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Last weekends Frank Morgan memorial road race has been a good one for the team both of the last two seasons with Kris taking 2nd both times, losing out on both occasions to the “King of Kirkby” Andy Martin (VCUK).
This year the team fielded 4 riders, John Myburgh, Craig, Kris and Si, with the clear intention of working for Kris and if it came down to a bunch gallop, Si.
The circuit is best described as flat and fast, basically a square 2.3 mile lap around an industrial estate, no technical corners or hills, only the odd bollard and lots of pot-holes to avoid.
With almost no wind the race was full gas from the start, constant attacking from a variety of riders before a break of 8 or 9 riders was established, with no Team Chronomaster rider represented this was a dangerous move so Craig and John initiated a chase, at the 30 mile point the break had a maximum gap of almost a minute and looked like staying clear. A committed chase was established with other teams helping, however the lads from Dave Hinde Racing clearly had confidence in their rider in the break as they hindered the chase at every opportunity, tensions frayed and the chase faltered. Craig and John kept up a determined effort and eventually the breaks gap was reduced to around 10 secs, at this point the “bunch engine” took over and it was only a matter of time before they were reeled in.
With Kris not feeling 100% Si was in the hot seat to go for it in what was now the inevitable bunch gallop, however he clearly wasn’t reading from the same instruction book as the rest of the team as with two laps to go he went clear in a small group, quickly reeled back in and into the last lap weaved his way through the pack and finished a fine 7th in only his second full season! With a little more experience of following the right wheels that could easily be converted to the win.
Many congratulations to Tony Greenhalgh (Onimpex/Bioracer) on taking the win and Vets prize!
As usual the organisation was first class with more than enough experienced marshals on each junction, no problems with the lap board (surprisingly not always the case!) and a fantastic spread put on in the HQ afterwards, well done everyone involved!