4T+ had another set of fantastic results with riders in the 2nd series of Crits in the park, Fowlmead on Sunday and the half marathon in Paddock Wood. Neil Lauder earned yet another win for the club on Saturday the 16th for the third week running! It was a cold start at the Cyclopark with a field of 66 riders in the third Cat race. With Neil and Nick Malins on the line it looked to be a tough race. Neil attacked on the first lap with one other rider with him, they worked up a 15 second gap and sustained it for the duration of the race. Nearing the final laps, the gap started to close so Neil put in an early attack gaining a massive lead and crossing the line in 1st position. Dan Martin from Thanet RC finished in 2nd position.
Photo credit to: RHYS GASTER
In the 4th Cat race of round 2 Crits in the park, 4T+ had 4 riders competing; Mark Oldfield, Daneillo Aspeling, Chris Cook, David Martin and Anthony Harris. Mark Oldfield, achieved a fantastic 5th position out of a field of 38 riders! Aspeling also finished in 23rd position. Well done!
The 2/3/4 cat race started with Oliver Reeves, Ian Jones and Steve Gibson on the line. It was Steve’s first race of the year with a decent sized field of around 35 riders. The short circuit provoked a fast pace with many breaks going from the start. One rider got away alone and earned an impressive solo win. Steve did a break with a Thanet rider but they were quickly chased down. Luckily Oliver and Steve missed a crash in the final laps of the race by taking to the grass. Steve worked his way through the group back to the front and contested in the sprint for a 12th place finish. Ian and Oliver also finished in the peloton.
James Loddington competed in the Paddock Wood Half Marathon in a time of 1 hour and 51 minutes, this is his first race of the season due to the arrival of his child a few weeks ago! Congratulations!
Oliver Reeves also raced at Fowlmead on Sunday. He brought down a two man break with three laps to go. After the long chase to the break away, he did not have anything left for the sprint so he finished in a fantastic 3rd position!
Josie Kelly also raced in the in the Houghton Le Spring race in Nottingham. The National had a massive field of 63 Under 16 females. The group split up over the 2 hour race with a large front group staying together. The circuit was quite short and the race covered a distance of around 30 miles. With a very large front group the sprint for the line was huge, Josie finished in a fantastic 32nd position.