At the end of the busiest ever week’s racing for the Tour Series, Madison-Genesis still sit proudly at the top of the men’s team ranking’s while neighbours Corley Cycles-Drops RT are putting in some amazing performances in the tightly-fought women’s Matrix Fitness Grand Prix series.
With the men’s teams travelling to Motherwell on Tuesday for the first of three races last week before dropping down to Durham and then on to Barrow on Friday evening, it was going to be the travelling mileage that was as tiring for the riders as much as the racing.
Charlotte Broughton was not holding back as she pitched in with the leading group of some 20 or more riders in the run up to the first mid-race sprint.
Charlotte found the pace too hard to stay with and eventually had to retire from the race with sore lungs. But Becky Wormesley flew the flag for Corley Cycles-Drops RT as, initially just 20 seconds behind the decreasing front group, she eventually finished in 22nd.
Madison-Genesis started the men’s race in Motherwell in the Series leaders’ red and white jerseys and with all five riders in the main break of the night or chasing peloton they successfully held onto and took those jerseys to Durham. Tom Stewart also retained the Sprinters Points jersey.
Moving to Thursday’s race in Durham, always the most technical and challenging round of the year, three of the team’s riders were caught in a first lap crash and although they were all soon back in the main group, a late puncture for Liam Holoran meant the team finished second, still clinging onto the Series lead.
With the Corley Cycles-Drops RT men’s team only competing in one Tour Series round this year – at Peterborough next week - the local team have been busy in Regional races including Saturday’s Battle of the Bowl organised by Aylesbury’s Team Spirit.
Corley’s young riders enjoyed success before the main event, with with Riley Searle and Sam Skeggs pulling off a well-deserved one-two in the U14s race whilst U16 rider Ethan Vernon finished in an excellent 3rd.
In the Elite race, it was very much Corley Cycles versus Team Spirit. On the final lap, Corley Cycles’ Mike Smith attacked but on being pulled back by the Spirit riders, Will Goulbourne performed the classic counter attack to sprint for the win.