Interbike RR - 2/3/4/J - 109km 28
Sam and Myself decided to travel up to Essex to
tackle our first ever road race. Over 6 rolling 18k laps.
James – ‘What’s this on my wheel?’ Sam – ‘It’s a
bloody spoke’ grumbles Sam
Our legs were feeling rather fresh considering the
11 hours of training we did in Hastings on Thursday and Friday. Probably
thanks to Granny’s cooking.
race began with a 1.8 mile neutralised start. However many riders had
itchy feet and decided to attack during the neutral zone. Further
problems arose when horses turning in the road halted the whole race;
this allowed the break to get a 30 second lead before the race had even
With riders already away, the pace was electric
for the first lap. On the third lap Sam attacked off the front of the
group with four riders on his wheel. Two more quickly bridged the gap
and a strong break was away. The lead groups advantage quickly tumbled
under the weight of Sam’s group. Falling from 2mins to 40sec after 1
Unfortunately for Sam, disaster struck on lap four
when his chain snapped. “Bollocks!” The race continued with the two
breaks drawing away from the main pack, creating a lead of 5minutes.
James had been reserving himself in the pack during the race, and on the
last-lap attacked 5miles from the finish with two other riders. Holding
on to a slender lead of around 15 seconds, the small group worked well
until one rider blew up and was swallowed by the chasing bunch. In sight
of the finish line James jumped away from his now weary companion to
claim somewhere in the region of 18th-20th place (the organisers have
been rather sketchy recording and publishing results).
Sam Fensterheim and James King