Organised by Beeston RC
In only her second road race, noted time triallist Wendy Houvenaghel – Impsport Composite Team, won the Luciano Cycles sponsored Women’s Team Race Series event held near Nottingham, the 2nd race of the Series was superbly organised by the Beeston RC in memory of long time club member Sid Standard.
Attacking at the start of the final 5 mile lap, she held off the almost determined chasing bunch.
The race set out in very wet conditions with 55 riders in the field on a course that had a little bit of everything including the Commissaire stopping the race after the first lap to lecture the riders to stay on the left; the early laps were a gradual sorting out process as riders got dropped each time the small hill was climbed. With 3 laps covered a crash at the rear of the bunch took down 8 riders but none with serious injuries.
With 6 laps covered the main bunch was down to 30 riders and although a few small attacks occurred, no-one was allowed too big a gap – or perhaps not determined enough to make it count although it was noticeable that Houvenaghel closed some of the gaps herself.
As the miles were ticked off, it was beginning to look like a bunch sprint for the line until Houvenaghel took matters in hand and used her time trial speed to outdistance the rest of the race and take a well deserved win.
“I learnt a lot from my first road race at Portsmouth and didn’t want to tow the bunch in this race so I played it more tactically; I knew that the final miles would give me an advantage as a time trialist. I found that riders could not get away from the bunch well so that is why I tried to choose the perfect spot in the preceding laps to attack. Road racing is helping me in my time trials and it gives me another dimension to my sport,” said the winner afterwards.
“ My next road race will be the National Road Race Championships as I will be concentrating on the national time trial championships”.
Helen Gutteridge won the Prime category sponsored by Bellini’s Supermarket who also supplied the jersey for the winner.
After the race an objection as lodged for dangerous riding against Vicky Arnold – for the crash – and it was upheld so she was disqualified.
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