BERWICK WHEELERS CYCLING CLUB
Reivers Road Race report 2016, by Neil Wilson.
On a fine spring day 80 road racers took part in an excellent race on North Northumberland roads. Club riders from throughout the South of Scotland and North of England really put everything in to taking a win in the third installment of Reivers Road Race.
Completing a 52 mile total three lap circuit around Etal, Ford, Ancroft and Allerdean saw the riders having to contend with the grueling Ford Bank climb on no less than three occasions, with a sting in the tail coming on the final push to the line up through Hay Farm.
The bunch sped away through lap 1 with just a few efforts of breakaways seen off the front, Ford Bank saw the first formation of a strong lead group who started to pull away from the rest. Towards the end of lap 2 there was a lone effort by Scott Wardlaw, from VC Edinburgh, to jump across to the lead group from the bunch, a move that became very decisive in time. In that lead group there were big efforts from last years winner Jonathon Bayley of Gosforth RC and no matter what the bunch tried to do they couldn't close the gap.
Into the final few miles and the breakaway riders started really trying to make final moves and with just a few hundred metres left Scott Wardlaw powered in front to take the win by a couple of bike lengths with Keith Greenwood Pedal Power RT in second and Jonathon Bayley third. A great finish to another thoroughly entertaining Reivers Road Race.
Best of our local riders both finished in the main bunch, just 40 seconds down on the winner, with Simon Gaunt of Kelso Wheelers in 14th and Andrew Waring of Berwick Wheelers 21st