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

  • Glossing over the Whinlatter Enduro…

    Well, it started off well enough: Pick up Wayne, floor it (in the new car) up through the Lakes, get to Whinlatter with plenty of time to sign on, grab a brew and get changed. But it sort of went wrong afterwards!

    Despite having plenty of time I ended up stuck right in the middle of the pack on the start line (as did Jase, who was running late), so the first few minutes of the race was spent redlining it through the crowds up the first fireroad climb, to avoid the traffic jams on the narrow sections (I have no issue admitting that I just tucked in behind Jase and got a nice, free tow up the hill from him 🙂 ).

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    About half a lap or so in I caught up to Rich Rothwell, riding his pimpy new Trek, and spent the next half hour or so being guided round the trails and hills – which was ace, up until I decided to kee up with him on one of the descents and ended up pitching myself over the bars after my front tyre refused to gain any sort of grip on the super slick bedrock. Nothing got hurt/broken apart from scuffed up knees (and pride) so I leapt back on and set about riding back up towards Rich.

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    Embarrassingly, on what was supposed to be the final climb I buried my head in the bars to close the gap just a little too much, didn’t pay enough attention and ended up turning left, heading out for a 3rd lap, when the finish line was about 200 yards down the right!
    D’oh!
    A comfortable 6th place was thrown away and, after realising what a plonker I’d been and refusing to ‘just stop’ mid-extra-lap I rolled in 152nd, having completed 45 miles instead of the ‘proper’ 31.

    Suffice to say, lots of piss taking followed from everyone else.

    Phil and Jase then rode the 100 odd miles home, while I had a little sulk. 😉

    The reason I’ve not posted this for a week since the race is mainly because I’ve been trying to come up with excuses for the extra lap that don’t make me look like a blithering idiot. So far I’ve got “the extra lap was just training”, “the trails were too ace to not go round again”, “I thought I’d dropped my wallet” and “someone sabotaged me”.
    None of these are really true (well, I *was* meant to do more riding that day, so the first one’s not wholly untrue I guess), but it’s all I’ve managed to come up with. Ho hum!

     

    9:38 am on March 28, 2011 | 5 Comments | # |

Comments

  • jase 10:37 am on March 28, 2011 | #

    I noticed your early wheel sucking parasitic antics 😉

  • dgpowell 11:03 am on March 28, 2011 | #

    Mwah ha ha!

    Sir, you make an excellent wind block 😉

  • Rich Rothwell 10:10 pm on March 28, 2011 | #

    Good riding you. And just think of the extra miles etc. etc…. Ace photo of the two of us too. I missed that one. Like I said, if you and Jase fancy a ride in the Lakes some time, just give me a shout.

  • Rich Rothwell 10:13 pm on March 28, 2011 | #

    …I meant good riding ‘with’ you! : )

  • Steve 11:55 am on April 25, 2011 | #

    I know it sounds stupid, but where is this ride? Dont recognise any of the terrain…