BUSY WEEK OF RACING IN HOT CONDITIONS FOR WIGHTLINK-WIGHT MOUNTAIN CYCLE TEAM

Jerry Cooper, Kev Foster, Oliver Nolan and Charlie Orchard travelled to the Mountbatten Circuit in Portsmouth on Saturday (24th July)

The 3rd Cat race was controlled from the off by several strong teams and riders attacked at every opportunity. A group got away just before the bell, but the bunch pulled together to bring them back. Kev, Charlie and Jerry rode a strong race, finishing mid-field in the bunch sprint.

Charlie joined forces with Oliver to race again in the E/1/2 Cat race. There was an early attack that caught everyone on the back foot and a trio of riders broke away and managed to take a lap on the rest of the field. Oliver and 2other riders, who had worked hard to chase them down, pushed on to stay away but were caught by the main bunch with only 4 laps to go. At the bell, Charlie led Oliver out in the bunch sprint to bring him home for a well-earned 7th place with his teammate just behind.

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Almost 70 riders gathered last Thursday (22nd July) to compete in the 3rd round of the Wightlink-Wight Mountain CRT evening TT Series on the Ningwood circuit.

Despite the heat, there were some fantastic times recorded on the night with new course records set in both the Men’s and Lady’s categories.

Kev Chant (Wightlink-Wight Mountain CRT), who averaged almost 30mph over the 10-mile course, crossed the line to take the Overall Winner title in an awesome time of 20 mins 34 secs. Faye Faber (CycleCoach.com) powered to the finish in an impressive 23.04.

Kev Chant

The Junior places were taken by Sophie Nolan (Independent) in 30.42 and Ewan Cook (WWW) in 24.41. Simon Ambrosini (Wightlink-Wight Mountain CRT) was back to his winning ways taking the Vet 50+ top spot in 22.05 and Kevin Bull (NAUT Cycling), who remains unbeaten in the Vet 60+ category, rode home in 24.27. Martin Piper (NAUT Cycling) was the fastest Non-WLWM rider to finish in 22.54.

Further afield, Joe Staunton travelled to Devon to compete in the Peter Sandy Memorial National B Road Race on Sunday 18th July.

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With the temperature hitting 32 degrees, it was never going to be an easy ride over the 120km lumpy course. Joe started well and was active in several of the early moves but had to pull out after 7 laps due to dehydration in the extreme heat – only 20 riders out of the 75 starters managed to finish the race.

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