Crowhurst, Surrey 48miles (77km)
a nicely judged uphill sprint, Michelle Ward – Surrey League C – beat
favourite Helen Gutteridge – Team Luciano – at the end of an interesting
and pacy 3rd round of the Women’s Team Race Series event held on the
Crowhurst circuit in Surrey that covered 48 miles.
saw that the Luciano girls had lead out riders and I just followed their
wheels”, said a satisfied Michelle, “I attacked about a quarter of the
way up the finishing hill, I made my move with about 250 metres to go and
won it quite comfortably.” “
I am on my way back!”
in very warm weather, the race attracted 55 starters although the first 4
laps of the 6 mile circuit saw many get dropped as the pace was kept high by
several attacks, Colette Swift, Surrey League A the main instigator,
Michelle Ward also tried attacks but she was immediately chased down.
6 mile covered a crash decked 4 riders of whom Tracy Purbrick – Letchworth
Velo Club, retired with cuts and bruises.
miles covered and an excellent example of team work was when Melissa Mather
–Team Luciano, punctured and immediately team mates Di Moss and Karen
Lovatt dropped of the bunch to tow her back which she was 3 miles later.
the miles went by it looked certain that a sprint finish was in the offing
as the bunch had been whittled down to 24 riders and so it proved; as the
bunch approached the finish hill the front exploded as riders attacked for
the final time but it was Ward who was biding her time and struck at the
right moment to leave 50 metres between herself and the rest crossing the
Luciano won their third team title this season with East Midlands in 2nd
with new season starters Central Division in 3rd.
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