Monday, 3 October 2011

See You Next Year

Well, thats it for the road racing season for this year. My final race was the Doncaster Wheelers Autumn Road Race that took place in Harworth. 
I got into the break after 1 lap with 3 other people and stayed there for the next 45 miles, the longest break I have ever been in. Anyway, we got reeled back in. Im saying that we had to slow down or stop when cars, on 3 occasions, got in front of the lead vehicle , but whats done is done. I wouldnt have won anyway because after 35 miles I was missing my turns at the front I was that knackered, and I was reduced to grovelling at the back of the line. 
When we got caught, I was reduced to grovelling at the back of the bunch, but before the last hill I managed to get roughly somewhere towards the front.
At 300m to go, my legs where drowning in lactic acid and shut down. I came a miserable 30th, but, at least I had a nice days riding in the sun.

Looking back on the year, I have mixed feeling about my results. I manged to archieve one main goal, to get my 2nd catergory license, but failed on my other one, to win at least one race. Some might say that I'm being a bit of a twat, but I did come close to winning a few, I just messed up royaly or got outwitted in the closing metres. 
Also, I got lots of top 10's and a handful of podiums, not bad to say that all I'd done previously was a couple of races at Richard Dunnes because I had a road bike laying about. 

For the rest of the year, Im going to keep my legs ticking over by partaking in the short, but painful, hill climb season, culminating in the Nationals somewhere towards Manchester. 
When thats done, I shall use the cross bike to do a few cyclo-cross races, and see what the fuss is about. Thats the plan anyway.

Because I probably wont have much to say after all thats done, I might do some reviews on various cycle gear, since Im going to have to built my winter bike (courtesy of Lee), improve the 'cross bike (its the frankenstein of bikes) and upgrade my race bike (courtesy of Joel) , theres going to be a few shiny new bike bits being used. 
Well thats all for now, Ill put some reports and results from any competitive events I do up here and my plans for next year closer toward january.

Thanks for reading. 

1 comment:

  1. Nice riding wit u sunday. Been reading your blog looks like I have a long way to go to be competitive in racing but u have inspired me to actually try a few. Your bike handling is amazing. Some of those wet Sharp turns u took at some speed ! Good luck for next year.