First selection race and UK league round 2 at start posts.
Was a lot weter than I was expecting but realy nice day and I wore shorts and short sleaves. Warmed up fairly well bit a bit chilly, started 4 minutes off Chris BB and set out hard thinking I should catch him before the end. Small paths heading into 1 a bit indestinct so a bit cautions then slight overshoot on turn into 2 10 secs. 3 , 4 clean potentail t=route choice leg for 5 was sticking to main tracks as much as I could. Steap climb out of 6 I ended up pushing as the kids pushing there rigs up baulked me a bit. Fairly steady thought the tec=hnical bit 6-10 just trying to avoid a mistake. 11, 12 clean then I saw ChrisBB heading in for 12 as I exited it. 13 missed first track the cut up through wood on what may or may not of been the marked slow ride hit good track in re-enterant expecting controll but no sighn went right and glad to see it 50m on up hill a bit. 14 dog leged back expecting to cut through some slow to ride but it was not visable on the ground and when I stoped for a proper look at the map it did not go through Cot losses and just blasted back around the way I had come, so not the best route lost 30-60 secs? 15 16 fairly good 17 did not get on single track from star posts junction went down main track then cut 20m thought wood to single track (Had checked go anywhere was OK with planner before start) 18 19 clean 20 starting to feel a bit tired hesitant into flag. 21,22 23 good. 24 missed small path initaly and a bit more through wood to correct. a couple of stops to 25 tiring and lost myself for a bit on the map so had tp stop to get it back together. 26 hesitated as to where to turn onto dificlut to ride then decided to go onto second bit down re-enterant. Pushed as hard as posible to finish.
Realy nice area most technical I have done in the UK. Clean ride worst mistake at 14 probobly getting a bit slopy towards end when tiring. Was aware after a while that there was someone quick chacing me down was not sure how it was but we had a number of double back type legs and saw someone looking like they were gaining slowly on me a few times. Turns out it was StuartL so no issue for GB selectionhe was about 1.30 quicker than me but that's a good result considering his ability on the bike. I was probobly doing well not to get caught.
No results yet but no-one I spoke to was quicker. Killian made a right mess and did somthing like 1,2,3, 17, 18, 19 or some such, a good 3 legs out of order corected himself but right out of it of course. Was aparently quicker than Andy C and Windy but not sure how much. Did not realy have time to hang aroung with WNL to come.
No GPX as I was riding fully race light seeing as how close things had been at Staford.
Results out I was second to Stuart with Alan 2 mins back in third. The stupid 7% rule for selection looks to of caught everyone else as Windy was 4th 6 mins back off Alan and Andy even further back.