Second for Adam Kenway
In the toughest race so far in the British racing calendar 2018, Adam Kenway presented the team with its second podium in two weeks and his second runner up position in two races.
The Danum Trophy is a long running event with a prestigious winners list over the years and in 2018 was held over 60 miles (100km) around a six mile circuit near Doncaster in South Yorkshire. In freezing conditions and a little rain, the Vitus Pro Racing Team riders were able to wrap up warmly in their Velotec clothing with the help of the new camper van from Don Amott Leisure Kingdom on its first outing for the team in 2018.
At 9.40 the race left the headquarters and headed to the circuit where as soon as the flag was dropped the race sprang into life and the Vitus Pro Cycling Team were at the front of the race making their presence felt in breakaway after breakaway. Adam Kenway takes up the story:
“It was aggressive from the gun and the first time up the climb (12% ascent) Josh said to me ‘I think this is a good place to attack’ so I attacked and from then on, there was either, me Josh, Julio, Deins up the road. Josh got away early on and his group got bigger and I was part of a group of ten that got across.”
“The group though was too big and I saw three riders I know go off the front and I nipped across, and we were drilling it and working well. Then Josh came across with Matt Holmes (eventual winner from Madison Genesis) and Ed Hopper and from then it was great. We were all strong and on the last lap, I was on the front where I didn’t want to be and Matt went and I was always ten metres adrift of him and over the top and he opened the gap.”
“I kept my effort going knowing Josh could sit in with the chase group and if I was caught, would have fresher legs but I hung for second on my own. You always like to win but if at the start of the day, someone had offered me second, I would probably have accepted it because there were some really good riders in this race today.”
Team owner Cherie Pridham was of course pleased to see her team get another podium so soon after the one last week in the Coalville Road Race:
“Everything went to plan today and I know Adam is disappointed with second but on the whole, we have to look at the team’s performance and today it was a very positive one.”
“We had four riders in the front group and when it came down to the crucial selection, we were at the pointy end with two riders. I am also happy for Adam who is showing a lot of consistency in the races and Josh too rode another clever race. Julio was there or thereabouts and Deins, who wasn’t on a good day, rode himself back into the race in the second half.”
The team next week will on the road scouting a couple of stages of the Tour de Yorkshire. At the weekend, a few riders have races whilst they all look forward to the first major race in Britain for 2018, the Chorley GP on 15 April.
Thank you VeloUK for imagery, race report and interviews.