After a successful first edition of the race last year, Kibosh Racing returned to host another race from the picturesque village of Hatherleigh, Devon. The South West and London based team aimed to build on last years event and put on the best race of the year in the South West region. On Sunday the 22nd of July the race rolled out onto the grippy Jacobstow circuit with the riders taking on a 10km circuit, which was to be ridden 10 times with an nasty uphill drag to the finish line.
It was a race organised by racers for racers, a surprisingly rare event. The Kibosh guys have a strong identity and a laid back, heart on your sleeve approach to racing. They will always give it their all to get on the podium and the event encapsulated this mantra perfectly. I spent a couple of days with the team to bring you a behind the scenes photo journal from the whole event.
The day before consisted of checking the course to make sure no spontaneous road works or any other hazards had popped up. There was a trip to the hardware store and the supermarket for last minute bits and bobs. As with all good road races, there was to be a village hall filled with cake and the baking production line was in full swing, with cakes for afterwards and pasties being produced en mass for the race's pasty primes. In the evening there was some finalising of British Cycling documentation late into the night and the printing out of lap numbers.
An early wake up call on Sunday morning to load up the van with cones, signs etc and get to the course early to open the race HQ and sweep any gravel off the course. Race organiser Neil, tell's me how organising the race for the first time last year was easier than he imaged it might be, but still involved a lot of work with so much dependant on other variables such as keeping local residents happy and getting approval from the local police.
Prizes, beers, bikes, snacks, signs, wheels, hats, clothing, bidons and coffee filled the van....
Rider sign on at the race HQ in Hatherleigh, Devon.
Kitchen - food, drinks and coffee - sorted.
The Coffee on offer was not your usual cup of Nescafe instant. AllPress Espresso kindly provided quality batch brew coffee for the event.
Riders started to arrive at sign on and collect race numbers.
Nerves and excitement began to build as the riders took a few moments before the racing kicked off.