Central League CX Round 3 and other things from the weekend!
An eventful weekend…..and I only was there for some of it. Ottershaw was fast and furious by the sounds of it, but well done to Mark, Bill and Ed who dug into the locker twice in the weekend and raced. Anyone else I’ve missed- aplogies.
Great turnout and race in the Club Champs at Hillingdon on Saturday. Thanks to all for arranging, especially Ann and Mike for great restorative tea and cakes. Ann was like a big game hunter taking photos from behind bushes, tea cups and at the finish line.
Really competitive race(s) and very fast.
Unfortunately, as we were leaving I offered Alex Toghill a lift home. Now, bear in mind that Alex had just outsprinted me in the race, and was being a bit smug about it, and he shouldn’t have been lazy, and should have ridden home (only Vets get to drive home). Well, to cut a long story short we drove out of Hillingdon and missed the big red warning signs about the low height barrier. Alex now has a folding bike………..Am I making a habit of trashing expensive frames!?
I’m insured to a point, so hopefully the replacement won’t be too costly, but as Dave Seymour ran up to ogle the crash damage, we didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. Everyone please be careful in future. Why put a height barrier at a Cycle track. Honestly!
CX on Sunday went well, but legs felt like lead.
A few of us went up. George, Martin W, Kay, and Mike Miach in Pretorius colours (just for CX he promises), and Richard Collins (Imperial). It was a really tough circuit. Very varied and technical with some tiring patches on grass into a headwind, so no real respite, lots through a sloping wood with difficult twists and turns and some awkward off camber wet grass bends. Really testing and probably the most enjoyable, challenging course for me to date. I think we were all feeling the legs a bit from Saturday, but no excuses and some really good performances all round. Kay is having an ongoing battle with Keith (?) from Tri Sports. Round 3 for those two, but Kay has got her nose in front. Great stuff, and if she could just stop talking in the race………..
It was another big field of 122 riders. A few random photos below to give you a feel of the course.
Here are some of the results:
|1 Michael Smith Team Corley Cycles Senior Male||
|6:30 6:14 6:22 0:16 6:13 6:30 6:32 6:31 6:29 6:34 6:45|
|2 Matthew Webber London Phoenix CC Senior Male||
|6:32 6:25 6:31 6:38 6:36 6:37 6:42 6:37 6:40 6:44|
|3 Liam Stone Team Corley Cycles Senior Male||
|6:41 6:36 6:42 6:44 6:49 6:44 6:52 6:48 6:46 6:51|
|4 Alex Anderson Welwyn Whls CC Junior Male||
|6:54 6:46 6:43 6:49 6:47 6:53 6:51 6:54 7:02 6:50|
|5 Gavin Rumbles CC Luton Veteran Male||
|7:02 6:41 6:49 6:59 6:50 6:55 6:54 6:49 7:02|
|16 Bohdan Musil La Fuga Sigma Sport Senior Male||
|7:25 7:03 7:26 7:19 7:19 7:20 7:14 7:29 7:09|
|19 Richard Collins Imperial Racing Team Veteran Male||
|7:41 7:14 7:16 7:16 7:22 7:32 7:28 7:23 7:30|
|25 Duncan Schwier Twickenham CC Veteran Male||
|7:46 7:15 7:29 7:29 7:34 7:29 7:34 7:30 7:45|
|30 Michael Miach Pretorius Bikes Senior Male||
|7:50 7:10 7:22 7:35 7:25 7:31 7:38 7:56 7:52|
|40 George Kirkin Twickenham CC Senior Male||
|8:15 7:22 7:26 7:35 7:33 7:43 8:07 8:04 7:55|
|49 Martin Winter Twickenham CC Veteran Male||
|8:52 7:36 7:41 7:43 7:48 8:01 7:50 8:06 7:58|
Martin got round safely before his upcoming hospital trip for plate replacement on shoulder. Nice to have a scheduled hospital appointment for a change I imagine. Good luck with that later this week.
Richard, Mike, George and I battled it out, and were generally within 2 or 3 places of each other, so healthy competition all round.
Richard came out on top this round, and the Vets category is shaping up already to be a tight competition. Mike is still finding his CX legs, but not hard to spot in his black/pink/lime Pretorius livery. George was obviously dazzled by this, and kept his distance – rather like the rest of us were blinded by Dave Seymour’s dayglo gloves and booties on Saturday. (Chairman Jason must look into that I feel – there must be some style rules surely in the club!!!)
Must make special note of Bohdan from Sigma who gave my bike an impromptu service 5 minutes from the start. Straightened rear hanger, reset gears etc. very generous of him, and reflective of the camaraderie in the CX fraternity. Nice guy, and appreciated.
Got into work this morning absolutely cream crackered, to find new Colnago frame has turned up. Honourable thing would be to give that to Toghill, but he’d only go faster, so no way! Anyone got a really heavy steel frame for him by any chance?