Twinkly Dave – Mud splattered bicycle and pizza enthusiast Growing old disgracefully

March 16, 2020

The empty chill as the house lights come up

Filed under: Uncategorized — dgpowell @ 8:02 pm

Safe in the dark, nestled in the warmth of hundreds of likeminded equals, you’ve stopped time and lost yourself in the moment as your favourite band provide the perfect surroundings. For a short while, perfection is shared out between those in attendance (and, you hope, those one the other side of the stage). Flinging yourself around as best you can, knowing everyone is doing the same thing and loving it just as much as you are and not wanting it to end.

I glance at the Ride Time feature on my watch as I spin under the arches , halfway round the race course. 1hr 56mins. Damn it.

You know this song really well. You realise, as it ends, that it’s all over. The band waves, shouts thankyous and march off stage.

I’m not going to get round half a lap in 4mins.

It can’t be over like that. Surely there’s more hits to be blasted out. One last dance, sing-a-long, anything. The darkness remains, but the stage is still empty…

2hrs 1min says the watch as I see the timing tent appear round the final corner.
“One more lap Dave” shouts Jason. I beam a mud splattered grin. Hit the North for one last time.

Encore!

Hit the North 7
Fastest bike in the world, that. Fact. Thanks to Sally Burgess for the pic.

One last chance to clean the stupid steep climb (nope, never mind, I’ve done it a few times already, so it’s fine). One last chance to really rail the rapidly drying singletrack sections (yep, ace). One last chance to pretend I’m a downhiller on the double drop before the first water splash (yep, so much gnarl!). One last chance to grin and worry about nothing but riding a bike as fast as I can (yep, glorious).

The final song reaches it’s crescendo. Your throat is hoarse from screaming along. Everyone’s is. The band triumphantly take their leave, the house lights come up, the heat dissipates and the arena begins to empty. You’ve nothing left but somehow it’s over all too soon.

Hope there’s another one of these gigs. That was awesome.

March 8, 2020

The ‘long drawn out acceptance speech’ post

Filed under: Uncategorized — dgpowell @ 7:52 pm

No, not really. You don’t have to shuffle about uncomfortably on your chair, wishing someone would bring another bottle of complimentary wine to your table, while someone on the stage witters on endlessly about everyone they’ve ever met on their journey to this exact point right now and how they couldn’t have got up there without them. I’m not going to bore you to the point that your legs go numb and your face starts to ache with the fake smile your fighting hard to keep up, this’ll just take a mo’

tunnocks
Yes, those are Tunnocks tea cakes. Yes, that’s what you win. Yes, it is awesome.

Thank you, thank you , thank you, thank you to everyone I’ve ever met without whom I…Ha, not really. BUT – and I feel pretty safe saying this without checking first – a huge thank you, not just from me but from everyone who raced this year, to all the heroes who’ve helped us, put up with us, pitted for us, marshaled while we play out on the course, put in the hours organising the events, the league, and just generally taken time out to further the sport in general.
We only get to enjoy ourselves (and we do enjoy it, despite the occasional bout of grumpiness you might have had to put up with!) because of your hard work and there’s no end of respect for what you’ve done. I hope it’s brought you some satisfaction because it really has been fantastic.

After 6 months worth of racing I’m utterly chuffed to get to look after the V40 trophy for this year. The names already engraved on it read a bit like a who’s who of NW based CX hitters, so having it sat on my shelf, where I can stare at it all summer, is just brilliant. What’s even better, is that I got it by absolutely loving every race. It was hard, don’t get me wrong, but it was on the good side of difficult and has left me with even more respect for everyone I’ve been on course with. I’m not just spouting pleasantries when I say I can’t wait to do it all again next season, I really can’t.

Plans for next season are already well underway (and a big thankyou to Lee who’s already hard at work to set up another season as successful as the last one), so the winner’s Tunnocks* will have to be eaten quickly, there’s preparations to be made. 🙂

*The prize for the ‘highest finishing Dave’ in the NWCCA league. Which is, of course, an utterly brilliant idea. #comeonDave!

Horwich CC V40 winning team
The winning Horwich CC V40 team. Available for after dinner speaking at very reasonable rates.

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