>Hillingdon, Tuesday, Race #n+n

>After missing Sunday’s race I thought I ought to get back to racing as soon as possible.

After three days off the bike my wounds had healed and I was raring to go. An hour’s training in the morning suggested that I’d be able to stay in the saddle long enough.

All of the races were run off in the pouring rain. The small field in the fourth cats and conservative pacing meant that the race was safer than usual. It was, however, uncomfortably wet. As expected, my lack of a change of pace has been exacerbated by an excess of time trials (this was my first circuit race since June 1st). I got dropped a couple of times but managed to get back on. With about five laps to go a gap opened that I couldn’t close, so I soloed in alone. A good workout though.

Congratulations to team mate Tom who came second after a last lap solo break that saw him caught on the line.

Race stats: Race distance: 17 miles, my time: 45:54 (22.5mph average speed). ? out of ?. Top speed: 31.0mph. Fastest mile: 2:22 (25.4mph – mile 13), slowest mile: 3:02 (19.8 mph – mile 1). Winner: ?