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DOUBLE RACE WEEKEND FOR WIGHTLINK-LCM CYCLE TEAM

ianhaydenIt was a busy weekend of racing for the Wightlink-LCM Systems Cycle Race Team when the squad sent members to two different races in South.

Matt Allsopp, Sam Baker and Ian Hayden (pictured above) travelled to Long Sutton just north of Yeovil for the 56 mile Pittards Trophy Road Race, where they lined up with a strong 80 rider field. The race consisted of 4 laps of a very fast rolling course with a few challenging climbs.

The race rolled out from the HQ and was steady for the first few miles until the flag dropped and the pace soon increased as teams were fighting for a good position into the first climb of the day. Once over the climb the race settled down until a group of 4 rides broke away. This meant the Wightlink-LCM Systems riders Allsopp, Baker and Hayden had their work cut out to bring it back. 

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Once the break had been reeled in the race eased up until the 3rd time up the main climb, when the hammer really went down and spilt the field to pieces. Allsopp and Baker made it into the front split of approximately 30 riders, which was where the eventual winner came from.

From the split the pace was very high touching speeds off 48mph on the descents. Allsopp and Baker decided to sit in and conserve as much energy as possible until the finish, which was a slight uphill drag. As the race hit the finish, both Allsopp and Baker both managed to sprint into the top 20. A great, strong start for this trio’s first road race of the season.

Elsewhere, three members of the Wightlink-LCM Systems Cycle Race Team travelled to Castle Combe motor circuit in Wiltshire to take part in ‘Susie’s Circuits’.

First up in the 4th cat race was Stuart Waite, taking the line with 80+ other riders. After riding a clever race, Waite once again found himself in a good position for the sprint and grabbed 4th place. This result gained him 6 points and safely secured his 3rd cat licence. 

Next up was Kev Foster in the 3rd cat race. Determined to improve on recent results, Foster stayed close to the action and covered various attacks. Feeling good he pushed forward on the last lap only to be boxed in on the penultimate corner, but on the run to the finish flag the field thinned and he picked his way through to a top 15 position. 

 James Ebdon lined up in the elite race next, which consisted of 17 laps of the 1.8 mile circuit. For the first 3 laps the pace was low and Ebdon bridged the gap to two breakaway riders. Shortly after two other riders made it across to the trio and they settled into a rhythm. 

After 8 laps, the lead riders got caught by another four and so the lead group became nine. Hanging on for the last 6 laps, Ebdon got dropped with half a lap to go but dug deep to keep the chasing pack at bay and to take 9th place.

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