This race was one that I've had penciled in as a favourite for quite a while seeing as I finished 2nd here last year. After a busy morning filled with my Commisionnaire duties (only my second time) I was running late due to slow signing-on ) like last year) so I made a point of talking to those involved myself. My son Josh had a great race in the morning too which was brilliant to see.
I was gridded 5th on the start line so positioned on the front row. As soon as the gun fired I was off carving up the field and taking the first corner in 3rd. The three of us led the way and a crash held up first and second at the next technical section. The pace was high so backed it off from Phil Blacker my mate in 2nd and focused on keeping my position with Greg Slater trailing by at least 30 seconds. All of a sudden I could see senior rider, Dan Fleeman... the race was on and I planned the takeout just before a hill so he'd have to do some work to catch me. Sure enough he gunned it after me and I managed to keep him at bay for two laps by sprinting on the straights. I knew he then he could take no more and I was finishing strong. He slowed a bit afterwards for the leader to pass meaning no more laps needed to be rode. I rode on after hearing the bell with half a lap to go. I always love it when the Senior leader does not lap me, it's great for motivation and a real confidence booster.
For the remainder of the race I pushed on noticing Greg Slater was way back and I managed to finished with more in the tank.
I did not think I'd do this well with seeing as most of my immediate family have been battling with colds all week so it was something of a surprise that I felt so good.
Overall, It's been a great week taking regular clients out under the banner of XX Race Training. It's really quite satisfying to see enthusiastic clients make good progress with their MTB / CX / racing skills. Long may it continue.
Official results here.
WMCCL you tube video
Info on Nick's XX Race Training Courses can be found at www.xxracetraining.co.uk
Photography courtesy of Jacob James.