Stage 1 – TTT:
Key Stats: 9km | 12min 05secs | 44.9kmh | 375np | 175bpm | 85rpm
It’s always difficult to pace when starting on a climb, because of this Jamie started off at the front to control us young guns. We rode the climb hard, but controlled. Second in line I took up the pace over the top of the climb to get the line up to speed. We all pulled through strong, doing 30seconds in the wind before pulling off. We working really well as a unit, keeping it smooth the whole way round.
It was quite an important moment for us, building up to national team time trial championships, this was our first ride as a quartet, which became a triplet, sorry Jamie. Sadly the strength of the team was slightly compromised as Robbie was ill, so not at 100%. So we will be flying for the nationals when at full strength! But this didnt hinder us, still posting a time good enough for second place only a handful of seconds behind the leaders.
Standings after stage 1:
- Wellingborough RT
- Cycle Team OnForm A +3sec
- Cycle Team OnForm B +15sec
Stage 2 – RR:
Bridging to Break: 11min 07secs | peak 1309watts | avg 373watts | 179bpm | 88rpm
Final Climb: 1min 06secs | peak 937watts | avg 578watts | 182bpm | 98rpm
With little time between the TTT and RR, I was glad we were the first team off! I think I was off the rollers for 20mins tops between racing.
The race started off like normal, the standard brave solo attacks and everyone chasing everything. I followed a few, but with no real intent. Just wanting to hold my position near the front really. Then just over half way through a big split went, of maybe 15 riders. We had 3 OnForm riders in the move, so I was cautious as to how I was going to try and get over, as I didn’t want to bring the bunch with me. I let the gap grow, till I knew it was 100% sticking. Then on the back side of the course, on a small rise I decided to make the bridge. I took one Flamme Rouge and one Wellingborough rider with me, and we worked well together to quickly distance the peloton and start eating into the gap ahead of us. In total it took us the best part of 1 lap to get across. Tactically this worked very well, as there was now 5 OnForm riders in the front split, a huge numerical advantage. The effort to get across took more out of me then I’d hoped for. Thankfully, Charles was able to constantly keep me towards the front of the group and cover me if I skipped some turns (it happened a fair bit). Can not thank him enough for this, wouldn’t have stood a chance without his support!
Then over the climb for the final time, I attacked. I brought 3 guys with me, including Charles (thank god) and we quickly established a gap as all the big teams were represented; OnForm, Wellingborough & Flamme Rouge. We’d managed to continue the numerical advantage into the breakaway, happy days. We were working well, but it was clear there were tired legs now. Charles, feeling fresher than I was, I decided I would hit the front up the final climb and lead him out for the sprint. Just before the top of the climb, the Flamme Rouge rider started to drop my wheel and I ended up opening up a gap. Charles rolled round for second place to make a 1-2 for OnForm! Solid day out boys!
Standings after stage 2:
- Ollie Jones – Cycle Team OnForm
- Charles Page – Cycle Team OnForm
- Ed Porteus – Wellingborough Cycles RT
Onform also took 5th/6th/7th on GC & the team prize!
Thanks as always to all the sponsors that make this possible (check them out below), my coach Mark Walker and my Dad for putting up with my expensive and rollercoaster ride of trying to make it as a pro cyclist…