Road Racing Round-Up – June 2019

With over 40 race entries from across the club’s road race team, suffice to say June was both a busy and successful month. A (large!) number of the most notable results are listed below.

Particular congratulations go to Jasper Kortweg, Adam Dart and Tony Morancie who were all able to earn their 3rd Cat licence during the month, along with Warren Vye who has already picked up enough points in the season to retain his Cat 2 licence for 2020.

5 June – Dunsfold Park, Surrey League Vets Series #5, ME/MF Warren Vye – 7th Place

6 June – Hillingdon, Masters Series #5, Masters 50+, Warren Vye – 8th Place

7 June – Dunsfold Park, Surrey League, 4th Cat, Jasper Kortweg – 2nd Place; Giles Short – 6th Place; Gavin Lattimore – 7th Place

9 June – Surrey League Barcombe Road Race, 3rd Cat – Mark Nuttall – 7th Place

9 June – Hog Hill, LE COL/Arcadian Series 2019 – Round 7, C Warren Vye – 3rd Place

16 June – Hog Hill, LE COL/Arcadian Series 2019 – Round 8, C Warren Vye – 5th Place

16 June – South Winchester P&R, Sotonia Summer Criterium, 4th Cat, Adam Dart – 5th Place

18 June – BC West Thames Series Rnd 10, 3rd Cat, Luke Stratford – 7th Place, 4th Cat – Adam Dart – 5th Place, Gavin Lattimore – 10th Place

19 June – Dunsfold Park, Surrey League Vets Series #7, MC/MD Luke Stratford – 10th Place

23 June – Surrey League Cutmill Road Race, 3rd Cat, Mark Nuttall – 4th Place

23 June – Milbury Road Race, LE COL/Arcadian Series 2019 – Round 9, C Warren Vye – 9th Place

25 June – BC West Thames Series Rnd 11, 4th Cat, Tony Morancie – 4th Place

25 June – BC West Thames Series Rnd 11, 3rd Cat, Luke Stratford – 4th Place

26 June – Dunsfold Park, Surrey League Vets Series #8, ME/MF Warren Vye – 7th place

28 June – Dunsfold Park, Surrey League, 4th Cat, Giles Short – 2nd Place, Tony Morancie – 4th Place

For a little insight on what it’s like to be in a circuit race, this is what Tony Morancie had to say after his final 4th Cat race (the result promoted him to 3rd Cat) on 28 June at Dunsfold:

FCCC road race team had Giles and I both out on the Friday evening. With five to go, one guy got away. I put in a huge dig to bridge over and I tried to go with him, but he was a very strong rider. He ended up winning very comfortably. So, it came down to a bunch sprint. I was feeling good coming off the last corner about 3rd or 4th wheel. One rider went early but I thought I would bide my time as it was a strong head wind. I couldn’t see who was behind me but it was starting to open up in front, so I hit it with about 200 metres to go. I was out on my own between the bunch and the rider in front, going strong and giving it the beans trying to get second. I’m approaching the line but I’m not quite past him thinking I could try a bike throw and maybe I could do it. Then just at that moment another rider rolls by both of us to take second. It’s only my other teammate, Giles!

If you’re interested in the idea of road racing, then get in touch with our RR secretary, Warren Vye. He looks after a friendly team with a wealth of experience who can pass on plenty of advice and tips.

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