11 riders from CCh went to the Hillingdon GP last Sunday.
It was an extremely hot day and the racing proved to be fast and furious.
We were well represented in all the categories . The 11 riders were Artie, Louis B, Frank, isaac, Bede , Mostyn, Ned , Justin , Andy , Tao and Keir across 4 different levels.
In the U12's race were Bede Isaac Frank Louis B and Artie. The race started at a fast pace and the main bunch stayed together for the first 15 mins then as the pace and the heat got to the riders 2 groups formed. In the front group were Bede and Isaac. The second group had louis and frank in and Artie was just a bit behind. The race finished in a bunch sprint and Bede finished 4th and Isaac 7th.... although the official results haven’t been posted yet.
In the Youth A-B race we had Mostyn and Ned. This race was very fast from the gun and our 2 riders jostled for position and kept their place in the main bunch for the whole race . Ned was lucky to avoid a crash on the downhill section on one of the last laps., Mostyn suffered a mechanical and had a lap out.. see photo's.
In the Cat 3-4 race were Justin and Andy. Again due to the fairly flat course the pace was very high averaging 43 kph . After lots of attempted break aways , 5 riders did manage to get a break going and they held it until the end . The following bunch which included Justin , Andy and Louis Modell (ELV) were heading for a sprint finish... with the large number of riders flying up the home straight resulted in a huge crash. Justin and Andy managed to avoid it by riding Cyclocross style on the grass verge.. unfortunately Louis wasn’t as lucky and got caught up in the crash... He escaped with minor road rash and torn skin suit...
We were all a bit shaken by the crash but still enjoyed a good days racing . Well done to all who took part... Andy