First to be seen sportingthe yellow and black team colours was Gemma Collins who braved freezingconditions to take part in Ashford Tri Club's Mountain Bike Duathlon held atKingswood, Ashford, on Sunday, 23 February.
The nutritiouslychallenging event involved the athletes taking on a 3km cross country run, a 14kmoff road bike and then repeating the 3km run course for a second time. Gemma,who is a busy working Mum, set off to a great start, pushing herself to thelimit on the first run.
She continued to build upona solid start by putting in an absolutely amazing ride on her new Vitusmountain bike. After this she flew the final run to take first lady and 8thplace overall. Clearly Gemma has a skill of multi-sport and will go far in thisfield if she chooses.
After the race she said:'The final leg was tough. I have a lot of admiration for people who regularlyrace like this. It was such a fun and well organised event.'
Three other PMR@Toachim House riders braving freezingconditions were Harry Godding, Rhys Clegg and Jez McCann who all rode in thefinal series race of the South East Road Race League held at the Cyclopark inGravesend.
Theevent drew in an elite field of riders and made for a hard days racing for thethree fresh back from their winter break. Halfway through the 90 minute racesix riders had broken clear of the field, with Jamie Pine (Pedal Heaven RT)eventually taking the win ahead of Jake Martin (Kingsnorth International) afteran impressive ride where the two managed to lap the field.
Back in the bunch the threeteam mates had been unable to make any of the earlier moves but still had hopesof snatching 7th position. All three riders made attempts to breakaway, with some moves looking promising, yet the peleton seemed determined totake it to a bunch sprint. With this in mind the trio set about organisingthemselves; Harry led out the sprint before falling back to 14thafter his efforts whilst Jez and Rhys remained safely tucked out of the winduntil the last moment finishing 9th and 10threspectively.
Rhys summed it up wellsaying Not bad for the first race. I'm now buzzing and can't wait to raceagain!'
For their first race of theseason all of the three young riders should be pleased with their efforts, butthey are ever looking forward and looking to improve as their race fitnessreturns over the coming weeks.
1st Jamie Pine Pedal Heaven RT elite
2nd Jake Martin Kingsnorth International Elite
3rd Tom Fitzpatrick Strada Sport 1
4th Chris McNamara PedalHeaven RT Elite
5th Alan Ridler PedalHeaven RT elite
6th Alex Camier PedalHeaven RT 2
7th Tim Elverson PedalHeaven RT elite
8th Rolandas Razgauskis LaFuga 2
9th Jez McCann PMR@ToachimHouse 2
10th Rhys Clegg PMR@ToachimHouse 2
11th Ryan Visser Redhill CC2
12th Patrick MartinWyndymilla 2
13th James Local LondonDynamo 2
14th Harry GoddingPMR@Toachim House 1 U23
15th Philip MurrellFinsbury Park CC 2
16th Phil Dempsey AprireBicycles RT 2
17th Will Pratt AprireBicycles RT 1
18th Josh Parkin AprireBicycles RT 2J
19th Luke Anderson WigmoreCC 2
20thJason Nind Wigmore CC 2 v