Last weekend the Inspire VCUK Racing Team travelled to Southport to compete in the North West Regional Circuit Race Championships. The race was 45 laps around Victoria Park, the longest race at Southport for some time.
A cold morning greeted the riders for an early afternoon race with 34 riders taking to the grid.
The team rode exceptionally well and showed themselves throughout. It was clear that our team was really the only team willing to take the race on.
All the lads put down individual efforts to try and split the race and get riders up the road, only for the race to be neutralised by several other riders wanting to wait for a bunch finish.
Daniel, Nathan and Lewis all rode solo efforts for several laps only to be reeled in by the IOM grupetto. It was good to see team mates trying to control the bunch whilst VCUK riders were up the road.
In the final corner of the last lap Nathan was forced onto the grass and had to settle for 15th place after a strong ride throughout.
Lewis was disappointed only to take 6th having been sandwiched between riders in the sprint. Cory and Dan rolled home in 9th and 12th respectively.
The highlight of the day, however, was not the racing but the photo opportunity with Sir Bradley Wiggins at the end of the race
Bradley quizzed the riders about “who ended up on the grass” having spectated the race throughout which his family in tow – maybe he was talent spotting!