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Wightlink Wight Mountain Cycle Race Team rider James Veal ended his season with a Top 5 position in the Portmore Classic road race on Saturday (5th October).

The course was a rolling 16km loop covered 6 times on what is referred to as the ‘Monkey World Course’ in Bovington, Dorset.

The field was made up of 80 riders all looking to finish off their 2019 season well. After a fast-paced start a breakaway of 5 riders created a gap of about 40 seconds before the peloton got organised and began to chase them down.

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With only a handful of riders willing to work on the front, James decided to try and bridge the gap to the lead group. His attack pulled some of the stronger riders to the front and the move brought the race back together.

James paid for this effort developing cramp on both legs with about 20kms to go, but after hiding in the group he managed to recover and actually made up places in the bunch sprint for the finish.  He managed a provisional 6th place (2nd in masters age +40years) having been in last position on the final lap after suffering from cramp.

James wishes to thank Wightlink, Wight Mountain and Island Stoves for their continued support this year.


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