Green light for 50th Perfs Pedal

Marcin Bialoblocki wins the Perfs Pedal road race in 2013
Marcin Bialoblocki wins the Perfs Pedal road race in 2013
Mike Williams on his way to second place in the veteran 50 race last month. Picture: Neil Marshall (171322-123)

Wheelers prepare for Wessex war

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Mick Waite has declared it’s all systems go for the 50th Perfs Pedal road race on Sunday (11am).

The battle, which has long signalled the launch of the domestic road racing season, was cancelled because of flooding last year.

But fears of a repeat this term have been allayed.

And according to weather forecasts, the 79-strong entry should be in for great conditions.

Waite, who set up the race in 1964, said: ‘The forecast looks good.

‘There might be a bit of frost at night but they are saying the temperature could be up to six or seven by the start of the race.

‘That would suit us down to the ground.

‘Last year we had flooding, which was not unsurprising.

‘That’s not to say we won’t have a few puddles on Sunday but the water was right across the road last year.

‘We had nowhere to brush the water because it just kept coming back.

‘But the course is looking good.

‘I went out there last weekend and again in the week and there is nothing we can’t overcome.’

The start list for Sunday’s 72km battle features the 2013 winner Marcin Bialoblocki.

However, he will tackle a new route as he eyes a second title.

After the race leaves its neutralised zone in Southwick, the riders will take on four laps of a Portsdown Hill circuit.

This will see them climb up Swivelton Lane from Boarhunt and descend Southwick Hill Road.

After these loops, they will then embark on one-and-a-half laps of a Newtown circuit, which includes the finish on Hundred Acres Road.

‘We have used both circuits in the past for separate events,’ said Waite.

‘But this is the first time we have used them both for the same race.

‘It takes a bit more managing but should be good.’

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