Verulam CC Fete du Velo junior circuit race, Redbourn, 30 June 2019

I made sure to have enough food and sleep beforehand. I didn't have enough time for a full warm up but did a few laps before the race started to get the blood flowing. I rode in the bunch keeping it together. A few guys tried to get away but a teammate and I chased back and tried to keep a bunch. Nearing the end it sped up and I got boxed in when the fast guys went. On the second to last lap I put in a big effort and caught on to the lead group. This used up most of my energy so I started the sprint in last place out of the lead group and then worked up that so managed a top 10 finish (8th in fact). With the benefit of hindsight I should have chased the lead group earlier so I wouldn't have had to get across such a large gap and I could have been better placed for the sprint.

Ollie Maynard

Photo: Mike Hoy

Photo: Mike Hoy