Tuesday, 9 November 2010

End of Season Round Up

Douglas Coleman 156 points from 40 events.

From a standing start last season, Doug has moved on this year and entered a whole new level. At the tender age of 25, he exhibits a maturity way beyond his years. 13 top 10 finishes stand testament to his determination. Perhaps the high point of the season was his 8th place in the Ken Lush Memorial Road Race at Whitwell, where he mixed it with the National Level Teams and secured 8th place as the highest placed 2nd category rider. All riders ahead of him bar one were Elite category.

This season's results have spurred Doug on to greater efforts: "I'm fairly pleased with my improvement this year." he says. "But next year starts now and I'm applying more methodology and structure to my training which I'm hoping will get me my1st cat licence." Having got more than 3 quarters of the way there this season, he's not exactly an outside bet... 

David Mills 47 points from 16 events.

Once again, Dai saved his form for the track and despite his challenges with training whilst working abroad, he managed a national medal in the team pursuit. Having contested the world masters track championships in Portugal, he has enjoyed the experience and is looking forward to another attempt next year. Out of 47points (which took Dai back to thend category), 44 were  achieved after August the 7th!

Neil Wass 45 points from 15 events
Neil's objective was always to regain his 2nd category licence and he has achieved this, but not without a scramble at the end of the season: "I enjoyed some time abroad and doing some fun events," he says. "My second place in Tuscany was great, but I started to run out of time to get the points. Now I'm 2nd cat again, I will aim to retain this next season and support Doug in the higher category races."

Paul Caton 27 points from 6 events (BC).
The tally of our 'winningest' rider is not representative of his achievements. He fought hard and long to retain his Mstina champion's jersey and in the end, despite the strongest possible performance in the final race of the season, he lost out by a handful of points to a less successful but more consistent opponent.

Paul's three wins set him up as a man to watch next season.
Sept 9th LVRC Newbury; Oct 3rd LVRC Reading; Oct 17th Festival RC LVRC Finale

Next season, he is considering broadening his reach: "I enjoyed the few BC races I did this year," he says. "And I think it would be fun to see what we can achieve riding as a  team. We may choose some of the longer, higher category races which are safer, more testing and tend to rely less on good fortune than the lower category races. The 3/4s can be a bit of a lottery sometimes, especially with the higher risk of crashes when less experienced riders are in the race."

John Lacey 3 points from 7 events
John is looking forward to returning to 3rd category. After a very successful 2009 where he quickly gained his 2nd cat licence, John decided he would just enjoy riding his bike this season, and animated a number of midweek races at Hillingdon, often doing good work for team mates and contributing to their success. He came within hlf a lap of a midweek Elite win at Hillingdon on one occasion which sums up his undoubted talent and general 'have a go' attitude. Next season? He fancies a win...

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