Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Their name hasn’t lived up to the weather this year as it was another cold morning for the last in the series of three Springtime Pursuits on the Rockbeare course, but young Dynamos Sam Birkenshaw and Mary Macfadzean, along with Laura Clode were warmed up and ready to go again last Saturday, writes Andy Waite.
With different riders in each race the pattern was different again this week but Birkenshaw and Macfadzean, who are both experiencing huge learning curves on each new race, were up to the job yet again. Laura Clode was even more determined to finish one of the series after a run of bad luck
Macfadzean seems to get better and better in her events and the last race in the series saw the race series leaders vying for the top spot to ensure the series win, but team work by the other ladies and packing at the finish didn’t deter the CS Dynamo rider in her quest to be in the top 10 this week. Her face at the finish showed her determination and grit as she came up the hill – in seventh position and held on to that place to the flag. Exhausted afterwards she acknowledged it was a hard finish –but she wasn’t giving up until the line and with so many smiling ladies faces there was general agreement it had been a real race which augers well for ladies racing and in particular Mary for the season ahead. Clode was assisting team mate Ellie Gilham to a series win and was pleased to have clocked up a finish at last.
Birkenshaw’s workman like approach bodes well for further races – he is very pleased with his progress and is looking forward to many different types of racing during the season. He wasn’t in the points but appreciated the skills he’s learning.
Not fully recovered from a chest infection - in the E123 event, Keith White lined up with Jamie Fabrizio.
White and was sadly soon discovering he didn’t have the legs and lungs for the speed of the racing and pulled out after one lap. Fabrizio continues his racing in fine form with some attacking racing again this week - he felt so good he did have a dig at the front at one stage and gained time on the bunch before being chased down by the bunch.
Fabrizio and Birkenshaw line up for the Tom Hawkins memorial Road Race promoted by Exeter Wheelers this Sunday (March 10).