Wessex League Rd 7 – Winchester Sparsholt College
Round 7 at Sparsholt college was an open circuit field circuit with a few features to make it interesting and one of the longest lap within the league of around 10 minutes being the average.
Gridded 24th in the league at the moment meant I was to start on the fourth row smack bang in the middle so plenty to look out for off the start.
I had a cracking start and found myself in 15th after a few corners, we made our way through the endless chicane through tress to the first of the banks where the rider In front of me dropped a chain on the run up to the bank to only stop on the bank and for everybody to pile into him and me.
Once I managed to get going again I found myself in a small group of riders Caleb Smy, David Brazier being the company.
We went on for a lap or so before I found myself alone with Caleb Smy being around 10 seconds in front of what felt like a massive gap.
Caleb Smy lost his front wheel on the tight left handed off camber section with two laps to go so I took the opportunity to make a gap and to hold him off until the end.
On the last lap I found myself being chased down by Matt Dixon from Sontonia CC and Thom Hayward, Matt Dixon passed me and I managed to catch him back up again only for me to think the finish line was earlier in the lap than I thought and I’d already blown myself out catching him back up by then to be able to do anything.
I managed to hold of Thom Hayward & Caleb Smy and finish a respectable 25th out of a field of 63 and not feeling my best.
On to next week at Oxford Brooke’s University I had my best result there last year so looking forward to it and also hoping for some mud!
Thanks to dad for being in the pits !
Thanks to Tim Hills for keeping the bikes going ! hills cycles
Thanks to Paul for the continuous support !