Seaton Cycle Fest 19/06/16 

As many people who know me & who have seen my photos, I quite like cycling. So when I read about the Seaton Cycle Fest event in East Devon, it was a date I put in the diary straight away.

The roads around the town centre were closed off from around noon so several events could take place throughout the afternoon/evening.these included Bmx displays, Majorette displays & zumba. Alongside that were food stalls and much more to give people plenty to see & do.

The weather did have other ideas on the day, but the majority of sceduled events went ahead.

The main events of the cycle fest were the Women’s & Men’s Criteriums along a circuit around the town centre. Organised by the Chard Wheelers cycling club, the circuit had a mixture of fast flat straights, a climb & fast sweeping descent back into the town centre. The wet roads were another element for the riders to contend with.

Below is a selection of my images taken during the two races.

 

After a flat straight section along the sea front, Sea Hill provided a test for the riders against a beautiful Jurassic Coast backdrop.

  

Two of the three female riders who made the breakaway nearing the top of the hill early on in the race. Lauren Dolan (left) went on to win.

  

Is that a grimace or a smile from Jess Duffy of Bikeshed-Bianchi womens team as she neared the top of sea hill?
   

Early on in the Women’s crit while the riders were still together as a bunch.
  

The weather deteriorated further over the course of the Men’s criterium leading it to be cut down to 50 minutes instead of an hour.
  

Even in the wet conditions, riders took the descent into town at speed before entering the fast sweeping section onto Harbour Road.

  

A two man breakway formed early on as the peloton split up behind them.
  

Josh Greet makes his way up sea hill in an attempt to close down the breakaway.
  

As the time progressed, rain & winds increased the main group were whittled down further.

  

The leaders press on as they begin to lap backmarkers.
    

A slight slope followed by the descent into town provided a short breather for riders after the climb on Sea Hill.
  

Here’s an image I wanted to capture of the town’s iconic clock tower as the leaders approached the descent.

  
    

The bottom of the hill was followed by a fast left/right section onto Harbour road. It looked treacherous in the wet, though the rider’s bike handling skills were excellent.
    
 

George Fowler of NFTO crosses the line for a victory as rain an wind continue to hit the town and hardy spectators still lining the barriers.

Both races involved plenty of action despite the wet weather. The Womens race being won by Lauren Dolan & the Mens by George Fowler.

The event as a whole I would consider to be a success despite the weather & a strong foundation for similar events in the future for the town (I certainly hope there are more!) maybe looking at the possibility of incorporating it into the air ambulance week for example or holding it during a half term week could help draw attention to the event and showcase the town & what it can do to even more people. The event could also help the town host or play part in a stage of the Tour of Britain like it did several years back.

I’ll be taking photos at the Red Hook Criterium in Greenwich, London on 9th July. Something that started as a small get together a few years ago & has grown massivley since. Images from that will be here, my Instagram page (@atmoorehead) & my Facebook page (Alex Moorehead Photography)

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