Last weekend I traveled over to Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire where the Fin Del Verano Stage Race was being held for a second consecutive year. The race is over 4 stages on both Saturday and Sunday which consists of a morning Team Time Trial on Saturday. there is then a Road Race in the afternoon. On Sunday morning there is then a morning Road Race followed in the afternoon with an Individual Time Trial which is a climb heading from Woolsthorpe past the Castle.
For the Team Time Trial, myself, James Moore and Joel Lewis took to the start line. Each Tema was set off in 2 minute intervals which started at 10am. Our start time was 10:36. Together we manged to ride to joint 10th place with a time of 11:14 around the 4.5 mile course.
The Road Race then started at 1pm in the afternoon and was held around the traditional Harby Race Circuit. The race was just under 3 laps meaning it was a 38 mile race. The finish was then around 2 miles after the well known Harby Climb which turned off the circuit and headed towards Stathern on a flat road. I managed to finish 12th place on the stage.
On Sunday it was then was due to start with a Road Race around the Stathern Circuit, which finished at the top of Stathern Hill at 10am. However with heavy fog still around from the night the start was delayed until 10:30. The race then neutralized until visibility improved. After 25 minutes the race then got underway. Full of attacks, nothing was able to stay away until the last few miles. the break however was caught at the top of the finishing climb by a small group which included myself after breaking away from the bottom. We then sprinted for the line where I was able to take 6th place.
The Individual Time Trial then followed in the afternoon and started with the first rider off at 2:30pm. The route was from Woolsthorpe and was mostly uphill and headed past Belvoir Castle. The course was 2.3 miles long and the finish was at the top of of the hill. I started at 3:29pm with riders set off in minute intervals. I manged to ride the course in 6 minutes and 48 seconds. The winner George Fox rode in 6 minutes and 5 seconds.
The race then finished with a presentation late on Sunday afternoon. The weather made sure it was a great and enjoyable weekend. Congratulations to the Team Winners Beeston CC and Ross Lamb who won the individual overall standings.