Julio Amores produced one of his best performances of the season to finish tenth in the Bristol Grand Prix, on a blisteringly hot day in which just 44 of 140 starters finished the race.
Adam Kenway was the only other Vitus Pro Cycling Team rider to complete a contest held in temperatures close to 30 degrees, in which the team used almost 80 bottles.
The new event, held on a six-kilometre circuit around the streets of Bristol, took place in some of the hottest conditions of the year and on city roads that held within them all the dangers that bike riders dread, including broken glass and barriers placed to leave no margin for error.
Blistering temperatures and concerns over course safety caused a delay to the planned 10.30am start. Neither the delay or the heat made things easier for the riders, Pridham observed, even if Amores thrived in conditions similar to those of his Spanish homeland.
“The hot weather was in Julio’s favour and it was great to see him grab hold of the opportunity, get stuck in and come away with a good result. It isn’t often we get heat like this and I think we used between 70 and 80 bottles today, which shows how busy we were in the pits, keeping the riders hydrated.”
The team’s riders had enjoyed the performance of their Vitus Vitesse Evo race bikes, she continued, and with no punctures on a circuit full of hazards, the Schwalbe Pro One HT tubulars gave them the best opportunity of a result, especially as no team cars were allowed to follow the race. The team’s Toyota Auris hybrid remained in the pits, along with all the other team cars.
The result in Bristol came after a busy week for the team, who had completed an almost unbroken itinerary since leaving the national championships in Northumberland last Sunday.
“We travelled to Otley on Wednesday, and Abergavenny on Friday, before returning to Derby to make the team rider changes and to keep a couple of the young guys fresh for days like today,” Pridham explained. “We came to Bristol on Saturday night and will now head back to Derby.”
Vitus Pro Cycling Team’s next race is the Skipton round of the Elite Circuit Series, which will be held this Wednesday (July 11, 2018).