Friday (22nd June) was a busy day for sports fans in Lancaster. After the Olympic torch relay had made it’s journey through the region during the day, the evening saw the turn of the racing cyclists to take to the streets of the town.
A new event to the cycling calendar, the Lancaster ‘VeloCity’ circuit races saw the streets around dalton square closed to traffic to form a 1 kilometre cycle racing circuit, with a start/finish line on the cobbles of Dalton Square.
After a supporting event for 3rd , 4th cat and ladies (photos and report to follow), it was the turn of the elite riders, accompanied by 1st and 2nd category riders.
Despite the weather, torrential rain and strong winds, Local rider Matt Cronshaw (Node 4 – Giordana) made light work of the opposition and the testing circuit, attacking on the first lap and lapping every rider in the increasingly fragmented bunch. in the process he set up a thrilling finalé with Matt chasing down eventual runner up (and fellow local rider), Jack Pullar (wheelbase/MGD). In the final few laps, spurred on by the last minute prize offered by Lancaster and Morecambe college, Matt finally managed to catch his adversary, only to for Jack to overtake him again late on in the last lap.
After some dicusssion, it was decided that the prize for lapping the bunch would be awarded which, added to the prizes for the numerous prime laps, first overall and first local rider, made it a somewhat profitable night for the Node 4/Giordana Rider!
The poidum was completed by Thomas Armstrong (Mountivation Development Academy) who also took the honour of being the highest placed Junior rider.
All in all, despite the rain and wind the event was a great success and plans are already afoot to bring the event back to the city next year.
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