National Masters Road Race Championships 2016 (D)
Daren, Stephen Campbell and myself were duly in attendance for the National Masters Road Race Championships (D category) on Saturday. It was perfect weather for a bike race, sunny intervals and a little bit of wind to help spice things up. 79 starters made up a quality field.
The race went off at a cracking pace and then settled down after the first 17km lap. A few breaks went off, but they were well marshalled by an experienced bunch that was more than willing to chase stuff down. Daren got away a couple of times, the first one was for quite a while – the second one I bridged over to him and brought a couple of guys with me, but they showed no interest after I flicked a shattered elbow at them to come through and we were all caught. I recovered a little and then went off again and took another guy with me, but that was a right old struggle and was glad when we got caught, I was absolutely done in.
With about two laps to go, a break of three got away and they were never caught, which was a fair effort to be honest. Daren did a fair chunk of work at the front and I was done for the day and just made sure that if there were any other breaks, I was going to be one one. None materialised, so it was time to get myself settled for the sprint.
Got myself a little boxed in on the outside, which was a little unusual, but found some room on the inside and a half decent wheel – once we’d got to the top of the drag and swept round to the right, there was 200m to go and the sprint was on. Made up a ton of places and it would’ve been a bit better if there was another 50m or so, but that’s racing I suppose.
Thanks to a DQ, I managed 15th and a precious point in my bid to retain my 2nd cat license. Daren finished in the bunch after a sterling effort throughout the race.