Summer evening racing – an update from Stuart Quick

A lot of club riders have been active this season in both time trials and road races and if we have the details, your press officer will try and keep you updated on their progress via this news page.

One rider in particular who seems to have been busy pedalling away this season is Stuart Quick. Apart from his Wednesday night club TT appearances, Stuart has also taken part in a few Open TTs as well. However, he is now becoming a regular visitor to the Summer Series Cat 4 races at Abingdon’s Dalton Barracks course and the Milton Keynes Bowl on Wednesday and Thursday nights.

His first two races in early June were reported on in earlier posts, with his first attempt at MK Bowl rewarding him with some well-deserved points for a hard fought seventh place.

Stuart returned to Dalton Barracks on Wednesday 26th June to race in far tougher conditions than his previous visit, with a strong headwind on the top section of the course. The first 3 laps were fairly steady, due to the wind, then the attacks started with a couple of riders breaking away up front. In the strong wind Stuart and the main group didn’t really worry, knowing they would probably come back after a couple of laps. However, one managed to maintain the gap and was never caught, fully deserving his solo ride to win. With about 4 laps to go three more riders had managed to get clear, with Stuart trying a couple of times to make a break with 3 and 2 laps to go, but was closed down both times. So to the final lap one of the three was coming back to the group but he managed to just stay away to take fourth, so the sprint was on for 5th, coming round the final bend Stuart’s legs didn’t have anything left so he rolled across the line in about 12th – just outside the points.

Last Thursday Stuart was back at the MK Bowl, on a lovely still warm evening for another Cat 4 race. With an incline to the finish line, this section of the course soon proved to be the launch pad for all the attacks. Stuart himself had a few goes, as did quite a few of the other riders, however nobody managed to get anything to stick and all got shutdown within a lap. Therefore the field were down to a large bunch sprint at the end, with Stuart again just missing out on any further points with an 11th place finish.

Please keep the club informed of your results and race details by emailing a brief report to pressofficer@banburystar.co.uk