Velopark - 8th June - Alex Ashman reporting:
First race back from a training camp; first race on the new bike!
On Saturday I drove from Folkestone to Norfolk for a Nat B road race that I was really targeting. Signed in, number pinned, getting changed and the race was cancelled just due to the horrific weather... time for plan B! Straight on to BC to find a race that I could stop at on the way home, Lee Valley was the best option. So, back in the car for 2 hours (bringing it up to 5,5hr before I’d even clipped in).
Going into the race I was confident in my legs and the form that I had off the back of my trip to Spain. I let the early moves happen and watched as the others reeled them back in! With 30 minutes to go I put my nose in the wind and invested a big 5 minute effort to split the race. After this I went back to sitting around 5th wheel. On the last lap I made my move, someone sat up and blocked my way through, I had to pull the brakes and go again. I made up 14 of the 15 meter deficit to the rider that won but couldn’t quite make the last jump...
But on the plus side, it’s now been 3 weeks on the brand new Bottecchia UK Emme Super Light 4 and I cannot fault it! I’ve taken it to the high mountains, local club runs, crits and it hasn’t put a foot wrong or felt out of place at any!
Thanks to sponsors:
Stuart Hall Cycling. https://stuarthallcycling.co.uk/
Gett Taxi Uk. https://gett.com/uk/
TBW The Bike Warehouse www.thebikewarehouse.net
Le Col https://lecol.cc/?
Clive Emson https://www.cliveemson.co.uk/
Lake shoes http://www.lakecycling.com/
Andrew Hillman fb.me/sportsmassageandrewhillman
Wigmore Cycling Club http://www.bc-clubs.co.uk/wigmorecc/