On 2nd September Charles was proud to have raced for Great Britain in the World Championship Bike racing (UCI Gran Fondo World Champs). The race was around the Italian Lakes centred in Varese. It was a mountainous course with a lot of technical descents and a few sections of cobbles thrown in.
Charles had applied all his medical knowledge and years of experience in competition to try to get the best from the race and to make sure he arrived in the best shape. On this occasion he took his family out for support and to hand him a bottle on the course. They drove down from Dorset using the Swiss Alps a training opportunity on the way and Charles carried out some reconnaissance rides of the course in the days before.
The race went well but was hard work and there were a lot of crashes. Charles Acquitted himself well and finished 26th for Great Britain in the 40-45 age category with his best ever power output, and covered 130km and 200m of climbs in 4 hours dead.
Perhaps the high point was being asked to carry the GB flag for the opening ceremony, and being a bit shy Charles enlisted the help of his son Joshua, for whom shyness is not a problem!