Pinvin Potholes and Mud

Sunday March 26th was the first road race of Dean Cummings’  British Masters season. The Pinvin Road Race, in Worcestershire, was sponsored by CASP Performance Clothing and Dean was competing in the E Cat (60-64), 6 laps of an 8 miles circuit.

It was a cruel day for all the riders, 6 degrees, cold Northerly wind and rain. Despite the riders having  to contend with  wet country roads, potholes, mud and gravel the race set off at brisk pace.

 At the end of Lap 1, despite numerous attacks from the front of the bunch, the riders remained together. During  Lap 2 a Bath CC rider drifted off the front and created a considerable gap for the others to chase down. The next 4 laps were a mix of attacks and chases as the Bunch negotiated wet roads and the stiff headwind. Riders were more or less flat out on the last lap and a strong early attack on a rise before the climb split the bunch. It was a chase all the way to the line to the Race finish.

Rob Pears, Bath CC went onto win with a clear 7 minute gap. Dean’s verdict on the day “ It was a superb ride in the tough conditions”. In a very good field of riders Dean finished 17th in his Category.

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