Last Sunday saw Handsling Racing host their annual road race on the Ladies Mile circuit in Sussex.
It’s a tough little circuit. Whilst only 4 miles per lap, there’s a fair amount of climbing and descending. It’s more like a hilly kermesse or criterium than a road race, and with 15 laps to do, the total amount of ascending would be more than enough.
Despite plenty of ambitious attacks throughout the race, it was Dr Andrew Boyd of Dulwich who came out on top on the last lap, pipping James Local of London Dynamo into second. Both riders made it off the front with late attacks to avoid the uphill bunch sprint which was lead in by legendary, veteran fastman, Gary Dodd of Southdowns Bikes. The finish after 62 miles was on a false flat just after a little climb; just hard enough to produce some big gaps between the riders on the line.
British road racing tends to be on big laps of 8 or 10 miles round, or very short closed circuits, so it was pleasing to hear both riders and spectators claiming to enjoy the short, multiple lap format… Read More >