Finlay Pickering made it a very successful week for the Fensham Howes – Mas design team, adding the prestigious Bath Road Club junior road race to his national title won in the weekend junior time trial championships. latest.
In scorching conditions, Pickering dug deep on the last lap to escape and roll to a thundering solo
victory. He added his name to an honorary jury which includes Geraint Thomas, Alex Dowsett, Luke
Rowe, Tao Geoghegan Hart and Tom Pidcock.
It was an exciting day of racing on the hottest day of the year, with several attacks and attempts
the breaks started directly from the start as the race left the neutralized zone and exited the wing.
Several runners suffered greatly from the heat, with temperatures exceeding 28 degrees
around the parched Buckinghamshire countryside, proving too much for some.
The first break came early and saw a group of nine riders hit the road led by Tyler Hannay of the Utmost IOM junior cycling team. This was closed shortly after to be replaced by two men
breakaway with Joshua Tarling (FlandersColor Galloo) and Jamie Whitcher (BmthCycleworks VitecFire
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Again, the break was closed only for Jack Brough (Cero – Cycle Division Racing Team) and Joshua
Giddings (Z Junior Race Team) to take the lead and take 52 seconds ahead of a small
group of 4 composed of Pickering and national champion Max Poole (Fensham Howes – MAS Design).
The gap continued in the last 20 kilometers of the race when Pickering dug very deep and continued the
Pause. Teammates Max Poole and Aidan Lawrence went with Pickering in the rise of Dunton for
grow the leading group and set up an exciting last five kilometers of racing.
It was on the last steep climb from Whitchurch that Pickering stepped in and attacked, Poole
and Lawrence stayed with the group to cause trouble, allowing Pickering to give it their all, straddling
far to finish 1 minute 33 seconds ahead of Giddings in 2nd and Poole in 3rd, with Lawrence on the handlebars
across the line in 6th place.
Like many riders that day, another Fensham Howes – MAS Design rider Josh Charlton suffered from the heat but won the peloton sprint to finish 8th of the day and fourth rider on the team in the top 10 for make it a great day and great week for the team.