Rowe & King Series 2019 Round 22

Rowe & King sponsored summer series racing at Cardiff's Maindy Centre, events are 20 minutes plus 5 laps.

A 460m oval track with 25 degree banked bends, formerly used in the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games.



Rider comments

The weather was grim with a persistent depressing drizzle collecting into filthy standing water….
“let’s go racing!”

The 2/3s was strung out from the off, with 1 rider leading the charge at 45kph for the first 9 minutes. Estimating the rider was doing a 10-minute training effort, I had a punt off the front 9:30 in hoping to make a gap as he tired and peeled off. Unfortunately, it transpired he was doing a 12-minute effort and my fame off the front was limited to just a few laps, 1st match burnt.
Several other counter moves ensued after my instigation of play, but with nothing sticking I had another go 16-minutes in with 2 riders sticking with me, Rob Pear (Bath CC) and George Jones (BIKESTRONG- KTM). Working well together we opened up half-lap lead, at this point I was really paying for my earlier exuberance! 2nd match burnt. With 1 lap to go, 5 other riders stormed past us on the line. Picking my battles, I rolled over at the back of this pack for 8th.

3/4s and now properly warmed up I lined up by the wall clipped-in. From the gun I made a mad dash, hoping to gain a lap while catching others off guard. 6 laps went by and I was swallowed up by the bunch, another match gone. Couple laps of recover and I tried again with another rider, 5 laps later again we're unsuccessful. With 10-minutes remaining I had a final dig, last match surely? after 7 laps away my fellow escapee and I were caught with just 4 laps to go. As the bell rang for the final lap I was about 10th wheel, predictably the speed dropped as no one wanted to hit the front, with all the riders in front fanning wide I found myself moving up the inside to second wheel with the chap in front taking up the charge on the penultimate bend. Last corner I moved early to prevent getting boxed in and sailed past my impromptu lead-out man. My first ever chicken dinner
 


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Results


Masters 40+
Position Name Club name Rider status Category Points
1.  Simon Cox DIMASCIO Finished 1st 3
2.  Robert Pears Bath Cycling Club Finished 2nd 2
3.  Jeremy Brougham Mono CC Finished 1st 1
4.  Gary Sheppard Bath Cycling Club Finished 2nd 0
Women (E/1/2/3/4)
Position Name Club name Rider status Category Points
1.  Poppy Thompson Team Jadan Weldtite-Vive le Ve... Finished 2nd 3
2/3/4
Position Name Club name Rider status Category Points
1.  Matt Witts BIKESTRONG-KTM Finished 2nd 10
2.  Elliot Barratt Zappi Racing Team Finished 2nd 8
3.  Thomas Harrington Abergavenny Road Club Finished 2nd 7
4.  Thomas Bass Nopinz Symec Development Team Finished 2nd 6
5.  Peter Kibble Wales Racing Academy Finished 1st 0
6.  George Jones BIKESTRONG-KTM Finished 2nd 4
7.  Robert Pears Bath Cycling Club Finished 2nd 3
8.  Sam Smith Fauxpro.cc Finished 3rd 2
9.  Mathew Cooper Corsham Cycling Club Finished 4th 1
10.  Ian Hicks Nopinz Symec Development Team Finished 2nd 1
E/1/2/3
Position Name Club name Rider status Category Points
1.  Matt Witts BIKESTRONG-KTM Finished 2nd 10
2.  Gareth Turner VCEquipe/FlixOralHygiene/Propu... Finished 1st 8
3.  George Jones BIKESTRONG-KTM Finished 2nd 7
4.  Elliot Barratt Zappi Racing Team Finished 2nd 6
5.  James Lewis Finished 2nd 5
6.  Hefin Evans Bynea CC Finished 1st 4
7.  Andrew Turner SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling Finished Elite 3
8.  Thomas Bass Nopinz Symec Development Team Finished 2nd 2
9.  Peter Kibble Wales Racing Academy Finished 1st 1
10.  Thomas Harrington Abergavenny Road Club Finished 2nd 1
3/4
Position Name Club name Rider status Category Points
1.  Sam Smith Fauxpro.cc Finished 3rd 10
2.  Richard Bullett Salt & Sham Cycle Club Finished 3rd 8
3.  Joshua Porter Portishead Cycling Club Finished 3rd 7
4.  Matt Wellings Gloucester City Cycling Club Finished 3rd 6
5.  Billy Norton Ely Race Club Finished 3rd 5
6.  Oliver Pennington 1st Chard Whls Finished 3rd 4
7.  Ethan O'Hara Evans Cycles Race Team Finished 3rd 3
8.  Ian Hicks Nopinz Symec Development Team Finished 2nd 0
9.  Benjamin Wainwright Team Tor 2000 KALAS Finished 3rd 1
10.  Mathew Cooper Corsham Cycling Club Finished 4th 1
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