Race Report by Jon Fowles
Team Chronomaster were well represented at the Jim Rogers road race, with Adam, Craig, Jon, Si and Ste lining up at the start. Unfortunately Craig was experiencing technical issues before the race had even begun, and despite starting, was unable to take part in the endeavours of the day!
After a neutralised start up the long climb and past the finish line, the race was unleashed…
Instantly the pace was high and attacks came thick and fast, with the rolling terrain making it perfect breakaway territory. Early in the race, a group of 7 escaped the peloton and edged out a small advantage.
The racing was clearly taking its toll on the riders, with the pack thinning and fractures emerging. This disruption allowed for another group of riders, containing Ste and myself to escape, and our group set about narrowing the distance to the leading breakaway.
For 3 laps the pace was high, the front group were just in sight, driving motivation to edge on closer and join the leaders. The gap hovered around 30 seconds, coming down to 15 seconds at times, and looking perilously close when pushing up the climbs.
After over 2 hours of racing, the pin was pulled on our chasing group, riders gave up hope, the gap edged back out, everyone knew that the win had escaped us. We lost Ste who suffered a mechanical (also brake related) and then a few other riders who couldn’t hold the pace dropped off as well. The chase group I was in now had only 8 riders to contest the last lap.
With tired legs in the group, the pace had dropped, and this allowed attacks to commence. I tried to neutralise the attacks by following wheels while saving as much energy as possible for the final ascent to the finish line. Two riders attacked on the final climb and after the efforts of the day I was unable respond.
I did manage to distance the remaining riders and with gritted teeth (literally) and a small margin pushed on to the line to secure 10th place.
Hat off to Ste who despite his mechanical managed to keep on going and finished in the top 15!
Craig was unable to finish the race, whilst Adam on the road to recovery after a few bouts of illness showed his determination by riding for 5 1/2 laps solo after losing the peloton on lap 1.
Big thanks to the organisers of the Jim Rogers Memorial Road Race for putting on a great event on a great course! Also a massive thanks to Ellen Isherwood for all the great photos!