XIX GP Macario – Alcalá de Henares

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Today was the final race in the prestigious Copa de Espana, the XIX GP Macario – Ayto de Alcalá de Henares el Domingo, which was a fast 155Km race with four category 3 mountain climbs and one category 2 climb. I took the train over to Alcala de Henares on the east of Madrid, a 1 hour journey in total.

 

In the race there was a lot at stake for the major players who were fighting for the overall GC, but my team were simply fighting for possible team points withing the race, which was also a big task, especially with the ultimate battles that were going on around us.

Positioning was important, but early in the race there were some cars blocking the road at a roundabout, and the peloton split into 3 directions. It was a complete gamble as to which group of riders to follow, and it turned into chaos as we were blocked, and we came to a stop, with the riders who were originally behind us, now passing us as we had to wait for the road to clear. This split the peloton and effected a lot of teams and riders riders, with a huge group of riders not making the split.

 

I was in a really big group of around 80 riders, but at the front the teams were attacking and fighting for the overall Copa de Espana victory, so bridging the gap was not possible, especially as the teams in my group would not do any work, as their team riders were battling in the group further ahead.

 

On the first climb it was constantly at full gas, maximum power for 10 minutes. I attacked from my group, and by the top of the second climb I was in a small group, but we couldn’t bridge the gap to the main group, due to the pace of the teams up ahead.

Unfortunately, all of my team except for one was in the rear split, but my team mate Christian had made it into the front split, and he finished in a group of nearly sixty riders who all were at 0.36 seconds behind the winner.

 

So that is the 2017 Copa de Espana now drawn to a close, and although it has been tough, with not a lot of luck, still I am lucky to have been able to participate in the most prestigious cycle racing series in Spain, the Copa de Espana, and for that I would like to thank all my supporters, helpers and sponsors who have helped to make it happen by supporting me.

 

Now it is time to focus and look forward to ‘phase 2’ of my race season, with a busy race calendar ahead, starting next weekend. Watch this space!

 

 

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