It was a chilly morning in Canberra as we arrived at Wanniassa for the 5th round of the National CX Series. With forecast rain and freezing conditions it was going to be a vast difference from earlier rounds in QLD where temperatures were mid 30’s. The team was excited as we would be sporting our new skinsuits made by no other than 4 Shaw. As I warmed up I noticed that when you got moving you started to sweat so this meant that I would only be wearing my normal undershirt and skinner for the race. After my warm up and activation routine was completed I headed to the start area where everyone was already assembling for call up.
Due to Garry being away and both being on equal points I got called to the line first and chose my position making sure that I had a straight run into the first corner. The countdown was on and I threw my Jacket to Jade or helper for the trip (Jade was in the team last year but is having a year off from CX racing, returning next year). The whistle blew and it was a mad dash for the first corner.
I settled into the top ten not getting the best start and becoming boxed in. I tried not to panic as I knew I could just get around when the time was right but also not wanting to waste energy and make any silly mistakes by panicking. After the first lap was back into the top three making sure that my main rivals weren’t going to get a gap.
It was a very long lap taking about 8 to 10 minutes for most to complete so it made for interesting racing as we didn’t have the same obstacles often. Chris.J attacked trying to test his legs but I soon reacted and paced myself back onto his wheel. It was a change of the lead every half lap or so as we tried to establish a lead over each other. There was a chasing group only 10 seconds behind so there was no time for games but it was more or a first person to make a mistake and then capitalize on this.
With three laps to go I was on the front coming into the long start straight and starting to lift the pace. Chris.J slid out and crashed. I didn’t relies this had happened until 100 meters later when someone yelled out that he had slipped. I tried to up the pace but I was already on my limit so there was no real attack just trying to hold that same high intensity for as long as I could.
After a lap he had closed in a little but then made another mistake slipping out again giving me some breathing space and enough room to settle back into a tempo that I could hold until the finish. I didn’t go completely into the red as I knew there would be late attacks trying to close the gap to me don but fortunately enough I kept it upright and held the chasing pack off and crossed the finish line with my hands held high for my second NCXS win of the 2015 season.
A big Thankyou to Joshua from Riding Focus for the photos.
Check out my Vlog from the race below !!!