• The 3 Peaks in reverse and Weaver Valley

    Didn’t race the 3 Peaks this year. Felt like I needed a year off it, to get the desire back, so this year I just went down to spectate. Saturday night was spent in the pub, rather like Sunday afternoon usually is, have a few beers and talking crap. Sunday morning dawned, which was damned annoying in itself as I nursed the worst hangover ever in the history of the world, so I didn’t even bother going to see the start of the race and set off to spectate late. Luckily the ride round the bottom of each of the Peaks to see people finish each descent brought me round and by the time Angela and I get to the base of Pen y Ghent the aching had subsided and my head felt much clearer…sort of the opposite of racing! Post race saw me not drink anything at the pub and get an early night, so there you are, the 3 Peaks in reverse!

    Next year, hopefully I’ll do it the right way round 🙂

    Round 2 of the NW league took place the following Saturday, organised by Weaver Valley CC. I like their course, mostly flat, with a few long straights to lay lots of power down, but a nice trip into the woods each lap with a “fling yourself down it” descent and a “get off and run it” re-emergence from the trees. All good fun and a proper cross race course to get stuck into. They even provided shedloads of mud and some full on winter style pouring rain to race in!

    (It’s an Ellen Pic)

    I had a cold, but bravely soldiered on…telling everyone about it…making a few mistakes early on – losing a half decent start by nearly writing my front wheel off stuffing it into the rear disc rotor of another rider as we sprinted away from the whistle, ripping my race number off and having to stop and find it in the mud, that sort of thing – but getting stronger as the race went on. I eventually finished a snot covered 6th. Still lots of ground to make up over the course of the season, but a decent enough finish given how I felt.

    Really looking forward to the upcoming races now 🙂


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