Another early morning start for some of the team. Stephen Feeny, Billy Sewart and myself headed over to Over Kellett, Carnforth where we took part in the Capernwray road race. The weather looked ok but we received warnings for mud on the course, potholes (standard) and manhole covers (something new?).
As most racers in the Northwest knows, the above is standard hazards for any race however the most disruptive obstacle proved to be horses! Spooked by the groupetto, they brought down a few riders and partially holding up Billy and myself on 2 occasions.
After the 5mile neutralised roll-out, not knowing the circuit, nothing prepared me for the first kick up Sunny Bank! It was one of six to come and I should have noticed when the sprinters moved up to the front of the race before the main hill. This was soon followed by more abled climbers dancing out of the saddle. Doom for me I though!
This first accent was the quickest and I just about maintained contact with the main group, comprising of some ‘big hitters’. The second time round pace was ferocious (again) over the rolling north side of the circuit.
Billy, Ste and I sitting in the main group however for me the hills took their toll and I found myself in a small group of 4 working well together behind the lead group. Not able to bridge across to the front again our fate was sealed for the rest of the race.
I finished behind the lead group having ridden solo for 2 laps (convincing myself it’s all good training for an early season). The good thing is that we all managed to stay save and upright and got some ‘hard miles’ in the bank. And with this I’m looking forward to next weekend’s race in North Wales.
The race was won by (#13) Matthew Nowell (Wheelbase Altura MGD) by half a wheel from Ian Bibby (NFTO).
Thanks to Graham Atkinson and THR Racing for organising the event, our sponsors and as always, Ellen Isherwood for the great photos!