It was a very early start this morning for the XVII Trofeo Fiestas del Ausente, a 126km mountain race in the Cabañeros National Park, in the region of Toledo, although it was a shorter journey than the previous races this season. At 7am I took the train ride to the team meeting point, then we drove the 1.5 hour journey to Los Navalucillos in Toledo.
Again, in this race, my main job was to work for our climber Ignacio. At one stage in the race an 8 man break got away. I was wanting to attack and bridge across, so I dropped back to the team car and talked with my team manager, but he thought it was too risky and told us to hold fire until later in the race.
But part way through the race I dropped my chain, which wouldn’t have been too much of a problem, but the chain jammed solid in-between the small sprocket (small cog) at the back and the chainstay. It was jammed solid and I couldn’t free it off, so I had to wait for my team car. When the car arrived, we still couldn’t free the chain off, so I swapped my bike for a team bike and set off to try and catch the peloton.
But the bike was set up for a smaller rider, the setup was terrible and very uncomfortable. I tried to get back into contention, but because of my awkward position on the bike I had no power, so I ended up just completing the race.
Anyway, we have another race tomorrow in Alcalá de Henares on the other side of Madrid, the GP Macario. It’s the final race of the Copa de Espana series, so I’m looking forward to that. Watch this space!