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20/03/2014 - SAM BILLS' CD FLECHE WALTONNE BLOG

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La Fleche Waltonne C and D race report

 

I travelled down to Husbands Bosworth in glorious sunshine as opposed to the nasty conditions of the last two years, which I didn’t ride myself due to being in Mallorca.

There was a stiff breeze blowing and I thought this could well make for an interesting race, with the course being quite undulating and exposed at times.

 

This was to be my first race as a C cat rider after turning 50 two weeks ago, and I was under no illusions about how tough it was going to be after seeing the start list of fifty riders with plenty of quality household names in there.

 

The race got under way and as soon as we were out of the neutralised section, the usual flurry of attacks started, for the first half a lap, then just after the left turn heading back towards Walton there was a little move that I thought id try to get in, after a bit of a chase a small group formed but we only had a small advantage which was nullified by the village.

As we approached the stiff hill up to the finish the pace went up and on the climb it seemed to go even harder, this resulted in 4 riders getting daylight and starting to pull away.

 

At the Walton turn Mike Twelves proceeded to go it alone across the gap which by now must have been a minute, second time up the hill it was a bit steadier, then onto the main road a small chase group formed, then a couple of lads, Steve Jolley and Andy Eagers bridged and I thought, its now or never, so as Jon Stephenson booted it up the outside I jumped on and we then had a hard chase across the gap in the strong crosswinds, each of us in turn calling the other through and getting a gasping reply of..”I can’t” but somehow we did! and managed to clip onto the back.

 

There were then 9 of us chasing the 4 man break, I found it a really hard pace but did as much as I possibly could in such strong company.

 

With a lap and a half to go we caught the break making a lead group of 13, then Trevor Mayne did a textbook move and went up the road as our group knocked off the gas a bit, never to be seen again.

 

Up the climb for the bell and the pace went ballistic and our group split apart and I found myself in the wrong half, there were 4 of us so we worked steady bit n bit and seemed to be just maintaining the gap, we figured if we kept on plugging away and the lead group eased starting to watch each other we may get back into contention,  true enough we made the junction in the village about one mile to go, as we approached the final climb to the line the pressure was piled on and Twelvesy took the gallop, I managed to finish 8th, I was really pleased with that in such good company.

 

 

Thanks for a great race well organised by Phil Rayner and Welland Valley

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