WIN in the Shay Elliot Memorial race and the Lincoln Grand Prix
Written by Velo Staff on 16th May 2016
The team was split between the Lincoln Grand Prix and our Irish strong man, Marc Potts, competing in the historic Shay Elliot Memorial race. Lincoln would see the finish the of the Motorpoint Spring Series, and it would be a fight all day as the overall was up for grabs with the competition being so close.
The team had a tough day out on the road, with a couple crashes taking out our riders. The guys rode strong all day, but unfortunately missed the main split of the day when JLT took control of the front and split the field over the Michaelgate climb through Lincoln center. David Bolland was able to get into a very dangerous early move for the team, relieving some pressure from the other riders on the team which was fantastic! It was a local race for David, so the fans were going crazy for him over the climb.
It was a game of catch up after that and the team rode their hearts out eventually putting Will Bjergfelt up the road in the move that went across to the break, but unfortunately Will didn’t quite have that high end explosive power to stay with the group over the punchy cobbled climb. An impressive ride by Will, as you all know its incredible that he is even riding at this level after his near fatal accident.
With our team left racing for minor placings, Ollie Maxwell took the initiative to get up the road in a last ditch attempt to get across to the leaders, ultimately coming up a little short.
Meanwhile in Ireland, our strong man Marc Potts, was dominating the prestigious Shay Elliot Memorial race. Marc got away in a small breakaway early on in the race and ended up in a two up sprint for the win, with Marc taking the big WIN! Marc is showing excellent form coming into the An Post Ras starting next sunday and we will most definitely be seeing him up front vying for the stage win! Winning always feels great, and the team couldn’t be prouder of Marc for winning on home soil.
Next up is the An Post Ras, a historic 8 day stage race in Ireland that will feature some of the toughest racing conditions we will face all year. We are primed and ready for a fight and plenty of opportunities!