Bissell’s Patrick Bevin added yet another victory to his growing list of wins this season.
“I knew I had good legs and would be one of the fastest guys left for sure,” Bevin said.
“So the guys sold out from the top of the climb and pretty much rode once we hit the flats.
They set me up for the finish in great position, and I finished it off for them,
so it was a good day.”
Friday’s long 120 mile Beaumont Circuit Race played out similar to past years
with the group staying together for the first of five total circuits.
On the second circuit a break of 4 riders got away
and built up a minute gap.
As the four leaders approached the KOM, the gap shrank
to only 10 seconds and group fell to three.
However, the power in the break was recharged with the addition
on an Exergy rider and the gap grew again to two minutes by the end
of the third circuit. Kenda manned the front of the peloton
in protection of their GC leader and brought the break back
by the start of the final lap. Almost on cue, the action started
with last year’s winner, Francisco Mancebo (Competitive Cyclist)
and Andy Jacques-Maynes (Kenda), making a brief but strong effort
at a breakaway. BISSELL came to the front in the final miles
to control for any late attacks. The BISSELL train was in great form
heading toward the finish. Bevin’s final lead out man, Pipp, was swarmed
in the final corner, but playing on his strengths Bevin was able
to come through on the slight uphill finish. He surged past his contenders
to take the win by several bike lengths. “It was just a matter of queuing up
at that last corner and just letting her go,” Bevin said. “To put a W on the board
is really satisfying. It’s great to have the BISSELL guys sell out for me,
pretty much, and all I have to do is finish it off. It makes my day pretty easy.”
The day, however, did not come without loss. After his great time trial prologue,
BISSELL’s Carter Jones started the day in fourth place overall.
On the second circuit, Jones crashed and was taken to hospital.
BPCT originally feared a possible clavicle fracture, but are happy to say
it wasn’t the case. A battered Jones was released and will be able to resume
his promising season after a bit of recovery.
Saturday’s Redlands Crit is another day for BISELL to look forward
to as National Criterium Champion Eric Young targets the stage.