The first race of the year is always an nerve racking and exciting one, not knowing how well you are going but looking forward to getting stuck into some racing! This year was no exception at Dalby Forest on the world cup course for round 1 of the nutcracker series. After a winter involving some time off the bike due to injuries and illness, I was really happy to be back on the bike and be able to start the first race of the year.
I had a good start, getting the wholeshot into the first corner at the end of the start field before slipping back into second wheel as we entered the first single track section. The field stayed close together with quite a big group at the front through this first section before it started to split apart as we came back into start field after a few minutes of racing. I was still sat in second position at this point, with Jack Ravenscroft a few seconds in front and James Edmond on my wheel. The race started to settle down a bit by this point and I focused on riding at my own pace, setting a good tempo without without going too hard on the first lap of the four lap race.
Part way through the lap I broke away from the riders behind me going up the steep climb towards Medusa’s Drop, one of the more technical parts of the course. The rest of the race was quite consistent from this point on, with me not catching Jack in front or been caught by James behind. Although I had a couple of minor issues with my bike, which were only because it had just been built up on Friday, the rest of the race went pretty smoothly and I held onto second place.
I did the race with my new PowerTap Joule GPS bike computer on, the file of which can be found at http://www.strava.com/activities/123282887, with some interesting information about how the race went.
This was a fairly solid start to the season for me and a result I was quite happy with to say it is still very early in the year. From now on its time for me to continue building my training up to get some good race fitness for the main part of the season as well as continuing to race most weekends. This Sunday brings the first round of the British mountain bike series in Essex which I will be racing before I head out to South Africa to meet up with the rest of the team and race a round of the UCI Juniors Series.