A sunny Easter weekend provided a perfect hunting ground for riders looking to hone form ahead of the peak racing months.
Andy Critchlow topped off a tough weekend of racing with second place at round two of the National Masters series, held at Hog Hill.
Critch, in his trademark style, attacked after just five laps, riding solo for 30 miles before a second rider bridged. The Hoggenberg proved one climb too many for the win on this occasion, but the second step still saw him win his age group category.
Mathilde Pauls took on a techy circuit at the Active Fakenham crit. Joining an early break of two, a high pace eventually saw her distanced, riding solo for a further 30 minutes before being joined by two others.
The final corner didn’t play out quite as planned, but Mathilde came away with an impressive fifth in a competitive field – despite riding on an “ancient” 22mm tub due to pre race tyre disaster.
Michelle Arthurs-Brennan kicked the weekend off by just edging into the top ten, with ninth, in a cagey sprint at the Alan Rosner Memorial memorial crit, also at Hog Hill.
On Easter Monday, she took on the CCA Women’s Primavera women’s road race. An attacking race over a hilly course splintered the peloton, with a four rider escape group sneaking away. Joining several attempts but not the successful break, Michelle eventually took 8th place in what remained of the bunch sprint.
Over in Sussex, Gemma Hayes and Carolyn Swan headed to Preston Park for a “cheeky crit”, sticking with the bunch to scoop up fourth and six respectively in a fast and flat sprint finish.
All good results in the bank – bring on next weekend!