Chelmer Road Race
Location: Roxwell, Chelmsford, Essex
Event: 7 April 2013
Report: Snowdon Sports
Going one better than last year, veteran Lee Rowe (Finchley RT) exploded clear of a packed field to take victory in Chelmer CC’s 58-mile road race for second, third and fourth categories.
After a freezing night, the start was delayed by 35 minutes to clear away ice on one stretch of the 15.4-mile circuit, but once under way, there was nothing cool about the action with an average race speed in excess of 25 miles per hour.
An early two-man break grew to around a dozen riders before half-distance, but such was the tempo of the race that they were never allowed to gain more than a half a minute over the rest of the field.
The gap was down to ten seconds at the bell, and although it doubled again in the early part of the final lap, once the chasers organised themselves it came down quickly and the race was back together with six miles to go.
“I hit the front with about 220 to go and finished around four lengths clear, so I was pleased with that” said Rowe.
“It was such a fast day that the break never really established a proper lead, and two of my team-mates did the chasing for me along with a couple of guys from the Cambridge club.
“It was a tricky bunch sprint, but it worked out well for me – it’s my first win of the season and a good way to finish before I go off to Majorca tomorrow for a Dave LeGrys training camp.”
1 Lee Rowe (Finchley RT) 2:15:00
2 Josh Green (Glendene CC)
3 Andy Sanders (Braintree Velo)
4 Martin Ruepp (Iceni Velo)
5 Gray Turnock (Finsbury Park CC)
6 Douglas Coleman (CC Luton)
7 Alan Trulove (St Ives CC)
8 Wayne Maguire (Pro Cycle Hire)
9 Daniel Snow (Glendene CC)
10 Felix Barker (St Ives CC) all same time
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