June was a big month of cycle racing for Doc Craig.
Craig’s been riding with the amateur racing team Nuun Sigma Sport – sponsored by Nuun hydration tablets, Sigma Sport bike shop in Kingston, Cannondale bikes, Mavic wheels and helmets, Castelli kit, Bont shoes, Smith Optics sunnies and of course Putney Chiropractic. He’s a second category cyclist who regularly mixes it with the elite riders in the UK racing scene.
GB National Masters Road race – 31 May
British Masters National Road Race, held near Milton Keynes, was a 130km road race and it turns out there are a few very strong 40+ age group riders as this race had the best the UK could muster in the 40-44 age group. I finished with the bunch after an initial group of three (which turned into 15 after the half way point) disappeared up the road from the off. The pace was high with constant attacking off the front of the peloton making for a tough day in the saddle, in very windy conditions. Placed 40th out of a field of 70. Thanks AMW photos for the pics.
London Nocturne – 6th June
This cycling festival hits town every year at the Smithfield markets deep in central London. It’s a whole day of racing including Boris bikes, folding bikes, Penny Farthings and the men and women pros turn up later to smash out laps on the tight, twisty and bumpy track.
I was in the support race which is full of 2nd cat racers. The pace was high and was strung out single file from the get go. Second sorter in ‘man down’ slipping around the 2nd left hander, next lap, another smashed right into the barriers mangling his bike.
This hectic pace carried on for 45 mins. I was top five keeping out of trouble for the first half of the race but was swamped towards the end finishing 28th out of 70 starter. Congrats to London Dynamo and Tom Hargreaves for the win. Next stop hospitality for some recovery fluids.
Bradley Wiggins hour record supper race – 7th June
After racing a winter season in the Lee Valley Velopark track league (the Stratford 2012 Olympics velodrome) I was considered worthy of being the reserve rider for the support races for the Wiggo hour. 10pm the night before I got the message – you’re up!
6,000 tickets were sold for this event 6 minutes after going on sale, it was was great to be there let alone to get on the track in front of the 6,000 mad cycling fans. There were two races a devil (elimination race) and a scratch race. I knew with half the GB track squad racing for Team Wiggins the pace would be high and my expectations were low. As suspected I was 3rd out of the elimination and could only mange 15 laps of the 40 lap scratch race.
After the racing, we rolled around for 20 minutes before the rockstar hit the stadium, just to keep the air moving in the 28 degrees Celsius velodrome. As I.m sure you know, Wiggo broke the hour record travelling 54.5km in the hour. Top draw!
GB National masters criterion championships – 14th June
A small but select field of 40 rides took to the Hillingdon Cycle circuit for the 40-44 age group Masters Crit Champs. Perfect racing conditions made for fast racing and a third of the way through the race the field split with a group of 15 riders riding away from the bunch.
I was in this group and we worked hard to get a gap of 1 minute. 5 laps to go and the pace slowed a little as we sized each other up, came down to a last lap sprint and the gap down the inside of the final bend was shut down and I ended up on the grass rolling across the line 10th-ish, great to be in the move, upsetting to end up on the grass. Hey ho!