This was my first experience of road racing. I had done one race previously at Hillingdon at the ‘Go nuts, afternoon of cycling and now into the women’s series. A complete change from the triathlons I was used to where you are cycling practically on your own, this was at times cycling elbow to elbow with a bunch of women all eager to win and collect valuable points. The first race was on New Years Day, it was pretty cold, Charlotte Easton decided to go off on a break, I played safe as I was not sure if I would be able to stay with her, confidence not being my strong point! Riding in the bunch proved a bit frustrating as nobody wanted to take it on and it was a little bit stop start. In the final sprint I was fourth which I was very pleased with but I knew I could have ridden a lot harder. The second race on 3rd Jan was fun, there was a break of three riders, once again I should have gone with them but in fear of blowing up I sat in the pack, this was to my detriment as come the last corner before the start/finish straight I was blocked by lapped riders and I had to brake costing me and putting me in back in 10th position. The final race was on 16th Jan, I now knew who the best riders were and I had decided to stick behind Charlotte Easton and wherever she went I would go too. It was very windy and it felt like we were not going anywhere on the back straight. Charlotte went off on a break and I went with her, at last I found the guts from somewhere, it has taken me long enough! Unfortunately it was so windy that we were never going to be able to hold it with just the two of us so we let the others catch back up. Half way through the race I was right at the back but I tried not to worry as I was still following Charlotte. Two laps to go they decided we might collide with the 3rd Cat men’s race so they rang the bell and all hell broke loose. The women at the front pushed hard but with the wind it was proving difficult. Gradually Charlotte put her foot down and so did I catching a tail wind on the start/finish straight we passed all but one rider who happens to be renowned for her sprints. I came in 3rd, I was very pleased as the other women were elite riders. A presentation was given later in the day and I was 3rd in the series overall. A fantastic day!!