Paul Rymer crossed the line 20th on Sunday’s Clifton CC Road Race, winning a prize for the first 4th cat to finish.
It’s an excellent achievement over 6 laps of the tough Newbald course, and with a strong field containing plenty of Cat 2 riders. Shack took the win, in what sounded like a hard-fought closing couple of laps.
Nothing but mechanical ignominy for me though – my saddle came loose early in the race (I’d swapped it earlier on discovering the usual one had cracked. I thought to have tightened the bolts enough, but obviously not). I tried to keep going, riding ‘on the rivet’ all the time, but it eventually came too loose to be either safe or rideable and I had to abandon the five-man grupetto I’d been going round with.
After I’d handed the race numbers back, I rode back up the hill, saddle-less, en route to South Cave, and hooked up with a small group who were still racing. As we got to the top, the lad at the back sat up abruptly, said “F*cking road racing”, with feeling, and packed in. I’ve never been present at the precise moment of someone abandoning before, and could certainly relate to it.
If anyone sees an extremely rare Reynolds seatpost clamp bolt+nut twinkling in the roadside on the Newbald circuit, please let me know.