Here is a summary of Scratch race conducted by the ACT Vets on the 08/03/09
Distance: 40:05km for all grades
Temp °C: 15.2
App Temp °C: 14.6
Rel Hum %: 80
Wind Dir: ESE
Wind Speed: 6km/hr
Wind Gust: 7 km/hr
Avg Speed (B Grade): 35.1km/hr
Perfect conditions for racing and what appeared to be a good turn out for a club race. So much so that the course had to be shortened due a lack of marshals.
From my view in B grade; Had a hard time keeping up at first thanks to a slight cold but we kept it together and only lost two riders before the main hill. At the main climb at about 18km in the field got blown apart with 3 riders going off the front, another 3 of us clinging on about 300 metres behind and the rest of the field falling away.
I was sure I would fall away too but for some encouragement from James Jordon, we kept chasing and brought it back together by the time we got back to the finish line for the last lap.
The pace was off for the last lap with some surges to keep us honest. I led a few but didn’t have enough in me to try a break away.
Not sure all of the final six tried for the sprint finish, I found myself picking up third place with a surge for the line rather than a full on sprint.
Full result can be found here