The legendary Warwick Town Races returned to the town centre streets of Warwick after a gap of 9 years on Sunday. Organised by Warwick Lanterne Rouge Cycling Club there were seven British Cycling affiliated races of varying durations around an exciting 900-metre street circuit.
Three Star riders took part – Mel Searle and Matt Sleath in the midday Cat 4 race and Tobi Ng in the later Cat 3/4 race.
The races were for a duration of 40 minutes, plus 5 laps, on a very tough technical course with pinch points, cobbles and ramps. Mel and Matt’s race got off to a very fast start with both riders becoming distanced from the leading bunch. Matt eventually had to pull up with a tight chest, while Mel in only his second race, continued to the end happy with the experience he gained.
Winner Tobi Ng enjoying some close action in the leading bunch
In the 40 rider Cat 3/4 race that followed, Tobi worked hard right from the start to get up amongst the front group. This group initially numbered seven riders, but was gradually whittled down to three, including Tobi, as the race progressed. This lead group continued to put time into the chasing bunch, even managing to catch them on the finishing line, which Tobi with a great spurt managed to cross first. This is an incredible achievement for Tobi having progressed from Cat 4 to 2 in one season of racing.
Mark Boyles, club race secretary said, “What a fantastic day witnessing Tobi win the race and also achieve his Cat 2 licence in less than a year of racing. The race squad continues to grow in strength.