Hillingdon Crit West Thames Rnd #8 - 4th June - Dave Williamsreporting:
The race was run anti-clockwise tonight and with a smaller field this week (probably due to the earlier rain showers) I was hoping to break the race up for a good result... As per last week I had felt strong in the lead up to the race and after a few laps I began to attack off the front of the race trying to take a rider or two with me - unfortunately it seemed I was a marked man and no matter how hard I tried the bunch pulled me back. After around 20 minutes of racing I put in a huge effort but again to be pulled back - only this time as I was pulled back 3 lads attacked over the top on the other side of the circuit to me and managed to ride off working well together. I repeatedly tried to organise what was left of the bunch but to no avail as they generally seemed quite happy to wait to sprint for 4th place! As the laps went on I remained active at the front and then on the final lap I sat in 3rd wheel waiting until the hairpin corners to launch my final sprint for the line. Thankfully a strong rider from the Exeter Cycling Club rode super hard on the front and it gave me the perfect platform to sprint from and I took some consolation out of the race by winning the bunch sprint for 4th place. Hoping for continued form and a bit of better luck next week to get my foot back on to a podium position!
Thanks to Frankie Snell's Photography for the photos!
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