After thanking the weather few times for the stunning days, last saturday we paid the toll for just a 24 hours rain splash.
Richard and Lucy from Imperial Cycles, they had a nice surprise present when they arrived to the circuit which they did not expect.A turn of the circuit was completely flooded.
For the crew was a tough challenge to get the race going, and avoid the disappointment,anxiety by the riders. Therefore they came up with all sort of ideas and plan A.B,C,D etc etc to get the circuit dry. They were all in deep waters with pumps & hoses and wellys.
It was a great team effort that managed to delay the start of the race by only 30 minutes. This is why their skills of organising racing has been award with the chance to take care for the Crit at the next London Bike Show in London next week.
The race start in an easier way than usual, it was like a 24 hours "Le Mans" start.The wind was with us and again quite strong,probably stronger than ever for my experience.This was my third race in the circuit, so I took in consideration loads of factor to gain a good position, and to finish the race better than the previous time.
The Race Commissaire has briefed us in the meeting that maybe was going to be shorter than normal. His little speech gave us a sort of mystery race with the unknown to when expect the final "5 laps to go" sign out.
The race again evolved more or less with the same attacks from various riders from the teams, few unattached riders as well, including my self founding for a short spell with the top 5 and have a quick chat with another rider,before being rejoined by the rest of the peloton.
It was a definite improvement in my race tactics. I was waiting for a sprint to start in the last lap, but not so early.This attack made by few riders, left few of us at the front not ready for it, and making us working hard to regain any positions lost.
I was pleased with my result, still an improvement from last time 26th to 21st...
Many thanks again to all of them that made everything possible for us enabling to race last saturday.
See you in few days.