The Season Begins…
I’m now four races into my season and, after a slightly shaky start, dogged by illness and crashes that meant I missed a couple of races, things seem to be taking shape. Here’s a round up.
Eastern League: Round 1
A brutal course at Basildon with a climb that just wouldn’t quit – practically a granny ring affair – which proved to be my undoing on the final lap. I’d been hanging on to the lead group until that last climb, but I ended up trailing in a minute or so behind in 5th place. A big, bad cold arrived that very evening and stayed with me until…
Eastern League: Round 2
Lucky to race this one at all, as the start sheet was full when team mate Graham and I arrived – ‘cross is big this year, it seems – but my very generous team mates Abi and David forfeited their places and allowed us to race instead. VERY kind.
Loved the course, but felt like I was still suffering a bit with the lingering illness. Got a bit lucky (Ross Tricker got unlucky) and I managed to squeak onto the podium for third, behind Sean Dunlea (2nd) and Hugo Robinson (1st).
London League: Round 4
The first of a Hog Hill double-header and a very enjoyable race-long battle with London League leader Matt Holmes who, at time of writing, has yet to lose a race this season. I’ve given away the ending – beaten by a couple of bike lengths after a lung-busting sprint.
Eastern League: Round 4
Day 2 at Hog Hill and I made the most of the course knowledge that I’d picked up the previous day. Legs felt good, bike running well and I led from lap 2. My first win of the season at my local course, with the family there to watch. Nice finish to a great weekend of racing!
Thanks to Bruce Mackie and all at Lee Valley Youth CC.