A number of club members have been involved in races over the last few weeks as the early spring season gets underway with riders involved in a mixture of track, circuit racing, time trials and road events.
Max Hinds and Posie Forrester took part in the second round of the Icebreaker Track series at Newport Velodrome on the 23rd February 2019. Max finished in 4th place in the Youth C Omnium category out of 21 starters at the event. In the Youth B female category Posie ended up in 10th place out of 22 starters.
In time trialling Craig Hopkins has been the most active rider competing in the Frome and District Wheelers event on the 10 mile U375 course near Frome on the 5th February 2019 recording a time of 25:12 to finish in 39th place. On the 23rd February Craig rode in the Salt and Sham event on the U102 course near Chpping Sodbury and finished with a time of 24:41 and a new 10 mile PB , which is brilliant so early into the season ending up in 30th place overall.
On the 2nd March James Nicholls and Sam Jones both took part in the NCRA Spring Handicaps race in Northamptonshire. Despite finishing outside the top 10 in a ride, which featured an 8 minute handicap for Sam in the 2nd cat start to overcome, it provided both riders with a good chance to get in some early season racing miles under challenging conditions.
On the 2nd March Aimee Lane was involved in the Maindy St David’s Day Crits at the Maindy Circuit in Cardiff finishing in 1st place in the U16 girls category. Younger brother Harry took part in the U10 boys category and finished in 6th place on the day.
Posie Forrester was involved in the U14 events at the Odd Down South Region Youth Series at Bath on the 9 March 2019. Posie battled through the windy conditions on the exposed circuit to pick up a 17th place finish. James Nicholls was involved in the men’s 3/4 category race on the same day at Darley Moor and was going well until he unfortunately got caught in a crash 2 laps from the end.
I travelled down to Buckingham for the men’s Spring Chicken 3/4 road race on the same day and, despite being well placed in the bunch after the usual attacks from the flag drop, ended up picking a race ending puncture mid ride on a course where almost a third of starters failed to finish due to the poor road conditions.
In the LVRC veteran racing Ken Bradbury took part in the Harold ‘H’ Nelson Memorial circuit racing at Darley Moor on the 10th March 2019 in extremely difficult and windy conditions over a weekend which saw a number of other races cancelled due to the weather. Ken put in his usual strong performance and finished in 5th place overall in his age category out of 16 riders.