Good course n great to have some mud at last! Ran the tricky woody section which was a good decision n also practice for running sections at Mol!
Only downside was less than courteous male Vet 40 rider who tried to intimidate coming by in an inappropriate place and with no left/ right call!! Think this League needs to have more respect for women riders..... he was un necessarily rude!
So what I have learnt about bike racing is that the prep for your next race starts directly after your last one. Cyclocross is certainly no different, the cleaning of your bikes, washing of kit and the essential hydration & nutrition.
There are also loads of variables within a race, mechanicals, punctures, technical ability and lastly just good old form .
Last weekends race was at Chedworth near Cheltenham, a course which, on paper should suit me however I came 3rd there last year and remembered the hurt !
My preparation for the event was roughly the same, warm up went well, it was a bit fresh at 3 degrees so an extra layer was in order. The course was as I'd remembered, quite twisty & slippery on the field with a short technical bit in the woods.
We lined up for the dash with myself & my team mate Tony Davies on the front row amongst others. At 12:02 we were off charging down the field, now at this point you know exactly how you're feeling, my brain said pedal however my legs were sadly not in full agreement. As we turned into the first corner it was Tony in front with me chasing in second place, the race was on !
We battled around the slippery bends & through the wooded sections there was only 6 seconds between us at the end of the first lap. I was also aware there were riders close behind us this was certainly not going to be easy and a small mistake would be costly. As the race unfolded I had sight of Tony Davies but the gap was holding, just before the hurdles I was passed by Gary Hobbs (Stroud Valley Velo) he was strong & pulled away. Before long he had passed Tony and took the lead, I figured this was probably going to be where we'd finish up and I was right. A strong race by Gary with Tony second with me third, I see we are all entered in the South Region CX champs on Sunday in Hampshire so a re match is on the cards !
|1||Gary Hobbs||00:39:34||Male||Stroud Valley Velo|
|2||Tony Davis||00:40:09||Male||Dream Cycling|
|3||Dave Coghill||00:40:24||Male||Dream Cycling|
|4||Alan Green||00:41:01||Male||Bristol South Cc|
|6||Iwona Szmyd||00:42:10||Female||Royal Dean Forest CC|
|7||Gordon Smillie||00:43:40||Male||Cheltenham and County CC|
|8||Sally Reid||00:44:18||Female||Cheltenham and County CC|
|9||Chris Lowe||00:44:20||Male||Swindon Road Club|
|10||Robin Worman||00:44:57||Male||Royal Navy & Marines CA|
|11||Paul Loosemore||00:45:35||Male||Striking Bikes|
|13||John Simmons||00:46:39||Male||Performance Cycles|
|14||Neil Armitage||00:47:19||Male||Cheltenham and County CC|
|15||Miriam Whitehurst||00:39:28||Female||Radion Bike-Science Race Team|
|16||Clair Wadden||00:40:11||Female||Bristol Road Club|
|18||Paul Clark||00:41:00||Male||Dream Cycling|
|20||Katherine Moore||00:42:36||Female||Gorilla Firm Racing|
|21||Jim Denness||00:42:55||Male||Salt and Sham cc|
|22||Patrick Boulton||00:44:25||Male||Winchcombe Cc|
|24||Hannah Reeves||00:47:28||Female||73 Degrees CC|
|25||Karen Spiteri||00:48:32||Female||Avid Sport|