Left to right: Alicia Speake, Jenny Holden and Claire Steels
Team smiles at Hatherleigh
The team smashed it today at Hatherleigh Road Race taking podium places 1st (Jenny Holden) and 3rd (Claire Steels) and Claire also taking 3/4 of the primes.
The race saw spring like weather and plenty of attacks on the 8-lap race over a 12 km circuit to the east of the Devon market town. With primes midway through the second, fourth and eight laps there was plenty of competition to be first across the line.
On the first 3 primes it was Claire who was the winner ahead of Georgina Panchaud. Next time Claire was lengths ahead of Gabriella Shaw. On the final prime Claire was only inches ahead of Shaw. The final prime went to Jennifer Powell.
Despite the lure of the primes and the attacks, the bunch left the circuit for the run into the finish line more or less intact. The long drag to the finish line on the town’s by-pass saw gaps opening and as they passed the 200 years to go flag, six riders were well clear crossing the line 20 seconds ahead of the next sextet.
The team worked together with a great lead out train into the finish. Once again thanks must go to Velo Performance for giving us the confidence to do this on our team camp.