With Commonwealth Games rider Mike Serafin racing in the UK, James Roe chose to test his form in the fields behind the German Underground Hospital ahead of his first real test of the season next weekend at round 2nd of the Southern XC series in the UK.
With the course being extremely bumpy Roe wanted to get out of the way of any early race mishaps and set a hard pace from the gun, by the end of the first 5 minute lap Roe had a 20 second lead over fellow Island Games rider Andrew Colver in second. Colver’s luck was not to last though and a puncture on the second lap cost the rider over three minutes allowing Veteran Chris Le Page to move into second followed closely by the ever improving runner come cyclist Steve Dawes.
As the race progress Roe put in consistent lap times and by the end of the 1h04.21 race had managed to lap the entire field, 2nd was Chris Le Page and Colver had recovered from his early mechanical to take an impressive 3rd place. What was particularly impressive was that if the Under 16 riders Alex Van Katwyk and Brad Vaudin had been riding in the Expert category they would have been 2nd and 3rd respectively to Roe.
Roe said after the race. “I am happy to get back mountain bike racing and winning! I was a bit nervous having not raced XC since before Christmas because of injury."