What a long time it has been since I have last pinned a number on my back and raced! My first race back is the local Severn Bridge Road Race, which was also where I started in 2016. The course was a little different to last year, with the race finishing at the top of a climb. The wind was very strong making the race a lot tougher with big sections of the circuit exposed to cross winds. From the start of the race there were many attacks. I was trying to stay out of it as to not waste too much energy early on. Coming up to half way i made an attack with one other rider over the top of the climb. I was hoping that more would join us and we could for a good chasing group to try and reach the break, who were around a minute and a half up the road. This didn’t work out and i was back in the bunch after a lap. For most of the following laps the bunch split up the climb but came back together at the bottom of the descent. The break were still holding strong at over a minute and there was never enough of us chasing consistently to catch them. Coming up to the last lap a few people attacked on their own and there was no reaction from anyone else. Seeing this I thought it was best to go myself so i don’t get stuck in a slow moving bunch. I bridged across to one of my mates Fred Wright and we worked together to get away from the bunch and catch the others ahead of us. Up the climb for the penultimate time and over the top I then bridged across to a rider ahead and the two of us started to work together. We caught a few riders in the last lap but were still around a minute down to the last 4 survivors of the early break.
Our group of 5 were really competing for minor places as we didn’t have time to catch the others up the road. I came in 6th which was ok for me. I was caught out a little with the winning break forming very early on in the race, however I still managed to get something out of the race. I enjoyed racing on this circuit with the steep hill we did 9 times and the strong winds which, made the race fun.