Monday, 8 July 2013

LVRC National Championships

Solid Team Performance as Nationals come to Local Roads

Anyone living around Stewkley may have been a little surprised recently to witness our Road Race on June 30th followed by two more races the following Sunday. The LVRC National Championships were hosted by Leighton Buzzard Cycling Club this year which gave our riders a great opportunity to test their abilities against the best in the country.

John Lacey
The morning races saw John Lacey and Michael Skipsey in action in the B race. No doubt mindful of the quality of the field, they stayed in close attendance near the front of the bunch.

With temperatures hitting the upper 20s, living with the heat was a new experience for both riders.

It seemed the field were nervous and attentive as a whole, and no major breakaways were allowed to escape which resulted in an elongated sprint up the drag to the finish.

Crossing the line in 11th, John was relaxed about the result: "I enjoyed that. It's not often you get the opportunity to ride the Nationals." 

Michael Skipsey
"I wasn't expecting an easy ride!" continued Mick, in 14th place. "I'm pretty pleased to have got round to be honest. It was a great atmosphere and a good experience to ride a big event like this."

Having ridden countless championships over the years, Paul Caton was not riding for experience, and had his sights firmly on the podium. Unfortunately for him, the race did not go to plan. A solid breakaway was established over the first two laps and held a gap of around a minute for the rest of the race.

"I knew if I chased the break down I'd have the rest of the field on my back wheel," he said afterwards. "So all I could do was wait for the sprint."

As ever, he wasn't far off with his strategy and he won the bunch kick, taking 7th place in the process. "That's bike racing," he shrugged. "You may feel strong, but sometimes you have to accept difficult situations." 

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