26/03/2012 - DERRICK WOODINGS' PINVIN BLOG
Pinvin Road Race 25th. March 2012
After last weekend of foul wet cold weather, I got up early to a misty but fine day. I was looking forward to get back racing again after missing Phil Rayner’s event due to the weather. I picked up Mick Allen and we set off with the sun already rising and promising a warm ride.
John Mullen and his team of Redditch Road & Path CC members put on another fine race. I was riding race 2 (DEFGH) riders over 6 laps of the 7.5 mile circuit. The air was still chilly but we soon warmed up setting off at a brisk pace, the first successful attack on the only ‘hill’ on the circuit by Martin Russel was obviously a serious attempt as he stayed clear for a complete lap just ahead by 200m. until a counter attack by Mick Allen set off in pursuit. Mick gradually pulled Martin back joining him with 4 laps to go. The peloton was being driven by several strong riders but left the two escapees dangling up the road within reach until Chris Davies and R. Coleman made a determined effort to close the gap. They eventually succeeded at the start of lap 3. This now looked dangerous as they had by then forged a 20 second gap. We in the peloton (I use the royal ‘we’ here as I was not really contributing yet) kept them within reach but too far to solo across. This gap was maintained until with just over 1 lap to go the break realising they were being pulled in piled on the power and rode away again. I had by this time come round and began to contribute, indeed making one big effort to get across to a lone chaser who had attempted to get away. I managed to get up to him but the effort made it impossible to work until we were pulled in again. The final lap as usual was more tactical with everyone with a chance of winning the bunch sprint marking out any attacks.
Being one of the select G riders I was following Bob Richards who was our (MI Racing’s) rival. With 1k to go Bob put in a big effort I managed to get on his wheel, but was reluctant to go through as I wanted to ensure either myself or team boss Mick Ives would get the category win. I must praise Bob who continued with his effort until we were overwhelmed at the 200 metre flag. This is inbred in me from my pro days as we could possibly have stayed away but I hadn’t the legs to ensure winning the sprint. I saw Mick Ives go past as I left Bob. The bunch sprint was won by fellow MI racing rider Martin Hackley. The race having been decided by Chris Davies just beating Mick Allen from R. Coleman and Martin Russel.
So a successful race for MI Racing; Martin Hackley 1st. E cat., Mick Ives 1st. G cat.
In the break Mick Allen was the sole F cat riding a superb race riding out of his skin with 3 D cat riders to get 1st. F cat and of course Chris Davies 1st. D cat.