Despite the fear of rain, it was a pretty decent turnout . I think we had just under 40 riders on the start line.
As promised, Tony Meader ￼put a DEFG group a minute ahead of the ABC group
This certainly made things a lot more interesting; in fact, the two groups didn’t come together till almost the halfway point of the race
Once they were altogether, from the sidelines, it looked like Richard Baker and Antony Wallis were the ones most keen to force a separation.
But nothing of significance really took place until the last few laps of the race. ￼ Richard got a gap of roughly 15 seconds at one point and held on for a few laps until he was sadly closed down with three to go.
At this point unfortunately on the hairpin around the back of the circuit, there was a crash. Both Carlito Rendora and Paul Bird came down heavily. ￼
Upfront the four￼ strongest riders left in the race pull themselves clear ￼from the bunch and went on to contest the win.
The super in form Matt Holmes took “the W” and Antony Wallis was 2nd; Matt Steel and an unlucky Richard Barker, grabbed 3rd and 4th spot.
Tomasz Chmielewski took the much depleted bunch sprint
Big shout out to Tony for putting on the event with minimal help. And most importantly super thanks to the amazing Debbie for taking care of both riders until the ambulance arrived. We wish both Paul and Carlito a swift recovery