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After taking part in the Hitchen Nomads cat 3/4 Road Race on Sunday, Chris Orfeur shares his account below.

“It was a full field of 80 riders that took to the line on a sunny Sunday for the Hitchen Nomads cat3/4 Road Race. I rode a warm up lap and found it was exactly how WVCC members who had raced this circuit in the past had described. It was mainly flat with a steady uphill section 3/4 of the way round followed by a nice drag uphill to the finish that makes the run uphill to the finish line of the Duncan Murray RR look like Alpe d’huez.
 
There was only one attempt at a break on lap 3 which got reeled in and overall the pace was steady resulting in only a handful of riders getting dropped. I managed to keep a lid on my excitement making myself stay around the back of the bunch riding wheels before having a little dig up the slope on the last lap to get into a better position for the road back into the finish.
 
The finish turned into a mass brawl with 70 riders going for it, I felt fantantisic having expelled little to no energy (or excitement) so began moving through the bunch which proved a lot harder than expected with riders all over the shop stopping dead with cramp or just feeling burnt out. Once in clear space I made up plenty of places with what felt like plenty in the tank but it was too little too late. I’d completely miss judged the run into the finish…. ah well that’s racing for you.  
 
Despite feeling I could of finished better I still thoroughly enjoyed myself out there racing and would strongly recommend WVCC members to enter this race next season. I finished the race 16/80 to which I am really pleased with, I’ve also gained some cracking experience
 
Now to take my enthusiasm to the cyclocross circuit!!”
 
Well done Chris and thanks for sharing to news@wellandvalleycc.co.uk

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