Lucy Ellmore competed at the Croft Racing Circuit on Saturday 12th January. Here’s her report:
The circuit is quite long – 3.4km/2.1 miles which made it more interesting to race on. There were about 20 women in my race (cat 2/3/4) and the start wasn’t too fast, so everyone stayed together for the first lap. One of the other junior riders attacked and most of the group followed them, but then someone else counter attacked. I managed to follow them along with two other women. I kept up for about half a lap, but knew I wouldn’t be able to keep the pace up, so I dropped off a bit with one of the women in the breakaway and formed a small group of three with someone who caught us up. We stayed in this group for the rest of the race, with the two women ahead of us by 300m and had opened a gap of about 800m from the main group. It was quite windy which made it hard in the small group I was in, but we worked well together and managed to maintain our advantage over the main group. The finish came down to a sprint which I opened early on as I prefer longer sprints. Thankfully the other two didn’t tag onto my wheel, so I came 3rd overall and 1st junior which I am really happy with for my first junior race.
I have recently been prescribed a brown inhaler to use twice a day along with my blue inhaler to take before exercise. I found that this had made a big difference with helping me control my asthma, and today’s race was the first in a long time where I felt my breathing didn’t limit me.