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  • Chipping and The Rake

    Round 3 of the NW CX league already! Time flies when you’re hub deep in mud, it appears :)
    A new venue for this year, at the Chipping Showground. Somewhere I’ve ridden past countless times on the way/from the Bowland hills and often wondered about; what was contained behind the gates…and now I know. Mud. Lots of it.
    After somehow avoiding eating my own weight in delicious smelling, freshly cooked food and cake I pottered round the course before the racing began. The phrase supermodder immediately came to mind! Lots of lovely flowing corners, some excursions into the woodland and some up-y down-y grass banks that I’d never spotted before, all lovingly coated in a thick layer of slimey mud. Ace.
    By the time my race set off it had been churned up royally by all the vets/women so had a fair amount of running in it, but those corners still flowed quite well and, hey, it’s still racing!

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    (It is, of course, an Ellen pic)

    3rd in the end. Happy with that result, mostly down to grinding it out and keeping on smiling through the slog :)

    Sunday saw a return to The Rake in Ramsbottom for the annual hill climb. Some say that racing cx the day before is not the perfect lead into a 2 minute flat out effort. I tend to agree. Thing is, it’s such a good event it’s worth doing no matter how sore your legs/whatever else you crashed onto is/are. The atmosphere as you take the right turn onto the steepest slopes is amazing – a genuine crown, 2 or 3 deep in places screaming at you as all the blood rushes from your head and your legs truly start to pop. Just ace.

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    (Ellen pic, obviously!)

    5 seconds slower than last time, and my backwards cap didn’t match the rest of my outfit (hill climb season is the only time of year you can wear a cycling cap backwards without being a douchebag), but it was still epic “fun”. The results put my in 15th place…though I think there might be a bit of a mix up as I’m faster than the person in 14th. Either way I didn’t win, but did leave with a head full ofideas about how to get faster for next year :)

     

    11:18 am on October 9, 2017 | Comments Off | # |