Andy Williams Month of July racing in Belgium. Race 2.Well, today's 110k race went far better than the last, with Stephen Hall and Andrew Martin from Bianchi Lotto Arbitrage visiting for the night we went to the race with a few familiar faces. The race looked far busier than the first and all up 100 riders fronted for the race and managed to draw a good crowd. As Jack pointed out, at registration the locals check out your legs when you sign on as a marker of your form and use to this info to place bets. If your not baby oiled then your not even looked at. There was probably enough baby oil and cologne going around to float a cruise ship in, and as such I need to take an antihistamine to stop getting allergies when sitting in their draft. Feeling much better I managed to ride near the front for most of the race staying out of trouble and going with most of the moves. During the second lap one of my water bottles came out so I had to do the remaining ten laps on one bottle and when I finished I was dry as a bone. During the second last lap I had a crack of the front and managed to take 3 or 4 riders with me and after a few minutes we were brought back, however I was rewarded when one of the belgium riders who came with me gave me his last water bottle for my efforts which had about 10ml of water left in it, cheers buddy. The last few laps were full gas with riders getting spat left right and centre. Winds pushed riders into bumpy gutters forcing riders to make the choice of being protected from the wind and taking the chance of going off the side of the road or riding in the face of the wind and avoiding the dangers of the gutters. I picked the gutter. The group sailed toward the uphill finish into town and with a chaotic bunch sprint it was easier to leave the bunch sprint for another day as a few riders had managed to slip away early to take the win. Steve took the bunchy for 10th and probably the prize for the slickest legs, no doubt the locals will be placing bets on him next race. All up felt ten times better than the first day and really enjoyed the race.
As I'm figuring out belgium racing is about intensity. I had an average HR of 170 for 2 hours and hit a max HR of 210 with the race going for 2 hours 30 all up. Plenty more races this week so Im keen to see some improvement and keep mixing it up with the lads.