Two words defined this round of the 2013/14 Imperial Winter Series:
A slightly smaller field turned out in terrible conditions to brave the cold, wet and very windy finish straight.
I was unsure how fast the field would be able to corner on such a wet and muddy (from an earlier CX event) circuit. After a relatively tentative start the pace lifted and the average speed was only a fraction off the previous dry race.
Because of the conditions, my tactics where pretty much the same as my first race – stay near the front and cover any potential breakaways.
The group stayed together for the duration of the race. I positioned myself a bit further towards the head of the group going into Brian’s Bends but soon realized the leadout was a long single line and it would be virtually impossible to gain too many places in this situation. A sustained sprint and I got my first BC point.
Photo credit: British Cycle Sport