Crossing the line on an empty tank, a breathless Andrew Feather summed up the race in two words “Pedal Heaven!” Feather, who picked up the combativity award, recovered & expanded on his race summary but had already said enough……….
Tactical decisions are certainly easier when one team is so much stronger
“I won’t do anything until Pedal Heaven go, if there not up the road I won’t go” said Ashley Cox (CC Luton)
Oscar Hutchings (Primera-TeamJobs) “I got away early with Andy Feather and Lee Frost, thought it was decent move but none of the Pedal Heaven guys were there”
With power comes responsibility perhaps? In a race full of attacks, all were brought back, all that is except for the first attack that included a Pedal Heaven RT rider, Will Fox put himself in the move that shaped the race about 50 miles in. Of course legs were tiring behind but Fox was never brought back.
Seventh place finisher Ben Simmons (AIA©DMTCIPOLLINIUK) said
“Pedal Heaven did have an impact on the race but i wouldn't say it was negative, there were a lot of attacks and because of Pedal Heavens strength in numbers they always had someone in the move or getting across to the moves. It was obvious that if you didn't have a Pedal Heaven rider in a move it would get brought back or there would be another group bridging to it.”
Will Fox, Will Harper & Max Steadman were well clear at the end it was not as easy as it looked but as Feather said “The strongest wins”
Last word goes to 19 year old Paul Double of VC Venta who will win this race in the next few years
“I was away with Jon Mould and three of the Pedal Heaven guys, I got a bit excited!