Imperial Winter Series Race 5 4th Category Race Report
Congratulations to Stuart Gilles for a Fourth place in Race 5 of the Imperial Winter Series!
Stuart raced with me and Rufus Greenway. It was a sunny but cold day at Hillingdon with no wind. The race passed without the drama of crashes and bike changes and the lack of wind led to a faster race, but less brutal than in previous weeks.
Stuart rode well the whole race and after about 25 minutes took everyone by surprise by attacking down the straight. He was joined by two other riders and stayed away for two laps but despite some discrete blocking by myself the break did not stick. Stuart then rested at the back for a bit and any doubts about whether the race would finish in a bunch sprint were forgotten when we were neutralised for a lap to stop us catching the ladies before their finish.
Stuart was well placed with two laps to go and hung on for his fourth place. Rufus also rode strongly the whole race but was not so well placed with two laps to go and finished just outside the points. I found I had ridden into better form at last but was blocked at the back for the last two laps, and finished in the bunch, well outside the points.
It was an encouraging result and I have high hopes that Stuart and Rufus will get some more ranking points before the end of the series.
Well done Stuart for getting points, and to Rufus for a strong ride!