Ottershaw Road Race Series 2009
18th October - 1st November

A continental racing trip caused Paul Holdsworth, Hounslow & District Wheelers, to miss a chance of overall victory in the Twickenham CC / Surrey League road race series.

After being absent for the first event of the three race competition he took second spot in race two, and the third place in the final event last Sunday (1st November). Both placings were achieved from breakaways and Holdsworth was told by the organisers that he would certainly have won the ‘most aggressive rider’ award had he ridden all three races, but since the series is decided on a points basis any reasonably high placing in the first race would have put him among the contenders for the main prize.

So how did he come to miss that first race? Following a season mainly devoted to time trialling in pursuit of a British Best All Rounder placing (he finished 12th) Holdsworth clearly wanted to retain his credentials as a roadman: he entered the European Masters Tour of Majorca. This was a four day, five stage race for riders between the ages of 30 and 49 - an ambitious event to try since, apart from the international aspect, in cycling many riders are still at their best when in their early thirties. Paul says that he was impressed by the high standard of the competitors - even on the mountain stage the race averaged 25 mph.

However the Hounslow man did not find himself out classed in this company and would have finished well up on general classification, but for a crash on the last stage which caused him to lose 10 minutes while he waited for a replacement wheel. His final placing was 28th overall, 12th in the 40-49 age group.

At least this continental experience seems to have proved a good preparation for the Ottershaw Series.

View the full results here

Chris Lovibond