2013 Rd5 Race Report – Mallory Park
The sun came out, the riders came out, the course was fantastic and the racing was hot, we even had a helicopter video camera, (footage coming soon), Mallory rocked.
Naked Bikes did a great job on the course and for the first time we did a full lap of Mallory off road, the Moto-X section and some tough sharp climbs combined with a mix of great fast woodland and tricky tight sections, a great technical course. STRAVA LAP who would have thought that a tarmac section would prove to be the hardest part of a course.
Tim Markham once again took some great photos which can be found at Montana Photography to purchase, thanks for the use of the copies here. Full results are here MALLORY RESULTS and overall positions will be updated soon. OVERALL
Rich Jones/XC Racer had a go at leading out the Hope Factory racing boys Dan Booth and Dave Collins and held them off admirably until the track opened up and the after burners were applied. And before you say that’s to be expected, the Hope boys are appearing on ITV4 in the tour series and had already done two races at over 30mph average already this week. They were at the Canary Wharf round just the night before.
They lapped in tandem for the whole race and as Collins led them round, Booth in true team style left him to take the win. Matt Barrett/Run & ride could not compete but held a solid third but was almost caught by a superb last lap charge from Mark Proudman/PODFS.com only 4 seconds down at the end. A jet lagged below par Ryan Henry/OakhamSportsMassage could only manage 5th.
Rich Jones once again cleaned up in the U23 race, with Luke Markham/Rugby Velo a strong 2nd and Luke Stapleford/Team Bongo the only riders to complete 6 laps.
From the gun once again Chris Rathbone/Velo BICI.CC showed why he’s favourite for this years title if he does six rounds. Lloyd Bettles/AJ Cycles went after him and was a comfortable second, pulling some great whips over the Moto-X jumps, such was the pace that they were the only two riders completing 6 laps. Mick Pilcher/Numplumz kept his overall points tally up with 3rd, and another strong ride from Iain Kemp/Revel Outdoors for 4th.
Another new name on the FNSS roll of honour in the Ladies as Jessica Roberts/TORQ Performance led from the start over Julie Elder/Leisure Lakes with Hollie Bettles/AJ Cycles relegated to 3rd this week in a good field of 12 ladies tonight.
The grand Vets again mixed it with the lead Vets, the Jewson/M I Racing pair Tim Stowe and Peter Busby with Jack Peterson/Numplumz locked together after the first lap. Stowe pulled out a small lead but Peterson kept him in sight pushing hard until the last lap before conceding to the consistent speed of Stowe who must now be favourite for the overall series. Busby slipped back from the battle but kept third.
Bradley Symonds/Coalville Wheelers took another win in the Youths from Ross Marriot/Welland Valley CC as the pair continue their close battle for overall honours, that’s 2-1 to Symonds.
There are also some 60 more photos in the FNSS flikr group, this is the easiest and free way for anyone to share their photos from any event to the FNSS community.
We hope you all enjoyed Mallory and feel as strongly as we do that this venue has to be saved from the threat of development into housing. NIMBY’s who move into the adjoining village then complain about the noise from this historic circuit that they moved next to, have campaigned hard to get it shut. Please sign this petition and SAVE MALLORY