The brilliantly organised Dave Astles Cheshire Series did not disappoint this year with weather ranging from arctic snow storms to tropical sunshine. The race was held over a series of 4 weeks with riders racing 3 events and marshalling 1.
Week 1 saw Mark and Matt take to the stage with Ben on marshalling duties. We still aren’t sure who had the better deal in braving the cold on or off the bike. Both Matt and Mark put in some hard work with a number of breakaway attempts, but none were successful.
The race came down to a bunch sprint… Mark went early and was caught not too far from the line finishing in an excellent 4th place. Matt finished with the bunch having done a lot of work on the front early on in the race. Congratulations to Steve Fidler on the win 👍!
Ben took a strong 2nd & Mark 7th in the second round of the Series which saw much improved weather conditions. Ben attacked from the start & was soon joined by another rider.
The 2 of them worked well together & developed their lead nicely throughout the race. The pair were not to be caught by the bunch and Ben narrowly missed out on the win. Matt & Mark worked tirelessly back in the bunch to help defend Ben’s lead. Mark ultimately took 5th in the bunch sprint to claim 7th overall in the race. Excellent team effort.
Deja vu as SDR take 2nd and 7th again in round 3 of the series. This time Matt takes 2nd and Mark 7th, Ben attacked from the gun again but was quickly reeled in by the bunch. Matt then broke free edging out a lead of around 30 seconds. He was joined by Matt Langridge and Mike Glynn who worked well together to extend their lead to 90 seconds by the finish.
Ben and Mark worked hard in the bunch to defend Matt’s lead and Mark spent a lap in a bridging group that were caught on the last lap.
Just Ben in the final of the Dave Astles Memorial Cheshire Series as Mark (Finn) & Matt were on marshalling duties. The race was fast and furious with a strong group of 3 breaking away and ultimately maintaining their lead to the finish. The bunch were chasing hard behind and with half a lap to go Ben and 2 other riders broke free from the bunch and managed to hold on to the finish, Ben placing 4th.
Some great racing again from everyone in a brilliant series.
A huge thank to all involved in organising a fantastic race series and especially to Andrew Wright and Mark Astles for ensuring they ran so smoothly. Aided by the superb support from the Bike Marshalls who ensured everyone made it home safely.
From us all at SDR.