top placing as Caton heads into peak form
Paul Caton rode the Lincoln Ridge 60 mile Road Race at Newark on Sunday placing 2nd overall and 1st in age category in this premier LVRC event. Showing some good form following wins during the week in the Gillingham and District hilly TT and at the Welwyn Wheelers track league on Friday, Caton looks to be peaking for the most important part of the season as the national track and road championships are now only weeks away.
With conditions for Sunday’s race being blustery the peloton seemed happy to let riders attack off the front without serious efforts to bring the escapees back which allowed a dangerous looking break of 8 riders forming. With Caton’s efforts to join the group being thwarted by Team Jewson who followed his every move it looked like game over for the Hertfordshire rider.
However with two laps of the 10 mile circuit remaining, Caton noticed that a few riders had attacked off the front and were not being chased so slipping Team Jewson’s attention, he crossed the gap forming a reasonably strong group of 6 riders. Caton commented that “the riders in the group were of varying ability” but by keeping the pace steady everyone managed to contribute to try and catch the leading group who by now had a minute and a half’s lead.
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The pace of this group was too high for some and after a further lap the chasers were whittled down to three. However with the lead group now starting to tire, Caton’s group caught them on a tough head wind section with 5 miles to go, and set up an interesting finish.
“With some powerful looking riders in the 11 man group I was not feeling that confident especially as my legs had been feeling tired all day,” Caton said afterwards. “and with a strong attack by one of the group in the last mile I had to wait for the final sprint.”
This turned out to be a formality for Caton who pushed his way out of a tight sprint with 150 metres to go to take an excellent result for the team.
"I'm pretty satisfied with that result," he concluded. "I just hope I can carry this form through to where I can make it count the most."