My first cyclo cross race………
ended after just under two minutes of racing after the two guys in front of me crashed together in the first singletrack section after the start area with me piling into the back of them sending me of over the bars like Joey in that video and sailing over the top of them both and landing in a heap five metres away. Funnily enough I only had very minor scrapes but my bike suffered a ripped front tyre. So that was that!Posted 6 years agoCloverSubscriber
Noticed slow puncture at start of mine, did two laps then bf borrowed me a track pump (obviously no spare wheels or 12 year old to pinch bike from) and I raced back to pull back in front of girl I’d been racing for the last two laps (it was Shipley Park at Notts and Derby, only 4 very long laps!). V satisfying and although I did ok the enforced pause gives me plenty of room for improvement next time.Posted 6 years agoColemanMember
What are the Notts/Derby races like?
Probably one of the best cx leagues in the country.Posted 6 years ago
Mahoosive turnout with senior fields sometimes in excess of 200 starters, over 40 youth, 40 ish under 12’s and over 60 under 9’s.
Fast and furious racing, good courses and well organised.
Also lots of fun for all abilities. Info here http://ndcxl.org.uk/
Come and have a go.doboMember
manged to get through reading cx yesterday, not really used to fast pace yet and totally blew up on the 2nd lap and felt like i wanted to quit! but stuck at it.Posted 6 years ago
thoose stupid wood chips seemed to just sap your energy.
I had a comedy wobbly moment on the off cambre wet grass corner but stayed on and i also had a chain off right near the pit area on fairly flat grass..
also had somebody way faster than me come from behind and totally screwed up the corner crashing, dont recall him catching up for a while 🙂 hope he was ok though.
Bizarley only managed to get up the double hit climb with roots on my final lap and got my fasted lap time!!
love the pain!CloverSubscriber
I’ve only ridden one race but it was ace. All cats started together so new people (not raced in the league or never before) had to start right at the back.
Had no idea what to expect but it was easier than I feared – was vaguely surprised at overtaking people but it was dead exciting. The singletrack wouldn’t upset anyone with a bit of mb experience (and I emphasise the bit – only been riding for a year), there were lots of tight corners, two dismounts (at which I’m rubbish) and lots of grass. There wasn’t any mud this one (another of my fears!).
My practicing is off-roading round the Calder Valley and the landscape in Nottingham is a lot more rolling so it was a gentler introduction (we were on our way to a party so it was a kind of nice detour too).
I work most Saturdays so won’t get out again until November… boo hoo. You all go ahead, make me envious…Posted 6 years agoThe BeardMember
I did my first CX race yesterday. Crashed on the first or second lap, can’t remember… Hit a tree stump trying to pass someone on a wee bit of singletrack. Landed on my head. Is it possible to get whiplash from a bike accident? Then had a mad dash to try and get back on.
Still awesome fun. Will do more.Posted 6 years ago
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