Race Results - WCRA Handicaps Race #2
Handicaps - 16-Mar-02 - Milton Keynes Bowl
16 March 2002
the previous weeks near Artic conditions the warmer weather proved a bonus
as did the near perfect handicapping when the scratch group just failed to
catch the two remaining long markers, sweeping all before them, as Lynette
Purkis - Coventry RC and Moira Goodway - Banbury Star stayed away to share
the first two places as Isla Rowntree - Stourbridge CC of the scratch
group took third place just over a minute later after 30 exciting miles of
racing, full of “will they - won’t they” speculation.
scratch group lead by Rowntree and last weeks winner Mathilde Pauls - VC
de Londres had 4 laps to make up and they set about this in determined
fashion; half of the race had been covered when Clara Beard - Team Quest
and Heather Williams - TRI UK Inc were dropped by the motivated scratch
group although Heather chased hard and got back on.
laps to go and it was Goodway and Purkis together at the front of the race
in the lead but the scratch riders were gradually reeling them in, would
there be enough laps left for the Rowntree group to catch them.
Laps to go and the Goodway-Purkis lead was down to just two minutes, into
the final lap and that gap was now down to just over a minute, Marianne
Harding - Team Quest crashed at this point but without serious injury; to
add impetus into the chase Rowntree, Nikki Harris - Pearce Cycles and
Pauls attacked but time cruelly ran out as first Purkis and then Goodway
crossed the line with Rowntree the next to finish to end an exiting race
in this long running handicap series.
1 hour 23 mins 10 secs
at 57 secs
VC de Londres
at 1 min 6 secs
TRI UK INC
at 2 mins 16 secs
Bicester Millennium CC
13. Debbie Knott Icknield RC same time