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image of James Braid at race

Scotland awaits

Last weekend’s national race was way up in Scotland, another venue I had never been to but raring to ‘have a go’ on the 2014 Commonwealth Games circuit.

The circuit did not disappoint with some pretty technical sections and an almost completely gravelly surface made for some fast racing! Here is the weekend in numbers:

  • 57,600: Seconds on the road
  • 3,500: Mosquitoes that got in the van
  • 893: Miles travelled
  • 19: Hours of sleeping
  • 5: Lap race
  • 4: Grid position
  • 3: Riders in front
  • 2:Punctures
  • 1:DNF

The racing weekend in pictures ...

The race started really well, with a good sprint off the line positioning me comfortably in the top 10 as I got into a rhythm.

All memory of a puncture late in my last practice lap was gone, caution to the wind and chasing the leaders hard. All this was winding its way to one thing, a pinch puncture racing through one of the high-speed rock gardens on course with the tube I had to fit in my rear tyre... With such short laps and no spares to hand it was game over!

Not the result I wanted but a fantastic course and plenty more races to come.

 

Heading off on the long journey

 

First stop and time for a leg stretcher!

 

Steady ride out to Kendal on the first stop and some decent hills!

 

Second-day-spin an hour out of Glasgow and some much bigger climbs!

Cool and windy – training conditions could be worse!

Saturday – up at the venue and expecting some wind...

Waiting for the start with a pretty spectacular backdrop

Sprint starts are coming on a bit...

...Just hold on!

See you on the trails soon!