So what started off for the mens 4 race as great day ended badly for some. The race was very smooth for the first 5 laps. I was always near the front yet never on the front and felt awesome. My teammates Healy, Evans, and Dowe also were out of trouble but a bit further behind. Coming down to the last 2k the pack devolved into a bunch of first time racers. With 80 guys on a narrow country road the pack would accelerate hard then brake just as hard. Wheels were overlapping and guys were getting bumped and pushed all over. This with 2k still to go. At about 600m I was on the far right and Healy was on the far left both of us in the top 15. He found his gap and just as I started to move myself when there was a massive crash. At least 8 guys were spread across the road and more were stacking up. Evans and Dowe, who were behind the crash, ended up on the left side in the dirt but managed not to go down. I got bumped hard and ended up on the right side in the dirt. I got back on the road and started to sprint again but I was just outside the top 20. Healy timmed his move perfectly, avoided the carnage and finished 7th. I'm pretty bummed as I felt great, road a good smart race and came away with zero points.
Anyway at least Healy got a top ten and there is always tomorrows TT and crit!