Last season, the Wallace Caldwell Memorial was a race that I excelled, coming 4th in a sea of ASEA riders I was happy with the result. Since committing myself to road for the 2016 season, the Wallace Caldwell has been on my list as a race that I really wanted to win, and based on my result at the race last season I felt like I was in with a great chance.
The race started at quite a relaxed pace with a small group getting up the road and the bigger teams controlling the pace at the front. Once we hit the 2nd categorised climb of the day I tried attacking to form a smaller chase group however this proved unsuccessful. After that I was simply trying to conserve my energy in the bunch, we were closing the time gap on the brake and I knew at that point we would catch them before the finish.
With around 15km to go the race was all together, I kept myself close to the front, ensuring I was in a good position to close any attacks. In the final KM’s I knew it was going to come down to a bunch sprint so I made sure I was well positioned coming into the final two corners. I was 3rd or 4th wheel coming into the finishing straight and felt that I timed my sprint really well, however I was just piped to the line by David Watson, the photo below shows how close it was! Congratulations to David on a great win however it was bitter sweet for me coming so close!
Nevertheless I was happy with 2nd place considering the caliber of riders taking part and glad to get more points on the table in the National Road Series. Next up for me is the Ras Mumhan stage race which I am very excited for.
1st – David Watson (North Down)
2nd – Christopher McGlinchey (Chain Reaction Cycles)
3rd – Craig Rea (Phoenix CC)
4th – Fraser Duncan (ASEA – Wheelworx)
5th – David Hamilton (North Down)