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Dan Patten takes his first win in the Heartland!

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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.

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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.

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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 kermises, Interclubs, a pro kermis, 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.

Martin Williamson
Martin is our Editor, Web site Designer and Manager, and concentrates on photography. He's been involved in cycling for over 42 years and has raced for many of them, having a varied career which includes time trials, road and track racing, and triathlons. Martin has been the Scottish 25 Mile TT and 100 Mile TT Champion, the British Points Race League Champion on the track, and was a prolific winner of time trials in his day, particularly hilly ones like the Tour de Trossachs and the Meldons MTT.

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