Departmental championships just over a week ago. Motivated by Basilic to look for some pictures.
Still riding in UFOLEP races when i should probably be in FFC but staying where i am until the end of June at least.
I'm riding for a club in department 64. Normally when we race there are people from three or four different departments so this was always going to be a small peloton with loads of attacking. I've got a bit of a reputation apparently so i was marked the whole time but with six riders from my team that just meant others could have a go off the front.
At first glance the 5.5km circuit didn't look that hard but then we saw the finish was 200m at almost 20%
Proper fast at the beginning - Just tiring everyone out
Tried to go the first time up the hill - no chance - marked all the time
A break of three (with a team mate) went at mid-distance - i managed to finally sneak away and get across
Played it reasonably well with repeated attacks from us both on the last lap before i got away with one other rider - wasn't too sure what to do in that situation but backed myself on the hill at the end.
Managed to drop the other guy on the pull to the line
Team mate from the break got third, and we managed 5th as well from the bunch at the end
Get to wear this jersey for the rest of the year