The sky started to clear up as it had been raining over night. Alex, Guy Leckenby & Nathan Hardaker started their race at 10.10am which was a 30k road race. I grabbed the paper and a drink and headed out to see what was happening (not meant to as per race booklet but knowing Alex may drop off due to being sick thought would be OK). The leading bunch of four came past, then another bunch with Guy and Nathan and then Alex with another rider. Alex finished in 9th , he was happy.
Dinner done and an early night again, woke to rain. Racing started at 8am for a 6k time trail, Alex was off at 8.47. It was raining and cold as Alex set off just after Guy & Nathan. Guy and Nathan came back but no Alex, got the info that Alex had a flat tyre within the first 500 metres. Knowing he would be disappointed I went to pick him up, first words “can I do it again”, “not sure mate we will see”. One commissaire said no way and walked off while the others said lets go it was not his fault, we are here to encourage young riders (faith restored). Followed him this time, he came 11th which was great considering.
Around 40 minutes between finishing and the start of the 2nd road racing. The last stage was 35k, raining and 11 degrees as per Alex’s computer. I went out again to have a look, this time Alex was in the 4th bunch, around 11th place. He was shaking like a leaf when he got off his bike and his feet numb. Alex said that he enjoyed himself and would be back, next time hopefully not getting sick the night before and a bit more training. Alex came in at 10th overall. Alex is really happy with this result. Thanks to the Leckenby’s and Hardaker’s for their help and company over the weekend. Next mission, Glen Innes to Inverell for Vanessa.