Fairthorne Manor Round 13 Wessex League.

Back at one of my favourite venues of the series after having enjoyed the first time round I was looking forward to the revisit as the conditions suit me really well.

After a few warm up laps to get the day started I determined that i would use both bikes as the ground was very sticky especially in the wooded sections which required a lot of running in fact the whole wooded section was a run after the first lap of the race.

I started from the second row at the start being 16th in the standings had a good start holding 13th into the wooded section only to come out the woods in 21st after being caught it in a fall with other riders.

As the race progressed I found myself with the familiar face of Toby charlton, Toby rides for Sotonia CC and we regularly have are battles in the races we managed to stayed together for majority of the race helping each other with encouragement until the bike change I managed to get the better of him as he changed bikes to a single speed mountain bike which gave me an advantage.
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Of the remained of the race I was on my own with various people in front of me dropping out due to bike failure as so on, on the last lap I could see I was catching James Evans so I pushed hard through the running section of the woods to catch up with James and pass him on the exit of the woods and charge for the line to finish 17th.

Overall a good day had with a 17th in the bag.

Many thanks

Paul (SarumVelo)
Tim ( hills cycles & fishing tackle of Amesbury)
And the Family for putting for me and braving the cold!

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