Monday, 18 August 2014

Redbourn fête du vélo 2014

Eugene bosses the Vets

top team finisher - 2nd for Eug

Neil & Eugene rolled down to Redbourn yesterday for the 2nd Fête du Vélo on the common. It's the idea of Simon Barnes from The Hub and, despite late permission to close the roads for the criterium circuit, there was a great turnout which created a fantastic atmosphere.

Following a morning of family and challenge events, there were a few crits later in the day, which was handy as the weather turned out to be rather pleasant.

Eugene's Vets race was run as a handicap. Having sat tight for a while, he worked in a small group with Mark Booth of Corley Cycles to reach Paul Cackett at the head of the race. 

Once they caught Paul, however, Mark countered and Eug quickly realised he wouldn't be able to follow on his own. Doing his fair share of work in an eventual group of three, he attacked out of the final corner and came in 2nd.

elimination consternation - Neil

Neil was racing with the seniors and made top ten in the first race which qualified him for a start in the elimination race A. For many riders, it was their first experience of the 'devil' style of racing. 

"Definitely not my favourite format," joked Neil after being eliminated early on. "But a great idea from the organisers, it was all about entertaining the crowd and it was a fantastic race to watch!"