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What a super day at the races. While I had ambitious to be in the lead pack and going for the win again this year it was ambitious to think my preparations were sufficient and that my first race back after many months away from racing would be my best but 10th with some decent power output for the 2 hour event and solid technical riding were enough for me this year.
The Course was quite dry, which *may* have been a factor that kept me out of making the break (or re-catching the break) … This made for a generally fast moving day despite the pre-vailing headwind and longer course this year as we neared 70km on the day.
Molly and I were down for the weekend with a Sponsor Ride on Friday and a Women’s Talk on the Saturday, and a children’s skills clinic on the Saturday. Photo credit to my Dad on the above shot of Molly and I !
Mike Garrigan, National CX Champ and multi-time Paris to Ancaster Champ and Sean Kelly, Provincial Coach and Road racing legend, and I went for what was basically a full pre-ride on Saturday afternoon. Likely not the wisest use of time and energy given the dry course but so much fun to get out exploring with 2 good friends who I don’t get to ride with enough and who love a good gravel road (or mtb trail) on road bikes as much as I do .
To top it all off, I was able to see many friends and family who live in Ancaster while at the event. It was a busy 1st weekend back at the races.
-> Mid-pack GO-Pro of Martin Road Climb – Paris to Ancaster 2015 (with bag pipes )