Brian Pearson recently took a trip racing round Europe and he’s written a brief report:
“A quick round up of our trip.
As you know we went off to Europe again this year racing in Belgium and Austria. The weather turned out to be very hot all over Europe which made for very hard racing conditions. My first race was the I.C.F. Masters worlds in Borgloon Belgium, the race was over 8 laps of a 5 mile circuit with no major climbs just 2 long drags and lots of small roundabouts which kept the field strung out for the entire race. On the last lap a Dutch rider managed to go clear and hang on for the win with me finishing 13th in a dodgy uphill sprint with speed bumps to add to the excitement and collecting 5 euros,4 pears and a punnet of blueberries for my efforts !
We moved over to Hartberg in Austria for an 8 day stage race where the weather was very hot causing one race to be shortened due to the tar on the roads melting making it unsafe to race on.
I was going well for the first half of the week till I came down with a chesty cough brought over by some Australians I know. I finished the week with,
2 x 11th places, 2 x 9th places, 1 x 8th and 1 x 6th
The week ended on a sad note with a rider in the 70+ group getting killed by a 74 year old drunk driver who swerved past the rear safety car of the race and ran into the back of the bunch causing lots of injuries to riders.
The next stop was St Johann for the World Masters Cycling Federation races. This is where I found out you definitely cant compete when you have a bad chest finishing outside the top 20 in both races, but at least I had my German mate Peter to ride round with as he also caught the bug in Hartberg, oh well next year may be better.”
Great results Bri, well done from all in the Lakes Road Club!