Personal Best for 40 km

The last Sunday of May saw veteran Club member making a familiar trip to the west Midlands for the BMCR RR Champs. on the Welland Circuit  between Tewksbury and Worcester.  The 48.19 mile course was made up of 3 16 mile laps and attracted a field of over 50 riders.  After a very fast start 4 riders managed to get away but Dean managed to stay with the bunch in the second lap which featured attack after attack.  The speed was continuously high and on one of the descents our Club Clothing Secretary registered 40mph.

The race cam together at the start of the third lap but it was not long before 3 riders made the break and were hovering in the distance. The final 7 miles were brutal and and with tired legs and a “twitchy” bunch the last few miles were nerve wracking.  On the last right hand bend at Welland the bunch was set up for the final sprint for the minor places, and with 500 metres to go to the line Dean was pushing out 500 watts but still found himself going backwards. Dean finished a  creditable 37th just seconds behind the bunch.  Personally Dean was very pleased with his performance, his Garmin recording a PB for 40 kms of 59.20m

Dean now looks forward to his next trip to the west Midland and Shakespeare’s Stratford upon Avan in early June.

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