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09/05/2011 - STEVE GUTTERIDGE MEMORIAL RACE REPORTS

Location :

SAIGHTON, CHESHIRE

Results :

AB race from Steve Stoneman
Race started with 50 riders covering 55 miles of undulating circuit.  Race stayed together for first lap then there was a split of 3 riders Steve Davies, Andy Bennett & Roy Sumner.  They were joined soon afterwards by Steve Stoneman at the start of the 2nd lap (6 miles).  They established a lead of 45 seconds maxing at 1 min.  The leaders where cut to two as Steve Davies punctured and Bio Racer team mate Andy Bennett gave him his wheel they where eventually caught by the bunch.  This left Sumner and Stoneman out front.  Their lead hovered at 45 seconds for the following 38 miles, until they where eventually caught by the bunch headed by Max Gear pair of Andy Tinsley and Wayne Greenhalgh at 2 laps to go.
 
Several attacks then ensued until John Cosgrove (Bio Racer) attacked into the strong head wind with 11 miles remaining.  He was quickly followed by Stoneman again having already been in the days main break, they were joined by Brad Smith, BNE and Stone Whs Paul Belfield.
 
The four built up an unasailable lead over the last lap with the sprint being taken by  Stoneman to win the event for the second year.
 
 View from new vet Paul Belfield, Stone Whs

From a couple of reports on previous years races I'd read that the usual pattern of the race was to go hell for leather from the gun and this year was no different, as soon as the race was underway on the uphill start/finish straight four riders managed to get clear of the bunch and started working well together.

There wasn't a lot of organisation to the chase on lap one with riders quite rightly trying to get across rather than tow the bunch, this was always going to be tricky into the strong headwind. Anyway Wayne Lacey from Stone seemed to be doing a large amount of the work to keep the break under control on his own. The four managed to get a 30 second lead, then it went out to 40 and 42 seconds before one of the riders in the break punctured during what I'd describe as light drizzle, I know how he felt as the same thing happened to me while in a break yesterday. Credit to Wayne for keeping them in sight! I'm not quite sure why two stopped but I think there were two from the same team in the break (Steve Davies and Andy Bennett from Bioracer?) so that left two away in the break which was always going to be hard work making that stick given the windy conditions.

The break were eventually caught and for the next couple of laps it was the usual attack and counter attack as riders tried to get away either up the hill or into the wind.

With 1.5 laps to go John Cosgrove launched a very strong attack into head wind, He was quickly followed by Steve Stoneman, I decided it was do or die trying and went after them, Brad Smith came flying past me as I was struggling to get on terms with the leaders and after digging very deep I managed to get into what turned out to be a four rider break. No one in the break had any intentions of getting caught so we all worked well together with hardly anyone missing turns.

No excuses, I just didn't have the legs for the big sprint finish up the hill and despite my best efforts I came in fourth overall and third in the A's race.

Ride of the day goes to Wayne Lacey, on the deck twice, did tons of work, punctured and finished 6th in the A's race and 9th overall. A very well run event on a great circuit that has something for everyone so a big thanks to Martin Moore and everyone else who helped

 From Gordon Wallace, Deeside Olympic
The C and D age bracket was the age group that Steve would have been a member of and he is remembered fondly as a fellow racer and above all a friend to many of us. It was fitting that ‘his’ race saw a breakaway that consisted of six of the strongest riders and in the finale was deservedly won by Keith Jones, Deeside Olympic showing himself to be strongest.

The 55 mile race started from the off with two riders disappearing up the road, one of them Rob Whitfield, Whitfield RT not to be seen by the bunch again. By the end of the first lap a small group had formed off the front and was joined by Jones after the finish climb. Initially this group looked to be the one but a couple of non-workers spoilt any rhythm they could find and a keen bunch pulled them back. Almost immediately a similar group moved away again but this time with no hangers on. They quickly pulled away from the bunch and in the sprint Keith Jones led out not to be passed.

EFG race from Alan Kemp, Weaver Valley CC


.Weather conditions very blustery  , warm and with the potential for
heavy rain showers as the sky blackened.

From the start of the 42 miles race a move distanced itself from the bunch and contained Graham Weigh , Dave High, Vicky Thomas , Nigel Harrop and myself.Caught within 2 miles this move stetched the legs and lungs with a short lull on the road to the turn at Aldford after about 5 miles.
Now wind assisted after the Aldford turn ,Gordon Smith let Weigh`s wheel go as heaccelerated,I jumped around and the next break was away. Quickly joined by Malc Fraser and Geoff Brandt this group settled immediately into a good pace and pulled away from the bunch though never quite out of sight.The heavens opened, everybody got soaked and the legs hurt that bit more.
About 2 and a half laps later this group was , unexpectedly caught just
before Aldford by an organised bunch . As the bunch eased around the
left turn and now wind assisted again I accelerated with Weigh.
Working really well together , a gap rapidly opened as we piled the
pressure on now knowing that the bunch could once again get organised
and probably make big inroads into the lead on the very hard headwind
section towards Aldford. At the finish I led Graham over the line .Behind, Fraser, I
understand had been chasing hard for a lap or 2 with Ian Potts who was
then dropped with Fraser crossing the line 3rd and Potts being caught
and passed  by Mike Wilson for 4th.
Tim Dalton did a great job announcing the prize winners in all
categories  and they were awarded their prizes by Mrs Helen Gutteridge
An HTC Columbia pro top, donated and signed by top pro Matt Brammeier,
was presented to Martin Moore the race organiser, in appreciation of all his hard work supporting bike racing over the years.
Thanks to Martin  and the Liverpool Century for organising a great day
of racing.

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