Venta take on the Perfs!
Paul Double, Thom Hayward and Andy ‘the Hoff’ Gough lined up for the prestigious Elite season opener around the Portsdown HIll circuit. It was a strong field that looked set to be dominated by UCI Continental outfit Pedal Heaven. After a stop-start first lap (which saw Paul puncture and chase back on), Pedal Heaven put together their train and split the field up the tough climbing section.
Paul was out of position after his mechanical and missed the lead group, settling into the first chase group. Despite a few efforts to get away, there was no committed chase, and this group arrived together, Paul leading it out up the finish climb. A few riders slipped past him, but he was pleased to place 17th in his first National B race of the season.