Team News: Mora Podiums in Otley
Sebastian Mora is third in Otley Town Centre race in the pouring rain
Team News: Mora Podiums in Otley
In a race which had 130 plus entries and included two of the top three in the British Road Race Championship(Lawless and Ian Bibby), Sebastian Mora returned from the heat of Spain to the cold, wet and windy conditions in England and promptly made his mark with third place.
The race was the first in the 2017 Elite Circuit Series, won by Sebastian in 2016, and the event at Otley was one where Seb finished second last year to the same winner this year, Chris Lawless. The team went into the race to get involved with the young riders given instructions to get up the road whilst Sebastian was given a list of riders to look out for in a dangerous break.
Racing for Raleigh GAC were; Sebastian Mora, Adam Kenway, Fraser and Grant Martin, Adria Moreno and Conn McDunphy.
Fraser Martin promptly went up the road for the team and whilst the move didn’t stick or create a bigger move, such positive moves by the younger riders give them confidence to try them. Adam Kenway also had a go at the front but when the key move came with British Circuit Race Champion Chris Lawless, Seb was focused and in the breakaway group.
The group of seven then dominated the race all the way until the last lap. Before then, Seb had been off the front with Lawless in a very ‘tasty’ move but alas for the team, that failed to stay away. Instead, the peloton closed down the 30 second or so gap the break had and there were 100 plus riders in contention for the win on that final mile long circuit.
Sebastian remained focused however and despite the break he was in getting caught, the Raleigh-GAC rider was close to the front for the final battle for the last corner on the circuit, won by Lawless who won the race from Matt Gibson with Seb in third.
Afterwards, Sebastian explained “I am happy with my ride tonight. I pay big attention in the first part of the race and get in a break where sometimes I attack, but on the last lap I see the peloton catching us and then follow Lawless but the same problem as last year, Lawless went through in first position and I have no more power to pass him in the sprint.”
“Okay, it was third position, but for me that is good and I like this race. The team paid big attention too in the first part and attack and this was good for a team like ours”.
Despite the rain and cold (riders were shivering both before the start and after the race), the speed of the race was very very high and Sebastian say “the mechanic put good pressure in my Schwalbe tubulars and it was not slippery. It was nervous on the first lap with so many riders in this race but in the break it was fine.”
“I am happy with my racing tonight and I feel good. Yes it was very hot in Spain yesterday but my job is to adapt to all situations and I do that.”
Congratulations to Sebastian. He and the team now prepare to go to Northumberland for a two day race where Adria Moreno has had success and we see the return of Enrique Sanz.
Sebastian goes close to the win in Otley with third
Fraser Martin goes clear early on in the race
There was a great team atmosphere in the High 5 tent as the riders warmed up with the rain falling outside