|Ouch. Top of hill, pained face, break in bits|
Not to mention that our pals from Equipe Velo had put a lot of work in to stage their race in their first year.
It was on the short Mentmore Circuit which means that you have to climb the Mentmore 'lump' lots of times.Hmmm, as Eugen would say.
A very civilised start was great until the CD race caught and passed the AB race. Interesting. And a challenge for the organisers, which they handled with grace and ease.
He wasn't quite careful enough though and with five laps still to go, the more dynamic duo hung back at the foot of the hill and then shot past Neil and Paul.
|he loves a presentation: Neil flanked by Andy from Wildoo and organiser Simon Moss|
And so he rode the last five laps solo, with Dring squeezing out another solo effort behind him: "It was one of the biggest efforts I've ever done," says Neil. "I definitely found my limit. I did at least get plenty of cheers at the finish. Probably out of sympathy!" He held a 2 minute gap by the finish, for 3rd place and 2nd in the A category, with Dring just holding off the bunch for 4th.
|Neil and John fly round Redbourn Green|
Evidently not quite content with this, Neil hared off home to regroup for the Redbourn Fete Du Velo where he had a bash at the Masters Race, coming in 5th with John in 10th.
Apparently his legs "weren't quite 100%"...