Race Report: Fifth Place Finish in Mountbatten E.1.2. Race
I was kicking myself a bit after I let a break of five riders get away last week in my first Elite, 1st and 2nd Category race over at Portsmouth. So this week I was determined to make sure I made the split. As a result, from the start I tried to stick near the front of the main peloton, and with assaults going left, right and centre I was working hard (probably too hard) to make sure I either pulled a fair few of them back, or made sure I was in them.
Eventually a group of nine riders were sat on the front of the peloton and the pace began to lift, James Ebdon my team-mate, was sat the tenth rider back and knowing the field well he recognised that we might be a good mix of riders to do something in a break. As a result, when the pace lifted James eased a little and let the nine of us get a gap...
Choosing the wheels I managed to get into a decent position for the final sprint and took third in the bunch, securing me 5th place overall and a good few points.
It was a hard race, though not the fastest Portsmouth Track event, the win and the work in the break could certainly be felt in my legs. I'm looking forward to my first race on the road for this year, next weekend in the Surrey League Milland Hill Road Race; I'm hoping my legs can bring a good result on the hilly circuit.