Friday 12 June 2009
Leisure Lakes Circuit Series Round 2
The second round of the Leisure Lakes Bikes cycle racing series at Cheltenham racecourse produced some superb racing which entertained the enthusiastic crowd that had come to watch some great live sporting action.
Over 40 riders took to the start line for the main senior race evening which was promoted by Velo Club Montpellier. The fast and undulating circuit quickly established a strong lead group which contained over 20 riders. This contained Cheltenham racer Duncan Jamieson riding for Felt Racing, last week’s winner and Junior rider, Perry Bowater (CC Giro), local rider Tom Stockdale (MJS Racing), as well as Cheltenham and County CC’s number one road racer, Ian Alexander.
This strong and formidable group produced some great racing, with powerful attacks being played out on each ascent up the finish straight. Notably, Duncan Jamieson and Ian Alexander, both instigated moves off the front of the speeding peloton which contributed significantly to the fragmentation of this large group.
After over 40 minutes of racing, a hard working group containing Bowater, Jamieson, Stockdale, Matt Ulmer (Qorol Novatec) and Dan Bill (Team Echelon-Spiuk) broke clear, which left the remnants of the chase groups scattered across the circuit. These remnants quickly formed a new chase group behind, which contained Alexander and Velo Club Montpellier’s Neil Biggs.
With the 50 minute mark fast approaching, the main sprint prime of the race was signalled to the riders of the chase group. Perry, ever forceful on the front, attacked early and led for a number of laps on his own. He consequently won this sprint prime, on a night that would prove fruitful for him.
Meanwhile, the chase group were hard working and maintained a gap of around 2 minutes. However, with the motoring pace and commitment of the riders ahead, their efforts would not be rewarded.
After 1 hour of racing, the remaining 5 laps were signalled to the riders, as is the usual format. The race quickly sped up and the leaders were watching each other closely, waiting for the first main attack. This didn’t appear to happen and on the final gallop to the line, Bowater sprinted clear to take his second win of the series in front of the large crowd that applauded his efforts throughout the evening. Duncan Jamieson took second place, while Matt Ulmer took third.
Bowater now leads the series ahead of Jamieson, going into the third round which will be held on the 19th June 2009. This event also forms part of Bike Week which runs between the 13th -23rd June.
The nationally promoted Bike Week seeks to promote all forms of cycling through thousands of different events held across the country. The residents of Cheltenham and surrounding areas are therefore encouraged to hop on their bikes and ride up the racecourse for an evening of cycle sport this Friday (19th) at 7pm. Entrance to the event will be free and catering and music is provided. For more details please visit www.vcmontpellier.com or www.bikeweek.org.uk .
Seniors: 1. Perry Bowater (CC Giro) 2. Duncan Jamieson (Felt Racing) 3. Matt Ulmer (Qorol Novatec) 4. Tom Stockdale (MJS Racing) 5. Dan Bill (Team Echelon-Spiuk) 6. Ian Alexander (Cheltenham and County CC) 7. Neil Biggs (Velo Club Montpellier) 8. Glynder Griffiths (Bristol South RC) 9. Scott Law (Evesham Wheelers) 10. Mark Hughes (VC Bristol) 11. Rupert Denny (Team Swift) 12. Tom Worvill (Swindon RC) 13. Liam Preece (Team Synergy) Women: 1. Jackie Garner (Max Gear RT) 2. Naomi Anderson (London Dynamo)