Bath CC got of to a promising start in the 2017 Coltswold League after Nic Mckibbin took the win after breaking away, with a nail-biting drag to the line.
This should put Nic close to the top of the rankings with a chance of him gaining the Blue Jersey if he gets a good result in the next race (if only the cotswold league website were updated!).
Here is how the race unfolded from a riders point of view:
The beginning of the race
Sam: With blue sky and sun shining down over Wiltshire I looked forward to my first ever RR. The pace was aggressive from the start with some dicey overtaking being done by other teams near the bends.
Conor: I got there in plenty of time and went straight to get my gears checked and collect my number. I met up with the bath guys and we warmed up on the road together, before the race briefing all of the bath guys met up to discuss tactics for the race. We agreed that we would all try and stay to the front of the race and cover attacks, after David’s motivational speech we went to the commissaries briefing and lined up behind the start car, I was next to the leader (Jamie Wilkins). We rolled out and after 2 minutes the flagged dropped and the race was live. The start of the racing was super quick averaging 265 watts with an average speed of 45.5kmh in the first 45 minutes of the race. I stayed near the front end to avoid any crashes within the peloton. after 45 minutes the race slowed down and the first breakaway went off for the day, Nic was involved in this so me and jake tried to distrupt the chase.
Nic: The beginning of the race was pretty fast, (think we averaged above 43kph in the first hour).There were lots of attacks, but a lot of teams were working on the front, so nothing really got any gaps. I didn’t actually feel great at the start so mainly just sat in and tried to conserve energy.
The middle bit
Sam: I held on for a while but became disconnected from the main bunch with a couple others as the pace cranked up once again while attacking in the crosswind, as those around me sat up and called it a day, I desperately tried to catch up while digging deep, 3 miles later and out of site I confided that my race was over but I’d at least make use of the sunshine and continue it as a solo training ride.
Conor: over half way through the race the break had been caught, me and Nic started talking about the library and what he was planning on doing for the rest of the race, I quote him saying “my legs feel really bad today”.
Nic: Midway through the second lap, I attacked on a little uphill part, Ben Strain (Radeon) and a Ride 24/7 guy came with me. We worked well together, and had a gap of around 30 seconds at one point, but the chase never sat up behind so I think we all knew our fate! We were up the road for about 30mins and as soon as we were caught, the race winning move of 3 guys went clear.