1904RT flag flying in Milton Keynes, Sussex and Walton

Six riders pulled on the new 1904RT kit over the weekend, picking up results across the country.

In Walton (Leicestershire), Andy Critchlow attacked at the Flèche Waltone Percy Stallard vets road race, to ride solo for 30 miles. Eventually he was joined three more riders, with two laps to go.

With a six minute lead, the quartet had time to look around and judge the sprint, in which Andy took second. The race was the first round of the Percy Stallard Cup master series.

In Milton Keynes, Mathilde Pauls, Michelle Arthurs-Brennan and Viv Tomlin tackled the first round of the competitive Women’s Team Series.

Michelle, Mathilde, Viv (l-r) Image: SF Blackwell

The start list contained 80 riders, with 62 completing the race on the short MK Bowl circuit. With 45mph gusty winds, there was every incentive to break up the field – and the split came early, with first Mathilde and Michelle surviving before the latter eventually dropped off.

Mathilde hung on to the end, taking 15th in a chaotic sprint during which the front group lapped the chase group, Michelle lodged somewhere between to take 22nd and Viv rolling in 38th in an incredibly tough-to-beat field.

Image: SF Blackwell

Over in Sussex, Gemma Hayes and Carolyn Swan raced the Preston Park 3/4 women’s event in a good sized field of 25 riders.

Gemma and Carolyn after their Preston Park race

Carolyn had a pop at a breakaway, staying out for four laps on the short velodrome circuit – no mean feat when the bunch can see your every move. Eventually, she was closed down, taking 11th with Gemma contesting the sprint for 9th.


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