After a brand new round at Wembley on Tuesday 16th May, where the team rode a superb race to elevate themselves in both the team standings and EJay Harris in the sprint standings, the 5th of 8 rounds headed back to Croydon.
Despite the luck with weather for the first half of the series, that ran out and the race in Croydon was soggy, very soggy. With a line up of EJay Harris, Neah Evans, Jen George, Chanel Mason and Mercy Webb the team were motivated to capitalise on the poor conditions and use their bike handling to good effect.
Unfortunately a crash in the neutralised, caused by non-gridded riders trying to push through gaps, saw a large pile up including Jen and Chanel for us. Both riders were up and riding and although Jen finished 15th her knee was pretty swollen by the end and the careless riding of others now leaves her out of the Bath round.
Once the race got underway, Annasley Park and Lydia Boylan attacked to form a two-up breakaway and they were quickly joined by EJay as the first of the 2 intermediate sprints approached. EJay won that first sprint and was soon joined by Neah Evans who took the opportunity to bridge across to the break in solo move.
The 4 strong breakaway rode well as a unit and built up a gap of more than 30 seconds by the 2nd intermediate sprint which was again won by EJay Harris. Winning the sprints section for the night and scoring maximum points elevated her to second in the overall standings, sponsored by Eisberg Non-Alcoholic Wines, just one point behind the leader Ellie Dickenson of Breeze.
As the final 5 laps were indicated, Jen was well placed in the chasing group to finish strongly as the 3rd counting rider, whilst Neah and EJay worked brilliantly as a pair to set themselves up for the finish. With a time gap of well over a minute by the bell, it was about being well positioned for the final corner and both EJay and Neah rode it well to finish as a 1-2 on the line.
To add further to the success, EJay had also clocked the fastest lap of the night in her move across to the break and so visited the podium on 2 occasions at the finish!
The success of the team performance saw the riders just 3 points shy of taking the team win on the night, but once again they had closed the gap to third place.
With round 6 heading to Bath to finish off another hectic week of racing the final 2 rounds sit 6 days apart in Motherwell and then Stevenage.
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