Redditch town centre played host to the second round of the Matrix GP series and Pearl Izumi Tour series last night. A day of rain made the tight corners and fast descent of the course treacherous, putting the riders’ skills to the test and spectators on edge! We went down to get a piece of the action…
The day of the race was jam-packed, with local riders taking part in the ‘Reddi Hot Lap’ and teams from local businesses racing up Unicorn Hill. Once the evening had arrived, however, the roads were slick (thanks to some traditional British weather) and the crowds had gathered to watch the women’s race: round 2 of the Matrix GP series.
Olympians and local riders rubbed shoulders in the bunch, and there was no let up in the racing from start to finish. Laura Trott was first to cross the line, closely followed by Dani King and Nikki Juniper.
The rain held off for the men’s race, round 2 of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series, but conditions were still slippery and many riders found themselves coming unstuck as the race went on. Three time track world champion, Morgan Kniesky, looked a safe bet for the win, taking all three intermediate sprints and setting the fastest lap of the race.
Kniesky, however, fell victim to the confidence of his earlier strength. After leading the race around the final corner, he sat up to celebrate his victory – only to be overtaken by Jon Mould! Kniesky had to settle for second place, while Mike Northey took third.
After this round, Madison Genesis leads the team competition by one point, with ONE Pro Cycling in second and Team Raleigh – GAC in third. Keep your eyes peeled for more exciting city centre racing each week through the rest of the season!
If you find yourself out riding in these conditions, take a look at our guide to wet weather cycling.