Race Report PDCC D grade criterium Smeaton Way 20 January 2013

Biggest field of the season and it was not your normal PDCC D grade race, no matter who attacked or how hard you attacked, you got reeled back in, pronto. I know I tried a few times, a one stage a group of 5 strong riders got about 7m off the front, I went to join them, dragged another rider with me, then there was 20.

Second last lap, I attacked with gusto, might of got 5m, got caught at a corner, tried out of the corner, bunch still on my wheel. Nobody came round, so I settled in for tempo for all of 45 seconds, next attack, 18 riders both sides of me, as I knew nothing would come of it, I kept a steady pace, but I was on the back of the pack and it was strung out. That was my mistake, I needed to be the first 6 or 8 riders at the bell. Because the pace picked up as they went from home, best I could do was pick up a couple of places before the finishing straight, and a couple on the straight.

Overall happy with my performance, 15th out of 20 not the best, but I did ride an aggressive race on a course I had never seen and only had a one lap warm up recon. Managed PB on power from 5 to 38 minutes. So looking forward to my next race here and probably change my tactics.

Bunch sprints where the norm for every other grade except A, where the Australian Criterium Champion managed to get a break and then a mechanical, so his brother attacked and took another rider with him. The other rider hung on until the finish and then sprinted to victory.

My race of Strava

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