Club News: Medway Velo at San Fairy Ann Crits


Five Medway Velo riders took part in a day of racing at the Cyclopark on Saturday, March 1st 

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Medway Velo at San Fairy Ann Crits
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Rob Kennison, Andy Hawes, Steve Smith, Matt Fearn, Steve Nixon and Lee Pilcher represented the club in three races hosted by the San Fairy Ann Cycle Club. The event was well supported with both the cat 3 and 4 races fully subscribed by 70 riders.

Rob Kennison

Right: Rob ‘Flandrian’ Kennison

First up for team were Rob and Andy who were riding their first race of the season in the vets league (riders over 40-years). Both rode extremely well in the respective categories. In Rob’s race a break by two riders early on in the race saw the top two spots taken, Rob attempted to cover this, pulling clear of the peloton with his friend Craig Wilson. Though the pair battled hard to catch the two on the front, their chase came too late but still Rob managed a very commendable 3rd place after edging ahead of Craig in the sprint.

Andy also rode well, though a surge within his race left him chasing the main field, he kept his pace high, repeatedly racing up the hill at an impressive pace. Looking back on his lap times he showed the overall speed was good, nearing a 22mph average.

Next up in the Category 3 road race was Steve Smith, who was having his first outing in red, white and green for over a year. The race was full on and very busy with 70 riders jostling for position. Steve kept on it for the first half of the race before losing contact and after recovering continued to look strong at the finish.

The end of the day saw an impressive line up in the 4th category race with three riders form the club, Lee, Matt and Steve taking part. The pace was immense with many strong riders. Matt did really well, positioning himself in the top third of the field throughout. Unbeknown to the group a rider had broken away and claimed the top spot, with Matt keeping in the bunch and taking 4th in the sprint. Lee and Steve finished well and everyone riding did the club proud.

The next two events will see Phil Booth flying the MVC flag at the VTTA 10-mile time trial this Saturday 8 March at Harrietsham and there are 9 MVC teams hoping to ride in the KCA 3-up time trial on Sunday, 9 March.


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