New Lynn cycle race team gets in gear

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A new cycle race team, VO2 Bikes, has been formed in Lynn and is looking to expand its roster of riders.

Headed by team manager Wayne Marks, VO2 Bikes has a number of Lynn riders as well as attracting some extremely strong riders from outside the area.

Lynn based riders are: Ben Keeley, Matthew Senter, Freddy Pett and Rosemary Homer.

Other riders from outside Lynn are Francesca Rust from Newmarket and Georgie Pymer from Hemel Hempsted with talks on going to sign more riders from the Norwich area.

In a very pleasing weekend for Team VO2 Bikes, they had Keeley and Rust racing at Redbridge Cycling Centre, Illford and Homer racing at Stourport-On-Severn, Worcestershire

Fresh and hungry for getting revenge on last week’s puncture filled race, Keeley was looking strong and determined to perform well.

Sitting in peloton, he rode very smart and using the pack to save his strength.

Soon the ‘puncture fairies’ returned and having to resort to a bit of Cyclocross the team saw Keeley running up the hill with his bike over his shoulder, a very quick wheel change and he was off again, only to be back in the following lap with another rear flat, yet another quick wheel change and he soon caught the pack.

The peloton had clearly targeted Keeley and he soon found himself boxed in for the final sprint, despite this Keeley finished an excellent fourth place, missing out on the podium by a couple of inches.

Homer had an impressive finish in her first race of the season.

Tough conditions and feeling a bit under the weather, meant she had to battle against the weather as well as the other competitors.

Working well with the eventual race winner Catherine Coley, Homer rode home to a strong and impressive second place

VO2 Bikes had a new lady ride join the team .Pymer at CAT 4 and Triathlete watched the team in Redbridge.

“I like to think that what she saw with us impressed her enough for her to sign there and then,” said Marks.

A new women’s cycle racing time trial league is also being sponsored by VO2 Sports.

In the East of England the Women’s Eastern Racing League (WERL) is introducing two women’s leagues for 2015.

The aim of the league was to bring together the existing women’s races, create cohesion and encourage and support women cyclists wanting to take up competitive cycling, no matter their experience or ability.

If you would like more information about taking part in this league, or want to become a supporter, please visit the website www.womenseasternracingleague.co.uk and follow on twitter @WERLeague