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24/03/2014 - DERRICK WOODINGS' PINVIN BLOG

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Pinvin Road Race  23rd. March 2014

After last year when March was snowbound, this event had to be cancelled. This year although much better, the weather was extremely cold with occasional rain and sleet plus some occasional welcome sunshine Bill Cotton, Mick Allen  and I travelled down to Pinvin in Worcestershire near Evesham.

Organiser John Mullen this year opted to organise the event over two days the ABC races on Saturday and DEFG on Sunday which was, from our point of view, a big improvement from a crowded single day event. Well done John!

Mick Allen  and I were riding our first race of the year. Although Bill Cotton and I had entered two previous events in March me pulling out due to lack of form following a bad training crash in February, necessitating 4 weeks off the bike. Mick opting to make this prestigious event his first serious road target of 2014.

We were riding a race of 5 laps of an 8 mile circuit for riders of 55+.  The race as usual starting at a very brisk pace was welcome to warm up our cold bodies. I was up front for the first 3 miles feeling much better  since my enforced rest when I suffered a front wheel puncture, resulting in an early bath. the race carried on and now riding slowly back to the changing rooms on a flat tyre I was able to observe the pattern of the race as it passed me several times. Mick Allen had launched a vicious attack on lap two and already had a substantial lead, which eventually increased to a 5 minute gap by the finish from second  placed  Brian Sunter the 70+ national champion (Condor RC) and 3rd.southern sprinter Terry Devine(Braintree Velo) with team mate Barrie Mitchell a close 4th. Bill finished just outside the prizes in tenth place

Next Saturday (29th. March) Mick and I return to the Solihull circuit race where we both won our age categories. Mick also winning the race.

 

I am now more confident in my ability to finish races now in contention, feeling that my injuries have almost fully healed. Having to take time off the bike results in a rapid deterioration in fitness necessitating several weeks of steady  build up to regain the speed and stamina required to perform at the highest level. I am not unduly concerned at present as my first real test this year is the national track championships at the end of June.

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