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ALLSOPP, COOPER AND JOHNSON MAKE A STRONG START TO THE NEW SEASON

Allsopp competing at Goodwood

Ben Johnson at Dyfi

Wightlink-Wight Mountain team rider Matt Allsopp headed to the first race in the Southdown Velo series at Goodwood Motor Circuit on Tuesday 30th April, competing in the E12 category.

Racing for an hour plus 1 lap there were attacks from the start with riders trying to get away from the main bunch. It wasn’t until the 3rd lap in that Allsopp and a few riders got a gap, slowly turning into an 8 man group riding well together they were soon out of sight.

With 2 laps to go they caught the 3rd cat race which had set off shortly after the start, causing a little trouble when passing with a near crash and 2 riders going onto the grass. This gave 1 rider the opportunity to attack and ride away from the group.

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With less than a lap to go, Allsopp was chasing the solo rider with the group snaking behind. He soon decided to reserve his energy for the finish, hoping the other riders would continue to help with the chase. But it was too late and the solo rider got enough of a gap to win with Allsopp just missing out on 2nd, but pleased with his form for this time of the year.

In other news… Dave Cooper travelled to Portsmouth to race in the 4th cat Portsmouth Circuits race at the Mountbatten Centre on Sunday 5th May.

On what was a particularly cold morning and the first race of the year, Dave was keen to test his legs.

After a number of thwarted breakaway’s the bunch stayed together until the last 3 laps where the jostling for positions begun. Dave tried to line his sprint effort up for the penultimate moment.

With half a lap of the last lap to go Dave unfortunately got boxed in on the inside and finished his first race of the year safety in the bunch.

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Ben Johnson made his way to Wales recently to take part in the Dyfi Mountain Bike Enduro in preparation for a long distance, off-road triathlon.

The race consisted of a 53km off-road loop with 1,700m of climbing and the same in descent.

In a field of over 1,000 riders Ben finished in 18th place and 9th in his age group. He was pleased with his form and is excited to test his fitness at the forthcoming triathlon.

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