With 2 laps to go, hitting the 11% gradient at the bottom of the course and opening up a small gap on the front with a steady effort I knew it was now or never and I decided to accelerate away. A few miles later across the 1 minute gap I caught the break on Salt Lane. Working with the 3 other riders I waited until the 11% gradient to attack again weary of the small time gap. This failed to shake all but one of the other riders. A little further down the road just after a fast drop and corner I attacked again. Unfortunately neither did this work to unhitch myself from the group. Then working together for a little while before the final corner I then found myself on the front with the other two riders not willing to do any work following my wheel all over the road.
Into the final few hundred meters with a peloton looming I kept my eyes behind me watching for a move. Steven Roach (no not the Stephen Roche) launched his sprint. I kicked also, but after a lot of work was bested on the line by half a wheel length to take second place. This left me hugely disappointed with coming so close to a win, but I'll just have to consider it a stepping stone. Having earned 25 points this race now makes me a 2nd Cat rider.
A few shots from Graham Robin's photography on flickr
Thanks to Ian Hayden for driving up to the race!