Hillingdon Crit West Thames Rnd #17 - Tuesday 6th August - Dave Williams reporting:
After missing the past few weeks with work I was glad to be back for one of the last rounds of this summer series. The weather was not looking great and it was pretty blustery at times with a strong tailwind up the finishing straight... The race started pretty fast with a sizeable field so staying at the head of the race was a priority - with so many riders from large teams I knew if I was patient nothing was going to form as a break unless it had the correct balance of riders so I could keep off the front and slightly more protected. After around 15-20 mins of racing there were some sizeable breaks going up the road and with relative ease able to chase them down to stay in contention... inevitability nothing actually stayed away until a lone rider from Kingston Wheelers put in a massive effort and rode away from the field holding on to the very end to win the race!
With 3 laps to go I just held on to the front half a dozen riders and covered any riders attacking over the top... I needed a top 6 in order to secure enough points to get my 2nd CAT licence so on the final lap going into the last corner before the finishing straight I dived on to the back of a rider who was carry some serious speed! I got my head down shifted through the gears and wound it up to the max - thankfully I held on to the line with only 2 other riders just able to come over the top of me and grabbed 5th place meaning it was a good job done!
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