The advice was to stay with the group and hang on or push on as best we could. The start was split into 3 divisions the slowest were set off first, with an 8 minute lead the second pack set off, followed by Division 1.
Unfortunately for me the start was rather frantic and I was dropped quickly I could not hang on going up La Pulente hill. I tried to dig deep to catch up but could not seem to make it, knowing I needed to be in a pack I kept my work rate up, my heart rate was at threshold so I just kept working at it.
Up Corbiere then back down La Pulente I faced the five mile road alone with the strong head winds, when I got to L'Etacq I could see the small group ahead and felt I could reach them.
By the time I reached the top of L'Etacq the first group Hangfrom behind approached I tried to stay on the back of them hoping that I would reach the group in front. I peddled hard and it was good to be with others, it did not last long as the pace was too fast. I could still see the group ahead and went onto the five mile road once again, all alone but this time the wind was behind.
It felt longer than usual but I stuck at it and did the two laps, it was a great relief to cross the finish line. The morale of today's tale is to stay with the group otherwise it is a lonely and hard race!
Post race smiles ! Last place I think!