On Tuesday 17th May, the Matrix Fitness and Pearl Izumi Tour Series Cycle Races were held in Motherwell town centre. This was the second year the town had held these events. I took the day off work to savour the action and also catch a glimpse of the preparation required before a large cycle race.
Photographs of the race can be seen here.
Behind the Scenes
The backroom staff were hard at work during the day getting the riders ready for the race. The bikes are checked out and worn parts replaced. They are then washed ready for the riders to start their race.
The JLT Condor bikes were being prepared. I had a close look at the and the frame was made from carbon fibre with Campagnolo components. The saddle was a Fizik Arione which is a fairly narrow saddle.
North Lanarkshire Pipe Band was also in attendance and entertained the crowds with some lovely music.
|Nikki Juniper of Team Ford Ecoboost|
|North Lanarkshire Pipe Band|
Ladies Matrix Fitness Race
There was action in the afternoon with races organised by Scottish Cycling. The Ladies Matrix Fitness race started at 17.30 and was won by Eileen Roe of Lares-Waowdeals. Near the end of the race, there was a terrible crash with one of the riders falling so badly she had to be taken to hospital.
Pearl Izumi Tour Series Cycle Race
The men’s race started at 19.30. The dark skies suggested rain would fall during the day but thankfully it stayed off until about 15 minutes before the men’s race finish. The winner of this race was Jon Mould of JLT Condor. Second was Albert Torres of Raleigh GAC, with Ed Clancy of JLC Condor third.
The crowds were out in force and everyone was having a great time. This was the second year the event has been held and it was well organised. Hopefully there will be more events like this in the town.
North Lanarkshire Council