Race Report – Westpoint Cat 3/4 – 30 July 2014
The Cat 3/4 Criterium got off to a fast start with numerous attacks kicking off in the first few laps. Cogs Bike’s rider Matt Newman was the first casualty of the day, dropping out after just a few laps with a mechanical. No breakaway was allowed more than a few seconds grace before being brought back to the pack and the constant changes of pace saw a number of riders drop to the rear. This initial aggressive string of attacks could not be maintained and the peloton settled down to regroup.
It was Josh Rochester-Greet of Kinoko Cycles Racing who eventually began pushing the pace and his hard work quickly resulted in a small gap. As the peloton looked at each other Josh took advantage of the hesitation to carve out a 12 second gap.
Josh’s efforts proved decisive as he maintained that 12 second advantage over the next 15 laps in an impressive time trialling display. The bunch, unable to organize into effective chase, and with individual riders unwilling to risk bridging the gap, seemed resigned their fates.
The final lap saw Josh take the win a full 15 seconds ahead of a mostly intact peloton, earning a very classy victory for Kinoko Cycles.
Full top 10 results to follow once they’re posted to British Cycling.