Chorley GP was on the cards last weekend, with this race being the first round of the national elite series things were always going to be exciting. Stevie Williams fills us in with a short report below.
Gruff, Will, Alex, Dave, Max, Dave Creegan, Rob Moore and myself, headed to Chorley last weekend for the first round of the Elite road race series.
As I arrived at the race, nerves started to kick in as I wanted to do well in my first elite race as a senior rider.
The flag was dropped and I knew position was key heading into the bottom of the first climb, as the race got to the climb I positioned myself well and was sat comfortably in 20th wheel, at the summit of the climb myself and Tom Stewart (Madison) attacked and made a workable gap with gained around 2 minutes, unfortunately we were bought back at the 60km mark.
Once I was caught, I had a small chat to Gruff, I ate and drank a lot leading up to the next time up the climb. I positioned well again because I knew the race was going to explode this time, and it did, with 18 riders making the split, I found myself in this lead group and knew the race wasn’t going to come back together as Raleigh, NFTO, Madison, JLT and ONE where well represented.
The next time up the climb I thought about the KOM points and was able to go across the summit second as I knew I was leading this classification along with the sprint classification.
During the last lap my legs started to suffer and I was distanced from the group. I then got myself into a group of five riders and rode to the finish, I was able to take 20th place. With that position and taking the KOM classification I was happy.
A good start for the team as we secured 5th Team and gained ourselves 7 points to the overall standings.
Big thanks to Craig, Tim, Jojo, and Jenine for all the help.