The opening event of the Tour of Clydeside is 5.5 miles on a flat tarmac cyclepath, and follows an out and back route.
Last year I had a surprisingly good run and won the race from John McMillan and an off-form Chris Devenney. This year I had an unsurprisingly bad run, given that I hadn't raced for more than a month, and it was only a week since I'd finished the GR11.
Strangely for the first 2 kilometres I felt quite strong and stayed with the lead group, but after that I went backwards for the rest of the race. Robert Rogerson passed me just after the turn and took 26 seconds out of me in the last 2 miles.