Now that we’ve had a couple of days to reflect on the past weekend, we thought it was time to share some of our athletes trials and tribulations of what proved to be another successful weekend for Epic Cycle Coaching.
On April 2nd, the National Junior Road Race Series kicked into full swing, with the first event, Cadence – Wales. Epic riders, Oscar Mingay and Matt Shaw made the breakaway group of half a dozen riders. Shaw, showing valiantly his selflessness on a unseating course, aided Oscar in what was to come, before being detached from the breakaway. An attack from Pidcock and Mingay saw them away solo by the bell. Any danger of being caught by the bunch had now passed, and on the final lap Pidcock just managed to escape Minghays clutches to take a fine solo win. Minghay hung on to second – 19 seconds behind the winner – with Pidcock’s team mate Jim Brown taking third, a further ten seconds back. Meanwhile Alex Ridehalgh and fellow Epic Coaching rider Tobias Dalhaus managed to avoid a crash-marred sprint finish to claim a highly respectable 7th and 9th place respectively, with Shaw suffering a puncture in the closing stages of the race.
Back in England, Ashley Fletcher took a fine win at the Wheal Jane Criterium. With a series of attacks at the start, a group of 9 ended up fragmenting off the front, including Fletcher. With his teammate keeping the pace high enough to hold the bunch together for a sprint in the finish, Fletcher managed to perform a dominant performance, winning the bunch kick, and the race.
At the Westpoint Criterium in Devon, Lauren Dolan stormed away from the rest of the race to take the win, lapping multiple riders along the way. Dolan is looking to continue her recent form from Gent Wevelgem, in which she placed 11th.
Over seas, Lucy Shaw showed promising signs of a breakthrough result in the near future. At the GP Dottignies in Belgium, Shaw rode the perfect race, running the final kilometre on eventual 2nd place finisher, Chloe Hoskins’ (ALE Cipollini) wheel, only to lose it through a confidence blip in the final metres. Shaw’s next race, Elsy Jacob in Luxembourg, will be her next chance to show her turn of speed, and put to practice the lessons she’s learned in what is proving to be a rapidly improving women’s peloton.