May 28, 2012
As I wrote my last article for the website I was just about to start my racing for the season with the Tom Hawkins RR. The race didn’t exactly go to plan with me just finishing in the bunch and my team mate finishing in the bush… But we don’t talk about that.
Since then I have had my first experience of winning a circuit and a road race. Taking the first round of the Cornish Series, with a solo attack for the first half of the race only to be joined by my team mate James Williams half way though gave me the much needed bump to dig in and make it to the end of the race.
My first road race win was at the Newquay Velo road race in Cornwall, the break went early containing myself, team mate Richard Oram and five Mid Devon CC riders, Jamie Fabrizio and Nick Noble. As the laps went on riders started to drop back to the main bunch just leaving myself, Rich, three MDCC and Nick. I put in a strong attack on the climb with Rich jumping over to me. We rode as a two up for half a lap, but two Primal riders being away was enough to make the remaining break chase us down. So with three laps to go they caught us, but as soon as the caught us I put in another dig and pulled out a gap over the other riders, looking behind and seeing no one was putting in a immediate effort to get over to me I decided it was time to put my head down and get on with it. I rode the last three laps pulling out a small lead over the break to finish up the road on my own. It felt great to get my first win a few weeks earlier but it felt even better to get a win all on my own in a solo effort.
Since then I have been riding with the team quite a bit, having some great times. A good performance in the div champs saw us putting three riders in the top ten. We are possibly leading the Cornish series at a best guess?
Over the next few weeks we have some great opportunities coming up with a guest spot at two round of the tour series, racing in Torbay and Colchester. It’ll be a great chance for us to race head to head on national television with the strongest and fastest riders in the country, hopefully we can show them we are not just a regional team and we can put in a performance racing on a national level.
Talking of national level our strong and consistent performances have put us firmly in the top 15 teams in the U.K. With us currently ranked 13th nationally, the big goal for us this year in making our way into the top ten teams in the U.K.
We have a good few races coming up over the next month, including the tour series which will create some great articles I’m sure, you’ll be hearing about it soon.