166.930km with 1487m climb in 7:00:14. To honour Milan-San Remo tomorrow a 7 hour ride was in order.
The organisers had devices a non traditonal course finding lots of undulating wooded terain for the first half which provided welcome shelter from the adverse wind. There was one complication where a bridge had collapsed and the riders were forced to show there cross skills and ford the river shouldering the bikes. Eventually the minor roads were left for the major ones and the urban center of Gloucester as the course turned around for a flatter return with a favorable wind.
The going was fast and after the Capi of cow hill and St Acids the organiser realised the race was going too fast and was forced to add in some more flat zig zapping roads which meant the approach to the Cipressa climbing from Tockington was a slow drag into the wind. The climb was taken steadily and the the long threatened extra climb of Lower Hazel was added in before the final drop to the base of the Poggio at Almondsbury. The young fans were lining the road as the riders took the early slops. Eventually the big attack came on the last hairpin before the top and the race was on for the line. Saddly the road closures were not so good and there were a number of neutralised sections on the run in along the main road. Finally things opened up for the final technical run in and the sprint for the line.
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