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16th May 2015 - Northern Combine Race 5 - IACC Trophy - Gisborne South - D Grade

I was still recovering from a cold so wasn't sure if I would perform the best, felt OK in the morning though. The main feature of the race was a ~ 1.6km climb at 4% just before the finish line, with only 100m of flat before hitting the line. In D grade we would be doing 7 laps of the 8.5km course.

I felt good and the race was fairly easy up until the end of the second lap, up the climb to the finish I put in a hard effort just to test the waters, it ended up taking a little bit out of me. I stayed with the bunch until the climb on the 3th lap, where the wheel I was following dropped away from the main bunch, there was about 5 of us on our own.

Us five worked really hard and managed to catch up to the main bunch on the climb on lap 4. Where we were again unable to keep up the quick pace climbing with nothing left in the tank after pushing hard all lap.

Lap five, I decided to try and let the others push so I could be fresh for the climb and grab onto the main pack again, it worked in that I was fresh for the climb, but the pack was unable to catch the peloton, about 20m behind at the base of the climb.

With the main bunch in front, the dropped group started to sizzle out, I pushed myself for the last two laps and finished a few minutes behind the main bunch. Maybe around 15-20th place out of 27 starters.

Moving Time: 02:00:54
Distance: 62.94 km
Average Speed: 31.23 km/h
Climbed: 790 metres