The knock on effect to a good start to the season had taken its toll in the team.
We all sat basking in the glories of the previous months, to a point where we could not train properly due to various reasons. From family matters to work matters and injuries.
But surprisingly, after a bad period the team has regained the its strength and the team morale is high. We attended 2 races with an astonishing 3rd place and a 4th placings which gained Steve Pellowe the Cat's Promotion he was looking for.
Here below you can find Steve's race report:
I arrived at Hillingdon knowing that I only needed 5 points to go up to 3rd Cat, that's 5th place minimum. SD Racing Team had three other 4th Cat riders supporting me for the race, Andy Goulding, Stefano and Ed Roll. Having not slept the night before due to working, my spirits were quite low. However I found out that the race was to be run anti-clockwise - my preferred way. This is due to the climb at Brian's Bends before the final sprint, it didn't let me down.
The field was large between 60-70 riders all with the objective of getting out of the 4ths. The race set off to a steady pace with a few breaks however these solo attempts were quickly wound in by the peloton due to the strong winds. Not much happened for about 20 minutes when all of a sudden Stefano raced off the front to test if anyone wanted to play, no takers.With that in mind my confidence grew and knew this was going to be down to good positioning at the finish. After an hour the 5 lap board came out and the speed increased. Inexperienced racers meant lines were lost and erratic riding ensued causing a few crashes. To my left Stefano shouted Go! move up! I sat within the top 15 for the final two laps waiting for the climb at Brian's Bends. Throughout the race I had gone around several riders by powering up the outside. On the final lap I got ready to go, up the bends overtaking several people and down onto the drops sitting about 8th position. I had already selected my wheel, that of a Kingston Wheeler and onto the finish straight. Up a gear and sprint ! passing 3-4 riders to finish 4th place. Job done, 6 points and 3rd Cat.
Thanks to the rest of the team
Peter(72), is taking part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 in August raising money for Prostate Cancer UK, you can donate by clicking here. Since this photo was taken Peter has lost weight & looking even better in his racing kit and has prepared both physically & mentally to complete the ride in a good time.
Good luck to him & well done.
We thank everyone for the great team work and great effort in pushing hard, beyond personal boundaries to achieve great goals.
Believe in yourself. Be strong & Be safe.
You are the only driver of your life.