8 members of the Wightlink Wight Mountain Cycle Race Team headed for the grand finale of the Goodwood race series last Tuesday (17th July).
The final round was a team time trial which saw each team made up of 4 riders.
The Isle of Wight-based group entered 2 teams; the first one being made up of the stronger riders Adam Hollyman, Stuart Waite, Ian Hayden and Matt Allsopp.
In the second team were riders Joe Staunton, James Ebdon, Kev Foster and Martin Sanders.
There is an art to riding a team time trial – it’s vital that all 4 riders ride in perfect harmony, which then allows everyone to ride a little harder than they would do for the distance as there is recovery time when not riding on the front. The further back down the ‘line’ you are, the greater the opportunity to ‘draft’ and ride in the reduced air-pressure created by your team-mates ahead.
Each team had to complete 10 laps of the 2.4 mile circuit. The first team had an average speed of 29mph with each rider taking 30 seconds to 1 minute turns on the front.
The second team saw huge efforts from rider Joe Staunton who helped the team to an average 27mph.
It finished up a great night for the team with Adam Hollyman, Stuart Waite, Ian Hayden and Matt Allspopp finishing up with a time of 48.56 finishing 5th out of 31 teams and Joe Staunton, James Ebdon, Kev Foster and Martin Sanders finished 12th with a time of of 54.13
The following day, 4 riders travelled to the Mountbatten track in Portsmouth for the 3rd cat circuit race.
Jerry Cooper, James Pett Andy Ward and Joe Staunton lined up with 28 other riders for the 40 minute race.
With the bunch travelling at a steady pace from the start, it allowed a number of early breaks to happen. The Wightlink riders worked well on bringing them all back successfully.
As the pace increased during the race there were attacks but none were successful with Pett, Ward and Staunton staying near the front of the bunch placing themselves well for the final sprint. Pett pushed for 3rd, Staunton 7th with Ward finishing just outside the points and Cooper finishing in the chasing pack.