My first National B race was an eye opener. As one of only two Cat 3s and a hard Masters C+ race in the legs from 2 hours before, my main tactic was to finish! Richardson-Trek were out in force and throwing guys off the front from the start while other teams were forced to chase hard into the wind. When they tired, another couple of riders from RT would shoot off, never to be seen again.
The 3 mile circuit was at MOD Woodbridge – an old military airfield which has the longest, widest finishing straight in the country. Fortunately it also had an epic tailwind. Unfortunately the back straight didn’t which made it incredibly tough with little respite.
The morning’s tough Masters C+ race had taken it’s toll on my legs so I had enough energy to hold position – but not chase much down. As the race progressed, guys were being shelled out of the back while others fired off the front. I was left holding position only for a gap to form a wheel or two in front of me and that was it. I dug hard to close the gap but I decided to wait for a couple of guys behind and we worked together until our own sprint finish.
17th in my first National B race is pleasing.