The rolling Essex countryside near Saffron Walden was the setting for the second Rapha Cycling Club Road Race on Sunday 21st August. 7 laps of a 15.9km circuit made up the 111km course; run as part of the Eastern Road Race League with a Regional A level of Cat 2, 3 and 4.
With a field of 60 riders – many racing with fellow team members – prizes were available for the first 10 finishers in addition to a number of ‘primes’ and discretionary prizes awarded to the riders adjudged to be most combative and safest influence in the bunch.
As well as spectator rides leaving London early on race day morning, visiting riders from RCCAMS were met off the boat at Harwich by RCCLDN members before continuing to race HQ and the traditional Essex road club huts provided for their overnight accommodation.
The Mobile Cycle Club provided welcome refreshments to riders and spectators alike before the race briefing commenced. With a neutralised 5km roll out at 10:00am and the marshals dispersing to their designated positions, the stage was set for another competitive race.
Initially staying as a compact group for the first couple of laps, a gusting wind began to play its part and at the race’s mid-point the peloton had fractured with breaks beginning to form.
By the end of the penultimate lap, only a handful of riders were left to contest the win before Luke Hattersley, riding for Richardsons Trek RT, made a solo break and crossed the finish line with a comfortable lead.
As the rest of the field finished, riders sat in small groups on the roadside taking a moment to recover before retiring back to race HQ for much deserved refreshments. Following an excellent spread of homemade food, places were officially confirmed, prizes awarded and thanks given.
The organisation of the event, hosted by the London chapter of the Rapha Cycling Club, was exemplary; many of the supporting roles on the day undertaken by volunteer staff members and friends of Rapha. A well attended and enjoyable day of road racing.
Photography by @openautograph