Last sunday saw Dumfries and Galloway host the 2022 British National Road Race, a star studded field in both the mens and womens field saw great racing and Scottish “summer” weather.
The previous days saw the TT bathed in sun and heat, almost a bit too hot at points, with the circuit races more unsettled on the Friday. But the Sunday races, and more specifically the women race, was almost biblical in how bad the weather became. High winds and rain saw riders pull out almost hypothermic, the weather being too much for them, and as it transpired for one of my cameras, but all that took part could agree on one thing, the person that won deserved it no end.
19 year old Alice Towers of Le Col Wahoo bested the race favourites of Pfeiffier Georgie ( Team DSM) and Anna Henderson( Jumbo Visma) heading out alone with a few laps remaining before celebrating her first road race win let alone Championship title. She took the win with such panache and style I certainly hope of more to come for her.
The mens race had started off in the same poor conditions but managed to improve slightly, the wind never really easing up but at least the driving rain stopped. The race favourite Mark Cavendish took on the race from the gun and eded up winning in a 3 up sprint with Samual Watson (FDJ Groupama) and Alexander Richardson ( Privateer) that never really seemed in doubt. Mark must enjoy racing in Scotland, having won both his British Champ jerseys in Scotland, and the Scottish fans cheered him on throughout the day, only once dropping to a silence on the start finish straight when Ben Turner (Ineos) tried to distance Mark and the others on the final climb and descent of the day.
With so many U23 riders being so strong in both the mens and womens field, the one thing I can say for definite is British Road Racing is in safe hands. We still have some of the best riders in the world.