This was race 5 of the LVRC Percy Stallard National Series at Great Limber, East Yorkshire. The conditions could not have been better, warm, dry, only a slight wind and perfect road conditions, not a pot hole in sight.
I was in the C/D race for the 50 to 59 year olds along with strong favourite Rich Edwards. My main objective was to get a good result in my age group D the over 55s, following some good results in earlier PS races I am now 4 points clear in the series.
We set off up a 3 mile drag of about 3% gradient and within a couple of minutes Andy Hicklin of Fusion CC makes an attack. So much for a nice easy warm up lap, I decide to go with him and the two of us ride hard together for 2 laps before being caught by Rich Edwards and four other rider. As we all start working as a seven man chain gang I notice that I am the only D cat rider, the other six all being from the younger C age group.
We quickly rattle off another couple of laps with Rich ripping our legs off on the climb before it settles down again.
In the end it came down to a sort of seven man bunch sprint over the last mile. Rich started his last attack with a mile to go and it proved too much for anyone to hang on, the rest of us waited a little longer before going full gas. Not known for my sprint ability I surprised myself by moving up to finish 4th in the main race and 1st in my age group.
Many thanks to Andy Hicklin who raced with me from start to finish, and to Steve Wakefield and his team for putting on a superbly well organised day of racing. Not to forget the ladies at HQ for putting on the best selection of cakes this year.