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2013 Rd7 Race Report – Kilworth Springs

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Race report from organiser Dean Barnet
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On the longest day of the year over 100 mountain bike racers enjoyed the latest round of the FNSS staged at Kilworth Golf Course, promoted by Welland Valley CC With great support from the green keeper a superb grassland track was mown around the perimeter of the spectacular setting. As the sun shone the conditions were ideal for ultra fast close contact racing for the variety of abilities, ages and wheels as unicyclist James Sandercock lined up against Elite and National Champions.
In the Senior Men’s and U23’s race a blistering pace was setting by a leading group which contained all the main protagonists for the evening. Driving on the front of the group was Hope Factory Racings Dave Collins, fresh from the Tour Series. Trying to stay in contact in the early stages were league regular and prolific league victor Ryan Henry, www.OakhamSportsMassage.co.uk, Under 23’s Richard Jones ,XCRacer.com, and Ben Roff , Orange Monkey Pro Team. The leading pack was completing the flowing circuit which included a couple of nasty technical ascents in 8 mins 30 seconds. On the sixth lap of eight Collins pressed harder on the pedals in and out of the corners forcing the pack to explode. As Collins charged on Jones and Roff stayed locked together as Henry started to suffer. Mark Johnson, Flatoutcycles.co.uk, was putting together a number of consistent lap times to be riding into 3rd Senior. As Collins continued to charge forward into the last lap Jones and Roff were locked together. Jones unfortunately crashed on one of the grassy corners, he soon up and back to Roff.  Collins took a fine victory as he crossed the finish line with plenty of time in hand, so much so he was doing track stands trying to force other competitors to complete a lap!
DC trackstand
Jones kicked out the final corner ahead of Roff to snatch the U23 victory. Henry was second Senior and Johnson third, Jonathan Sheasby, G S Sheasby/Transition Cycles, rode a well measured race to finish 4th. Luke Markam, Rugby Velo, rode a solid race to finish 3rd U23.
In the Veterans race a crash at the start caused disruption for a number of riders but Chris Rathbone, Velo BICI.CC, was in a different class as rode away from his fellow competitors. Lloyd Bettles, AJ Cycles, increased his speed as the distance got longer and timed his move into second Veteran with perfection to beat Mick Pilcher, Numplumz, a previous round winner. In the Vets 50 plus Peter Bushby, MI Racing, once again rode a perfect race to beat Peter Turner, Derby Mercury, and Tim Stowe , MI Racing. Unfortunately Tim Stowe suffered bad luck for the second week as he was once of the riders involved in the crash at the start. By the time Tim was back up rolling Bushby was away and battling with the younger Veteran category. Peter Turner enjoyed a strong night and appeared to get stronger as the race progressed.
The bank that caught many riders out, even race leaders

The bank that caught many riders out, even race leaders

Louise Brown, Numplumz, was a very popular winner of the ladies race ahead of Lauren Humphries , Rugby Velo, and from the promoting club Linda Hubbard in third.
Ross Marriott, Welland Valley CC, reversed the tables on Bradley Symonds, Coalville Whs, this week as Ross raced to an early lead ahead of teammates Louis Killworth and James Garratt. As the Welland Valley youngsters took the top three placing Bradley settled for fourth. Amy Garner finished first female youth as Max Sullifant, WVCC, Edward Sandercock and Oliver Haines, WVCC, all rode well to last the duration.
Unicyclist James Sandercock finished first Unicycle after completing five laps.
Many thanks to Kilworth Springs Golf Course, the Vicary family, all the lap scorers, marshals and helpers.
Thanks to Chris Perry for the photos

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