Been a while since the last blog post. Here goes.
Today was the Hillingdon GP, a National A Circuit race with no less than three UCI Continental teams racing. With 56 laps of the one mile circuit, it looked like the bigger teams would work for a bunch sprint. This was not to be!! After twenty minutes a group of four attacked the race including Yanto Barker, a team-mate two Raleigh riders and two unknown guys. Will Bjergfelt from Motorpoint rode across to them making the break five strong. They worked well together sharing the work to push their gap out to around half a lap.
With just over half the race gone a crash brought down two Pendragon Riders, Chris and Jon both hit the deck hard. Leaving Chris unable to continue. Jon held in there with multiple cuts and grazes on him. Also with a very flappy jersey! The break seemingly away for good riders started to chance going off the front only to be shut down by Team Raleigh and the boys from Willier who put in a huge effort in chasing the break down.
13 laps to go the pace of the race slowed and I chanced going off the front. I got a gap and Jamie Sparling (Raleigh) came with me, what a beast he was! With 8 laps to go Jon Dibben stormed away from the bunch and joined us. At which the Raleigh rider was instructed by his manager to sit on and do no work. Waiting for the inevitable Jamie attacked us and somehow managed to ride across to the break! Jon and I forced ourselves round to 3 laps to go when we were caught by a group of riders. There was me thinking I was going to get a top ten…legs blown I sprinted, badly, in for 15th. Tom Barras from Cycle-Premier-Metaltek taking the win. Yanto in 4th. Doing so many laps of Hillingdon made it feel like a different world. I genuinely was dizzy at the finish. Whether that was from me exploding more than Mount Etna the other day I don’t know…
http://connect.garmin.com/activity/85810156 Today’s Garmin data. I was pleased with my performance today, after being in a few moves earlier in the race and having to close some splits after crashes I was happy to have the legs to get away. Next…the National 10.