I would have struggled to place where I did without the true camaraderie of two teammates, Michael and Aiden who can be seen in the below picture taken at the British Transplant Games in 2019. Both GBTx riders had punctures and once changed, came back out to help me. Ensuring my legs were ready for the end.
At the road race, we had a similar set up and many riders / supporters will be glad of the gazebo due to the torrential rain. The road race is what I was really looking forward to, this is my favourite race and what I’ve trained for. I started on the front and chased the Dutch and South Africa teams down, turned around and my GB teammates were behind me, I took a couple of laps to recover from these attacks. After these laps my legs felt better and the formation had sorted itself out. About 20 minutes into the race it rained torrentially, to the point where we could barely see. It felt like I had a lake in my shoes. The rain lasted about 10 minutes or so then it started to dry up. On the last few laps I expected the pace to increase and it did. On the last ½ of the last lap the breakaway sprint started. I hung off slightly then sprinted. I passed two riders within a bike length to the line, so a good decision all round. In hindsight I could have gone earlier and been a contender for a 3rd place podium finish. It’s all experience for the future races.
I’m really impressed with every single person involved in the games. The organisation of the games was superb and the support from the public and media was truly amazing.
Being at the games is a great way of catching up with the team, as we’re all so remote, coming from all parts of the UK.
I’m now about to start training for next year, including the British and European Transplant Games, which will be used as qualifying for the World Transplant Games in Texas 2021.
I’d like to thank everyone involved including Exactive and Criterium Cycles. Friends and family behind me.