Wessex League Rd 8 – Oxford Brooke Uni.
Round 8 Oxford Brookes is an open circuit around sports pitches with a short technical section through some woods which suited the road riders amongst the Wessex league also with the central league not having a race this weekend meant we had a large field of 80.
Starting 22nd on the third row today in the freezing cold after climbing a load of positions since my disaster ride at Abingdon I feel I’m about where I should be again after a few weeks of playing catch up.
I managed to get a decent enough start to stay out of trouble of the massive field of 80 riders I found myself in 22nd over the first two laps with the usual suspects in tow.
I kept with a group of riders Tom nightingale and co but every lap on the same place I was being dropped by the group
I found myself struggling on the exit of the woods every lap which was a log which most people where hopping over and carrying momentum where as me after last years accident hopping boards was running it and loosing places every lap it took me until 3 laps from the end until I managed to get the balls to give it ago even tho every lap in practice I was hopping it I just got it in my head that I was going to crash.
I found myself in 29th position catching the original group of riders now I was hopping the log In which it then starts to rain to added to the already freezing temperatures making things also very slippy on the already polished ground.
I managed to catch back up with Tom, pass him and proceeded to chase the rest of them buy that I had time ran out of time and I finished 28th out of 80 riders on the day which I’m happy with I seem to be getting pretty consistent with the late 20 finishes.
Next week is southampton sports centre a circuit used as a national round a few years ago which has a bit of everything checked in and usually a tad muddy!
Thanks to Dad & Lindy for standing around in the cold for most of the day !
Tim Hills From hills cycles and fishing tackle for the continued support.