Alex Richardson reflected on a lung-busting Omloop van het Waasland in Belgium and insisted: It was a fantastic experience.
The 26-year-old, from Kingston, was joined by BIKE Channel Canyon team-mate Jake Womersley for the pro kermesse on Sunday.
After 165km of full-bore racing, Cannondale – Drapac’s Dutch sprinter Wouter Wippert powered to glory from Michaël van Staeyen, of Cofidis.
Richardson and Womersley, who were active and aggressive throughout the contest, finished 33rd and 35th respectively. Richardson said:
“There were 180 professional riders in the race, with quite a few from Pro Continental and World Tour level.
“It was a fantastic experience. We averaged 45kph for 165km and were both near the front of the race for the pretty much the entire time, too.
“We were very positive, we were both able to get in splits when they formed and were eventually brought back.
“It took an incredible level of concentration, for such a long period of time, given the racing was so fast and there were so many riders on narrow roads.”
Womersley, who was 31st in Wanzeel Koerse on Wednesday, also relished the experience, despite finding himself bullied out of it in the bunch kick.
“It was a fast race and ended in a big bunch sprint. I was positioned well with a kilometre to go but got pushed out of it by the sprinters.
“Both me and Alex were on Wippert’s wheel at one stage but got pushed off it and rolled in just outside the top 30 in the end.”
Check out the full result here.