Team News: Metaltek Kuota


Metaltek Kuota get stuck in at Tour of Reservoir and almost pull off a sensational victory on stage 2

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Team News: Metaltek Kuota


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It was another great team performance this weekend at the Motorpoint Spring Cup Round 3, the 2 day Tour of the Reservoir. On day 1, the Team were unlucky to be caught behind a crash which split the peloton. Being one of the only teams not represented in a large front group resulting from the carnage, the chase was on and Road Captain Dan Fleeman rallied his troops to make amends.

Ryan Perry, Tom Traviss-Pollard & Zach May were relentless in the pursuit and a lap later the race was back together. At this critical junction point, a small group of 5 had merged together and was putting distance into the re-grouped peloton. With most of the big teams represented and Metaltek Kuota recovering from the chase, this lead quintet soon had an unassailable lead.

These five contested the finish with 3.30 over the bunch. Ryan placed 17th with Dan 24th and Tom, Adam & Zach in close attendance.


Once Rooster had cleaned the Kuota’s and Alex attended to the riders, Andy & the lads chatted how best to address day 2. The plan was to be proactive and not reactive – like is so very much the case with the strong UK domestic scene. Ryan, Zach & Adam were to be attentive on the two ‘reservoir’ laps before the large climb was reached where Dan & Tom would then come into their own.

After just 5 miles, on the approach to the Manor House climb a group of 10 riders pulled clear containing Ryan and Adam. Over the next 20 miles this was whittled down to seven with Ryan & Adam still present and with a lead now of 2:20. Back in the peloton, JLT Condor were content policing the peloton protecting their overnight leader – neutralising any race changing action on the large main climb.


Adam Kenway

As the race progressed, this situation remained until Adam got dislodged from the front group over the top of the last large climb. In a frantic attempt to rejoin his breakaway companions, he crashed on a tight corner and lost his opportunity. As the remaining six entered the last two ‘reservoir’ circuits, three riders pulled clear on the Manor House. Ryan having lost approx 15 seconds clawed his way back to this trio, caught his breath and promptly attacked!

Using his substantial time trialling skills, he soon opened up a lead of 30 secs. The peloton was now active and eating into the advantage previously enjoyed by the break. The last time up Manor House, Ryan was clearly suffering but his strength of mental attitude kept him pressing on. With just three miles to go, he was caught and passed by Madison Genesis rider Erick Rowsell.

At this time the peloton were now in full flight, realising overall placings were still up for grabs. On Carrick Corner, Tom Traviss-Pollard covered a move by Pedal Heaven’s James Gullen which took them clear. Into the last steep 50 metres, Ryan’s hope of a podium crashed as the now in tatters peloton closed in. Tom held on for a magnificent 4th and Ryan clung on to 10th.

This was a team performance to be proud of, which has now made a lot of people sit up and take note. Next up for the Team is our ‘home’ race the Rutland-Melton International CiCle Classic on Sunday.


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