Andrew Scorey took another excellent win, this time in the warm up race to the professionals, in round four of the Pearl Izumi Criterium series at Motherwell last Tuesday evening.
Andrew attacked in the very early stages of his race and managed to create a 12 second lead until another rider bridged the gap to join him.
The two worked well for the rest of the race resulting in the gap opening to around 18 seconds with one lap to go. Andrew placed himself well coming into the last corner and sprinted hard on the up-hill finish to take a convincing win by a number of bike lengths.
In the club time trial on the Thursday, 15 hardy souls took on horrible conditions over 25 miles. A strong headwind on the way out was followed up with heavy showers.
This made many of the fast corners on the course treacherous within just a few minutes. Despite the conditions Andrew Scorey managed to beat the hour for his ride, taking the win with a 59.17 ride.
Many riders reached speeds of 40mph on the way home with a tailwind, but suffering was the name of the game for many as the cold wind reduced the temperature into the low single digits.
Second place was very close, Steve Rowley eventually edged out last weeks race winner Andy Waring by just 9 seconds with a 1.03.26 to Andy’s 1.03.35 which was yet another PB for Andy this season.
A scattering of PBs through the field was testament to the effort given by all. In particular, Lisa Sinton, who knocked no less than 5 minutes off her best time, on such an awful night.
On Friday Dom Blythe travelled to Barrow in Furness to race in another Pearl Izumi Criterium series support race. In a very competitive field Dom finished in the top a very solid ride considering much of his opposition was a category above him.
This week’s race sees the riders back to 10 miles in the third round of the handicap league, 6.30 meet for a 7pm start on Thursday at Hutton crossroads.