31/03/2014

MaxGear Race Report – 26/03/14

The multi sport season is under way and I am happy with the positive start. Oulton park motor racing circuit provides an excellent venue for an event and a great circuit to race. The standard distance event consisted of 2 laps of running 8.6km and then 9 laps on the bike 39km with a final 1 lap run of 4.3km.

The race started at a steady tempo and a small group of 5 athletes including myself had broken away. As we completed the first lap the group had split into 4 and a trailing athlete. As we hit the headwind up the climb the group of 4 split into 2 pairs and unfortunately I was in the second pair, the 2 leaders started to move away.

With this being the season opener and in blustery conditions I wanted to maintain threshold to ensure that I could put together a strong performance on the bike leg which would determine my overall result. I chased the leaders on the opening laps of the bike and eventually caught second place with a lap to go. we raced over the final lap and into transition for the second run. The leader at this point was away so the fight was for a podium.

I ran hard out of transition and suffered from slight twinges of cramp for the opening km, this was the point where I had to settle for third place as I could not respond to the athlete who was running strongly in second place. Knowing that I was unable to catch and was not being caught i aimed for a consistent, even paced run to finish strongly.

My goal coming into the event was a strong endurance based performance, without any real weakness for this time of the year. secondary to this I wanted to be competitive at the head of the race aiming for a minimum of top 5, so to come away with a podium against some strong athletes I am happy and look forward to making further progress as we move into the season.

Thanks again to all of the team and sponsors for their continued support.

BY IAN ROBERTS

www.maxgear-racing.co.uk

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