The Shutt Ridley race team dominated the field at this week's MK Bowl criterium races. Showing natural tactical awareness Shutt riders Julia Chatterton and Maxine Filby were super aggressive and took the race to the rest of the field.
Pic above shows Filby Breaking Clear. Thanks to David Lloyd for the photograph.
As the group were battered from all sides, eventually Chatterton managed to take a reasonable 20s lead. Following in the wheels behind Filby rested up and waited for the perfect time to strike. As the bunch crawled their way back towards our lone leader Filby exploded away and bridged the gap on her own. Now with both Shutt Ridley riders away the heat was really on.
Working together both ladies looked strong and started pulling away. The bunch had no answer and the victory was complete as the Shutt ladies crossed the line for a 1-2 whitewash with the back of the pack at risk of being lapped. In the end, reigning Queen of the Bowl Filby took the win with her teammate comfortably rolling in behind as both riders extend their lead at the top of the series standings.
The icing on the cake was then completed by Shutt sprinter Gareth Harvey who blasted clear of his Elite race to win by several length from his closest rival. The men's Elite race at The Bowl has long eluded the Shutt racers but now Harvey has taken that win and jumps up to third in the King of the Bowl competition.
Pics shows Gareth Harvey racing at MK Bowl. Thanks to David Lloyd for the photo.
Elsewhere, Jered Allcock took an excellent 4th place in the Abingdon men's Elite race riding clear of the field and soloing in behind the days breakaway.
Harvey also completed a dominant display at the Palmer Park Velodrome in Reading winning the Keirin and both 10lap and 20km scratch races.