Another season has come to an end for the Isle of Wight’s Wightlink Wight Mountain Cycle Race Team.
2018 proved to be a positive year with the team blossoming, partially down to new riders who have boosted the team’s success.
The season kicked off very early in February. It was not the best start to the race season with team rider Dave Cooper being involved in a late crash at Thruxton. Unfortunately, Dave’s season ended before it had really started as he broke his wrist putting him out of action for months. Thruxton saw new team riders James Pett and Andy Ward wearing the team kit for the first time.
April saw Joe Staunton kick his season off with an impressive 8th finish in a very tough Tour of the Marshes. He then went on and raced the next day at Thruxton and again finished 8th. The points kept on rolling as James Pett picked up full points and won the Mountbatten 4th cat race which saw James progress to 3rd Cat, James’ impressive riding continued throughout the season with the sprinter making his way to 2 category racing.
As the season progressed much of the racing the team did was either at the Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth or the Goodwood Race Track. Jerry Cooper made a return to racing and he hit the ground running with some impressive riding during May.
During May team riders Adam Holleyman, Joe Staunton and Ian Hayden took part in a 2-day stage race. It was a hard few days for the riders with a hard road race and separate hill climb stage this set the riders up a treat for the weeks ahead as the points continued to roll.
June kicked off with attending the Wightlink sponsorship event at Quay Arts. Along side other athletes the team had the chance to thank Wightlink Chief Executive Keith Greenfield for all the companies support throughout the season.
June was busy month for Adam Holleyman, Stu Waite and Matt Allsopp who lined up in the Southdown Velo series finale at Goodwood. Adam forced his way to the front with Stu and Matt on his wheel through to the final chicane. Some of the riders ended up on the grass coming into the final straight with a close finish Allsopp finished 4th and Waite finishing 6th with Holleyman rolling in with the bunch after his hard effort.
Thoughout the season SpyVelo hosted a series of Time Trials and as a team the riders supported every event as much as possible. Having cycling events on the Island is appreciated by the cycling community and Wightlink Wight Mountain Cycle Race Team have thanked Dave and his team at SpyVelo for putting on some great events.
The biggest weekend of the year came when Adam Holleyman, Joe Staunton, Ian Hayden and Stuart Waite raced the Tour of Sussex – 5 stages over 4 days. A 2nd on a stage, 6th place Team Time Trial and some strong racing efforts saw the boys hold their own against the countries best Amateurs.
The team and it’s riders would like to thank Wightlink, Wight Mountain and Island Stoves for all of their support in 2018.