The team spent the weekend in West Flanders, racing on Friday in Roselere and Sunday in Moorslade. With six riders and the support of Matt we had high hopes. The results didn't disappoint with Alex sprinting to the win from a select group on Friday after 30 laps of
a technical and windy 3.5km circuit. The team paved the way for that victory reducing the field to 35 riders within the first 30mins of racing exploiting both the technical nature of the circuit and the strong wind. Sunday saw another windy, technical circuit with a small climb into a longer crosswind section which was identified as the most important part of the race. Represented in every move in the race the team picked up nine primes on the way to a 3rd and 4th place finish for Gruff and Alex.
Alex Luhrs: "Coming into Roeselare kermesse I was quietly confident, coming close in a number of occasions last year. After a day of travel we had a plan to be aggressive early on, hoping to clear the legs and almost make a statement. A combination of good work by all the lads combined with cross winds if doom and dead turns caused a number of splits which stayed away to the finish with myself making the front move. Coming into the finish, the race was typically Belgian, number of attacks and surges with one lad getting a 25metre gap. Luckily I had the gas to hit the front early at 350m go long, bring the line rider back and take the win. My first win in Belgium and one I'll remember for a long time."
Matt Cronshaw: "Coming into the weekend racing in Belgium, I could see that everyone was coming in with great motivation. We took a bit of a gamble, choosing to opt out of reservoir, so the guys were keen to make the most of the trip.
The first of the circuits was short, tight and really windy and the decision was made to take the race on from the front. In notoriously chaotic racing
its a brave tactic but they came out on top with Alex winning from the reduced group, split by their efforts earlier in the race.
After the win, the confidence in the team was understandably high and we went into Sundays race with the anticipation of replicating Fridays result. Again, the team took the race on from the front asserting their confidence and ability, representing every split and breakaway whilst the race deminished behind.
As I think about my role within the team, to spark conversation and analysis of races and potential tactics, it's been amazing to see the guys adopting this attitude, putting it into practice and making it work out in the road."