Friday 25 June 2010

Allen Powers to Classy Racecourse Win

Warm and sunny conditions greeted to the racers taking part in the second round of the Leisure Lakes Bikes Circuit Series at Cheltenham racecourse last Friday evening.

A strong field of over 30 riders took to the start line for the second race of the series which formed part of Team Green Britain national bike week. First round winner, Jacob Tipper (Halesowen), had also travelled to Cheltenham in hope of winning for a second consecutive week. The race did however contain a high number of in-form riders who were all eager to put Tipper to the test over the 45 minutes plus 5 lap fast circuit race.

Swindon Road Club’s Crispin Doyle was first to put pressure on Tipper and his rivals. In the openings stages of the race, Doyle attacked strongly forcing a generous gap. Doyle, who had been prominent in the first race of the series a week before, used his strength to open up a clear advantage over the chasers behind. At one point this gap had grown to over 40 seconds. The speeding peloton behind, who were easily hitting speeds in excess of 40mph on the descent, did not panic and worked well together.

By the half way point, the efforts of riders such as Tipper, Dan Bill (Cult Racing), Tom Stockdale (Team Qoroz), Steven Allen (Kenilworth Wheelers) and David Curtis Whitfield (Avonlea-Treasure RT) had paid off and Doyle was reeled into the main peloton. A series of strong attacks then ensued as many felt that it was their moment to break clear and escape the peloton.

As the race neared its later stages, Stockdale, from Stroud based Team Qoroz, unfortunately crashed at high speed and was forced to abandon the race. His competitors knew that with a clear favourite now out of the race, their chances had significantly improved.

With 5 laps to go, the crowd started to sense that the race was going to end in a thrilling gallop to the tough finish line as no rider had been able to escape. As the main bunch, which contained around 10 riders, sped around the final chicane on the last lap, Allen (Kenilworth Wheelers) sprinted clear, powering away from the speeding peloton to take a classy win by more than a bike length. The bunch sprint behind went to Tipper (Halesowen) and Curtis-Whitfield took a fine third place. Cheltenham based Neil Biggs (Velo Club Montpellier) took tenth. At the finish, the winner Steven Allen said; “This circuit is tough but great for racing. The atmosphere is great and I hope I can win again next week.”

In a competitive women’s race, Marianne Britten of Max-Gear RT took a fine first place.

Senior race round 2
 1. Steven Allen (Kenilworth Wheelers)
 2. Jacob Tipper (Halesowen A&CC)
 3. David Curtis Whitfield (Avonlea-Treasure RT)
 4. Crispin Doyle (Swindon RC)
 5. Dan Bill (Cult Racing)
 6. Scott Law (Evesham Wheelers)
 7. Tom Kirk (Team Zappi's)
 8. TBC
 9. Vince Page (Team Echelon / Spiuk)
10. Neil Biggs (Velo Club Montpellier)
11. Matthew Sheppard (Worcester St John's CC)

Women’s race
 1. Marianne Britten (Max Gear RT)