Capernwray is a course that I love (very hilly) and I have won there twice in my short cycling career. Once in a Cat3/4 race and once in a Cat 2/3/4. One day I want to get the set and win an E/1/2 race around there but I know this is likely to be much tougher than the first 2 victories!
I had a chance to do this last week, however with the likes of Ian Bibby and James Gullen racing my goal was to race positively, aggressively and nail a top10. My team mates Lee Baldwin and Jonathan Fowles were also there and with all 3 of us at home when the road turns up, we were confident of a strong showing.
We all did our jobs really well and raced very aggressively and at one point Lee and I were away in a group of around 7 which contained all of the main hitters. I thought this was job done and we were away but in a frustrating race were people wouldn’t commit to moves, we were brought back.
Despite our best efforts it wasn’t to be on that day, I missed the ultimate break that got across to 2 early leaders and that was that. A late effort up the finishing climb saw me and Lee clip away from the remainders of the bunch and come home 15th and 16th but this was not what we wanted.
It was a tough race with fewer than half of the 70 starters finishing the race and with some very good riders finishing behind me its important not to beat myself up too much, trust the legs and move onto the next one. A little frustratingly however for a 64kg climber, the next few races all seem to be crits so it looks like a stem chewing few weeks 🙂