Evel Knievel is quoted as saying I love the feeling of fresh air on my face and wind blowing through my hair - However he didn't race Chedworth this weekend.
A sunny day met us hardy fools at the race site and although the sign on was in the warm embrace of the cafe the cold wind cut you in half the moment you dared to go outside. Struggling to keep warm we all had a couple of laps to familiarise ourselves with the layout and what was clear, the course was going to be really hard - A strong man contest I exclaimed to anyone that would listen.
The race started with the familiar bun fight into the first couple of corners and the usual suspect lined up to take their chance Krzysztof Chrostek and Chris Ruthwell were away closely followed by Grant Leavy and Sam Smith - I was just off the back of them with Talan Snowden sat on me with the race opening up. The tricky conditions were leaving people between one bike setting and another, so lots of action for the pits and this was creating a bit of change in the bunch. I worked over to the group with Sam and Grant and tried to go clear although Grant wasnt going to give it to me!
As was expected the race became a battle as much as anything with yourself and the hard course and most people were riding in their own personal pain cave just waiting to finish. My suffering was rudely interrupted by a fast finishing Sam Smith. I tried to go with him but watching as he hopped the barriers lap after lap I knew it was futile.
Another top 5 finish for me so that keeps me in contact with the top of the field with the end of the season in sight.
A special thanks to the greatest pit mate (and wife) Jenny for standing in the artic conditions lap after lap - a proper trooper and really deserved the pint in the pub after.
On to the div champs next week
|1||Chris Rothwell||00:55:38||BW Cycling|
|2||Krzysztof Chrostek||00:58:37||Bath CC|
|3||Sam Smith||00:59:55||Cheltenham and County CC|
|4||Mike Brunsdon||01:00:50||Velo Club Montpellier|
|5||Grant Leavy||01:01:39||DRK Racing|
|6||Talan Snowden||00:55:38||73 Degrees CC|
|7||Thomas Clark||00:56:01||stroud valley velos|
|9||Glyn Griffiths||00:57:09||73 Degrees CC|
|10||George Jones||00:57:43||VC St Raphael|
|11||Rory Smith||00:58:23||Malvern Cycle Sport|
|12||Theo Brumhead||00:58:23||Bristol South Cc|
|14||Mitch Evans||01:01:12||Ride 24/7|
|15||Dan Smith||01:01:19||Ride 24/7|
|16||Oliver Hayward||01:01:28||Striking Bikes|
|17||Nathan Anscombe||01:01:49||Bikestrong KTM|
|18||Gethin Musk||01:03:27||Performance Cycles|
|19||George Britton||00:56:05||Severn RC|
|20||Lewis Revill||00:56:13||Bath Uni CC|
|21||Luke Bonnett||00:57:30||Bristol Cx|
|22||Steve Smith||00:58:04||Ride 24/7|
|DNF||James Lowles||DNF||BIKE Channel Canyon|