With 1 week left to go in the Pearl Izumi Tour Series and Johnson Health Tech GP its (kind of) all to play for. Certainly in the Johnson Health Tech GP with 2 rounds left to go, in Woking and Aylsham, anyone of 3 teams could take the series, and lets face it the team series is probably the most important thing for the womens side (as it is for the men), as it gives massive publicity to the sponsors. So far there have also been some brilliant racing and great individual wins for Nat Creswick, Hannah Barnes, Hannah taking both Colchester and Redditch. Im not going to make any predictions for the last 2 rounds except that MG Maxifuel, MuleBar Girl or Matrix Fitness will take the series team results.
On the mens side, its a little more 1 sided, with TeamUKYouth leading the series now by a full 10 points. Having said that, 1 bad round in the last 3 and it could all change, although to be fair I think they will now need 2 bad rounds, as the difference between 1st and last is 9 points (not that I am predicting a last place, far from it). Providing TeamUKYouth keep concentrating, I dont see them being beaten for the team series, and expect at least 1 more individual win too. The only team that look like troubing the winners spot is Raleigh, but I think they have left the charge too late now. Also a special mention to Metaltech-Knights of Old whose knowledge of the rule book meant they took a well earned team win in Redditch.
One final thing, my deepest sympathies go out to the friends and family of the NEG rider killed at the start of the SERRL 3 day last month. These guys are skilled riders and do an excellent job keeping riders safe in difficult circumstances. Lets hope we see no more serious accidents.