Left home early Saturday morning with my coach, Bob and a few members of the Kapiti Cycling Club for a big weekend of racing in the Hawkes Bay.
The Saturday afternoon race was 84 km [52 miles] over the course for the nationals in a few weeks. It was a gruelling race with riders 10 years my junior. I survived the first lap of 3 but found the going a bit too tough. I battled through the last 2 laps and although it wasn't pretty I am pleased with myself for finishing with respectability. I managed 2 hours 29 minutes for the hilly course.
|Discussing the day's racing and telling a few stories|
Saturday night we ate at the Dannevirke RSA. The best deal I've ever had! A burger with everything and chips for $8. Just what the team needed and a beer to wash it down.
|The boys and coach enjoyed their meal and wind down after a hard race|
The next day it was a 110 km Fun Ride which was all competition. I am amazed that I got through it so well considering how tired I was after Saturday's ride. I finished the race in 40th place out of over 200 in 2 hours 51 minutes with an average speed of over 37 km per hour [23 miles].
|The team [ Left - Right Bryan, Charles and Findlay]|
|Nervously awaiting the start|
The cold beers awaiting at the finish line were greatly enjoyed as the event was held from the Tui Brewery.
Although tiring I learnt a lot about racing and will be better off next time for the experience.