The first cycle race held in Weymouth for many years, was, according to both riders and spectators alike, a great success writes Darren Orchard..... It has taken the organisers, Mud, Sweat n Gears Cycle Club nearly 18months of work, along with British Cycling and West Dorset Council to get the Weymouth Park & Ride Cycle Race series off and running, but it turned out to be worth it.
A strong field of cyclists took to the start of the Cat 4 race, with riders from as far away as Southampton and Exeter, along with a good selection of MSnG CC members, and straight away two attacked and moved away from the field. Rob Midmore saw the danger and managed to bridge across to the other two joining fellow MSnG CC rider Nick Carroll. The three then worked hard together and managed to stay away from the chasing pack with Rob just missing out on the win after a strong sprint by Oliver Handley from Southampton Uni Road Club. The rest were led over the line by MSnG’s Charlie Cox after a powerful sprint for fourth.
Next up was the cat 3 race but the race didn’t allow the same thing to happen, with all the early attacks being closed down keeping the group together. MSnG’s leader, Darren Orchard, put in a really strong performance trying to break the pack by repeatedly attacking but each time a different competitor brought him back and maybe all those efforts told at the finish as Darren couldn’t hold on to a flying James Horton, VC St Raphael, who took the win by a couple of bike lengths. Despite this Darren still came a superb 3rd and with Graham Biles taking 8th in one of his first races at this higher level it rounded off a stunning performance by all the Mud, Sweat n Gears Cycle Club riders. Chris McLaughlin also had a highly impressive 2nd place finish to the race of which makes up for his early retirement from the recent Sandersons Road Race due to a mechanical issue. Chris, who is currently studying for his GCSE’s, was obviously happy with his result and proves he will be one to watch in the future.
With such a great facility in an ideal location it is looking very good for the rest of the series, which wouldn’t have even started if it wasn’t for the brilliant support from club members, a massive thanks goes out to all those who came down to help.
So if you are interested in taking part, helping out or just turning up to watch some thrilling local sport, for free!, then contact Mud, Sweat & Gears on 01305 784849 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or simply come along to the next round on Saturday 20th May from 5pm.
3rd Cat Race top 12 result
1st James Horton VC St Raphael
2nd Chris McLaughlin UK Biking/Bmth Cycleworks
3rd Darren Orchard Mud, Sweat n Gears CC
4th Thomas Ellis Southampton Uni Road Club
5th Kevin Egan Poole Wheelers CC
6th Mark Gibbs Tanks Direct Cycling
7th Les Thomas Tri UK
8th Graham Biles Mud, Sweat n Gears CC
9th Phil Walter Tanks Direct Cycling 10th Patrick Dunn CC Weymouth
11th Samuel Wadsley Poole Wheelers CC
12th Vincent Harding Poole Wheelers CC
4th Cat Race top 12 result
1st Oliver Handley Southampton Uni Road Club
2nd Robert Midmore Mud, Sweat n Gears CC
3rd Nick Carroll Mud, Sweat n Gears CC
4th Charlie Cox Mud, Sweat n Gears CC
5th Christopher Wilson Tornado Road Cycling Club
6th Jack Wiltshire Offcamber
7th Tom Carter Mud, Sweat n Gears CC
8th Monty Knight Mud, Sweat n Gears CC
9th James Gilgrist
10th Wiliam Thurgood Mid Devon CC
11th Samual Brooke Poole Wheelers CC
12th Luke Monahan UK Biking/Bmth Cycleworks