Muddy Sunday – Cyclocross – Wessex League, Oxford
Well, the mud is well and truly here.
No Central League race this weekend, so the only options were London League down in Brighton, or Wessex League in Oxford. Not sure if any others ventured down to Brighton, but I went to Oxford for the mudfest.
The conditions were biblical. very wet and heavy, with long energy sapping stretches of soggy grass and mud, and then what felt like a diverted river through woodland, with an interesting obstacle over a stream bed. After the warm up lap we were all grimacing through muddy faces with soaking cold feet and hands -brilliant.
Unlike the Central League, Wessex has a separate Vets/Juniors/Womens race so got to race and then watch the Seniors straight after. As a visiting rider i wasn’t gridded, so probably about 40 riders back, but got away pretty well and made my way up to about 15th on the first half lap, then the heavy ground started to have an effect and the slog began. Probably only managed about 5 laps in the hour, but that was about enough. Absolutely cream crackered, wet and cold. Mac was shivering on the sidelines but kept me going with encouragement. Cup of hot tea wouldn’t have gone amiss!Cyclocross Wessex League
I finished 13th in the end, but didn’t seem to matter. Much more about survival, and honing some mud sliding skills before next weeks Regionals at Milton Keynes. A few of us will be representing Central League against all the other regions from around the country. George Kirkin, James Leach, Mike Miach, (Stephen Campbell is on reserve and might get to race). Kay is in the women’s team.
Some video here:
Central League starts up again in two weeks, with races at Luton and Reading, which if i remember rightly are less challenging courses (mud permitting) so if anyone fancies getting out and trying it, they’ll be good courses to begin on.