Cycle 105km inc. LVRC road race. 55 miles
Lap 1: 36:35 (36.5km/h) HR 142(169)
Lap 2: 34:22 (38.9km/h) HR 155(181)
Lap 3: 34:22 (38.8km/h) HR 154(175)
Lap 4: 34:22 (38.7km/h) HR 157(175) total: 2:19:41 (38.0km/h) HR 152(181)
Beacon RCC organised this LVRC national series road race very well. There was a strong field – national points were at stake. It was pretty foggy on the way to the event, but wasn’t too bad once I was there. We got a briefing of some poor road surfaces on the lap, and a set of temporary traffic lights that we ended up ignoring as they were only 20 yards long and marshalls held the traffic up for us – cool!
The first lap was a bit club-runnish, until a couple of riders had a bit of a dig about 2/3rds of the way round. From then on it was full race mode. A promising looking break of 5 riders clipped off going through the start/finish at the end of the 1st lap. They quickly got a 30-second gap and on the next climb I joined two other riders in hunting them down. It took us quite an effort to get up to them, but, ominously, they were already looking over their shoulders. There were some strong riders in there, but we only survived for another 3 or 4 miles before the bunch hunted us down.
I decided to sit in for a bit (I didn’t have much choice, my legs needed a break), and a couple of minutes later the counter attack of four or five got a good gap. We never saw them again, bah. All my previous break companions were trapped back in the bunch with me. I joined in with a bit of through-and-off on the third lap but we weren’t going to reel them in, even when one of a break parachuted out and came freewheeling back to us. A few ones and twos tried to clip off the remainder of the bunch in the last few miles, but the remainder of us came in together for a bit of a bunch sprint on the narrow finishing climb. I got a bit boxed in on the kerb and finished mid-bunch. Quite enjoyed myself though.