ianhaydenwightlinkFive members of the Wightlink-LCM Systems Cycle Race Team headed over to the Winchester Park and Ride for some closed circuit racing on Sunday.

In the opening 4th Category Race, an early break of 10 riders went away from the peloton including team rider Ian Hayden. A further split then occurred and two riders went clear.

With a just one short lap to go Hayden put in a big effort to split the remaining group of eight and came across the line in 4th place. That finish gained him enough points to obtain his 3rd category licence, joining an increasing list of team members who have moved up categories on this most unconventional of race circuits.

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Next up in the 3rd Category Race were Wightlink-LCM Systems CRT’s Matt Allsopp, Sam Baker, Kev Foster and Edward Sutton, with a very quick start and high pace a break formed early on.

Unfortunately within the early stages of the race Sam Baker had a puncture around a tight corner bringing him crashing down to the ground hard forcing him to retire from the race. Allsopp, Sutton and Foster worked well together but the high chasing pace and surges caused another split in the group.

In the final lead group were 10 riders including Sutton, who tried several attacks but unfortunately these were chased down. Coming into the final lap Sutton positioned himself well and sprinted for 5th place. Allsopp and Foster finished safely in the bunch.

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