Seaton Cycle Fest Men’s & Women’s Crits 02/07/17

After making an appearance for the first time mid June last year. The Seaton Cycle Fest in East Devon returned for it’s second outing with things to see & do in town throughout the weekend.

Those who remember the event last year, will recall the weather, which was rather wet, there’s the great British Summertime for you!

Fortunately this year we were all treated to the opposite, with warm sunshine & blue skies across the Saturday & Sunday. 

Saturday involved cycling from yesteryear with an event organised by the ‘Velo Vintage’ team. The vintage cycle around town was followed by a vintage fayre in the afternoon. Images from this event will feature in the next post, later in the week.

As was the case in 2016, Sunday featured criterium races on a circuit in the town centre closed to traffic. The same circuit as last year, the races began on the straight of Harbour Road before turning onto the Esplanade via Beach Road. This straight is then followed by the short but testing Castle Hill climb at a 7% gradient. The riders then turn right along Seafield road & then drop down the hill past the clock tower. The final stage of the circuit is followed by an exiting, fast sweeping left then right before beginning another lap.

Below is a selection of images taken across the Men’s & Women’s Crits.


The top of the ascent of Castle hill provided a wonderful backdrop of the town & the Jurassic Coastline while the riders made their way along the esplanade & up the hill.

 

Not many Crit circuits have sea views like this, probably not something in riders minds as the climbed Castle Hill though! Though some did cool off in the sea after the races were over.


Following the climb, there was two short straights, allowing the riders to catch a breath before dropping down the hill back into town.

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The final section of the circuit at the bottom of the hill, the fast sweeping left-right, was a great spot to watch the action unfold & to witness the speed & intensity of the racing. 


The event built on the strong foundations set last year, with great racing, a great turnout & great weather too. Hopefully organisers will continue to build on the success of the event in years to come & help put in on the map as one of the top cycling events in the South West.

More images from the event can be found on my Facebook page @ Alex Moorehead Photography. Also on Instagram @atmoorehead

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