Wightlink-Wight Mountain team rider Matt Allsopp made his way to the 2nd race of the series at Goodwood last Tuesday.
Trouble with his journey meant Allsopp had no time for a warm up, in fact he was lucky the organisers held the race until he arrived – which was much appreciated.
With no warm up Allsopp found himself straight in a break of 8 riders chasing a 2-man break further up the road. It was high paced.
With constant attacks within the group the break split half hour into the race with Allsopp rejoining the main bunch for a short period until another chasing group formed.
Unsuccessful in catching the break, Allsopp attacked solo in the last lap and managed to hold off the other riders getting a top 10 finish.
James Veal opened his race season with a 7th place at Thruxton last Tuesday (7th May).
James’ first race of 2019 was a cat3 circuit race at the racing circuit.
In a large field of over 60 riders the first few laps were at a frantic pace as riders were trying to get to the front of the peloton. A break of 3 riders managed to get a lead of about 1/4 lap when James decided to try and bridge over. It took a full lap for James to catch the break which then stayed away for 3 further laps before being caught with 4 laps remaining.
After catching his breath for a lap James knew that his only chance was to remain at the pointy end of the race and try to finish well in the bunch sprint. The last lap saw a rise in speed as riders began to sense the conclusion of the race. Entering the final chicane in 7th position James was unable to catch the rider in 6th position but managed to hold on for a points scoring 7th.
This was James’ first race representing Wightlink Wight Mountain Race Team and hopefully the start of many more points finishes.