Today, Nathan Edwards and Alex Clayton went to Hog Hill to for a 4th cat and 3rd/4th cat race respectively. The 2km course at Hog Hill is, though being easy technically, with long sweeping corners, the most demanding custom built circuit we’ve come across. As the Hill in the name suggests, the circuit contains a very hard sharp climb up to the finish.
First to ride was Nathan in the 4th cats. Needing just 2 points to move up a category, he needed 8th place or better from a field of 40. The race started relatively fast and never really got slower. Nathan attempted to spice things up a bit up the climb on the second lap by riding off the front. He succeeded in splitting the field but almost getting tailed off himself. Over the next few laps cracks appeared and the front group was whittled down to 20. With half the race gone a couple of riders who had appeared very strong in the opening stages went off together and Nathan had to make a big effort to initiate the chase. At the finale a group of 15 charged up the hill with Nathan coming a very respectable 5th despite having wasted energy in a couple of pointless efforts earlier on. Lessons learned, next time they’ll be 3rd cats he’s against.
Sadly Alex’s ride was slightly less successful. After sitting comfortably in the bunch for 15 laps, he punctured, and because of the proximity to the end of the race wasn’t allowed a lap out. The puncture was a fairly exciting affair, coming halfway through the first corner which is downhill and possibly the tightest corner on the course. This led to some serious rear wheel drifting and one rider having to take a brief detour off-road. Thankfully though everyone stayed upright!