Sunday 12 February 2012

Imperial Winter Series Race 12, Saturday 12th February

I had not thought the last race of the series would happen.  Where I woke up on Saturday morning there was snow, and more particularly ice everywhere, so I was pleasantly surprised to find the Hillingdon circuit completely snow and ice free (save for one small patch which was coned off.)  By the time of the start the temperature had crept up to just above freezing but there was no wind and unbroken sunshine.  After a couple of laps the conditions really were quite pleasant and I was very glad I had come.
The pace seemed high this week though again there was not a lot of activity off the front; one or two attempts but nothing sticking.  We passed the 4th cat race without any of the drama of last week.  Unfortunately the last couple of laps were hazardous with crashes on successive laps through the kink in the home straight.  I was happy to finish the final race of the series in the bunch and upright.
A huge thank you has to go to Imperial and particularly the Collins for once again giving us something to keep us riding through the depths of winter.    With the series over, believe it or not, spring must be here.
Stats:  25 miles in 58 minutes with an average of 25.7 mph.  Max 32.

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