Abergavenny Handicap – Event #1 – 19th March 2017

Started the day with a big bowl of wonderful overnight oats. Followed by a short trip in the car to Abergavenny Leisure Centre. Pouring with rain and windy in Cardiff.

Luckily much better in Abergavenny – very windy, but no rain.

This was an E/1/2/3/4 handicap race with a staggered start.  I was in the third and last group along with with other Cat 1s and 2s.  Starting 7 minutes down on first group and 4 minutes down on the second group.

The race started with big tailwind section along the A40 dual carriageway. followed by a big head wind section back along the old A road.  Three laps, total 78k.

My group chainganged well until a few people started to sit on, ending with only 15/25 (ish) working to catch the groups ahead. Despite this we caught both groups with just just under half the race to go.

The race settled with a few riders trying to get off the front.  I tried to get away turning into the upwind leg back along the old A road, but failed. The bunch stayed together until the sprint finish pretty much.

I came 9th, second Junior behind Rhys Britton (2nd overall).

Looking forward to Icebreakers next weekend and the first Junior National series (Cadence), the weekend after.

I’m really enjoying my racing at the moment. Feeling good. Going well.

Here’s the finish (I’m 8th wheel, black Gabba, Giant Halo bib shorts).