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Carnac Planet X Round Up 23rd March 2015

With the 2015 season starting to get into full swing, members of a new team are getting themselves noticed. With their fluorescent kit and bikes and members taking part in all aspects of cycling, time trials, road racing, track, cyclo cross and triathlons, Carnac-Planet X are certainly turning peoples heads and are the topic of conversation.

This weekend saw a flurry of events, starting on Friday evening with the youngest of the team, 16 year old Lauryn Dawber taking part in the Manchester Track League First Division events. Lauryn had a fantastic evening and won the 1km scratch and points races, came a very close 2nd in the 16 lap scratch race and a fine 3rd in the unknown distance event. 

On Saturday, Lauryn also took part in the Yorkshire Day at the Races event, on a closed circuit at York. With the cold and windy conditions taking their toll, it was sure to be a difficult race, especially with the previous nights track league in her legs.

Saturday also saw the time triallists come out, with Sarah Cramoysan entering the Harrogate Nova CC 24 mile event. The course, over a rolling circuit, based at Ripon is certainly a true test of strength and bike handling skills and with some quality riders having entered the competition would be fierce. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be Sarah’s day, on warming up and with it being her first time out on the new Exocet TT bike, a minor mechanical issue meant she was a DNS.

In the North Midlands district, it was the Bolsover and District 10 mile event on the notoriously windy course with a poor road surface to match, starting and finishing in Hatfield Woodhouse. The event attracted 135 entries with Carnac-Planet X having 3 representatives. Spread through the field, 1st team member to start was incredible Para cyclist, Craig Preece. With the bitterly cold wind blowing on the return stretch from the turn, the first 5 miles were quick. Easy to misjudge your effort and set off too quickly into a tail wind (through personal experience) it was important to pace yourself. Craig completed the 10 miles with an impressive time of 25.26 for an overall finishing position of 71st. Next rider up was Peter Morris. Starting in shorts and a short sleeve team jersey, he had to ensure he was properly warmed up to cope with the conditions, Peter certainly did this and piloted his new TT bike to an awesome time of 23.06 and finished 17th overall. Final Carnac-Planet X rider to face the time keeper was Stewart Smith. Starting at number 100 and with a 23 year old professional rider starting a minute behind, Stewart quickly got into his stride. Taking advantage of the tail wind start, the speed went up and Stewart finished with a time of 22.59 for 15th overall. The professional rider caught Stewart with ½ a mile to go! Great showing by all in very difficult conditions. 

Sunday was the day of the roadies, with Nicola Soden and Sandra Mackay taking part in a 53 mile event for 2,3,4 category women and promoted by the Ipswich BC. On a rolling circuit, with riders getting dropped early on, both Nicola and Sandra mixed in well. Unfortunately on the 3rd lap Sandra got dropped from the bunch due to a bout of severe cramp, which left Nicola still in the mix. Being a hill climber, Nicola had no issues setting the pace on the climbs and with a bunch of sprinters looming, she decided to position herself well to the fore. With sprinting not being Nicola’s speciality she got swamped by others in the gallop for the line, safely finishing in the pack.

Wednesday the 25th see’s 2 more of the squad line up in the prestigious Tour Ta Malta. A 5 day stage race which will be a stern test for Iona Sewell and Lou Collins, although Iona was victorious in this event in 2010 and been on the podium each year since. Lou is an exceptionally strong rider too and with Iona should be a very impressive team effort. We wish them well. 

23 March 2015

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