With the stage one winner, George Fowler of NFTO, racing in Ireland, the two main contenders for the series yellow jersey were Dexter Hurlock of Kibosh racing and Huw Richards of Tavistock Wheelers North Shore Gallery who were to record the fastest two times in the stage two individual time trial.
The ITT was a touch under a mile and mostly uphill from Chillaton with an average gradient of 5.5%. A quick look at the Strava segment Chillaton Big Ring Challenge shows that the top 11 times (from over 3,000) were set in today’s event! Fastest was Huw Richards in 3.35 with Dexter Hurlock and Jonathan Tiernan-Locke 4 and 6 seconds back respectively.
Stage three was 10 laps of the lumpy Brentor loops 8.3km course. No significant breaks were allowed to stay away for the first four laps but on the fifth lap a break of four which included Tom Grigson (Radeon Bike Science RT), Duncan Heywood (Saint Piran), Ryan Dunn (Cycle Sport Dynamo) and Daniel Mcquillan (TriUK) managed to get clear of the bunch. These 4 worked together to increase their lead to just over a minute on lap 6 with the main field seemingly happy to let them go as none were contenders for the overall classification.
However, on lap 7, Jake Alderman and Jonathan Tiernan-Locke of Saint Piran managed to break free from the peleton and set a blistering pace over the next loop to catch and overtake the four breakaway riders and ride on to take a very impressive 1-2 with Jake Alderman taking the win and JTL happy with second place. Duncan Heywood was the strongest from the earlier breakaway to secure a podium clean sweep for Saint Piran!
However, the yellow jersey was still to be decided and this was decisively by Kibosh’s Dexter Hurlock who was the fastest in the bunch sprint which when combined with second place in both stages 1 and 2 was sufficient to make Dexter a worthy race series winner.
All in all, a fantastic couple of stages. Great credit to Tavistock Wheelers for exemplary organisation and sponsor Velo-Smith.com who are keen to ensure that road racing flourishes in the South West.