Kiboshed

Amateur team Kibosh Racing recently hosted its first bike race, with the support of Rapha, in beautiful South West England. See how the day panned out with a photoset from Jojo Harper and George Marshall.

“Ninety seconds chaps. Dig in!” crackles a cockney accent through the loudhailer as the fragmented pursuit fail to make a pact and reel it in.

Four to go.

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It’s early May in blustery Devon. Kibosh Racing, a small group of like-minded friends and fanatical racers is hosting its first South West regional road race. The team, originally founded here last year but with a recently added London contingent, has realised one of its grand ambitions – to host and stage a National B-level road race.

The essence is simple: Kibosh is a race team and without races to race that wouldn’t be possible, so here is its two pennies’ worth for the party. After a nervous and frantic few months coupled with incredible support, and a lengthy list of IOUs that’d make even a bookie blush, it’s on!

A strong field turns up, including elite riders from the Rapha-sponsored Team WIGGINS & BIKE Channel-Canyon, the region’s finest amateurs and travelling teams from London and the south of England. The battle takes place over the rolling, grippy roads of the 12km Jacobstowe circuit.

“One to go, one to go”. The last lap is upon them. 112km deep and the field fractures into several groups. Each bunch keeps grinding it out for one last roll of the dice. Each pursuing their own goal – win, top ten, or just finish. Every one counts.

The checkered flag falls and Jordan Peacock wins. He is the inaugural champion after prevailing in the sprint from the three-man breakaway. The remainder of the field roll in and their weathered faces reveal the spectrum of emotion and effort laid out – they’re kiboshed, you could say. Bring on next year.