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6 Weeks Later

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Greetings fellow blog readers. 6 weeks ago today I broke my collar bone at a UCI 1.2 race called The Memorial Van Coningsloo in Belgium and today I did my first road race since that break. It was just a local Nat. B but it was on one of my favourite courses. It was the one that goes through Littlebury Green and is normally used for the much feared and ever popular 2nd cat race organised by Crest CC at the beginning of every season. The reason I love it is because it's quite hilly for a local course and I have fond memories of riding it years ago, It was the course used for my first ever road race (The Easterly Falling Leaves RR) and also the one I rode for my first ever road race win (also the Easterly Falling Leaves RR, a few years later). Today's race was also Alex Ray's last race with us this season.

It started with an ambitious solo attack from Wojciech who managed to stay out front for about 3 of the ten laps, most of which was solo, a bit of which with a few other riders, including Alex. After they returned to the bunch I managed to counter and nipped across to Sigma Sport's Russell Hampton, we rode a very smooth 2-up time trial for the next 5 laps, swapping turns only every so often. Our gap was never more than about one and a half minutes, but was much less than that most of the time. We were finally caught with 2 laps to go, Russell spent barely any time before attacking again and soloing the remaining laps to the finish. Meanwhile I regathered myself in the bunch for a lap before breaking away with Wojciech, Andy Lyons (Orbea) and Ashley Cox (Corley). We worked together until our breakaway oppponents realised they were chasing two of their team mates: Roy Chamberlain (Corley) and Andrew Griffiths (Orbea), we rode a 2 man TT to close the gap. When we realised that we were getting close to the finish Wojciech buried himself, finally bridging across at the base of the final climb. Wojciech was shattered but continued to lead everyone out up the climb. It would be a 2v2v2 finish for 2nd place. Ashley Cox attacked on the steepest part of the climb, managing to drop everyone but myself. I outsprinted him to come second. It was a great result, Russell was a cut above everyone else today and deserved to win but I was glad to take second place. It was a particularly promising sign given the collar bone.

On Tuesday I'll be heading to Switzerland for a week of high volume training which will hopefully get me my last bit of form in time for the end of the season. Despite my results my power numbers are a bit off where they were a couple of months ago.

Thanks to everyone from Cambridge CC that came to watch today, I hope it was an exciting race. At the very least it was more thrilling than the hesitation-fest that was the climb to Plateau de Beille in le tour the other day.

Here are some photos:

And here is the VeloUK report:

Here is an absolutely fantastic video hosted by Bill Cosby about bicycles and bicycle safety: . I love the pronunciation of the word 'bicycle'.
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Updated 17-07-2011 at 09:45 PM by David Mclean

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