After a long cold and wet winter here in Australia, Spring has finally sprung and so to our racing season here in Victoria. Finally, I had my chance to race on my Carbon Blade Wheels for the first time and my motivation was high. For the last few months I have been following other Carbon Blade Wheel Ambassadors from the northern hemisphere and seeing great results.
I have been training on my wheels in all conditions you can think of, smooth, rough, and gravel roads, in the rain, snow and hail, and the odd occasion in winter sun, thank god. The performance I have experienced on these wheels has been outstanding and has given me the confidence to really push to new highs.
My first race back would be Round 6 of Cycling Victoria Racing Series – Sam Miranda Strade Nero road race including 115km, 800vm and 4 gravel sectors. After having an extended period off the bike, due to readjusting to fatherhood, my goals were rather simple. Get over the climb and finish with the bunch, not knowing how my body would respond to the racing environment, I was clearly looking for race kms in the legs for next season.
I rode a smart race, eating and drinking regularly, and positioning myself at key moments. With 10kms to go, the bunch became activate, people trying to get off the front and solo to victory.
With 6 kms to go, two guys were off the front and no one was working to shut it down. For some reason I decide to go, not sure what I was thinking ha ha ha, I bridged across effortlessly, totally putting that down to my wheels. At the 5km to go, we now had 4 guys working together and rolling strong turns, the belief was starting to grow. The bunch was now closing in and setting up for a sprint finish, our break away was fading, and I still felt good. With 600m to go, I gave it everything I had, and manage to cross the line first ahead of the main bunch. I had just won my first race back and I couldn’t believe it. Not bad for a guy that only wanted to get over the climb and finish with the bunch.
I really like to thank Carbon Blade Wheels for their support over the last few months, as I look forward to the rest of the season and what it may deliver.