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06/06/2014 - ALAN MCDONALD'S DRAGON TWO DAY DEFG BLOG

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Resolven nr Neath, South Wales

Results :

After watching the weather forecasts all week it was with the expectation of a rainy weekend that I rolled up to Resolven Sports and Social Club on the Friday evening, where I would park up in my motorhome and spend the next two nights sleeping and the next two days racing. As it turned out the weather was very kind with no rain.  As I arrived I was met by the organiser Austin Heath who, following on from the accident during last year's event, had just returned from driving around the course where he had been painting white chevrons around potholes on the road which had been filled in but now presented a lumpy hazard. So hats off to Austin for going the extra mile to give us a safe course, indeed at the presentations Martin Bush remarked that he felt it was now one of the safest races he had done.
        I had decided to make the Dragon 2 day my first race of the year in order to  gauge my fitness and to sharpen up so it was a pleasant surprise to find myself in contention after the first time trial stage on the Saturday morning where I was placed fifth behind four D cat riders in a time of 9.26min which gave me a buffer of 13 seconds over Joe Rowe and Richard Coleman and 14 seconds over Ken Corbett.
          In the afternoons 36 mile road race on a revised course due to road works and traffic lights it came down to a sprint finish where I finished 4th in the E cat group thus losing 15 seconds time bonus to Joe Rowe, ten seconds to Ken Corbett and five seconds to Richard Colenman.
           This meant there was all to play for on the Sunday morning 51 mile road race.
           With a following wind on the dual carriageway section of the race and a headwind going the opposite way the peleton stayed together with a Jif (name unknown) rider chancing his arm on lap four of five but being pulled back. 

          At the finish I went early at about 800 yards out  and held on to finish first and ist E cat so all in all a good weekend and a gratifying result for the hard training.

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