The Somerset Road Club plans further developments for the ladies race team in 2016
More news coming soon.
Somerset road club will be running one Ladies Closed Circuit Race at Westpoint in the
spring this year, the race date is 23rd April 2016.
All Club members who race in this event will be able to claim a 50% rebate on there race
entry fees. To qualify for this rebate you must enter and race on the day in the
SW Womens Regionals 17th May 2015
Early Sunday morning and Heidi and Sarah head south for the regional women's road race in Hatherleigh. The morning started with a drive of some of the race course and Sarah smiling at the lack of hills on the route they travelled, however one area wasn't covered due to lack of time and so was slightly unnerving knowing that there must be a big climb somewhere-or at least Heidi was hoping so! Warm up went well but a chill in the morning air felt more like March than May then off they went to briefing. 16 ladies started the race aging from 16 to late forties. Favourite was Natalie Grinczer, who had recently won a National 3 day stage race, and the Somerset team were alert to the tactics of the 4 woman strong team of the Bikeshed Exeter Uni,, who would certainly try to dominate the race. Race Legs and heads had to be switched on!
The race was neutralised through the town and let loose in the country lane about 1 mile away from HQ. No one started at any great pace and at some points the ride was considerably slower than a normal club run. Mid Devon CC ladies were leading the way and no one seemed too worried about taking over and so the first 10 miles was nice and steady with everyone looking to conserve energy for the decisive attacks. The first circuit was undulating. Although no attempts at a break was made, the pace was enough to cause some riders to lose touch with the peloton on the uphill segments.
Lap one complete and off down an unmarked lane which resembled something close to Paris-Roubaix in road quality and Bikeshed Exeter Uni team decided to blast it off downhill at pace hoping to scare those that didn't like the surface. The group stayed together and the steady pace resumed.
The next climb saw the attack of a few riders and a small break of 5 took off including the two Somerset RC riders, but the break was chased down by the group. Not allowing the chasers time to recover, Natalie from Fusion RT saw her chance after 20 miles and went for the break. As other riders dropped back, unable to sustain Natalie's high pace on the hill, Heidi jumped on the back of her wheel. Realising they had opened up a gap, the break of 2 riders pushed on to try to make the move decisive. Despite attempts by the Bikeshed team to get the break back, Sarah was able to help her team mate by disrupting the chase group's efforts.
Working hard together, Heidi and Natalie extended their advantage. With a 90 second gap quickly established and with climbing to come, it soon became clear that the leaders, who were both strong climbers, were not going to get caught, and the peloton settled for racing for 3rd place.
With both riders evenly matched, the regional championships went down to a hill sprint finish. Heidi attacked with 100m to go, however, Natalie responded and pipped Heidi on the line. The pair had a 5 min gap on the peloton, including being held up for over a minte by traffic lights!
In the peloton, the Bikeshed team were trying their best to make their own break, chased down by Sarah each time to keep the peloton together. Their attacks saw the peloton reduce to only 8 girls. Sarah staying on the front for the best part of 15 miles keeping the pace steady up the hills and flat out down them-except on a scary downhill section through the woods where Adele had a sudden burst of pace and flew past everyone to which they responded and chased her down. Waiting for the big climb which to much relief never came Sarah then realised where they were and knew it was only 4 miles to home. Stretching the pace downhill but into a head wind seemed harder than it should and took its toll on approach to town and the final kilometre of the race. Sadly a crash happen just outside of HQ 1km before the finish which left only a few riders battling for 3rd place onwards. The uphill finish took its toll on all riders but 3rd place went to Alice Millar, Adele took 4th, Alex 5th, Emily 6th Sarah 7th Emma 8th Jess 9th Bethan 10th.
Mens & Women's double win
Thanks for all the supportive comments after tonight's race at Torbay, really excited to have my first win. The ladies race was a small field but had both Vikki Marsden and I from SRC together with ladies from bristol and MDCC. Although there were a few punchy attempts at a break we stayed as a group until the final lap where I broke and in the final straight sprinted away from 1 other for 1st, vikki did a fantastic job, confident throughout and right up there for a sprint finish against 2 team mates, she should be super proud.
In the 4ths who raced at the same time, Peter Flecken did an amazing job placing so well throughout the race but frustratingly got cut on one of the final corners-he may be able to add more as we raced concurrently.
In the other men's race Charlie Revell dominated in a break away group of 4 from very early on, Tim Southcombe and Ryan Vale also had a great chasing break and worked really hard, eventually being caught by the main group but conserved energy and finished so strong-unsure of exact placings but both top 10.....George clews also had a great race within the bunch. Charlie's outstanding sprint bought home a very satisfying SRC mens/women's double win!