April 19, 2015

My Money’s On Rider 166 !!

My Money’s On Rider 166 !!

Belgium OVWF 63 km Kermesse Sunday 19th April

By Barny.

Went in the first break (from the line). Got caught after half a lap. Paul then stayed at the front whilst Rich and I monitored the mid pack of 120 riders. Here we both found moving backwards a heck of a lot easier than moving forwards. At the 55km point Rich decided it was time for a beer so I moved back up to Paul and got stuck in. We had a good race to finish in the middle of a mental bunch sprint. There were 4 or 5 up the road by then but hey ho. I’ll let Paul tell you about the amazing 3-up break he was in…if he ever stops talking to us about it first that is!

Paul’s version!:

11 laps of a fast 5.8km circuit with some tight 90 degree left handers, very light cobbles, traffic furniture which split the peloton at each passing, a very high roundabout which many riders bunny-hopped onto (not us), plenty of speed ramps, up and down curbs and cycle paths. Police on every corner with yellow flags and whistles. Huge crowds and a fantastic sunny day. 123 starters, most of whom were under 25 years of age.

It was bonkers, it was fast and I loved it. Barny finished 45th and I finished 48th and yes I did get in a bloody break but I’ll corner you all individually to tell you more about it 😉

I have to say that for the first time both Barny and I felt like we went to Belgium and we actually raced the race.

A great ride also by Rich B who lasted 70 mins compared to 45 mins a month earlier!

Steve, for the record, couldn’t find his passport but at least he didn’t get dropped…every cloud…!

Bring it on 🙂

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