Nick O'Hara once again took to the wooden boards of Newport Velodrome over the weekend 1-3 July competing in the Masters National Track Championships.
Nick is quick to point out that whilst "Master's" May imply older, it should really be a reference to the depth of quality and experience that was in abundance!
In spite of the fierce competition from ex-pros and ex-champions from back in the day O'Hara wore the 3C colours with pride and acquitted himself well.
Nick will be the first to admit he has had a disrupted season with only 5 other race outings to date. That said 6th place in the scratch race could only be hailed as disappointment as Nick sat comfortably in a medal winning position with one lap remaining only to be balked off the track loosing valuable momentum and consequently position.....that's bike racing.... sometimes!!
Running into stiff opposition in the pursuit a PB from Nick could only bring 5th place such was the quality of the field. Although in contention throughout the points race Nick and several of the favourites missed an opportunist move which decided the final outcome.
O'Haras satisfaction only came in the final sprint ably showing a clean pair of wheels to the entire field bar one.....a multiple national and world's medalist .....not a complete disgrace and a confidence booster that O'Hara will be taking forward to his next championship in October.
Don O'Connor 2nd claim to 3C performed well in the pursuit in his age category achieving 6th place. Unfortunately whilst in a favourable position in the scratch race Don took a tumble having been forced to take evasive action as another rider punctured. Fortunately no significant injuries and the experienced O'Connor was able to shrug off his fall.