Fabio at the Isle of Man Youth Tour
Stage 1 was a prologue along the promenade and back. It was a 1.2 kilometer Time Trial with a tailwind out and headwind back. Each rider was off at 30 second intervals. I started in a big gear and got it going fairly quickly. I tried to change gear but it wouldn’t change so I had to make do. I got to the hairpin and took the corner well and sprinted out of it. I Gave it everything until the line and clocked in at 2 minutes dead in 8th position.
Stage 2 was on a closed road up a 1 mile hill with an average gradient of about 10%. Then it turns left and goes up another 1 mile hill but not as steep. It goes left again and then its a 2 mile descent all the way back to the first hill. We started and straight away 7 riders got away including me. I struggled first time up the hill but managed to stay on the front group. I made it up the second hill still in the front group and on the descent. On the second time up the hill I was behind a rider but he got dropped right in front of me and I couldn’t get round. By the time we got up the hill the group were ahead by about 200m. There were 3 of us working together. We went up the hill for the third time and at the top one rider attacked but I got on straight away and the other rider dropped off. On the descent a rider from behind caught us and we jumped on his wheel. We went up the hill AGAIN and we stayed as a three. On the second hill the rider who caught us attacked and had a good gap of about 50m. I made the other rider do the work to make the gap bridgeable and when he started tiring I attacked past him and made it to the other rider easily. I sat on his wheel on the descent and on the corner before the hill I went past him and dropped him on the corner. When I realized how far behind he was I put in a huge effort to stay away and carried on up the hill and finished 8 seconds ahead of him in 5th place 3:30 down on the leader.
Stage 3 was a circuit race around the national sports center cycle circuit and It counted for the national circuit series. Due to time bonuses I had to defend 5th place by beating the boy in 6th.The race was 24 laps long and there were sprints on lap 20,14,8 and 2 but only lap 20 and lap 2 counted for national series points. On the first prime lap I had to get round a rider and I sprinted neck and neck with a rider but I got 3rd. I sat in the pack and didn’t do any work the whole way until 2 laps to go on the prime. On the bend before the finish line a rider attacked for the national points but he overcooked the corner and his front wheel turned in and he went straight over his handlebars. I took the corner well and managed to get on the outside of the rider who crashed and took the sprint points easily. with 2 laps to go a rider attacked and stayed out for about a lap and a half and we caught him just before the final bend but he sat up in front of me and I was boxed in so I ended up finishing in the pack but I still beat the rider in 6th place overall so I held my position.
I came 5th place overall and that puts me in 3rd place overall in the national series. There is a national circuit race on Saturday at Hillingdon.