In the penultimate race of the Easter ‘Zwiftival’ and after winning the previous day’s Innsbruckring event, English was sixth overall and top Guernsey man in the 3R Figure 8 Hilly Race Watopia.
His top Sarnian billing came at the expense of former professional James McLaughlin – but only just.
McLaughlin snagged eighth and shared the same 37min. 42sec. time in a 29k race that, as is often the case with virtual racing, concluded with a fierce sprint.
Two major climbs had earlier tested the resolve of the large and internationally flavoured Category A bunch.
Climb one at around 8k snapped the elastic of the pack and the follow-up ascent at 21k proved significant in elevating the top two Guernsey men above their colleagues. Just under a minute adrift of the Sarnian duo, Marc Cox scraped into the top-10 ZwiftPower placings.
‘I was really feeling fatigued from the races the previous days,’ said English.
‘I just managed to hang on on the first climb and felt a little bit better for the second climb. I comfortably got over the climb in the group and it came down to a sprint that was slightly downhill and I’m quite a light rider... I could not manage the same power output as the bigger guys.’
Danielle Hanley took top Guernsey woman from Maddie Wilson.
English yesterday confirmed his receipt of the ‘Zwiftival’ title with a strong performance on the London International course.