It's been a long while since I've last done a race so naturally this one would be to shake the spiderwebs off my legs and get the motor going again.
The race consisted of 3 different circuits, all to be covered multiple
times, over short but steep and stingy climbs. Definitely not an easy
The first 30 km were absolutely terrible for me. Although I could stay
upfront and in the mix for most of the time, I felt like standing still
more than a few times.
A group of about 14 riders left and naturally we had no one in there (we
were only 3 riders from the team, one who doesn't like any sorts of
climbs and the other one recently coming back from sickness). However I
did manage to get into a chase group of 7 later on and we went super
hard to catch the break. A long section of a false downhill with a
tailwind made this a bit harder than it should.
With 40km to go we came back to the break, but now no one wanted to work
anymore and the peloton came back to 20 seconds. This caused some
riders to attack in attempt to stay away and I got dropped on a steep
I found myself in a chase group again and slowly but surely we were
making our way back to the first group, which was more and more split
With one lap (6 km) I got dropped again, got overtaken by a few riders
from the back (apparently the peloton was in pieces too though) and
Looking down at my average power after the race I knew why I had
suffered so much. 273 watts for over 3 hours is quite a lot for a guy
that weighs just over 62 kg.
Still I had mixed feelings. I knew it was a good race to get back into
the racing shape again and I had been in the right moves at the right
places, but somehow just lacked that little bit of power to accelerate
over the last part of the steep climbs. Racing with my training wheels
(again) also didn't help too much.
All in all it was a positive feeling though and I was looking forward to
some climbing at Tour Nivernais Morvan the following week.