The riders took full advantage of the glorious weather and set a really cracking pace for the road race today, completing the 13.5 mile circuit in around 30 minutes for each of the five full laps.
The race stayed together for the first lap but on the second a small group of riders where a few seconds ahead of the main bunch. The gap was slightly bigger on the third lap and by the time they started lap four the field was breaking up into lots of smaller groups. On lap five there was still a small group of riders working hard off the front as they began the lap but by the time it reached Somerton Elite rider Marcin Bialoblocki (Nopinz Symec RT) had engaged overdrive, and he rode away from the rest of the group. By Langport he had a substantial lead, which he retained all the way to the finish line.
Second across the line was Marcin's team mate Lee Frost followed by Jake Alderman (Saint Piran), Maximilian Stedman (Canyon dhb P/B Bloor Homes) and George Pym (Madison Genesis).
The winners (left to right): Jake Alderman (3rd); Marcin Bialoblocki (1st); Lee Frost (2nd)
A massive thank you to everyone involved: the riders for supporting the event (if we had not got a viable field this year that would probably have been the end of the race). To Nick Armstrong - it is his dedication and commitment that has helped to keep real road racing going. To all of the helpers: marshals, race officials, motorcycle escort riders, signage crew, HQ volunteers and lead car drivers.
But the man that deserves huge respect is Mark Boxall, and his family. This was Markâ€™s first event as Race Organiser and it has been far from straightforward. He has had to deal with a seemingly never ending list of problems, from road works to last minute calls the night before the race to say the Chief Commissaire has been involved in an RTA; from speaking to local authorities whilst he was away on holiday to dealing with blocked toilets at the HQ! Despite it all he has managed it brilliantly, Mark I do hope you are on the right side of a large G&T now. And he has to do it all again in a months time for the next event!