Portsmouth North End CC Summer Road Race Reg A - 15th June - Peter Merritt reporting:
On Saturday, I went to Owslebury, Hampshire, to compete in a Regional A race organised by Portsmouth North End CC. The course consisted of a 13km (8 mile) loop that was to be completed 7 and a half times for a total of 97km (60 miles). Despite being a relatively short race, the circuit featured a number of punchy climbs; 1500m (4900ft) of elevation in total.
A field of 80 started, but that quickly began to reduce in size as the nature of the course took its toll. In spite of my efforts to bounce back from complications that arose in previous weeks, I wasn't feeling strong at all. With this in mind, I spent the majority of the race in the wheels. With a couple of laps to go and 6 riders already up the road, I put in a dig and established a counter-move with three other riders. On the final lap, we had a minute advantage over the peloton and the front group were in sight. Unfortunately, the gap to the group ahead was still too big and it became a race for minor places. I put in a final dig in the last kilometer to finish 7th place. Not what I had hoped for, but given the lack of fitness, I was pleased to salvage something in the end.
Thanks to Dave Swaffer for the photos!
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