WRCC Road World (Club) Championships
Words by Matthew Boyd
Just want to say thank you for a great year. Even though my official training ended a few weeks back, I have just had the best 3 days of racing EVER !!!
Matthew Boyd leading the pack at Nerang - image courtesy of Peter Russi
I decided to step up from C Grade (2012 Club Champs) and race with the WOTR boys in A grade.
Going into the weekend I was thinking what have I got myself into here.
Saturday morning was the ITT through the 7 Sisters at Carbrook, goal was to just go better than last years’ time of 30:32, I also didn't want to kill myself in the ITT as I know I'm not a TT person (yet) and wanted to save legs for RR and Crit. Concentrated on HR and Cadence for the 17.6km and turned in a very reasonable time of 25:50 (38.6k/h avg)
Off to Nerang for a 25 lap road race, lucky me didn't have as much time to recover as the rest of the field as I had Kyle racing in the juniors and had to have him there for 1:30pm. My legs felt dead warming up on the track and the first 5 laps up that hill hurt, but then the body woke up, and after 25 laps ended up sprinting and taking 4th in the bunch sprint, 6th overall. The 25 laps we avg 38k/h. I was cooked and was cramping with every gear change on the way home, need to buy and auto transmission car.
Stuck to my great nutritional advice and did everything I could to recover and re fuel for Sunday mornings 60m + 3 lap crit at the Business Park. 920am we rolled and it was already extremely warm. A break of 2 then it grew to 4 (one WOTR boy in the break) my job for the day was to cover breaks from Ausenco and shut them down. I do not know what came over me, but I found it really easy to do, just kept jumping on everything. It came to 3 to go and we had two sprinters ready to unleash, so seeing I was feeling good I upped the pace a little to try and stop any attacks which worked. We got the bell and I sat up and let the rest of the team do their stuff, which worked as we got Rob B across the line in the bunch sprint 1st picking up 5th overall.
Now after that long winded wrap up, I have some praise for PCS and my coach Jodie Willett. Everyone afterwards (actually all weekend) kept congratulating me and saying that whatever I was doing has worked and that they should do the same next year!
I'm off to recover, because my new training partner has SE's tomorrow (Thanks Donna Dall, my body had got used to rest days on Monday) and I promised her I'd go with her.
Monique Wevers crosses the line in 1st place in the Junior category - image courtesy of Thang Chuc.
Dave Lyons and Martin Mitchell head to head in the sprint finish - photo courtesy of It's A Linda Thing