August has seen an in form Chris Froome attempt to stay upright in a battle for the red jersey in Spain and a coveted first British win in the Vuelta. Whilst here in the UK the best of Britain in the pro peloton wind their way up towards Brill this weekend (past what should be an impressive ARCC honour guard roadside) and towards the finish in Cardiff on Sunday.
Once again the ARCC RT members have been flying the blue flag on the local race scene with some impressive performances and results to match. Mike Ing has continued his fine form this season with a peloton finish in the Outdoor Traders RR and a 10th place finish in the Oxonian RR. He then carried this form over to the following weekend where he was joined by Jonathan Williams at the inaugural Berkhamsted CC race.
Both riders has stayed in the front group from the flag drop on a rolling course only for their hopes to be dashed with 200 metres to go as a multiple rider crash split the field in the sprint for the line with Mike’s bike heading back to HQ in the back of the commissaires car and Jonathan rolling over the line just behind the main sprint. Fortunately there was only damage to his bike and a little road rash for his efforts but great riding from the guys who were attacking throughout the day.
Unfortunately ‘spills’ seemed to be evident throughout August as Jim Harvey had one of his maiden race season crits abandoned at Milton Keynes bowl due to a crash mid race but its great to see more and more of an ARCC RT presence regularly now throughout the London west/ central race venues.
Our usual multi eventers have been doing the sensible thing during August it would appear and placing the running shoes in the cupboard to concentrate solely on their bikes and results it would seem have reflected this. Peter Stainer knocked a huge 3 minutes off his PB to finish with an impressive 57.18 at the VTTA National 25 TT on the 27th August. Chapeau Pete that’s a great ride!
Also performance of the month in August goes to Hannah Kitchen who grabbed her first bike racing podium of the year with a 2nd place finish at the Sotonia CC crit down near Winchester, again great riding Hannah…
In further TT news one of the race team’s newest members Doug Heynderick grabbed a hugely impressive 4th place at the WLC 25 on the 20th August, all the more impressive as this was his first ever 25 mile TT.
Well done Doug and this bodes incredibly well for next season?!
Oh and finally the ever impressive Joy Payne continues gathering prize money for the end of season dinner drinks with a fantastic new women’s 25 TT record set at the Newbury CC Open of 1hr 4mins & 40secs…simply wow Joy. You’ll be beating the men next, oh wait for it that’s next month!