Racing for his Asfra Flanders team,: VeloVeritas:  contributer: Dan Patten bagged his first win of the year in Belgium at the weekend, at a kermesse in Ghoy, in the Wallonne region of Hainaut,

It has: been on the cards for a while but Dan finally got the first one under his belt.

Dan's first win in the bag!

Away from the beginning of the race in the break, Dan: rode away from what was left of the group with around 30km remaining as they were: being chased down by another group – so even though it was still a long way from the finish he: felt it was the right moment to go.

Dan: quickly established a good gap and despite being chased down by a couple of riders who got to within 20 seconds at the line, he was able to stay away: to the finish. A solo win – nice way to get your first victory in Belgium.

Riding out: and back also gave him a good 170km total for the day, with the: only dilemma coming after the race concerning how to ride home with kitbag,: flowers and trophy!: Dan solved this by: giving the flowers: to “Miss Lessines 2010” and making her day.

Dan is back in the UK in a few week's time for the British Championships.

Dan’s: condition is obviously starting to build again after he was laid low a few weeks ago,: and: he has a busy month ahead: with a programme: of kermesses, Interclubs, a pro kermesse, one or two races in France, as well as coming back to blighty: for the Nationals at the end of this month. He’s coming into form at just the right time.

Keep up with Dan’s blog on VeloVeritas.