Archive- 2012 Race

"Image Courtesy of Simon Parker, "

Alex Peters took the stage & overall on Stage 2's brutal "climb fest" stage over the Mendip hills.
The race was full of action throughout with countless attacks from solo efforts to groups in excess of 10 trying to get away as the riders looked to put pressure on Yellow Jersey Seb Bayliss.
As Expected the first Major attack was launched on the climb of Blagdon which destroyed the field and broke the race into several groups. Jon Dibben using his power & time trailing ability to launch an attack & open up a healthy lead over the remains of the bunch who looked to regroup & give chase to the talented rider.

The Heavy roads & biting headwind over the top of the mendips did little to slow the progress of Jon who was pulling further & further away as he hit the penultimate climb just outside of West Harptree. The steep climb of Harptree again provided a perfect race winning move to occur as Alex Peters and Tao Geogen- Hart took flight from the remains of the bunch to give chase on Dibben, reducing the gap from nearly 2mins at the bottom of the climb to less than 30 sec's by the top & having Jon clearly in there sights, Several other riders were also in hot pursuit of what was looking like the race winning move with 3 of the country's top riders clear it was a mad dash to latch on.
As the junction was made on the top of the Mendip's and the riders started to prepare for the decent into Chewton Mendip, Tao Geogan- Hart took the opportunity to launch an attack catching Dibben by surprize and we once again had a sole leader rapidly pulling away.
Dibben who had been out alone for so long was now forced into chasing & sharing the work with Peters in hunting down the leader before other riders were also able to join up with the chasing pair.

The pair worked hard & by the turn out of West Harptree we were back to a leading trio. As soon as the turn was made up the hill for the finish the pace began to increase & Dibben was in trouble, the effects of being out front alone for so long saw him pay the price and he was left in his own personal battle to try to hold of the advances of a small group hot on his heals. With 1km to go Alex Peters hit the front on the steepest part of the climb and gradually increased the pace with each pedal turn to put Tao in difficulty. Tao was also having trouble by paying for his earlier solo effort struggling to hold the wheel of Alex. With the end in sight Alex launched an acceleration which Tao couldnt match and was unable to come around Alex but just hanging on enough to finish with the same time. As the seconds ticked by it was clear that the winner was going to come from the result of stage 2 since the gap was greater than Seb or anyone else had forged ou the day before around the lake of 20 sec's.

On a BCDS riders point of view Stage 2 was a nightmare, Both Dan Mckimm & Marshall had mechanicals on the lower slopes of Burrington with a Slipped chain and puncture forcing them off the back of the bunch just as the action started heating up in the bunch and unable to get back into the action.
Former BCDS rider Charley Bradley Veilands however had the worst luck of anyone in the race, firstly being taking out in the bunch on stage 1 then on stage 2 whilst chasing to get back onto the bunch after the Blagdon climb a spooked horse forced the team car he was following to apply the brakes sharply casing Charley to crash into the back. Fortunately the injuries don't look too bad and he's in a "stable" condition. Probably back on the bike in a few days time.

Finally on behalf of the club can we thank everyone who came out to help volunteer to support the race your support was invaluable and contributed to a great 2 days of racing.
Here's looking to the 2013 edition!

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