This Saturday saw a spectacular revival for one of our riders. Hamish Tomlinson is a former international level junior track cyclist, previously riding for New Zealand but he’s been a bit quiet since moving to the UK. Today he ventured out for his first race in a long time and came in a solid 3rd in a sprint finish. Great effort Hamish and we expect more good things to come!
After several wrong turns, and plenty of time on farmyard gravel roads thanks to a dubious Strava route, I arrived in Milton Keynes just in time to race the Big Event Central Series Circuit Race. The order of the day was a 40km criterium around the national bowl – a fast, tight circuit with an uphill kick to finish. The race had a fairly dormant start, so I decided to put in an attack to test the legs. However, my dreams of winning solo were short lived, as it became clear that a year off racing had not been kind to my ability to ride fast around corners. With a fairly motivated bunch, and a circuit not suited for breakaways, I gambled on a sprint and decided to save my legs. On the last lap the group was all together, and I came around the final bend in 5th wheel, with a clear line to sprint to 3rd place. Positive riding all round, and for me – a great introduction to road racing in the UK.