The 2023 Leicester Forest CC road race (Nat B) for men takes place this weekend, 17 September. Here is our preview.
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What is it?
A National B road race for men that also forms the final round of five that make up the East Midlands Road Race League. Run by Leicester CC, the late season race is centred around the South Leicestershire villages of Ashby Magna and Peatling Parva.
With previous rounds of the EMRRL ranked as a Regional A (2/3/4 Category Rider) the start list features many riders who may not be used to riding at a National B level, hoping to secure points which count towards the series standings. Saturday (16 September)) was the fourth round of the league so we may see some tired legs in the bunch.
With final round of the National Road Series on the same day, many of the domestic peloton’s more experienced riders will be testing themselves at the Beaumont Trophy, allowing future talent to show their potential and bag some national road race rankings points.
Starting in the quaint village of Ashby Magna, the race consists of 14 and 3/4 laps of a 9.7km fast but rolling sporting course, 145km in total.
The rolling circuit heads south-east to Peatling Parva, before dropping down a slight decent, then taking in 2 short kickers and a short climb up towards the finish.
Riders to watch
Cai Davies and Clay Davies are names that frequent British Continental readers with be familiar with. The fierce competitors are separated by just 2 points in the British Continental’s National Road Race Rankings, so will be looking to best one and other as the season draws to a close. Clay is yet to win a national road race this season which he has come close to on several occasions, most recently at the Jef Schils Memorial race earlier this month. Cai on the other hand has one National B road race victory to his name in 2023, having won the Simon Hook Memorial Road Race.
Oscar Hutchings is another rider to keep an eye on, having some strong mid season results along with a win stage win at the Clive Tiley Memorial Race. Tobias Bartlett has had a similar season to that of Oscar, still in search of the elusive National B win.
Team PB Performance bring the largest team to the race, with 6 riders, clearly looking to secure the series win. However, they will need to work as a team to snatch an over come more experienced riders. Given the team’s track record of developing talent a win is a possibility for the squad.