Event Rankings File
Our usual correspondent was unavailable this week so this report will be a) brief and b) lacking it's usual focus.
The rain held off although the clouds were dark enough at one point that the lights had to be switched on, almost immediately prompting the sun to come out. The evening started off as usual with some spirited racing from the Freewheelers although, as it's so fast and furious, by the time the computer's set up to do its thing, I've missed most of the detail so you'll have to use your imagination (or memory) alongside the results.
The Senior racing saw the welcome return of Jacob Gilkes (Lichfield City CC), a youth rider with a strong family background of racing. He put in some very strong rides, challenging Tom White closely until an unfortunate delamination of the sole of his shoe led to an early retirement, depriving us of the opportunity to see how he would measure up to Tom in the final handicap race of the evening.
The highlight of the evening was an Italian pursuit with two teams of mixed A and B riders going head to head. The lead swapped between the teams throughout the race with neither able to open up a decisive gap. In the final lap, Mark McCann of BC Velo, having opened the race for his team in the first lap, pulled back a deficit of a bike-length to just defeat Giulio Cervi (WWCC) by a couple of metres and give the home straight team victory.