The 2018 Seacroft Wheelers Road Races took place on the 25th March at the Bishop Wood circuit, near Cawood.
The Cat 3/4 morning race had a full field of 60 riders covering the 38 miles (7 laps) with the Cat 2/3/4 afternoon race with 57 riders taking on the 59 mile (11 laps) circuit.
Perfect, sunny, spring conditions saw some fierce racing with the morning race coming down to a bike throw for the line between Joseph Faichney (Squadra RT) and Kyle Bibby (Alba Rosa C.C.) with the former edging it by a tyres width !
For the first time in a few years Seacroft had one of their own (Richard Walker) taking part in the afternoon race, which was great to see. The early break of 7 riders dictated some blisteringly quick laps with a lead that went out to over one minute. A chase group set off to claw them back and the peloton fractured further, a minor racing incident isolating Richard mid way through the race. After an extended sprint up the home straight Jack Brown (Cambridge CC) won the day by several bike lengths. Better luck next year Rich ! 🙂
The event was well received and only one racing incident resulting in a trip to A & E (shoulder injury) and Jamie Ward (YH Training Scarborough RC) has been treated and hopefully back on the bike soon !
A special mention in dispatches for Cameron Blake (Prologue Cycling team) for improving on his third place in 2017 to second this year, next year Cam ? 😉
Some comments from the day….
“May I just pass on my thanks for organising this race. It was great fun, or least was when my HR came back off the ceiling! 🙂 ”
Liam Mealey, Otley CC
“Thanks to all involved in organising and helping at the race yesterday. Very smoothly done as always. Cheers. 👍”
James Allen Shreffrec CC
“Thanks for organising a great race at the weekend 🙂 ”
Richard Peel Northern Ride
“I had a good day, it’s made me think about maybe getting back on a bike (first time in about 15 years)”
Claire Lancaster, Finish Line Marshal
“A big thank you to all the marshals, volunteers and helpers including the members, their partners and the extended Seacroft Wheelers family, for enabling us to put on a successful event with some great racing ! See you next year”
Richard Barker, Race Organiser
Race 1 Cat 3/4 Podium
1st- 15 Joseph Faichney Squadra RT
2nd- 3 Kyle Bibby Alba Rosa CC
3rd- 47 Nick Rowland Le Col
Race 2 Cat 2/3/4 Podium
1st- 8 Jack Brown Cambridge CC
2nd- 6 Cameron Blake Prologue Racing Team
3rd- 5 Benjamin Beynon Strada Sport
Cat 3/4 slideshow (hover cursor over picture to pause, or navigate with arrows)
Cat 2/3/4 slideshow (hover cursor over picture to pause, or navigate with arrows)
Some additional pictures from both races here:-
Chris Kendall’s pictures are here