A week off from Belgium so I set out to ride from Colchester to Gravesend and then race. Waking up to snow blizzards put a stop to that idea. Roller session it was then.
Arriving at Gravesend with wet slippery roads and snow still I was thinking warmth is the key today. Racing with my raceline rear mudguard available from Interbike, Marks Tey.
With a strong field I thought it would be a tough race, with a rider getting away from lap one, nothing to major and was pulled back soon enough. Staying together for the race, it seemed not many people wanted to put there necks on the line to go for it. With 2 laps to go I attacked getting a gap, smashing it into the headwind I pulled out a bigger gap.
Finishing 1 minute clear of the rest to take the win. My first victory of the year and for my new team.
Omloop Van De Braakman - Dutch Roubaix.
Keen for this race I watched the last 3 years of the race on YouTube, and every year the break went early. So I knew what i needed to to and watch the early moves.
Easier said then done. The break went and I missed it sure enough ! Pulling out a 1 minute gap !
With 14km of cobbles per lap and primes at the end of every section it was going to be fast. Hitting the cobbles at 50kph it was tough. Happy I had some hand built wheels made which were super stiff but comfortable across the cobbles.
After 60km of 168km race the break still had 1 minute gap, I attacked and got away with one other rider, and put the hammer down. Pulling away from the bunch and getting closer to the break, the rider who came with me proved to be not strong enough so was only doing 5 second turns leaving me to do the brunt of the work, getting across the 1 minute gap in 5km.
Riding in the break and pulling further away from the bunch I though I had a top 20 in the bag, only to see the team cars move out the way with 5km to go and a group of 30 coming back to us.
With spent legs from being in the break all day I tried to limit my losses and wait for the sprint. Finishing 33rd. Gutted with my result but at the same time happy with my performance.
7-4-2013 Sint - Laureins
Traveling out for a day trip on the boat with my parents it was a early start. Arriving at Sint - Laureins to a pleasant 23degrees. Felt like a tropical holliday comapred to the -degrees from this weeks training, it was only thursday I was out on a 5 hour ride with a snow blizzard.
Pre rode the course and realised it was pan flat, and hardly a puff of wind. I knew it was going to be quick. Choosing my wheels wisely, with a few tight corners I Opted for the 50's.
Starting off and we was soon upto speed, looking down after 30km to see we was averaging 44-4kph. The fastest race ive done this season so far. Bit of a shock to the legs, never the less I was persistantly trying to get into a move. It wasnt until the later stage of the race a group got away and i was in the group behind it, nelry getting across to finish 200m behind the winning break and 30th possition.
Not a bad day out, but lots to improve.
Thats all for now.
Porsche Autostrasse next weekend then back to Belgium for Affligem, then Holland followed by France.
Heres some snaps from my travels.
Thanks to Graham Strugnell of Tekno Sport for his sponsorship and support.