Matty Dobbing reporting.
Arriving at the race and seeing the big teams rock up was amazing as me and Kieran were looking forward to getting stuck in, I met Kieran before the race so I could get a few bits and bobs. The weather was a bit of a shock with the winds being at the strongest point 40mph so with a quick change of my front wheel to something shallower we were ready to race after a quick warm up. The race started really fast in the 2nd cat group catching the 3rd cat group within 2 laps, 30seconds gap gone almost instantly. Then the elites caught us this instantly upped the pace as Every one wanted to get on there wheel, this and the crosswinds meant people may have lost concentration and the crashes started to happen after some questionable riding, Kieran then got involved in a big crash meaning his race was over. I was sat mid bunch after this point where a rider had stopped and no one had said anything but then swung out leaving me not knowing someone was stopped, didn't have enough time to react and went straight into the rider and crashed. Unlucky first proper race for both of us, looking forward to the next race to try and bag a result!