Lincolnshire road race league round 4 - 3rd place - 5th June - Kieran Hotson reporting:
A pleasant warm evening welcomed me to my return to the Lincs league for this season, with my favourite round hosted by my first Club, Lindsey roads CC on their Great Limber Course. A non technical yet very demanding course with a third of it going up a long drag climb to the finish and a long descent and a twisty flat road along the bottom. It's a course that becomes a war of attrition. And with a large scratch group made up of some seriously good riders including fellow training partner and Madison Genesis rider Joe Laverick, i knew I was in for a tough race. With a large gap to the leaders given as the handicap of around 8 minutes we had our work cut out with a blistering start pace to chip away at the time gap.
As we came into one lap to go it was all together and now anyone's race. The pace was still high up the climb sending riders out the back left right and centre. I managed to keep contributing to the pace setting the best I could throughout and keeping myself in the front of the group avoiding the splits.
Going into the final kilometers the punchy attacks started whittling the group right down to about 10 survivors. I covered the moves to try and bring it down to a slog sprint for the summit of the climb which is what ended up happening. I jumped early and took the yellow jersey with me. He managed to get past me in the last 50 meters and I was trying to hang on for 2nd but ended up being rolled in the final metres and came away with 3rd place. A result which I'm happy to take away at the moment in this stage of my comeback.
Thanks to Brian gromett, Rob Atkinson and Rhys barratt for the photos!
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