2013 Rd6 Race Report – Shuckburgh Hall
What a great new venue , a testing hillside woodland singletrack course that everyone seemed to enjoy, despite the really stiff climbs.
The start climb and very steep bank used to climb into the wood soon split up the senior field, Ryan Henry/OakhamSportsMassage was back on form as he powered away and led out U23 racer Ben Roff/Orange Monkey Pro Team. The pair were joined at the hip for the whole race and Henry took a narrow overall victory, or did Roff just settle for the U23 win? Far behind them Henry Sleight/drag2zero fought off Leszek Jezierski/Treads CC for 2nd.
Luke Markham/Rugby Velo took second u23 for the race promoting club and more valuable series points with Joshua Wells-Wallins/LORC in third
it was deja-vu in the Youths as once again Bradley Symonds/Coalville Wheelers took another win from Ross Marriot/Welland Valley CC. Marriot held on for 3 laps until the gruelling climbs took there toll.
In the Veterans yet another different winner, this class is so open this year. Big congratulations to Lloyd Bettles/AJ Cycles who took his first win after contesting the series for over 10 years. Bettles took over from Initial leader Ian Mansfield/Cats MBC and the result was never in doubt. Mansfield held on for 2nd and if Iain Kemp/Revel Outdoors had realized just how close he was at the end it could have been different. Only 7 seconds in it at the end with Steve Giles/Numplumz hot on his tail for fourth. As it stands Mansfield leads the overall points tally after 6 rounds from Giles and the big guns have only scored in three rounds.
In the Ladies it was a battle of National Elite standard as Mallory winner Jessica Roberts/TORQ Performance had Maxine Filby/XCRacer for company. Roberts had to work hard though and kept adding a few seconds lead each lap to hold off Filby to the flag. Roz Giles/Numplumz took another podium slot and cemented her lead in the Overall with her fifth points scoring event.
The Grand Vets was almost a carbon copy of the recent MK Bowl race, Team Jewson/MI Racing pair Pete Busby and Tim Stowe led out before Stowe punctured leaving the win to Busby. Stowe battled back to second and almost caught the leader, which puts him firmly in the driving seat to retain his overall series win of 2012.