Saturday, 18 May 2013
LVRC/MKCA Circuit Races Round 2
On went the thermals, full finger gloves, knee warmers and hot oil, and a full waterproof for a few warm up laps. Then for the last few minutes of the warm up the jacket came off so I could acclimatize, right away you get that horrible feeling of cold water soaking your arse.
We gathered for the off, the weather made the start a pretty laid back affair. We got the usual look after yourselves and were sent on our way.
Unusually for me I was timid on the wet corners to start with, and the smooth tarmac joins and floods were making me nervous. While I was trying to dial in a faster more confident group went away. I looked over my shoulder and counted myself in a bunch of eight riders. I realized this was my lot, so sat in to get the mark of the guys I was with. Pretty soon I found the ideal line round the bends, and that I was strong on the only climb? Like last week I was doing more than my fair share of work on the front, but for some reason I was feeling proper frisky so I started to sprint on the climb and speed up through the tricky corners.
A few times I found myself right off the front. I wasn't interested in winning, just having a good race. So I kept this up until the eight became four and only then did I settle down.
We worked well together for the remainder of the race. I saw that some had packed and were putting kit into their cars, and we also lapped a few.
On the bell lap I was on the front, again. I was convinced that I was going to come fourth, but I was happy knowing that I'd put in the better ride. I saw the chequered flag up ahead and waited for my fellow riders to pass, but that didn't happen and I took the flag for my age group.
The win was a bit shallow because of the small numbers, but I guess I turned up, I followed rule #5, I was 'in it to win it'.
Pretty happy though, and a win is recorded for time immemorial.