Season Opener at Croft

Monday 22nd February 2010

by Dan Smith

Last Saturday saw the North East road season opener at Croft Motor Racing Circuit in sunny but cold conditions. Velo29 were represnted in both the 3/4/V/W/J and the E/1/2/3 races. New signings Rob ‘the badger’ Wheeler and first year junior Levi ‘leipheimer’ Lawrence took part in the the first race of the day. Unfortunately things didn’t go quite to plan when the Badger went flying across the tarmac, ripping a hole in his new shorts, puncturing his front tub and scuffing his new saddle… He was however scraped up and put back on his bike so that he could finish the race! Levi did very well to get round with no mishaps in what was his first ever bunched road race. For those of you who take pleasure in other people’s misfortune, have a look on the Velo29 Facebook Page and go to 4mins19 in for the action! I bet you’re the same people that laugh at people getting hurt on You’ve Been Framed!

The E/1/2/3 race was more promising with Dan Smith and yet another new signing Rob Graham taking to the start line. Both riders finished in the top 10 with Rob taking 8th and Dan 3rd. The race was won in style by Jon Sturman from Activ-Cycles in what was an excellent race for his team. With half a dozen riders from Activ-Cycles in the race and their man in the break, the rest of their team rode an almost perfect tactical race that helped their man stay clear of the bunch.

Next race for the Velo29 Cycling Team is the Neil White Memorial Road Race on the 7th March, where the team will be trying to retain the trophy the won in 2009!

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