Halfords Tour Series blog: Wouter Sybrandy in Colchester

Cycling Weekly will have a rider blogging from every round of this year’s Tour Series, offering insight, comment and humour from the fast-paced proceedings.

Ever wondered what it’s like to dislocate your shoulder? IG-Sigma Sport’s Wouter Sybrandy describes the pain of it happening twice within minutes.

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I had never dislocated my shoulder before doing it in a cyclo-cross race at the end of last year. Within a few minutes of each other, I managed it do it twice during the Colchester Tour Series round on Thursday night.

The previous occasion, it was my right-hand side. This time, it was the left. I’ve ridden the bike over the weekend, but admittedly while only using one hand.

The crash I got caught up in was a strange one. We had finished our neutralised laps behind the motorbike, and I hadn’t noticed anything particularly hazardous or slippery on the circuit. On the first racing lap, riders ahead of me fell going into a right-hand bend. I saw it happen, so I drifted away from those on the floor. The next thing I knew, I was coming down myself. I don’t really know what happened – perhaps someone behind touched my wheel – but the bike went from underneath me. More guys fell in a separate crash behind me too – I was in the middle of both of them, but still came down.

I noticed a bone that shouldn’t have been sticking out was, so I pushed it back in myself. I rode back to the start because the whole team were on the floor at some point in the two crashes, and without any riders competing we would have been classified last before the racing had even really started.

I started moving my arm around to check it wasn’t broken or anything, and that’s when the bone popped out again. This time it was much worse – I let out a silent scream to myself as I was riding back to the pits. Minty (Tom Murray) was covered in bruises and cuts, too, so we just were left with three guys racing.

Woking tomorrow night is my home round, so I was really looking forward to it. But I won’t be racing now – instead I’ll be doing the Stoke-on-Trent round on Thursday instead which, with the team time trial, should be good fun.

This year’s series has been very tactical. In a normal road race, if a team misses the break, they immediately try and chase it. Here, that hasn’t happened so much, because the format means coming second, third and fouth is better than first, fifth and sixth. For a team like IG-Sigma Sport, we need the attacks to get clear – provided we’re in them!