The 2nd round of the Guernsey Velo Club Criterium Series took place on Sunday 10 May at Waitrose Rohais. The club took the crit racing away from the usual venue of Delancey Park to the relatively technical course through the supermarket car park.
The 1/3 of a mile course feature several tight left and right bends and fast straights which required riders to be continually braking and then sprinting out of the corners, with average laps speeds being around 19MPH compared to nearly 30MPH at Delancey this certainly provided a challenge for all riders.
The morning started with a series of Childrens races which were all very competitive. Ollie Duguid had a close race with Theo Turton to take the win in the 3 lap under 8's race, Georgie Le Page was first girls over the line ahead of Katie Le Cheminant.
Finlay Mechem rode a tactical and thrilling 5 lap race to take the win over Jake Le Roux in the under 10's and Thierry Le Cheminant celebrated his win in the under 12's race, punching the air as he crossed the line, out sprinting Joe Le Cheminant.
Sophie Naftel finished ahead of Helena Duguid and Katie le Picq in the girls under 10's race.
The kids racing concluded with a 2 lap sprint race for all age categories with Finlay Mechem once again holding of Jake le Roux for 1st place.
The Juniors were up next for 15 laps of the circuit. Alex Van Katwyk quickly opened up a gap over Miles Davey with the technical course and accelerations suiting his riding style. Alex maintained the gap for the entire race, never really being threatened by Miles. Louis Le Cheminant secured 3rd place over Josh Thornton with Sam Reed and Ethan Farrell contesting an exciting sprint for 5th & 6th.
Hannah Brehaut continued her outstanding season finishing the 7th place and first girl.
The Seniors rounded off the mornings racing with a 20 minute + 5 laps race, with Mike Serafin and Leon Ogier creating a gap over the other riders in the opening laps. Serafin & Ogier built this lead without any real challenge up until mid race when Steve Dawes attempted to bridge across from the chasers, but sprint specialist Serafin eventually opened a 12 second lead over Ogier to take 1st place.
Fastest lap of the day went to Gary Robert with a lap time 1min 4.658 seconds.
The Guernsey Velo Club would like to thank Waitrose for allowing this event to go ahead and the cooperation of members of the public.
The crit series continues on Thursday 21 May Delancey Park.