We hoped for glorious sunshine and no wind… we got pretty much no wind.
Despite the rain and drizzle, two races of about 15 riders, and another group of 4 took to the line on Saturday for the first of the club open days at Eyreton Hall.
In the A/B grade, a break of 3 riders went clear (Ollie Jones, Richard Lawson and Greg Manson) towards the end of the first lap. That break was dangerous enough for the main pack to give chase and soon it would be all back together.
Back in the C grade, it was all together going round the first and second laps… although the pace was on from the start.
In the final race to start, the 4 riders in the D/E/F Grades ground it out through the bad weather and at the end of lap one, one rider was already off on a banzai attack.
Back in the A/B grade, attacks must have started flying, and second time around, a break of about 6 riders had made it away from the main bunch, which included Ollie Jones and Michael Vink.
Twenty minutes later, Michael Vink had pushed on out of the break, coming home solo to take the win, followed by Ollie Jones and Andrew King.
Next through were C/D grade Brent Cowie tried his hand a few times and in the last lap it was new racer Gareth Morris tried his luck and to break away with another rider (?) halfway through the last lap. Their gap was just a few seconds coming through the final corner and coming down the final straight, they got gobbled up by the chasing pack.
In the final race, it was great to see new racer Roger Skerton throwing the dice and breaking free of his companions and making it all the way to the line. Nice one Roger!
Thanks to everyone for coming out and racing! Ride safe!
Gallery : See images from Race Day 1