Cloch road APR

With April showers and cool temperatures tonight only one lap was raced at club APR.

Thirteen riders were available for Alex Hunter to comprise three groups.

Group 1
Captain, Tam , Derek and Mark Smith.

Group 2 ( with 1minute)
George, Nial,Eddie and Paul McGonigol.

Group 3(with 2minutes)
Matt,Ryan and Stu Carmichael.

A strong north westerly made the going tough on the outward leg , the second group were up on the first at IBM turn , when the second group were coming down IBM exit ramp the scratch group had gained a minute which was measurable by both groups being parallel at IBM exit ramp.

With a slippery Bankfoot roundabout to negotiate second could see first and both were visible to third.

Scratch were in power station turn as both leading groups came together descending and with the westerly a chance to stay away was a possibility.

Approaching the kennels the captain had a quick shifty to determine the distance back to the chasing scratch group.

200 to 300 meters was the gap back to the fast approaching Matt,Ryan and Stu.

Ride steady over the kennels was the plan and keep working together , which proved a good strategy because the combined group of 1&2 staying away until passed the light house aided by the prevailing wind .

Rounding the bend the combined group all contested the sprint at different points but the strength of the on form rider Ryan proved too much and took the win with Matt second and Stu third.

A good velo race
29 Apr 2018 : 15:00 by Alastair
Alex Hunter set the groups as follows......

Dougie Nicholson ,Jim Beckett, Danny McLaughlin and Grant Foley.

2nd with a minute gap .
Robert McCready,Eddie Thompson,Derek Robinson,Mark Smith,Alistair Gillespie and George McCarter.

3rd with 2minutes.
Stu Carmichael, Paul McGonigal, Matt Hennon and Scott Newman.

The second group came together with first between top of holmston and inverkip. They worked together in and out of power station, at that stage of coming out of power station the scratch group were not to be seen which means they were in the power station turn.

The combined group still working evenly knowing the chase was on knew they had to get to the top of the kennels to have a chance.

Sure enough the pursuitants caught the escapees at the crest of the col de kennels .

Matt and Paul powered down the decent with captain McCready and lieutenant McCarter latched on to their wheels.

With no chance of any second group members putting their noses at the front the silent assassin AKA Scott Newman made an attack !!!!!!!.

Once again captain and lieutenant marshalled the move.

At the light house the assassin relented and Stu with Paul attacked with all the bunch joining in making a fast groupetto.

Matt went with 100 to go and held it to the line with Stu sprinting from the inside of the group to take a good second .

First group time..........32.18 to 35.14
Second group..............30.13 to 34.14
Scratch..........................28.13 to 28.32.

Hopefully 2 laps next week.

"Up the Velo"

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20 Apr 2018 : 08:58 by dapperdan