Sunday saw the third of VC Venta’s series of four criterium race events this year and considering the fairly apocalyptic conditions, there was a good turnout. Sotonia had four brave riders take to the startline. In the 4th cat race we had Mark Edwards, Paul Ransom and Jonathan Hall. Paul and Jon both hoping to gain promotion to 3rd cat and only needing a couple of points to do so.

The rain actually stopped for their race leaving a wet course that required a bit more care on the corners. A front group of 11 quickly formed with all three Sotonia riders in it – Paul and Jon never far from the front. Mark also had a dig with around 7 laps to go to soften up the group and try to shed one or two but with things all together, Jon made his move before the bell lap and just like the Winchester City crit, he held the lead to the line, winning by some margin. Paul finished 7th and Mark 11th – just out of the points but a fine performance in his first outing on this circuit. So, mission accomplished for Jon and Paul with a pair of 3rd cat promotions.

The 3rd cat race saw driving rain return with a vengence but that didn’t stop James Peckham and a strong ride in the lead group of eight that reduced to seven after a couple of digs by James to test the competition’s legs. A lone Wightlink rider broke free after the mid point of the race and held a gap that the bunch couldn’t eat into. The final lap came down to a sprint for second with James Cooper of Rock n Road taking it, with James finishing a fine 6th place.

So, another brilliant result at the Park & Ride for Sotonia. Thanks to VC Venta for a really well run event despite the weather!

Next up is our own Criterium event at the Park & Ride on August 9th. Places still available in all categories from under 8s to seniors:…

Hope to see a few of you there!


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