A great turnout on a glorious evening saw The Decathlon Series by Wrekinsport get off to a great start. The first club 10 of the season saw a welcome return to the Shawbirch – Cotwall Bank circuit much missed due to road works and lockdowns in 2020. Riders were keen to get a 10 under their belts, with Revolutions Racing Junior Henri Bedford taking a great win. Bedford looked visibly faster than other riders as he emptied the tank in a charge for the finish line in his distinctive ‘Preying Mantis’ position which makes him instantly recognisable. The only rider on a 20 minute ride, Bedford stopped the watch on 20 minutes 36 seconds with a superb performance.
But there was an unfamiliar name taking the honours for the promoting club as new member Adam Baker gave warning of his abilities right from the off. Baker zoomed around the lumpy circuit in a fine time of 21:26, getting in the way of a battle for supremacy between Tomos Hales and Chris Halford who are the usual suspects for club victory. On this form Baker will be stirring things up following his maiden appearance, and Series victory will not be a two-horse race.
Hales has been training hard over the winter and showed that increase in form by tying with Bridgnorth CC’s Jonathan Mills-Keeling for third spot on 22:17, with Halford just four seconds off the pace. This is clearly something to watch as the season progresses and riders begin to get back into the groove.
Amongst the women Wrekinsport’s Emma Horne took the win in 26:45, with Clare Cotterill starting to improve on 27:59. Amongst the riders competing in the Road Bike Series Dave Slater took the win in 29:16, exactly three minutes ahead of Stuart Wortley.