JAMES LOWSLEY-WILLIAMS may have felt starstruck racing alongside Sir Bradley Wiggins in the televised Prudential Ride London-Surrey Classic but still managed to play his part in the overall victory for team-mate Adam Blythe.
Lowsley-Williams, who is based in Tetbury, was delighted to make the six-man team for NFTO Pro Cycling in a prestigious race that drew more than 100 of Europe's top cyclists.
Lowsley-Williams' role in the team was to protect Blythe and help him achieve the best possible finish.
It was mission accomplished as Blythe broke from a leading group of five in the final 300 metres on The Mall to hold off Ben Swift of Team Sky.
Lowsley-Williams finished in a creditable 39th place, two positions behind Wiggins.
"I was over the moon just to be one of the six NFTO riders to tackle London’s famous roads, said Lowsley-Williams.
"We were all allocated different jobs but the main one was to look after Adam Blythe. One of my tasks in the race jobs was to deliver Adam's rain cape from the team car when the heavens opened
"I managed to get in a few of the breakaways but every one was pulled back .
"At one point I heard a voice next to me say 'hard race, this'. I looked up to see it was Sir Bradley .
"I slotted in behind him. As we took the left-hander on to the Mall and past Buckingham Palace my legs slowly started to tighten up as I tailed off the bunch. I came across the line in the second group behind the break in 39th place.
"But I looked up to see on the big screen that Adam had won.
"It was the best experience of my life to date!"