I was really pleased with my ride. I had a slight head cold so wasn't feeling 100%, but legs were ok to make effort without burning up or feeling weak, so I went for it. I didn't get gridded so started somewhere 5 rows back with about 20 guys infront of me. I rode hard but was gasping a bit and consciously not going over hard in a few places, felt good technically / skills wise and made my way up into 9th place, with 7th and 8th on the same time, both of them having been gridded and so having a head start. 2nd half of the race I was basically a fixed 6 second gap to Rob Bloor who was 6th and started on the front row. So I reckon in future races I should be aiming for top 5s. Numbers were nuts - over 80 in the V50, plus 50 women and 20 juniors, 150 in the V40 race. over 600 riders in all.