Won a race once. AND DON'T YOU EVER FORGET IT

  • A picture paints a thousand words

    Which is kind of lucky as I’ve not posted anything since mid road race season!

    I did my first (and, quite possibly, last…) 100 mile TT. Despite Martin heroically handing up bottles to me and the other Horwich lads I ended up remarkably dehdrated. And pretty uncomfortable, it’s remarkable how being hunched up in the same position on your bike for just over 4hrs can highlight every tiny niggle you’d normally not notice!

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    (It’s an Ellen pic, of course!)

    Another go at the Smithfield road race up in Cumbria (last year I managed half a lap, punctured and that was that) – slightly more successful this time, in that I a) finished and b) got some good training out of it. Tom and I set up the early break – though both riding for the same club meant we weren’t likely to be given much freedom.

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    (It’s an Ellen pic, of course!)

    With half a lap to go I narrowly avoided a (pretty daft…) crash in the pack and decided I wasn’t hanging around waiting to be taken down, so just went to the front. Tom jumped on my wheel and I performed what must have been the World’s Longest Sprint Leadout along the final 3.5 miles.

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    A slightly-closer-to-home race over near Clitheroe (which was great fun last year, having got in a 2 man break for nearly the whole thing) turned out to be super tough this time round. 65 people set off and, despite no breaks staying away, only 14 people remained in the “peloton” by the time the final sprint took place! I managed to stay in the group without too much bother, but was in no place to get involved with the race for the line…

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    (It’s an Ellen pic, of course!)

    If you look closely you can just see me in the background, being stalked by the broom wagon / ambulance etc!

    A post of pre-cyclocross season cyclocross in Whitehaven next. Last year’s race was held in worse conditions than any of the winter races, this time round it was almost plesant. The course was great fun again and it felt good to get back on the cx bikes, even if I did end up ripping a tyre :(

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    Big thanks go out to Andy Brindle, who lent me some shoes after I managed to twist a cleat on mine!

    The day after the regional road race champs were held just down the road from the cyclocross, so I entered that as well. I missed the break and spend a good couple of laps with two other riders trying to chase over to it – we got annoyingly close but just couldn’t tag on the back of it, so ended up dropping back into the main group. Where I sat until the end, while getting stung by a bee. Oww.

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    And that was that. Summer done…and you know what that means…

    CYCLOCROSS SEASON IS HERE :-)

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    (It’s an Ellen pic, of course!)

    Round 1 of the NW League was much muddier than last year. I didn’t drop my tyre pressures enough and had some “issues” with going round corners, throwing away places and letting gaps open up while rolling round on the floor. Stupid mistakes. I struggled to be upset about it though because, well, you know, IT’S CROSS SEASON :-)
    8th place. Much to improve on. Bring on round 2!

     

    12:23 pm on September 11, 2017 | Comments Off | # |