18/02/18

Top ten for Senza Paragoni women's race team in road season debut

Created by Michelle Arthurs Brennan at 2018-02-18 21:54:55

The Paragnella women's race team made its road race debut on Sunday, with Michelle Arthurs-Brennan securing eighth place, coming second in the bunch sprint at the SERRL Newchapel Kermis.

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Anna Marie Hughes looked in good form, having raced the Full Gas Track League with Michelle a few days before, but unfortunately fell victim to the wintery road conditions and punctured early on.

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Gemma Hayes was registered to ride, but had to sit out as she recovers from a lingering cold.

The start sheet contained 49 names, with several teams putting forward full rosters for the 51km race on the Horne circuit.

The road surface has suffered over the colder months, with a fair few new potholes littering the 2.9km circuit, resulting in a disproportionately high crash rate.

After an early break was pulled back, two Le Filles riders counter attacked, along with one Fusion Velo Performance RT rider.

The remaining Le Filles did a frustratingly excellent job of controlling the pace, making it difficult for lone riders to push the pace.

In the final two laps, three more riders attacked individually. It looked like they’d be caught, but the peloton relaxed as they came into sight, never quite making the catch.

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With six riders now in total out front, Michelle sprinted to eighth – a reassuring start to the race season, though not without some regret at not being a bit more aggressive in joining the lone attackers in the final laps.

Duncan and Jeni Murdoch, plus new members Sophie Household and Rachel Fleming were out in full force to cheer the riders on.

The SERRL organisers did an excellent job, creating a smooth running race whilst NEG motorbike marshalls expertly dealt well with some less than accommodating road users

The next SERRL race will be on Sunday March 11 on the Crowhurst circuit and we hope several of the Paragonella riders will be out to race.

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