Written by Tom Hopper Sunday, 23 April 2006 00:00
I’m sure I road the trainer longer than I raced. With a really good warm up I rolled to the line. The pace of this race started very fast. With only 20 miles I decided to sit on the front and not worry so much about results but just getting a good work out in. The laps flew by. With two laps to go I decided to disappear from the front and not to work anymore but watch any last moves.
Coming into the last climb I moved back towards the front, sitting around 8th as we turned onto the top section of the course which was a long wide open section. The race started to pick up. Some of the stronger riders appeared towards the front after sitting in all day. Coming into the last downhill section of the course I was sitting third wheel. As we cruised down the hill sweeping left to right I could see the finish. The two riders in front were kept a great pace but were starting to fade. I took one glance back and could feel the pack ready to swallow me up. I decided at that point I’d start my sprint jumping a tad to early with three riders coming around me in the end. The rider that came off my wheel for the win was actually a close friend and rider from Boston Road Club. After the finish John thanked me for such a strong lead out. I realized if I had been a bit more patient I could’ve possible got the win, but hey that’s racing. The final sprint can be a crap shot and finishing fourth wasn’t too bad. All and all a great learning experience this weekend and pretty good results too.
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