Posted on Wednesday 23 September 2015 by Jon McColl
Crossing the line after 5h 17m 11s and 165km of hard racing, which included an official 1300m of climbing, a feeling of mild relief washed over me. I had achieved the rather minimal goal that I had set myself, of at least finishing. Later back in the hotel — while enjoying a couple of richly deserved, post-race hopped beverages — I discovered I hadn’t totally embarrassed myself either: I was 102 out of an international field of 133; and 21 out of 45 British riders. I had come within 52m 27s of having the right to wear the official UCI rainbow jersey of male road race champion in the 55-59 year-old age group.