Andrew Scorey, Dom Blythe and Neil Wilson were in action mid week in the Middlesborough criteriums, with Dom and Neil racing first in the 4th cat event.
The duo took it in turns to attack the field throughout the race and although they didn’t manage to forge a significant break Dom placed himself well in the closing stages and took an excellent sixth, which gave him enough points in the season to progress to a 3rd cat license.
Next up was Andrew in the 2-3-4 cat race, Neil joined in for some support and brought back a few breakaways before he tired, leaving it to Andrew to attack the field and generally string them all out throughout the remainder of the race, coming into the last lap Andrew managed to pull back a couple of late escapees then narrowly missed out on the win taking second by less than half a wheel.
The result gave Andrew the few points he required to gain his 1cat licence in only his second full road racing season, an outstanding achievement, given that he mainly races without teammates in the higher level races.
This week also saw the penultimate round of the time trial league. For once it was a good run out to the turn last night but a bit of an easterly wind on the return leg, however, with the temperature at 17c no one was complaining. Six PBs on the night, Andy Waring was in top form with another first place and a PB in 23.21, Doug Slater second with 24.18 and Dougie Robertson just a few seconds back in third with 24.21.
Further down the field Samuel Johnston had another PB with 41.47 whose dad George turned out with his younger brother Benjamin on the tandem and did an excellent time of 26.55!
Emma Jones and Jami Blyth both had good PBs, Emma Jones taking eight points in the handicap league, she is now only six points off Joyce Mark with Wanda Field in third.
Dougie Robertson’s lead in the mens competition is slowly being whittled down by Chris Cowe, with a nine point score and a PB to boot Chris is on 45 points to Dougie’s 53, only six rides score and basically Chris will take the title if he finishes in front of Dougie in the points next week, it’s going to be a nail-biter.
This weeks race is the final round of the time trial league, a 10 miler with riders meeting on Thursday at Hutton crossroad, 6.30 for a 7pm start.