After the amazing first race last week, I have decided to attend another race at the Imperial Winter Series at Hillingdon Circuit this Saturday even after a night shift at work.
The weather was astonishing again, the sun was out and a 20km/h southerly wind was blowing creating the perfect ambient for cycling. Again it was a sold out event like the organiser website says until the end of the series, this meant that the field was packed with 60 riders playing a rugby match on 2 wheels.Unfortunately today SaddleDrunk official photographer was not able to attend due to the fact of learning new skills as you can see above, so there are not many picture to see.To check some photos you can click here and you will be redirected to the official photographer website.
The line up for the 4th Cat was full of riders hungry for the win and mainly for some points to move up of category.The field was full of local teams again London Dynamo,Kingston Wheelers,Twickenham CC,Thames Velo,Amersham CC,Hounslow&District Wheelers and many more including the lovely Wyndy Milla with their amazing pink cycling kit.
Phone covers available to order.
Richard, from Imperial Cycle, briefed us regarding the rules before the start gun.
The race started, this time it was a different start compared to the previous weekend.This time there were few solo sprints from different riders to test the fields but again was nothing to worry the big peloton.
The team were playing different tactics,moving rider everywhere.The smell of rubber burning was still with us,more than last week due to the increase of speed being higher.
I did start the race mid of the pack,but found myself at the back due to front derailleur not adjusting properly and getting the chain off.I managed to fix it while riding,than I followed the advise from Richard at the beginning of the group,telling me to stay with the group.
Therefore, I stayed with the group and 5 laps to go I start making the move to go at the front. Due to slow riders,people not keeping the line and again the beginning of the ruck for victory I managed to stay with the sprinting large group in the last 500 metres making me finish 26th.The winner was Robin Mould from Velosport Racing Team which now he will be promoted to CAT 3.Good luck to him.