Caesarean Cycling Club’s under-23 rider Jack Rebours claimed victory in Jersey’s 2016 road race championship event yesterday, with junior Rhys Pilley, of Jersey Cycling Association Youth Academy second, ahead of CASP’s seasoned rider, Chris Spence, who finished third.
The race was held over four 25km laps of the testing Crotcher course, taking in the gruelling climbs of L’Etacq, La Pulente and Petit Port, along with a strong headwind on the southern leg of the Five Mile Road.
The race was animated by attacks throughout from the CASP cycling club, with Nick Le Cocq setting up an early solo breakaway on the second lap. Spence and Pilley broke clear on the third climb of La Pulente before being brought back by the chasing bunch at the end of the Five Mile Road.
The win was contested on the final climb of L’Etacq with Rebours forging clear at the crest of the hill to take a well-deserved victory, continuing his rich vein of recent form. Youth Academy Junior Rhys Pilley claimed an impressive second place ahead of former Commonwealth Games and veteran rider Chris Spence.
The Veterans and Ladies race, contested over three laps, was a more tactical event with overall victory and first lady going to Kim Ashton of CASP Cycling, with Big Maggy’s Racing Team riders Barry Cameron and Spencer Moss claiming top veteran’s and super-veteran’s spots respectively.
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