Major circuit cycle racing came to Ryde on Thursday evening. Following a day of support races, which included local riders, 45 competitors lined up on Ryde Esplanade.
Representing nine teams the riders tackled the steep climb of one of Ryde’s most well known streets, Union Street, before turning left into the recently re-surfaced Cross Street. They continued along Melville Street, before descending Dover Street and sweeping back onto the Esplanade’s Start/Finish Line.
This main event lasted 75 minutes and included three sprint laps. Five final laps to the Go Bell provided the climax to the evening, as the pace was racked up.
Two teams, Madison Genesis and One Pro Cycling, dominated the proceedings. New Zealander Tom Scully (MG) was the race winner, setting the fastest lap in the process. Team mate Tom Stewart was the points winner on the night and took the overall lead into Round 2 which will take place in Redditch.
Ten rounds make up the Pearl Izumi Tour Series and Ryde was the inaugural venue for the season. One Pro cycling were team of the night as well as being the leading team after this first round.
In the mid afternoon the teams (of five riders) came out, one team at a time and at 7 minute intervals, onto the course to contest the Team Time Trial. It was this event combined with the evening’s headline race, which determined the overall placings. Local team- Wightlink-LCM Systems were invited to take part in the Team Time Trial as a guest team.
Following the racing on Thursday the proceedings were shown on ITV4 the next day. This one hour programme not only covered the race but well known Island born international cyclist Keiron Page showed viewers some of the Island’s best landmarks whilst cycling around part of the Island. Now living in the South of France Keiron set a new Commonwealth record at the 2002 Commonwealth Games with 4:29:662 in the 4 km pursuit.
Results from the opening round of the 2015 Pearl Izumi Tour Series cycling were: ( Including the opening Team Time Trial.)
Team Time Trial Result
1) ONE Pro Cycling, 3:44.504
2) Madison Genesis, 3:48.576
3) Pedal Heaven, 3:52.463
Circuit Race, Team Result
1) ONE Pro Cycling
2) Madison Genesis
Circuit Race, Individual Result
1) Tom Scully, Madison Genesis
2) Ian Bibby, NFTO
3) Johnathan McEvoy, NFTO
Costa Express Fastest Lap
Tom Scully, Madison Genesis, 1:50.054
Chain Reaction Cycles Points Classification, Rd1 Winner
Tom Stewart, Madison Genesis, 15pts
Chain Reaction Cycles Points Classification, Post-Rd1
1) Tom Stewart, Madison Genesis, 15pts
2) Tom Scully, Madison Genesis, 10pts
3) Chris Opie, ONE Pro Cycling, 6pts
Pearl Izumi Tour Series standings, Post-Rd1
1) ONE Pro Cycling, 20pts
2) Madison Genesis, 18pts
3) NFTO, 14pts
4) Team Raleigh RAC, 14pts
5) Pedal Heaven, 12pts
6) SportGrub Kuota, 10pts
7) JLT Condor presented by Mavic, 10pts
8) Velosure Starley Primal, 6pts
9) Team WIGGINS, 4pts
Some of the trophies, depicting an outline of the Island, were presented by Ian Ward (Chairman of IW Council), Charles Chapman (vice Chairman IW Council) and David Thornton (CEO Visit Isle of Wight). Ryde town Mayor Roi Milburn also attended the event as did Ryde’s Town Crier Steve King.