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Dan Patten’s Blog – Up and Running with the First Win!


So it’s been coming and I’m happy to say I have my first win of the 2011 season in Belgium! And oh, what a fine day it was.

Everything fell into place and to finish it off with the win was extra special. After a lot of bad luck before and in the earlier part of the season with injuries, crashes and what-not, it’s a nice feeling now that things are going my way. Patience has paid off – not that I doubted it – but it is certainly nice to blog about some success rather than the ‘what might have been’.

In ten days or so I had four races: the first three of which came within four days of each other.

This was a deliberate plan to put a little block of races together as 1) we knew the form was building and we should use it, and 2) in preparation for the upcoming races.

The first three races would see me finish 2nd in Wodecq, 9th in Ghoy and culminating in a 1st place in Gits (Hooglede).

A week later I would then place 8th in Sint-Kornelis Horebeke.

To the win then, which came in a 140km Kermesse race in the town of Gits.