Last week was a rest weekend following a demanding weekend in Northumberland the week prior followed by a 4-day block of hard training in the North Yorkshire Moors in preparation for a series of demanding races over the coming weeks.
This weekend was the Sheffrec RR, 18 laps over a demanding racing circuit at Braithwaite just outside Doncaster, the Sun was out and the temperature, 18 degrees, however along with the good weather brought gale force winds that would certainly decide the race.
On lap three the race split to pieces in the crosswind through the finish, and there were two distinct groups behind the initial break of four riders, the second group which I was in chasing the group ahead, we worked well chasing the group and had the gap down to about 15 seconds, more then close-able, but a few riders sat up missing turns and we remained in no mans land, until the cohesion stopped at lap 11 and the gap grew, race over as far as a result was concerned. We continued to ride at tempo for the remain laps rolling in for 20th place, in a race where 70 started at 28 finished a testament to the difficult conditions, the race was won by an in form Tommy Bustardwith a great solo move in the final 3 laps.
The negatives still slightly lacking in those efforts that decide the race, the positives its coming and hopefully another week of solid training will accelerate my fitness further, before the biggest race of the year so far this coming weekend.
I have made a conscious choice this year to race the best possible races available each weekend no matter where in the country, it is the only way to be competitive with the best riders.