Racing – looks can be deceptive.
Raced last night at RAF Barkston Heath near Grantham. Being the last one of the season I was expecting a fair few and 4 of us at the first gate soon swelled to 9 (does sarcasm work on the internet?) for the senior race. Then the fun began, the man in charge of handicapping put me in the scratch group with a good guy called Neil (Lincs league champion 09 – nice one!) Whether it was the professional looking PBK kit I don’t know but the middle group of 4 (not what I’d call slow riders) were given about 30 seconds on us.
Us two fighting a strong headwind down one side against 4 was never going to be easy and it didn’t turn out well, we clawed the gap to 12 seconds (I think I heard as we whistled past the line) but when they realised they soon put some more time between us. So we never caught them, a shame and a good work out if nothing else! The high5 gels did a great job, on the second to last lap the constant effort proved almost too much but the cover of Neil and some previously undiscovered energy got me across the line in one piece.
I haven’t ridden flat out like that for a while and it took its toll, the steps to the shower took all my upper body strength to haul me up! A nice recovery ride today before watching the Ashes and celebrating a couple of friends’ A-level results should do the trick.
Some shots courtesy of Mr Johnson Senior (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davecrjohnson/ ) catch the great weather here, 30 degrees the car reckoned and the sun set just as we were about to finish – what else are holidays for?!