We had to wait a while but the conclusion of the Decathlon Evening 10 Series by Wrekinsport assured the destination of the Evening 10 Trophy on a first-ever Monday night race for the club. Rearranged following the closure of the A442 due to a major incident cancelling the originally planned conclusion; going into the race Tomos Hales and Phil Roberts were tied on points at the head of the standings, and under club rules the Trophy would have been shared for six months each without a decider.
Hales got the better of Roberts by 1:03 with a fine 21 minutes 53 second effort on a beautiful evening to take the Trophy outright – but he didn’t take the Overall win. That honour was taken by RAF CA’s Will Lewis in a quite staggering 21:35 – on a road bike. This is believed to be the fastest ever time without aero aids around the Cotwall Bank circuit and the quality of that ride was shown by Roberts being in awe of being overtaken by a road bike post-race and Lewis’ nearest road bike challenger being over five minutes back. There was an outside mathematical chance going into the race that club Junior Ben Southgate could get in the mix between Hales and Roberts but he had to settle for Bronze after finishing 5th on the night in 23:48.
All the Road Bike and Women’s medals were resolved prior to this race, but that didn’t stop Elliott Wills and Mollie Roberts, the Road Bike and Women’s Evening Series Champions adding a mximum six points each to their Gold medal tallies. Wills stopped the watch on 27:20, 24 seconds ahead of Dave Moore; whilst Roberts ended her evening on 31:18; with an excellent turnout of seven road bikes amongst the 15-strong field in this growing discipline designed to allow every rider without an aero bike to enjoy friendly competition.