Cycling Sport


2 members of the Wightlink Wight Mountain Cycle Race Team headed over to the Portsmouth Mountbatten Centre last week to race the midweek races.

Team rider James Pett lined up with 26 riders for his first E12 race. From that start it was all go with no letting up; break away attempts were made in the early stages but none were successful until 10 or so riders got away until the end of the race.

Pett stayed with the chasing pack finishing safely somewhere in the bunch sprint. It was a great start to E12 racing for Pett who only joined the team in January.

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Martin Sanders took part in the 4th cat race earlier on that evening and finished strong in just his second race of the season. The 30 minute race averaged 25mph with very few breaks.

With 2 laps to go Sanders teamed up with 2 riders from another team to up the pace. Sanders pushed for the finish line and finished 7th.

Racing in only his 2nd race of 2018 – due to injury from his first race of the season and work commitments – Dave Cooper also travelled to the Mountbatten Centre this week to compete in the 4th cat circuit race, which was 30 minutes +3 laps. 

With a small field and limited licence points up for grabs, the race on 11th August was on from the start with 1 rider going clear at one point by over a third of a lap.

Recognising that this break needed closing down quickly Cooper started the chase and, with another rider from Vc Venta, organised the chasing group who eventually closed the break away rider down whilst also d lapping a couple from the main group.

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By 3 laps to go, 5 remained in the main lead group – Cooper being one of them. With the last lap displayed Cooper went for the long one and was holding the lead until just after the final bend when he was unfortunately caught and passed taking 4th on the line.

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