First Weymouth Park & Ride Crit Race Report

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Local Riders Shine at firstWeymouth Cycle Race

The first cycle race held in Weymouth for many years, was, according to both riders and spectators alike, a great success. It has taken the organisers, Mud, Sweat n Gears Cycle Club nearly 18months of work, along with British Cycling and West Dorset Council to get the Weymouth Park & Ride Cycle Race series off and running, but it turned out to be worth it.

A strong field of cyclists took to the start of the first race, with riders from as far away as Southampton and Exeter, along with a good selection of MSnG CC members, and straight away two attacked and moved away from the field. Rob Midmore saw the danger and managed to bridge across to the other two joining fellow MSnG CC rider Nick Carroll. The three then worked hard together and managed to stay away from the chasing pack with Rob just missing out on the win after a strong sprint by Oliver Handley from Southampton Uni Road Club. The rest were led over the line by MSnG’s Charlie Cox after a powerful sprint for fourth.

The slightly faster riders in the second race didn’t allow the same thing to happen, with all the early attacks being closed down keeping the group together. MSnG’s leader, Darren Orchard, put in a really strong performance trying to break the pack by repeatedly attacking but each time a different competitor brought him back and maybe all those efforts told at the finish as Darren couldn’t hold on to a flying James Horton, VC St Raphael, who took the win by a couple of bike lengths. Despite this Darren still came a superb 3rd and with Graham Biles taking 8th in one of his first races at this higher level it rounded off a stunning performance by all the Mud, Sweat n Gears Cycle Club riders.

With such a great facility in an ideal location it is looking very good for the rest of the series, which wouldn’t have even started if it wasn’t for the brilliant support from club members, a massive thanks goes out to all those who came down to help.

So if you are interested in taking part, helping out or just turning up to watch some thrilling local sport, for free!, then contact Mud, Sweat & Gears on 01305 784849 or email or simply come along to the next round on Saturday 20th May from 5pm.

4th Cat Race top 12 result 3rd Cat Race top 12 result

1st Oliver Handley  Southampton Uni Road Club 1st James Horton  VC St Raphael

2nd Robert Midmore  Mud, Sweat n Gears CC 2nd Chris McLaughlin  UK Biking/Bmth Cycleworks

3rd Nick Carroll  Mud, Sweat n Gears CC 3rd Darren Orchard  Mud, Sweat n Gears CC

4th Charlie Cox  Mud, Sweat n Gears CC 4th Thomas Ellis  Southampton Uni Road Club

5th Christopher Wilson  Tornado Road Cycling Club 5th Kevin Egan  Poole Wheelers CC

6th Jack Wiltshire  Offcamber 6th Mark Gibbs  Tanks Direct Cycling

7th Tom Carter  Mud, Sweat n Gears CC 7th Les Thomas  Tri UK

8th Monty Knight  Mud, Sweat n Gears CC 8th Graham Biles  Mud, Sweat n Gears CC

9th James Gilgrist 9th Phil Walter  Tanks Direct Cycling

10th Wiliam Thurgood  Mid Devon CC 10th Patrick Dunn  CC Weymouth

11th Samual Brooke  Poole Wheelers CC 11th Samuel Wadsley  Poole Wheelers CC

12th Luke Monahan  UK Biking/Bmth Cycleworks 12th Vincent Harding  Poole Wheelers CC

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