The 7th round of the 2017 Tour Series took everyone on the long journey from the beautiful City of Bath to Motherwell in Scotland.
The team lined up with one change to the previous roster as Tom Stewart took a well earned break, allowing Sam Williams to join the team for one hour and 5 laps of racing around the 1.2km circuit in Motherwell.
As soon as the lead motorbike pulled away, all five riders from Bike Channel Canyon took up position at the head of the field. The injection of pace from Bike Channel’s ‘time trial like’ pursuit put pressure on individuals out of position and George Harper found himself in some trouble early on.
With around ten minutes of racing complete, a light shower of rain gave those riders who like to race in a wet an air of confidence and a number of attacks began throughout the field, which ultimately split the peloton creating a lead group of 30 riders.
Steele Von Hoff found himself in a breakaway with three other riders however the threat to the overall team ranking was too dangerous meaning the race regrouped shortly afterwards.Spotting an opportunity, Kristian House moved himself to the front of the race after 30 minutes of racing and began to make a series of hard attacks which put many in the peloton in further difficultly.
On three separate occasions House found himself in a breakaway attempt however the peloton were always aware of the danger of letting ‘The Dude’ go, especially as with a previous Tour Series win in Montherwell in 2015. As the race came into the final five laps sprinter Steele Von Hoff was sitting further down the field protecting himself from the attacks at the front of the bunch. With a bunch sprint looking likely to unfold, it was House who held position at the front as Von Hoff made his way up the field.
One lap to go the Australian sprinter moved himself into the first ten men and making a big effort down the back straight, positioned himself right in the mix for the line.Out of the final corner it was Brenton Jones of JLT Condor who opened up the sprint, powering his way to the line to take victory, while Steele who was 4th out of the final bend, managed to claw his way onto the podium with a solid 3rd place.
Following Motherwell, the Tour Series heads further North for round 8 in Aberdeen on Thursday 25th May. We hope to see you there!