Ok my quick ride report! This was my second road race, after making my debut last week. Conditions were cold and windy, well not too cold, it's not like you need arm warmers when its 13.5 deg As we were registering it started to pour, luckily it was only a brief shower with cloudy conditions prevailing...oh yeah did I mention it was windy. C-grade was to complete 3 laps of what we were told was a 20km circuit, which would equal 60km. Good field, I'm shocking with numbers but I reckon about 20 odd. We roll off at a quickish pace, which soon settles into a very easy pace of 22km/hr into a head mind. One bloke was off the front, so I figured I'll go and say hello to him, unfortunately he didn't want a bar of it and didn't want to work with me or wheelsuck. This left myself out at the front as I waited for the bunch to catch up. Just after the short sharp hill, the attacks came, and ripped C-grade apart. It didn't help my cause on the downhill that I was nearly run off the road, forcing me to jump on the brakes. I was dead last and off the back now, managed to catch up with Laurie who had lost touch, yelling to him to jump on, unfortuately looked like the pace was a bit too much. Turned the corner to hit a gravel road..WTF...this went on for the next 1.5k's. I didn't ride this at all well, and it didn't take long for Laurie and Andres to fly past me. Spent the next 6-7k's trying to get back on to a group of 5 riders. Didn't seem to be gaining much ground, so had to put in lots of quick spurts to try and gain ground...safe to say I was shagged by the time I got on. Eventually we had some nice rolling turns happening. I didn't mean to drop the group up the hill, but that's what happened, so off I went on my lonesome. Saw Jono on the side of the road, figured he must have had a puncture or a mechanical...tough luck. Through Paris-Roubaix again, if thats not an advertisement for GP-4000's I don't know what is, they looked puncture city in the eye and just kept on plugging on. Saw a rider just after the start line, so decided to try and catch him and make the last lap a little easier. We worked well together, passing another rider on the way, but unfortuately I dropped him on the hill. Lucky there was someone just up on the crest, so set my sights on him, but he seemed cactus, worked a little, but I ended up pulling away from him also. The guy who I was riding with before the hill, flew past me on the gravel section, and was out to a 250m lead...this irked me somewhat...so the chase was on. With the wind behind my back I was rocking a long at 50+ km/hr, touching about 55. He saw me chasing him down, jumped out of the saddle trying to drop me...not going to happen, I was a little pissed off, more because of the gravel section...but had to take my frustration out on someone. Job done as I passed him 100m from the line. Certainly got a wake up call to this road race thing...yikes. I think I ended up about midfield.....well I'm pretty sure I did. Stats Distance 76km (so much for the 60km!) Av speed 32.9 Total time 2.18.39 Approx Lap 1 45min Lap 2 47min Lap 3 46min PS I think thats the longest I've ridden without stopping for lights, toilet, or whatever.