SERRL Event 7 – Benenden on 22/05/2005

In very blustery conditions Dave Twin, Ed Rieu, Luke Evans, Jamie Walker and Ian O’Hara rode this 80km road race around 9 laps of the Benenden/Cranbrook circuit. A breakaway formed in the second lap consisting of Ian O’Hara, Malcolm Whitehead (VC Deal) and Matt Smith (Gemini) but this was short lived and by sixth lap the bunch was back together. Several attempts at breaks containing Sydenham riders were foiled until Ian got away with Malcolm Whitehead in the 8th lap. With the benefit of a number of Sydenham and VC Deal riders marking moves in the bunch a lead was built quickly. Malcolm Whitehead proved the strongest in the final climb with Ian finishing second. Dave, Luke and Jamie all finished in the bunch choosing not to contest the sprint because of confined conditions in the last 400 metres. Ed did not finish and used the event as a training exercise.