Update for the 3rd round of the British XC Series at Richmond, Yorkshire.
Words by David Fletcher
I got off to a flying start. Leading out 90% of the first lap and instantly getting a nice gap with 6 others. From there I continued to press on and work hard on the front to try and break the group. Gaps were forming but closing once other riders had short turns on the front.
Feeling good I continued to work and confident of my form. I came into the 5th lap and unfortunately lost contact with some of the bunch. Suffering from my early efforts I continued to ride to a controlled pace. The last lap came and was positioned in 7th. From here the gap behind was too big to loose a place and the gap in front didn’t seem bridgeable. Finishing it wasn’t my greatest of days. With a very hilly course it wasn’t to my strengths. Climbing really well for the first 4laps and suffering over the last 2.
I know where I faulted, riding to hard at the front and bad positioning choices when the group eventually split from other riders attacking.
Bike and kit performed beautifully as always. Never skipped a beat and always ready to go faster.
Up next I have the Dalby round of the National Series and possibly a local league event to add a day of racing.
With thanks to Sherwood Pines Cycles, Moore Large, Forme Bikes and Vittoria Tyres.