The Racing Post – CX Season has begun
Oldgit – how did you get on on Saturday – or were you otherwise engaged at your road race? I rode out to the Bowl watched the lad race and rode back. There were plenty tumbling down the banks after the night’s rain.
Only just seen this, the nice Condor on the back of the car was the newly purchased (as in minutes before!) cross bike for Jnr. I now have bike envy of an 11 yo. Unfortunately he can’t race on it yet, I need to change some bits on it to make it more child friendly, cranks, cassette, chainrings.Posted 5 years agooldgitMember
HammeritePosted 5 years ago
Still got a dreadful cough so haven’t ridden at all between races which isn’t ideal.
I was occupied with clubs road race earlier, but did go and race afterwards rather foolishly.
Started at the back, in my state it wasn’t fair on fit riders. I was walking on the first lap because of a bottleneck. Then I was taken down by a falling rider, but went on to pass more that thirty riders.
Still coughing now.
The wessex league eastleigh sotonia cx yesterday was excellent. I really enjoyed the course an got right in the zone, my cantis were bang on, locking into some bends on the rear and my chain didnt come off! trying to find the lowest safest psi for the mich mud 2’s. i think i can lower a bit more to 35-37 psi on a course like that.Posted 5 years ago
results not up yet so no idea where i came but felt goodThe Swedish ChefMember
Rounds three and four of the Swedish cup, placed 16th and 18th, so will drop out of the top 10 in the overall 😥
Great course up in Kumla, just a pity I had dire starts both days on a track where the start is ooh so important. Not many pictures floating about so far
Cool flyover though, (not me):
Photo credit to Henrik @ http://oijer.blogspot.se/Posted 5 years agobarrykellettMember
First round of the Ulster CX series on sunday and my first ever proper CX race. 21st out of 43 starters, not so bad but not so great either. Have a few target men for the next round to aim for now 😉
By far the hardest form of racing I have ever done. And I have done no specific preparation for it either after a full season of XC and just riding around on my commute since that ended. You need a lot more top end for CX than XC, and I didn’t have much when the XC ended!
Posted 5 years ago
CX is just flat out from the gun… great fun!
I raced the North West CCA round 3 – Velocity Cross. Was brilliant fun, with plenty of claggy mud. Discs were a god send, if just for the quiet braking!
Never have I worked so hard to be lapped twice (by Nick Craig amongst others), and come 33/166.
Got the race face on 🙂
No time for rest either
Can’t wait for the next one 🙂Posted 5 years ago
Well chuffed with my 17th place in the GWR evening cross last thursday. Loving cross at night. The course has no dismounts and is fairly technical in the woods
Finally met Mulletus Maximus who stormed round the course
Can’t wait till this thursday now i know the course
Was running about 30psi in my tyres and they gripped amazingly wellPosted 5 years ago
whiles the mini – v’s were a godsend for the peaks – in the mud they clogged up real fast – might have to put the canti’s back on?
anyone else running v’s?
Funnily enough i’m about to put V’s with travel adjust on mine for racing (on advice of clubber on here) cus my avid cantis are a bit rubbish – although weirdly they were fine for racing but I cycled bath to didcot off road on saturday across the ridgeway and i had terrible fork judder problems)
Can’t afford the avid ultimates so going with single digit v’sPosted 5 years ago
I’ve just returned to cx after 6 seasons of no racing. I can’t believe the number of entries – 102 in Brecon on Sunday.
When I used to help organise events we’d rarely have over 50.
Brecon on Sunday was mainly flat, fast and not too muddy. After about 20 minutes I basically wanted to stop and die because the speed was so high, but I looked around and it seemed that everyone around me felt the same so I kept going. Disappointed in the end result, but I’ll console myself that there were so many starters!Posted 5 years ago
Only my 3rd cx race. It really is flat out from the start. One of the biggest surprises I have found is how long I can maintain my max HR.
It goes up to 180bpm within the first few seconds of race starting – then stays between 180 – 190bpm for the full time of the race …
IdleJon – I think I talked to you as we signed on? were you in an Abergavenny jersey?Posted 5 years ago
mooman, no I’m not with an affiliated club these days. (I used to ride for Schmoos years ago..)
I’ve been wearing a bright green Royle jersey, riding an old silver Jake the Snake and pottering in a worn out fashion about 2/3rds the way down the field. (66th on Sun)
If you were anywhere near the back at Risca you may have seen my somersault down the first steep bank – wiped out about 6 other riders in the process.. 😳
Where did you finish?Posted 5 years ago
I was 39th at Brecon .. loads of excuses why I was so far back too 😆
Actually had my best race at Risca. 28th ( or as I dress it up – 4th out of the vet-cat).
I have had two falls in each of the 3 races I have done this year … both falls at Risca were on the same bank as you describe .. great fun.
I guess you still remember the weather at Risca …
If your racing round6 at Hereford – give me a nudge.Posted 5 years ago
I will be the guy looking knackered in the blue MigglyMoos jersey 😀
Ah, I know you now – assuming you are the only Miggly Moos rider.
I don’t think I’ll do Hereford, it’s a bit far. I’ve just sent my entry off for Carmarthen. Should be interesting under floodlights.
After Risca my teeth were still chattering half way down the M4 with the heating on full. My wife thought it very amusing that I’d given myself mild hypothermia.Posted 5 years agoMulletus MaximusMember
Swindon is indeed flat and also a very short lap. You can expect about 10 laps for the vets race and about 15 for the seniors.
It’s a great little course with single track at each end. Plenty of dead stop corners too and some slippery off camber corners that could catch you out if wet.
I’ve been racing there in the night series for two seasons and still not bored of the course although they are running it the other way this year.Posted 5 years ago
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