Our riders raced at home and in Wales this week with the Moreton race series round 3, the New Forest Boskman triathlon and the MTB Mountain Marathon Series in Llandovery.
This week it was round 3 of the Moreton race series. As always the team had a good representation across the groups. It was tough going for the scratch group with a smaller group and strong blue group to catch. They didn't catch in the end, which meant the podium places were between the blue and green group to fight for. In a strong sprint it was Roland Tilley who was 3rd over the line and Jon Clemas just behind in 4th. Carol Tilley was also 3rd in the ladies race after a tough race in the ladies group.
Naomi Shinkins raced her first triathlon of the season on Sunday, the New Forest Boskman, which comprised a 2.5km swim (+1.6km run to transition), 120km bike around the New Forest, and a 21km run half of which was on hilly trails. Naomi was first out of the water and had a 4 minute lead on to the bike but some issues on the bike had her standing on the side of the road for 5 minutes to sort things out. Naomi was 2nd off the bike with a ride time of 3hrs 43mins but time lost on the road meant she was in to transition just over a minute behind the first lady and it stayed that way to the finish line. In Naomi's own words:
"First tri of the season done and I'm pleased with a solid swim, bike and run over the long distance course. I biked better than expected but my own mistakes on the bike cost me time. We had fairly good conditions with a bit of wind across the open parts of the forest, which was both a help and hindrance on different parts of the course. Just didn't have the run legs to claw back that last minute to the girl in front back but feeling strong for the next race!"
Tony Revell and Steve Moors travelled to Wales this weekend for a very soggy MTB Mountain Marathon. It was a tough event, made tougher by the weather but Tony rolled in with the top 10 and Steve was 17th overall, 2nd grand vet. In Tony's own words:
"I took on the 105km and 3000M Monster Marathon. If that wasn’t tough enough the Welsh weather was true to its reputation raining down on us for the first 4 hours! My Trek Top Fuel proved to be the perfect tool for the job with my Bontrager XR2 tyres holding up strong where many others were puncturing on the sharp rocks. I was happy to be within the first 10 riders home completing the massive loop around the Welsh Valleys in 4hrs 52mins".
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