Wilton Grand Prix – a hot and tough day in the saddle

This past weekend the Neon Velo team sent an 8 man squad to the Wilton GP. We were lucky enough to stay in the New Forest the day before the race and experience a really beautiful part of the country.

We had a strong squad toeing the line and had big expectations for a good result. The race kicked off after a long 10k neutral roll out. Immediately a group of 8 rolled off and the bigger teams felt comfortable with it. Unfortunately we missed this move and had to weight for it to come and allow the reshuffling of riders up the road happen. On the third lap the group got brought back and we were able to get Marc Potts up the road after a very aggressive bit of racing which saw Durrin and Potts really laying it down to try and get a rider up the road.

The fovant hill climb really wore down the bunch and by the 4th time up a small selection had been made and we had our strong climber Elliot Porter up the road in it. We were very happy with this because Elliot can climb with the best in the country and we knew he would pull off a good result.

Most of the groups, behind this elite group of 20, got pulled off the course and time cut which saw most of the team rolling back to the finish to watch the finale of the race kick off. Elliot was able to hold on over the final 25K through some tough attacks and aggressive racing and rolled in for a sprint finish in 13th.

This result represents a step forward for the team. We are starting to get our feet firmly planted on the ground and running well as a team. You can expect some great results moving forward as we tackle the Lincoln Grand Prix and the An Post Ras shortly after that.


Photos by – Paul Stewart