“Only the strongest will survive.” That’s George Pym’s verdict for the upcoming Circuit of the Mendips on Sunday 16 June.
The Bristol-based rider will line up alongside Ian Bibby, Jon Dibben, Rich Handley, Matt Holmes, Tom Moses, Jon Mould and Erick Rowsell for round four of the British road series.
On inspection of the race route, Pym gave a full assessment about what he expects to be a very selective 154kms of racing on his local training roads.
The race is de-neutralised at the bottom of Dundry Hill, a kilometre-long effort with gradients of nearly 20%.
It’s such a hard climb that it could be possible for a group of around 20 race favourites go clear and the peloton never sees them again – similar to what happened at the national championships.
If that doesn’t happen, I think the likely outcome is for the peloton to get progressively smaller over each climb.
There are four steep climbs early in the race and I think on each one you will see riders getting dropped.
The only easier part of the race will be on laps three and four, because the climb of Burrington is the only one that is not too bad. But by the time we reach that, the race to be in the lead group could already be over.
The run in to the finish also brings its own challenges and much like last week in Lancaster, there is a climb just before the finish.
It’s the other side of Dundry Hill and although it’s not as steep, it’s going to feel tougher with 140km in the legs.
Whatever group goes into that climb, will be really small at the top.
As for our chances, I think both Bibby and Tom Moses are going well. It’s a good one for us and as similar to last week as you’re going to get.
It’s a good chance to really get some momentum if we can do the same as at Lancaster – that’s the mindset in the team.
I think if I’m going well I should be there, I’m feeling good and I hope I can be there to help at the end.