What a course! I completed my practise laps and I was so excited to race on this brutal but fun course. Everyone I saw kept repeating "this is a course for you, Becky!" no pressure then, hey! Twisty, loamy, technical and short steep climbs.. BRUTAL!
It was a cold day and I really suffer in the cold so I had to prepare wisely. I headed to the start line with my 4 layers on top and 2 on the bottom.. I really didn't want to take it all off! It was an uphill start and Emma Knight and I had jokingly discussed how we weren't going to lead the race out... This is exactly what happened and we both found ourselves sat behind Alison Rushton.
We turned off the tarmac and entered the wooded section where we had to tackle an uphill hurdle; I managed to hop the log and take the lead. Emma and Alison were close behind me so I knew I needed to put a bit of pressure on to get a bigger gap. My legs decided they didn't want to function and the embrocation I had applied to my legs hadn't kicked in and I really suffered from the cold. Emma had dropped Alison and she was chasing me down, I was struggling to open the gap.
On the second to last lap my legs decided to function and warm up and I managed to open the gap further, I crossed the line in first place, 1 minute 6 seconds up on second place. Another new venue and another fantastic course, fingers crossed this will be a regular on the North West Calendar.
|1||Rebecca Preece||Leisure Lakes Bikes.com||5|
|2||Emma Knight||Evans Cycles Race Team||5|
|3||Alison Rushton||Ribble Valley Juniors||5|
|4||Nicole Clarke||Birkenhead North End CC||5|
|5||Jane Rayner||Wrexham Road Club||5|
|6||Sue Fisher||Chinley Churners Cycling Club||5|
|7||Gillian Nicol||Team 69 Cycles||5|
|8||Julia Behnsen||Port Sunlight Whls CC||4|
|9||Cathy Atkinson||Manchester Triathlon Club||4|
|10||Fiona Mashiter||Private Member||4|
|11||Marianne Williams||Private Member||4|
|12||Naomi Wright||Manchester Triathlon Club||4|
|13||Catherine Litherland||Rapha Cycling Club||4|
|14||Sarah Grimshaw||Horwich CC||4|
|15||Karen Payton||Private Member||4|
|16||Kate Porter||Horwich CC||4|
|17||Jane Sutton||Port Sunlight Whls CC||4|
|18||Jaqui Simcock||Team JMC||4|
|19||Avril McClorey||North Cheshire Clarion||4|
|20||Christine Williams||Harry Middleton Cycling Club||4|
|21||Lynsey Whitley||Chester RC||4|
|22||Dawn McCracken||Private Member||4|
|23||Claire Livesey||Private Member||3|
|24||Helen Osguthorpe||The Racing Chance||3|
|26||Patricia Quirke||Manchester Triathlon Club||3|