Jake Hales missed out on winning the first MKCA Corley Cycles stage race by just five seconds after two days of racing at the National Bowl.
The Newport Pagnell rider, racing for Team IG Sigma Sport, lost out by the finest of margains after three stages spread across two days.
The first stage was a 6.6km team time trial, the second a rain-interrupted 60km circuit around the Bowl culminating in a 130km stage in Astwood.
Hales and his four IG Sigma team-mates that included another local rider, Monkston’s Matt Jones, were the penultimate team to set off in the team time trial and no doubt spurred on by the loud vocal encouragement from their team manager, they set a time that was just one second faster than their nearest rivals.
With three of the country’s top Nationally based racing outfits filling the top three places in the team event, the Stacey Bushes based Team Corley Cycles outfit were the best of the rest setting an excellent time that was only 12 seconds behind.
Hales finished seventh in the second stage as the rain made riding conditions extremely difficult.
Knowing he’d need a great ride in the final stage, Hales remained at the front but a breakaway pair made a late burst for the line, and Hales crossed the line five seconds behind the leading time, having to settle for second.
He said: “Obviously I’d have loved to have won this, my local race.
“And the team did everything they could to help me. This time it wasn’t to be.”