Saturday, 3 December 2011

Imperial Winter Series Hillingdon Race 1: Saturday 3rd December

Courtesy Mark Hopkins who has some great shots
permission applied for.
A mild sunny winter's day with a stiff westerly breeze.  When I looked on the Imperial site this morning I saw the 4th cat race was fully booked so I grabbed one of the few remaining places in the 3rd cat race before they also went.  It is an indication of just how popular racing in general and the Imperial Winter Series in particular is.  There must be some WyndyMilla sponsorship as the pink flags were out and I am now the owner of a WyndyMilla bidon (always useful).
This was my first race for 4 months and it showed.  I sat in towards the back for most of the race.  A break of 6 got away entirely unnoticed by me and we alternated between the literally conversational and the fairly frantic.  We never did catch the 4th cats, who I think must have had an exceptionally fast race today.  Perhaps because it was all now about 7th place the gallop for the line started much later than usual and with half a lap to go we were free wheeling in a close packed group down the back straight.  I was happy just to hang on in there and come in with the bunch.
Stats: 1h05m at av 24.6 mph.  Max 29.7 mph.

1 comment:

  1. I was in the 4th Cat race today, and you certainly caught me :( (I came in half a lap behind the winners, 30th or so of 50)