SFA Crit 1 27/02/2016
Nick Elson :
Just a little report back on this race, Dave may want to add his own version to this.
With a chilling wind and headwind up the finishing straight there was around 50 starters or so I'm told. Dave, Jimmy McCormack and myself. Taking Kristofs advice Dave and I lined up on the front row and I said to Dave that K had said hit the hairpin first. Jimmy was lined up near the back.
The commissaire said go and Dave belted off like a greyhound! Blimey I thought, take Kristofs advice! Dave was 2nd through the hairpin. I caught him up at the top of the straight and it was a Woolwich 2/3 down the back straight. Some great photos I thought! :). To be fair it all started a bit slowly. I was at the front and thought its way to earlier to push, so held a steady pace without many takers going past.
After about a lap I decided to drop back and rest in the group which made life relatively easy. After about 8 laps or roughly half way through and Taking Kristofs advice again, I thought I'd push up the finishing straight and get into the hairpin 1st. Down the back straight I kept pushing glimpsing behind to see who was with me, no-one.....bit pointless so my small gap was short lived and I backed off rather than waste precious energy.
The group was getting smaller, but it still contained 25 or so riders, all sitting in and just taking turns. A few single riders tried off the front but were sucked back in easily as the headwind on the final straight and at the lower hairpin was bang into the wind.
5 laps to go and the pace picked up a bit, again a few tried but were pulled straight back into the bunch. Last lap, I pushed up and got round the hairpin, tried to make some ground on the front but wasn't close enough, I needed to be near the front at the hairpin which I wasn't. Round into the final straight and I pushed up the short sharp hill, the group slowed and I was boxed to the right. They started to sprint for the line and I managed to get over to the left pushing up the outside and passing riders but it was too late, finishing around 15th or so from what Josh saw? (Not sure of the result yet)
Lesson learnt. Kristof was right. But it's no good being first through the hairpin on every lap, definitely the last lap though!
All in all a great day for the Woolwich Jerseys.
HogwithouttheHill LWRL 05/03/2016
Cherryl Sinclair :
Not much to report. I entered Hog Hill over the Cyclopark race because there were so many entrants – over 40 women! Stuck with the front group until the end, waited for the sprint and didn’t go anywhere! I haven’t seen the results but I’m certain I wasn’t in the top 10.
I’ve only really been doing slow riding for the last few months so my motivation for entering this was as training or to ‘race myself fit’ as Kristof always says! There were so many attacks; I haven’t had that I’M GONNA HAVE A HEART ATTACK feeling for so long. Ouch! So, I’ll be back again this Saturday, this time only cat4. There’s also a men’s Cat4 race (no hill) if anyone is interested? Then might do the March Hare one on the 19th.
Great to hear you guys did so well at Cyclopark. I genuinely love reading your race reports. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before you start winning races Nick. Dave wore matching red tights so he’s already a winner in my eyes!
SFA Crit 2 05/03/2016
Maybe 40 starters? Headwind down the back straight which made the uphill to the line quite easy.
Alex, Dave and myself lined up at the back of the bunch.
It started quite slowly. Dave was with the bunch for 3 laps and doing extremely well.
Alex and myself sat in, then at the back. Alex reckoned his tyres needed more air then he disappeared off with a flat in the front after about 7 laps. Personally I reckon he would have been a contender as the pace wasn't too hard at all.
With 1 lap showing and the bell, I sprinted from the back, overtaking the group up the outside and down into the hairpin in 1st position. Up the hill and into the straight past the bmx track but the headwind was too much. The group caught me up and the few people that went with me left me out to dry.
I didn't have the legs for the sprint but reckon if I'd say in I'd have been up there somewhere.
Best thing was it stayed totally dry! :-)
All in all a great effort and show for Woolwich!
Well done guys!