Wiv SunGod rider Matt Gibson believes TRINITY Racing’s resurgence in the Sportsbreaks.com Tour Series’ second week could both help and hinder his team’s title chances.

Gibson and his team-mates came away from last Thursday’s fourth round in Stranraer with a three-point lead over 2021 champions Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling.

However, TRINITY Racing’s focus on taking individual victories, something that they achieved in both Sunderland and Stranraer courtesy of Blake Quick and Luke Lamperti respectively, has inadvertently put Wiv SunGod under greater pressure when it comes to the all-important team result.

Gibson said: “It does kind of work in our advantage, TRINITY going for individual wins while we’re focusing on the team [result]. But, at the same time, that makes it a bit harder to consolidate because they are willing to burn up riders. We’ve got to make sure we get three riders as high up [at each round] as possible.

“During the races [in Sunderland and Stranraer] it has been a bit easier because they’ve controlled things. But that also means that we’ve been on the back foot for the last couple of laps, because once they start winding it up we’ve got to go harder than they have to be in the right spot.

“I think Ribble are coming on pretty strong now, too, which is something that we’ve got to be careful of. Obviously the overall standings have closed up a little bit, so we will have to make sure we don’t let that slip in the next few rounds. Hopefully we can get some more points back.”

While Gibson and his team’s approach continues to be taking each round as it comes, the 25-year-old admitted that he’s excited for this year’s Grand Final, which takes place in Manchester on Tuesday 24 May.

“Manchester is pretty close to home, so I’m excited to ride down there,” said Gibson, who was born in Lymm, just a few miles south west of the city. “Looking at the circuit it might be kind of similar to [round three in] Sunderland. It could be a little bit more technical but flatter, so that should be a good round.”

Racing in this year’s Sportsbreaks.com Tour Series resumes on Thursday (19 May) with a first visit to Clacton-on-Sea on Essex’s sunshine coast.

Action gets underway with the men’s race (5.30pm), followed by the women’s race (7.30pm). Both will be streamed live on the series website with no geo-restrictions.

[Words: Sarah Abbott]