Chicken dinner for Critch and Pauls, podium for Arthurs-Brennan

Andy Critchlow won the TMG Attica Vets Road Race solo, finishing three minutes ahead of the next rider to enjoy victory.

Critch executed his favourite tactic at Sunday’s 99 kilometre race in  Leighton Buzzard – attacking the peloton from the gun.

The 45-year-old and his exceptionally cool looking 1904RT kit were never seen again by the bunch.

On Saturday, Mathilde Pauls rocketed around the Chelmer CC Hardriders course, clocking the win and topping a competitive leaderboard. 

Still eagerly waiting the first road race of the season, Michelle Arthurs-Brennan entered the final round of Lee Valley’s Full Gas Winter Series on Saturday.

Michelle joined the break of the day, which contained Molly Patch (Team Velotec) and the apparently ‘retired’ Commonwealth Games gold medallist Kim Ashton (Caesarean CC Jersey).

Image: Matt Butt

Sensing the bunch was long gone, Patch and Ashton took to attacking relentlessly, eventually leaving our 1904RT rider to solo to the finish, coming third, 23 seconds down on winner Patch but 55 seconds up on fourth place.

Image: Matt Butt

Sunday, Carolyn Swan headed to Preston Park, and despite being the host for the tail end of a cold managed to sprint to fifth place.

Meanwhile, Tina Reid took on her first road road at the IRIS promoted event in Winchester. Sticking with the main bunch for over an hour, she eventually lost contact after an ambulance split the race at a roundabout – but came away with lessons learned for the next event.


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