Sun bathed the room – a far cry from one year ago – as I opened the curtains and realised I was running late for the race set-up. I’m not a details man but I knew I had better get my backside in gear and get down to the University of Nottingham’s blossom filled campus for what promised to be a far more pleasant day’s racing than the deluge-fest of 2015. Plus, it was high-time to get the Eurobeats pumping…
[Photo Credits: John Beaumont, Ian Tatham, Shawn M. Ryan, Andrew Greenstreet, Tessa Langley, Alex Ottway, Paul Stubbs]
The day delivered on its promise: The sun brought out the crowds, the racing was hard and fast.
The Dutch cycling renaissance continued in the Men’s 4th Cat with a very popular UoN SCC victory for Johan Bos after an audacious solo attack into the dreaded S-Bends at the start of the final 3km lap, holding the pursuing bunch off with a display of sheer power and only metres to spare over the sapping, rolling course.
The UoN SCC guys nearly swept the board come champers-time, only Jacob Day of Ashfield RC was able to spoil the student party.
Gown was one up against Town until Team Jadan-Weldtite’s Charlotte Colclough returned to reclaim her winner’s Maglia Arancha of 2014 after a year’s absence and strike a blow for Town – albeit for one across the border in Lincolnshire.
It was a far cagier affair, the Velo Schils-Interbike RT girls diligently attempting to wear the field down, no doubt conscious of the Colclough threat come the punchy finale atop Portland Hill. It was all to no avail: The Team Jadan-Weldtite rider had been to this dance before and knew the moves…
Racing Chance Foundation’s Sarah Lewis also podiumed for the second time at the BRC-Uni GP, adding another 3rd place to her identical result in 2015
Hmm… a bloody nose and no cigar was on the cards for Nottingham until ØVB’s Andy Sheret stepped up to claim local bragging rights within the highly competitive local race scene and salvage honour for the host city with a true puncheur’s elan upon the final climb of Portland Hill to take the race victory at its crest in the Men’s 2nd/3rd Cat battle.
It was a race that saw no end of attacking endeavour throughout, but there were two clear candidates for the Ciclissimo! Prix de Combatif: Daniel McCinn of Neon Velo, whose constant aggression delivered him into 2nd place on the day, and Army Cycling RT’s Iain Carr. Carr took the combativity honours in the eyes of il cognoscenti after a truly pugnacious performance. The chance of victory was cruelly wrestled from his grasp by a puncture as he fought a solo action off the front of the race, a la Bos, on the final lap after numerous exploratory salvos across the peloton’s bows…
Chappeau! to all, a great day of racing in the sun and plenty of cash raised for Beeston RC’s Go-Ride scheme for young riders and the University of Nottingham’s Life Cycle 6 who are raising funds to enable world class research into defeating breast cancer.
Podiums as follows:
Men’s 4: Johan Bos, University of Nottingham SCC; Joshua Granger, UoN SCC; Jacob Day, Ashfield RC
Women’s 2/3/4: Charlotte Colcough, Team Jadan-Weldtite; Nicola Soden, Velo Schils-Interbike RT; Sarah Lewis, Racing Chance Foundation
Men’s 2/3: Andrew Sheret, ØVB; Daniel McKimm, Neon Velo; Jono Hornblow, Leisure Lakes Bikes RT
2016 Ciclissimo Prix de Combatif: Iain Carr, Army Cycling RT