The sun was out on what seemed to be perfect racing conditions. Blue skies, crisp morning air, no wind, and a fast course around the back lanes of Cheshire. Ben, Billy, Craig, Daz, John B and Kris lined up for what would turn out to be a memorable race.
Kris managed to get in a break of 4 on the first lap, building a lead of 40 seconds. They were joined on the fourth lap by a chasing group of 4 more, including Billy. It was 6, but unfortunately Craig and friend of the team Cal were DQ’d for crossing a bold white line. They were just seconds away from making the gap after what must have been a very hard slog – bad luck.
On the fourth lap there was a major crash in the bunch. Wheel’s touched at the front, and most of the riders came down. John Bamford, along with many other riders, suffered cuts, bruises and torn kit, and a few bikes were retired. Unfortunately Darran came out amongst the worst suffering a badly broken arm. Another rider suffered a broken leg. As such, the mood of the race changed and due to the build up traffic at the incident, the riders lucky to escape the carnage caught the break.
John managed to dust himself down and got back on the bike, but Ben was too caught up in the aftermath and was forced to retire.
There must have been 15 riders in the break now, and three attacked on the 6th lap. As fate would have it, the race was soon after neutralised while ambulances attended to those on the deck. the break of three were soon out of sight, and then the call was made to end the race. So what we thought was time to catch the leaders was now a scramble for minor placings.
The bunch sprint saw Kris make 12th and Billy make 14th. But the combativity award has to go to John, who sprinted to a finish coming in 22nd.
Our best wishes go to Darran for a speedy recovery.
And our thoughts are extended to Kris‘s Garmin 510 which, after many thousands of miles of loyal recording, finally succumbed to the horrendous British roads on lap 3.
Reg A 234 – PROVISIONAL RESULT
Position Race number Name Team/Club
1 17 Jonathan Cregeen Teamwallis CHH Racing Team
2 43 Karl Owen Manchester Whlrs Club s.t.
3 62 Martyn Gordon Champion System/Club Roost/Maxgear @00″02
4 24 Steven Fidler Dave Hinde Racing Team @00″43
5 67 Richard Haughton Team Hoppers Rollers s.t.
6 39 Andrew Martin Champion System/Club Roost/Maxgear s.t.
7 44 Shaun Pearson Team Hoppers Rollers s.t.
8 26 Karl Freeman Team Wheelguru s.t.
9 21 Sam Dobson Green Jersey RT s.t.
10 64 Declan Hudson Liverpool Century RC s.t.
11 50 Michael Rumph High On Bikes s.t.
12 60 Kristian Zentek Team Chronomaster s.t.
13 54 Christopher Waters Ribble Valley Juniors s.t.
14 51 Billy Sewart Team Chronomaster s.t.
15 14 Peter Brook Chester RC s.t.
16 13 Thomas Brazier Chester RC s.t.
17 16 Leigh Cowell Kuota – Spinergy – GSG s.t.
18 25 Richard Flynn @01″00
19 42 Mark Nulty Manchester Whlrs Club @02″03
20 70 David Lowe Dave Hinde Racing Team @02″26
21 40 Jordan Matthews Adept Precision RT/NE Healthcare s.t.
22 7 John Bamford Team Chronomaster s.t.
23 63 Alex Braybrook Velocity WD-40 s.t.
24 4 Doug Arnold Liverpool Century RC s.t.
25 6 Andy Ashurst Manchester Whlrs Club s.t.
26 38 Andrew Markham Lune RCC s.t.
27 37 Gary Maoudis Chester RC s.t.
28 58 Dylan Yates High On Bikes s.t.
29 36 Sam Mansfield Buxton CC/Sett Valley Cycles s.t.
30 12 Anthony Booth Weaver Valley CC s.t.
31 15 Sammy K Y Cheung Manchester Whlrs Club s.t.
32 52 Trevor Sharpe Chester RC s.t.
33 46 Jayson Rees-Hughes Chester RC s.t.
34 49 Thomas Rowley Manchester Whlrs Club s.t.
35 35 Philip Knupfer Manchester Whlrs Club s.t.
36 22 James Eastbury Chester RC s.t.
37 28 Mark Hammersley Team Wheelguru @08″42
38 32 Jonathan Huck Chester RC @12″00
39 55 Campbell West Kent Valley RC @12″17