Hillingdon Crit West Thames Rnd #9 - 11th June - Dave Williamsreporting:
The circuit this week was run anti-clockwise and with a strong head wind heading up the finishing straight it was going to be a tough night and one which could have a break stick... The race was pretty hard from the outset as I attacked after around 3 laps and got a decent gap on the bunch. It was however short lived as the lads were still of course fresh. I then joined forces with a few other stronger lads and we did our upmost to put pressure on the race creating breaks and really doing at times a good job of stretching out the race to chase us down. At around 25 mins into the race I had just got brought back after an attack off the front and a group of 5 guys managed to escape and with no real desire left in the bunch to work together to catch them, they were left to escape and ride off up the road and all bar one would never get caught! Left frustrated that I had missed the break I just stayed active at the front of the main bunch and when it got to the last lap I held my position perfectly in the wheels within the first 3 riders. When we got to the bottom corner of the finishing straight I put everything into my sprint and took it on from the front but got such a gap I won the bunch sprint for 5th place... however frustrating to miss the break I will be back next week to see if I can improve on this weeks result!
Thanks to Mick Hodges SmugMug for the photos!
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