Keir Apperley finished 5th in the National Masters Road Race at the weekend - he was in a break and felt good for the win - unfortunately he was manoeuvred into leading the group into the sprint and they got around him before the line. Not a bad showing considering its only his second road race of the season though you'll agree.
Congratulations to Nigel Field who came 2nd in the CC London road race on Sunday, and Denny Cooper who placed 8th. Four CC Hackney riders took part, with Chris Hezelgrave and James Burgess coming in just outside the top ten, finishing in a bunch sprint in fairly miserable conditions.
The race unfolded over six laps of a circuit from Thaxted, Essex, in wet conditions. A crash half way round split the field, but Denny chased back on after being caught up behind the crash. The pace settled down with two laps to go, and the eventual winner - Jack Hardwicke from Ipswich Bicycle Club - got away from the bunch with relative ease. The slower pace and rolling course meant the rest of the field lined up for a sprint finish. Nigel had an excellent position coming into the final straight, opening up his sprint from 3rd wheel and beating the bunch for second place. Denny, Chris and James managed to avoid two other crashes in the last 200m as some riders jostled for position with parked cars.
A good showing for Hackney, and Nigel is well on his way to Cat 2 this season!
At Hoghill last night Jess Feeney Davies and Connie Hayes put on a really good show for the club in Lea Valley's race, they beat massed ranks of LV in front of a fairly partisan crowd to get 1st and 2nd in an hour long race . Rode really well together and got tactics spot on.
The Beastway MTB 3rd round is underway as I type - last wednesday night Artie O'Regan came first in the Youth B race whilst the week before Logan de Moncahux-Irons came first in the Youth A race.
SO if you are out there doing it let us know through usual channels write a small report and include photos too if you get some.
Clip showing Logan -2nd and Isaac - 6th at Hillingdon last Monday night Youth racing.