lincoln Ridge Road Race
Promoted by Newark Castle CC
EFGH event (4.5 laps) 42 miles. Weather overcast, cold north westerly wind, but sun came out for start and lasted during the event.
Many thanks to organiser Alf Davies and his team, the event was up to the normal LVRC high standard, well organised and very well marshalled. I have many good memories from Newark Castle CC promotions having done some good rides in their events many years ago.
Having travelled over to the race with my usual driver! Mike, (Allen) he was unloading his worries regarding his nemesis Phil Etches and how to get the better of him. This, to me, meant some handlebar chewing.
The start, from the HQ up the only noticeable climb into a strong headwind was again very fast with several early attacks from Mike trying to distance the whole field which were all quickly brought back. On the second lap across the former airfield where we were exposed to a strong crosswind Mike put in another vicious attack splitting the field making us all fight for some shelter. Someone (if I find out who, I will give some advice into riding in conditions like that) pushed me onto the grass by the roadside, hating cyclo-cross and hitting the rough potholed surface I had visions of going down again. I managed to hold it upright but had to dismount to get back on the road along with Dave Gretton who was similarly indisposed. I set off in pursuit with Dave to regain the now depleted bunch with the break now established. With some others we organised a chase, but to no avail, the break of seven were too strong containing Phil Etches, Mike Allen, John Elliot and Jeff Hardy amongst others. I resigned myself to the usual tactic of conserving my energy into an all out attack on the last lap. This almost succeeded but my main rival Pete Ryalls was having none of it and organised a chase to bring me back. I tried several more times without success, then opted to wait for the sprint and was pleased to manage Pete in the long uphill finish easing myself off his wheel with 300m. to go to outdistance him finishing in 4th. Place in the bunch sprint behind Dave Gretton. This placed myself in around twelfth in the event, but first in my category. In the real race up front Mike had managed to split the break escaping with Phil and Chris Gunter. Mike however had no answer to Phil in the uphill sprint and he sat up for second, with Chris third.
Results to follow