First Trip Over Offa’s Dive

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The Road Racing season started at the end of March for Committee Member Dean Cummings with two visits to Worcestershire to compete in League of Veteran Racing Club (LVRC) events. http://www.lvrc.org.uk/
The first trip across Offa’s Dyke was for the Pinvin RR in the Pershore area of Worcestershire, Dean was competing in the D cat 55-59yrs section.
The course was an 8mile circuit along undulating country roads which is completed six times. This regular LVRC event is always a good one to test the legs and form for the early season. The Race went from the gun with four riders away and the strong team from Bath CC blocking any efforts to bridge the gap. The fast race pace continued with several attacks from the bunch over the undulating circuit with a difficult easterly cross-wind to deal with. At 2 miles to go two riders were well clear though they were being chased down by three riders hovering a few seconds in front of the bunch. Though very tense, the final mile saw no change in the overall result. With 300 metres to the finish the road opened up in front of ambulance driver Dean and he went for it only to be swallowed up with 20 metres to the line.
In a very competitive field Dean finished in a creditable 23rd position with an average speed of 23.8mph over the 48 miles.

 

Dean’s Second Drive up the M50
Another regular event in the LVRC Calendar this 48 mile route is broken down into three laps of 16 miles. It is known as the Welland Circuit, after one of the villages on the course, which is in the shadows of the Malvern Hills. All the riders expected a fast pace but that was likely to take its toll because of the strong easterly wind. The course wends its way through agricultural countryside with hedges providing the occasional shelter from the wind. In other areas these same hedges would create “head-wind tunnels“ for the riders to contend with.

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The first lap went well for retired policeman Dean Cummings and all riders were together after a few attacks were pulled back. As the bunch travelled along the open common road the cross wind caused a split in the Bunch. Dean chased back taking several riders with him and managed to get back on before the start of the 3rd and final lap.
The pace quickened and Dean knew he would pay for his efforts on the previous lap. As the final miles came he could feel the fatigue his legs. As the riders negotiated the final bend onto the common road into a now strong head/cross wind the bunch kicked. Digging in to stay with the front-runners Dean managed to finish 23rd for a second time. However, this put him into an excellent 10th in his age group.
For the “Statos” amongst the readers Dean completed the 48.58 miles in 2hrs 6min with an average speed of 23.1mph. His average power output was 213w with a maximum of 742 watts.

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