Rodillian Wins Again
In the end two schools gave back word and it was a two horse race between Benton Park, the host school, and Rodillian. The victory however was significant as Benton Park have developed a strong cycling curriculum and fielded a very professional looking five teams of four riders to our two teams.
The first of the three events was a relay race with each competitor doing two laps of the grass course. Rodillian were leading until George Bacon made a wrong turn and had to check back losing vital time. The girls: Lisa Head, Kailegh Portrey and Molly Holmes, put in a terrific effort to keep Rodillian in contention. The final leg saw Tom Smith chasing down the Benton Park leader but despite a valiant attempt, Benton Park passed the finish line with Smith a bike length behind him. 1st round went to the home team.
The second event was the team sprint. Rodillian excelled here and Smith and Baines proved untouchable in both heats romping home in under 12 seconds and Cannings also putting in a strong finish. Second round went to Rodillian.
The final event therefore would be the overall decider and was a gruelling four laps of cross country course and by now legs were getting very tired. A mass start saw some very competitive jostling for position until three of Benton Park and three Rodillian riders broke away from the rest of the field (Lewis Watts, Tom Smith and George Bacon). The leader board constantly changing, it was literally down to the last half of the last lap when Rodillian put down the hammer and finished in the top three places. Smith took the overall win with Watts right on his back wheel. Bacon, in particular, put in a tremendous effort to take third, redeeming himself. Points were scored for every team member past the line so it was a nail biting wait until the scores had been totalled and Rodillian were proclaimed the overall winners with the ‘A’ team given winners medals. The trophy stays with the school until next year’s competition.