"The win is coming."
Douglas Coleman surged into form yesterday with his strongest performance this year at the Basingstoke CC Surrey League Road Race.
"This was a 2/3 category race, so I was feeling confident after my 11th place at the Archer last week," he said afterwards. After 32km, Coleman attacked and quickly formed a group of 6 riders. "I felt good and with such a hilly course, I thought there was a good chance of staying away."
At around the 80km mark, 7 others joined the group: "I played it a bit more carefully at this point," Coleman continued. "There were more people to share the workload so I actually regained a bit of strength."
The group of thirteen stayed away right to the finish, but Coleman had already set his sights high. Powering up the 25% gradient to the finish line, he took third place in what may well be his strongest performance to date.
"I wasn't feeling great this morning, and I had a stitch for most of the race, so although the result is pleasing, there'still room for improvement," he commented. "And given my winter injury, the curve is still very much in the right direction."