Surrey League – Dunsfold 2/3
James B, Daren and myself were at a cold, wet and windy afternoon down in Dunsfold for the first road race of the season. 105km, 10 laps
I reckon James was in a break within about a minute of the start – he took 7 others with him and was never seen again, they built a gap of almost three minutes at one point.
Back in the bunch it was all a bit boring and pedestrian. There were a few small breaks, but they were quickly reigned in. Another break of four eventually got away and I cursed missing that one. The bunch had really slowed down and practically given up with about two 10km laps to go. One strong rider went off and I moved to the front for the first time to try and get things moving a bit, but after a minute of that I found myself 20m off the front and decided to make a break and join the other fella. Had an Army guy in tow (that was all the help he gave!) and made it to the other guy. Worked really hard and opened up a nice gap thanks to Daren blocking the bunch for us.
We caught the other break of four with just under a lap to go and they were really starting to flag. Gave them a bit of a boost and hammered it downhill towards the finish.
Was a right old mess of a sprint – too many went too early and blew up badly on the uphill section at the finish. Timed mine well and finished 2nd in the break and 10th overall.
James had a blinder, in a break from the off and finished 3rd – superb effort to stay away for so long and to build such a big gap.
Daren finished in the bunch after some sterling blocking which helped to keep my break away.
All in all, a great day for TCC!