Photo by: Darren Ciolli-Leach – www.xcpics.comSo not really what I would call an enjoyable race, the lack of any serious climbs or descents on this super flat course ( it’s supposed to be mountain biking) and the sticky conditions made it more like a cross race really and definitely favoured the more powerful riders….in the end the Junior race was won by the CycloX National Champ! Starting from the back in 32nd and finishing up knocking on the door of the top ten in 11th in my first national event is a pretty solid start to the season. This means I have got my least favourable race out the way first and more importantly moved up the grid for Round 2 at Wheal Maid, where there will actually be some climbing and descending. The venues get progressively more hilly as the season progresses which should play to my strengths…..bring it on!
Team rider James Davey raced his first cross country national on the weekend, where we rode to a solid 11th/32 in juniors! Conditions were poor and he was set back by a bad starting position, read on for his full story… With quite a distance to travel to this event and having never ridden at Sherwood Pines before we decided to make a weekend of it. So we set off early on Saturday morning amid severe weather warnings being forecast across our chosen route through the Midlands and beyond. Sure enough as soon as we hit the Worcester area the snow started falling and remained with us throughout our journey to Sherwood Pines. We arrived at the event car park (which was more like a skating rink) around 12 noon and I quickly got out for some practice laps. The whole area was like a winter wonderland scene from a Christmas card covered in 6 to 8 inches of snow and it was still falling heavily!