8 racers took the start today for the Friday Training Race (8 laps after a one lap neutralized roll-out). The pack was nervous as Finnish powerhouse Ossi Vuola joined for the first time. As a result the pack stayed together for the first few laps, with the pressure only increasing for the climbs.
On the fourth lap, Vuola showed that his power dial goes to 11 where the rest of the pack only could dial it up to 10. This resulted in the pack splitting into three parts: Vuola in front, a chase group with F. Garcia, J. Lemon, C. Le Gall and guest rider F. Coppex following, and A. Willey, J. Pait and C. Wiedmann forming the autobus. J. Gill unfortunately missed the bus but gamely soldiered on solo.
A combination of a mechanical for J. Lemon (thankfully no neutral service cars involved this time) and a strong attack by F. Garcia split the chase group and Vuola easily took the win with Garcia and Lemon filling out the podium.
- O. Vuola 0:59:52
- F. Garcia 0:00:08
- J. Lemon 0:01:20
- J. Pait 0:03:15
- C. Wiedmann s.t.
- J. Gill 0:08:15
DNF Charles Le Gall
Missing Strava Activity: A. Willey (also had technical difficulties)
Note: time gaps for entertainment purposes only. Corrections to placings and race narrative are welcome.