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18/05/2014 - BUCKSTONE FLANDERS RR D REPORT

Location :

Scammonden Reservoir, Yorkshire

Results :


LVRC Buckstone Flanders RR promoted by Condor Road Club 17th May (4 laps x 8.25m = 33m) Race 2 DEFG from Pete Turner, Derby Mercury
As the name suggests, today's course includes a section of 'unsurfaced' track across the Scammonden reservoir dam wall (thanks to Yorkshire Water) followed by a short but steep (>20%) climb back up to public highway.
This was followed by a long (3 mile) drag up to the top of the course at Buckstone Moss at 453m (lovely views  )
The climb also had the benefit of a stiff headwind which meant that it became a 'war of attrition' for most riders.
On the 1st lap on my race, the leading group had 7 members ; by lap 2 this had shrunk to 5 and by lap 3 it was down to just 3 (with me just about hanging on).
After the climb, we turned for the main road descent which, with a tailwind, was chance to recover a bit even though speeds in excess of 30 -35 mph were typical.
The fun really started as we turned off and dropped steeply down a farm-track with loose gravel and potholes to pass under the M62 motorway before turning sharp left to cross the dam along a Yorkshire Water access road (I'm just glad some-one remembered to open the gates for us 
To be honest, the surface along this section wasn't too bad as long as you kept to the left but we did have to watch out for dog walkers  The climb away from the dam was the steepest I have faced in a race and it wasn't helped by the quality of the surface in places although at the speed we were going you weren't really in danger of a pinch-puncture.
I decided to lead it out down the final descent so I had a clear view of the road ahead and could pick the best lines around the potholes etc. At the bottom of the hill, I swept around the corner as fast as possible to maintain as much speed up the short climb that lead to the dam wall.
Glancing over my shoulder, I still had Mick Day (Paul Milne Cycles) on my wheel but had managed to gain about 20m on the third member of our break, Reg Haigh (JD Cycles) so I hammered it over the off-road section to try and maintain this advantage.
Up the Mur-de-Scammonden for the final time, me & Mick were neck and neck.
We had about 400m to go to the finish but this section of road was really badly potholed and it was difficult to pick a smooth line in order to get the power down. Our attempt to sprint wasn't helped by an oncoming car that forced us through some of the worst holes but once the car had passed us Mick jumped clear to win by about 4-5 bike lengths.
So 2nd overall and 1st D cat. so the trip to Yorkshire was definitely worthwhile

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