Saturday I travelled to Buckinghamshire to race the renowned Roy Thame Cup which was a 76 mile National B on a relatively flat course, with what can only be explained as the worst road surface ever. Punctures played a major problem from the start along with bottles bouncing across the road. Due to the high winds the bunch was strung out instantly with gaps being made for a brutal first hour of racing which saw the field get smaller and smaller. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t have the legs after the first 90mins and suffered with stomach cramps which saw me abandon the race 2hrs in. Never a nice feeling to not complete a race, but it’s bike racing and some days don’t go to plan. Thankfully team mate Ryan got in the break and came across the line in 9th place.
In an attempt to redeem myself from Saturday, I raced a local e123 crit at Maindy on Sunday. An early attack in the first lap established the lead group as 5 of us lapped the bunch. Wind again playing a huge factor in this race which some riders felt better with than others. A counter attack went, with 2 riders which I missed, so I spent the race chasing with 2 others but nothing was coming of it. I attacked the other 2 and went solo to the finish coming across the line in 3rd place. This performance is what I needed to boost the morale and the sensations felt good smashing it around local crits.
Next up is the Betty Pharoah Memorial. This is a local Nat B for me in Cowbridge, it’s on a rolling circuit and could be interesting. There are some big names and teams racing with Madison Genesis putting out a full team with the likes of current British National Road Champion Connor Swift and also Canyon dhb with a full team. Only team mate Ryan Watkins and I will be racing this race for TBW23 Stuart Hall Gett Taxi, and we will both be looking for top results and race aggressively.