2013 Rd4 Race Report – Milton Keynes Bowl
Another good course from the TREK Bicycle store crew and FNSS competitor James Hampshire taking in the technical off camber banks of the Bowl concert arena. The steps of doom were back (and provided a good photo opportunity) but no biting Adder’s this year.
Tim Markham from Montana photography took some great pictures in the good light which are here. please support him if you can as it’s been hard to get photos from our events recently, and he takes the trouble to sort them in number order.
As the riders sprinted out in the welcome bright sunshine over the very bumpy arena grass into the wooded banks, it was noticeably a weakened field due to riders concentrating on National Racing duties. The leading Trio of Ryan Henry/OakhamSportsMassage, Tom Wragg/Flatout Cycles and Leszek Jezierski/Treads CC soon pulled away, and that’s how they finished all gaining valuable series points.
Luke Markham/Rugby Velo took the U23 from Michael Riley from Jewson/M I Racing both completing the full 6 laps.
On a night of firsts, Roz Giles in the Ladies, Nick Towers in the Veterans and Peter Busby in the Grand Vets all put there name on the winning roster for their maiden wins.
Giles/Numplumz was fortunate to get a good start and a fast first lap in as once Kate van Lopik had got to grips with the technical course she chased down hard consistently lapping faster, but could only get to within 25 seconds of Giles. A similar senario in the grand Vets as Busby/Team Jewson/MI Racing fended off an early challenge from Peterson/Numplumz and then was almost caught by teamate Tim Stowe who had been having technical problems with a jumping chain which hampered his progress.
The veterans continued to be the most open class with its fourth winner in as many rounds. This time Nick Towers/Naked Bikes RT took the flag from a fine ride from Iain Kemp/Revel Outdoors in second. And special mention to the final step of the podium as FNSS Stato Ian Mansfield passed Mike winters on the final lap to grab 3rd as well as setting up and taking down the timing gear every week and providing the results. FULL RESULTS
So battle resumes at Mallory park which is always a popular venue as it’s the most northern location and brings in the Leicester crowd, looks like the swathe of different feet on the podium steps could continue.