A race close to home
After having missed a couple of rounds of the Southern XC - due to crushing one of the seat stays in my frame in the national round at Plymouth - I was all set to race the next round, just 20 minutes from home!
I’ll set my stall of excuses out early; after a few weeks of decorating, a wedding on the IoW Saturday night and waking up to a fair amount of drizzle, I was less than certain of how my performance would fair...
Following a short drive up to the venue near Bordon and rolling out onto the course for a practice all these fears soon washed away as a great fun and flowing course had been put together that even rolled really well in the damp conditions. Let’s go!
A good racing rhythm
The race went quite nicely as for once I got a really good start off the line. Chasing round in the top three for the first lap we had quite a big gap back to fourth and then the pace started to hit me. I eased back into my own rhythm and got ready for the grudge match against the chasing riders that was about to explode!
A rider caught, I passed back, a couple more got ahead – it was really to-and-fro for the rest of the race on every lap. So by the end of it I was pleased to come away with fifth place.
Next on the horizon is the June round of the BMBS in Glasgow – home of the 2014 Commonwealth Games MTB race. Time to top up the petrol tank and get on the way from Portsmouth!
See you on the trails