I woke up Saturday morning having had a good night sleep, the weather was good already in the 20’s at 9:30am. I put my Handbike together and looked for any damage from the transport the day before. There was a small bit of damage, it looked like the bike had been dropped but was working okay.
I went to the race village to register and have my bike inspected. It was now time to warm-up ready for the road race which started at 7:45pm, this gave me another chance to have a few more laps around the course looking at all the sharp corners and pot holes, and believe me there were many holes. As always the riders went off at a fast pace and I worked my way up the front finding a safe place to sit. I worked with the Slovakian team who I was good friends with, this helped me recover from the fast start. About 9 laps into the race I got caught up behind back markers and the woman’s race at a sharp turnaround. I had to come to a stop to stop me from crashing, I then lost the back of the lead group and began to chase hard. I had to go into Time Trial mode and caught up other riders who had been dropped from the front group. I worked with these riders for a couple of laps, but they were too slow so I went off the front and did the last couple of laps on my own. I came over the finish line in 7th place, but I noticed then my Handle was hanging off.