Johan Museeuw, Gistel, Belgium – 5th August 2017

Friday

I was traveling over with my family to meet John  Barclay and the rest of the team in Kortrijk, on our way for the family holiday near Annecy. When we arrived in Belgium we went to the shops to get some food in preparation for completing our trip down to Anncey after the race on Saturday . I was absolutely starving when we arrived so bought some granola from the shops and started to eat it on my way to meeting John and the other lads. Once I got dropped off at the hostel, John and the team walked to the pasta restaurant. On the way down Jacob  Vaughan was telling us how the junior Kurnne race had been through here  – this later became a recurring joke.   After a massive bowl of spaghetti bolognese we headed back to the hostel via the ice cream shop. I watched a few episodes of Rick and Morty then headed off to bed.

Saturday – Race Day

In the morning I had what was left of my granola from the night before, then quickly packed away and headed to the race to have a look a the course. The course was pan flat with a wide open section and a twisty section through narrow lanes in Gistel.

The race went off quite fast, I knew I needed to be near the front at the start of the narrow section, and a couple of times used it to try and cause a split. Then eventually a splinter group just edged its self off the front.  I attacked into a corner and caught up with them shortly after.

There was about 9 of us in the break and we opened up the advantage to about 1 minute.  With about 2 laps to go we were caught by a group that had just got off the front of the peloton containing another 3 of our teammates.

Fred Wright attacked with another rider and it looked like they were going to stay away until Me and Ollie attacked, with Ollie doing the majority of the work we got across to them with about 2km to go.  I made an effort to go over the top but the group reacted quickly.

It eventually came down to a sprint which Ollie won convincingly. I came in 7th. We had 4 of our riders inside the top 10 – a fabulous result for John’s team. Just as we finished the heavens opened.  I hurried into the changing rooms to get a shower before my family and I headed off to Annecy for our holidays.

 

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