After a long journey to the other side of the world having qualified for the finals in the Tour of Cambridgeshire earlier in the year, it was race day. The race started at 7am on a brisk and surprisingly cold Perth morning. Our age category contained a strong line up of cyclists from all over the world. Ex pros, rising stars, racers and club riders. The talent on the table was clear; but equally it was amazing to see some people who were there for the experience and to race for their country.
The pace of the opening of the race was rapid, chasing down breakaways down the highway leading to the hills, the point where the race would start to spread out. 2 laps of the hills with a finish at the top of the Zig Zag, this was going to be a tough race with the 2000 meters of climbing over 155km.
Sadly a puncture 80km put my race to a halt. I sat by the side of the road and fixed it as quick as I could with an attempt to latch onto anything I could. It became a lonely race, head down pushing hard to simply set the best possible time.
Race finished. An average speed of 35km. It was a tough one, but an incredible opportunity to represent Great Britain, Ripcor and most importantly The PACE Centre.