• 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!

    (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.

    (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 🙂


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