Stevie Williams finished 11th overall in general classification last weekend at the TotnesVire stage race. A short report below fills us in with how each stage went.
It was a grim rainy and windy day, and we knew the terrain was tough and splits where going to happen, with the team looking good at the front if the peloton we went with a lot if moves early on and we were always in the place that we needed to be.
Rob Moore managed to get himself into the break of 8 which was ended by a mechanical.
On the 3rd lap I got into a chase group of three with OnePro and Raleigh riders, we worked well together, and a small group of 8 came across to us. We stayed away until the end and finished 15 seconds behind the break, I finished 9th on the stage. With G and Mitch safely in the group a minute behind.
A couple of hours later it was a closed circuit race, morale was pretty low at this point due to bad weather and fatigue from the morning stage. We picked ourselves up with a few jokes and got into the racing mind-set once again.
We positioned ourselves well throughout the race, but it was Rob Moore who stole the show, Rob put in a great effort after clipping of the front staying away until the last lap in which he did a great job of riding solo for over an hour holding off a brutal chase from OnePro. A lot of riders where getting spat due to crosswinds, I found myself distanced in the last couple if laps losing a bit of time to the leaders.
I knew today I was capable of getting myself to a top 10gc finish due to the Haytor finish. With the boys looking after me early on, with 40km to go it split massively and there was a group of 20 riders left, with a break of four up the road Lampier of Raleigh, Mould, Opie and Yanto of OnePro the raced slowed.
I managed to position myself well at the bottom of the climb. And go with the early moves. With the crosswinds on Haytor, climbing wasn’t easy.
Myself and G managed to finish the race 11th and 14th overall.