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

January 4, 2011


Filed under: bikes,Racing — dgpowell @ 4:24 pm

Sunday’s race went badly. Really badly. Not “injury” badly, but pretty badly nontheless. The ride over there was done faster than I wanted due to setting off a bit late (my fault obviously) abnd getting a puncture (not my fault), but that was nothing compared to the race itself.

I set off, sprinted backwards through the field, crashed within the first minute on a completely straight, flat bit of field…and that pretty much summed the whole thing up!
Thick, claggy mud had me off the bike every lap or so to clear the wheels which had jammed completely. Course marking tape got knotted in my cassette and took an age to dig out. Any skill I possess was stood on the sidelines heckling me as I failed to get round any sort of obstical and my legs refused to crank up the pace at any point.

You don’t have to take my word for it either, watch this helmet-cam clip of the first lap; I’m the lame looking bloke in the JMC IT (blue white and red) top & black helly hansen base layer just in front.

lame riding at a cyclocross race

No-one chased me round with a helmet cam in Rhyl where I rode quite well, but here, while doing the worst impression of someone riding a bike ever, I’m right in focus the whole time. Wah! 😉

I still sort of enjoyed it though. Sort of!

The ride back was nice enough, no mishaps save my rear light bouncing free of the bike every now and again and trying to make a break for freedom down the road and no tiredness either, which is good, considering the Strathpuffer is now really looming!

Speaking of while, I’ll do a WeatherWatch for it soon…not yet though as all the outlooks are still scarily snowy!


  1. lol. that did look a bit lame. Luckily I hid behind James’ camera and was lame there 😉

    Comment by Jase — January 4, 2011 @ 9:29 pm

  2. lol dude – that was unfortunate! Funny but unfortunate. Looked like you would have had better luck on the bullit that day.

    Comment by Mark — January 5, 2011 @ 12:09 am

  3. Why do cyclocross organisers insist on designing courses that most of the competitors are incapable of riding round?
    The guy in the orange and black sweater at about 4 minutes in should be told that it’s spelled ‘Walk’

    Seriously though, I’ve only ridden 1 race event (twice) and that was a 24 hr MTB enduro (Bontrager 24/12). There was only one part of the course that I couldn’t ride (mainly because I’m a bit rubbish, to be honest) and almost everybody else rode the whole course.

    Maybe I’m missing the point – and should possibly give cyclocross a try – but this whole carrying/pushing the bike thing seems to defy the whole point of a bike race.
    Maybe it’s just the camera making things seems flatter than they really are.

    I did enjoy the video, though – thanks for posting it.

    Comment by belugabob — January 8, 2011 @ 7:13 pm

  4. I guess there’s a line to be drawn somewhere, no-one wants to turn up to a bike race and not enjoy it or even be able to have a proper go at the course due to the conditions…

    but then I guess the organisers have a tough job trying to make a challenging course on what land is available, without really knowing what the weather and several hours of tyres ripping across the ground will do their hard work.

    There’ll always be some carrying to be done in cyclocross – it’s near enough mandatory (and can be kind of fun, in a peverse sort of way) – that’s eomthing you just get one with, I only really get grumpy when the mud clogs up the bike to the point where you have to stop and clear it out, over and over again.

    Definitely give one a go though, they’re great fun and even in the worst conditions you’re never more than an hour from the finish 🙂

    Comment by dgpowell — January 10, 2011 @ 10:16 pm

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