So the season has come to a close and I'm sat at home in Guernsey, bags packed ready to go off on holiday to Bali. I'm really looking forward to having a few weeks of doing as much or as little as I like. Ill be getting some surfing in and plenty of rest that's for sure. I'm already fired up for the 2013 season so will be itching to get back on the bike in a few weeks
My last road race of the season was back in Belgium. Berlare Pro Kermis held round a fast flowing circuit which finished in a bunch sprint last year and I got 4th. If I could equal that this year I would have been happy given the leg injury which has been getting better.
I covered quite a few moves early on, and got away in a move with 4 others for a lap or so, which came to nothing. I had a feeling it would split due to the speed more than anything. We averaged 45.5kmph for 165km!! My instincts were right and a big group of 30 guys got away and built up a big lead. I was trying to look after myself but with 2 laps to go the attacks started. I covered a few moves and made a few of my own. The one I didn't cover stayed away…as always! 5 guys clipped off the front and we were sprinting for 6th. I placed 11th which I was pretty happy with but disappointed it wasn't slightly better.
From Belgium I headed back to Leeds to pack my car up and then head to the last race of the season which was a nocturne criterium held at the NEC in Birmingham to coincide with the Bike Show. I was hoping to finish the season off with a good ride. I looked after myself for most of the race with my teammates doing a great job of covering plenty of moves. With about 8 laps to go 4 of us got away and got a good lead on the rest of the bunch. It was looking hopeful to stick to the finish, but with 2 laps to go we got caught by another group. I was spent, and immediately 2 riders jumped clear to sprint out for the win. I finished 5th, disappointed again to miss out on the podium but happy with how I rode.
I have kept the legs ticking over last week as I was heading to Jersey the weekend just gone for the Mountain Bike Inter Insular (Guernsey Vs Jersey). As always the inter Island rivalry was fierce as ever throughout all categories. We narrowly missed out by one point to Jersey in the overall taking all categories into account. In the elite race Rob (No1) Smart and I took the joint honours for Guernsey in what was a tough hour and a half long race with Guernsey taking the top 6 places for that category!! Everyone rode out of there skin with great performances by all, I had a cracking weekend which was a great way to bring my season to a close….its given me the mountain bike bug again!
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