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Re: the Cyclo cross racing post

Postby MikeWW » Mon Oct 15, 2012 12:04 pm

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Pross wrote:Anyone riding my club's round of the National Trophy this Sunday? I should be there marshalling in the afternoon and possibly the morning.


Yes I will be there. Riding in the Grand Vets so 10.31 am start. Will be in the Lichfield CCC/ZipVit kit. Should be a good day of racing :D


How did you get on? Looked a good course in the afternoon but I understand it was a bit more muddy early on? The BC officials seemed to think it went well and have asked if we'll do it again next year! It took a fair bit of pulling together and I felt lazy not being there to help in the morning.


Was gridded 4th from back but got through to 13th in very slippery conditions. Was very muddy for our race (had 2 bike changes) and course was pretty tricky. Dried up through the day and was riding well by lunch time. It was a good course and well organised so would say pretty much spot on.

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Postby DavidBelcher » Mon Oct 15, 2012 17:48 pm

Liked the Central course at Hemel yesterday - lots of technical stuff to get stuck into with moist ground making it quite cut-up in places as the afternoon went on, especially the woodland sections. Having been a bit over-zealous with the front brake I not only I hit a tree but also went over the bars at one point through said woods around half-way through the race (apologies to the 2 blokes behind who got held up as a result)! Managed to recover from that episode and went all out to make up even more placings and roll home 92nd of 123 finishers including a dash for the chequered flag to catch one last fellow back marker almost on the line. Crash aside, in terms of riding technique and physical effort it may be one of the best races I've managed in years. :)

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Re: the Cyclo cross racing post

Postby MikeWW » Mon Oct 22, 2012 17:55 pm

Road R5 of the WMCCL at Elmdon Park, Solihull yesterday ( Grand Vets)

Very slippery conditions meant it was going to be tough!!!
Was lined up on the front row and though I had got away OK but then missed my peddle as I tried to clip in and nearly came off. Was back to about 30th with it all to do but got through the field and ended up 2nd Best result so far for me but legs have been in pieces today

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Re: the Cyclo cross racing post

Postby DavidBelcher » Tue Oct 23, 2012 10:52 am

I don't think there were any easy races anywhere during the weekend just gone! I was at Wessex League Round 6 held at Prospect Park, Reading - this is a very demanding course anyway, but the huge amounts of rain during the week made much of the course into a cut-up, boggy mudbath with few if any easy sections. Some of the usually (just) rideable slopes turned into parts where running was necessary, whilst the toughest running section became more of a walking section for the less proficient riders like me!! I managed to not only finish but also not scrape home last (27th of 33), without any repeats of the tree-related incident I suffered at Hemel. A major clean-up operation for both me and my bike was needed on arriving home. And as for the train journey home, the inspector on the ticket gate at Reading station didn't believe my brakes still worked and the wheels still went round when he saw the state of the bike....

I'm taking on a probably over-ambitious double-header this coming weekend, Brackley (Central) on Saturday and Harwell (Wessex) on Sunday. Luckily I have Monday off work to recover. :)

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Postby Tom Butcher » Thu Oct 25, 2012 22:13 pm

Advice please. Did my first cross race at the weekend on a pair of somewhat worn (but not worn out) Michelin Mud 2s - went OK for half the race but the last half I really struggled for grip as I think the wheels were chock a block with mud. Was losing the front wheel all the time. I've got the option of fitting a pair of Schwalbe CX Pros for the weekend - it's a parkland course - worth changing or not ?
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Re: the Cyclo cross racing post

Postby Monty Dog » Fri Oct 26, 2012 08:13 am

I'm riding the vets race at the Muddy Hell CX at Herne Hill tomorrow night - look out for the Dove Bike!
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Re: the Cyclo cross racing post

Postby andyp » Fri Oct 26, 2012 18:50 pm

I'm racing in the vets too. Just spent the afternoon helping put up the beer tent and marking out the course. It's definitely muddy out the back of the circuit and the hose was being prepared to flood muddy corner on the infield so be prepared.

I rode a lap on a fixed gear, short wheelbase, brakeless polo bike which was more fun than you'd expect.

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Postby Monty Dog » Sun Oct 28, 2012 11:09 am

Muddy Hell? - probably the muddiest race since the National League at Southampton a few years ago - wasn't helped by the torrential rain for the hour before the start. Well, I'm pleased to say I go my DFL (Dead F***in Last!) at Muddy Hell - on 2nd lap slammed my pedal in to the back of calf muscle which mean I couldn't really push and then punctured my front tub hitting the bottom of the ramp just before the bell - it was so filthy and I was so far back I couldn't be bother to get my spare and just decided to ride the last lap on a flat front which made handling in the slippy stuff even more fun! Even the lights on my Dove wings died in protest.
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Re: the Cyclo cross racing post

Postby Bigpikle » Sun Oct 28, 2012 18:52 pm

went to spectate at Alexandra Palace today for the Rapha Super Cross - cracking event and good fun even for a 12yr with zero interest in bikes who didnt want to come in the first place! Sat by the supper steep and slippery corner descent watching riders fall over each other brought a big grin to his face as he spent all day rattling his cow bell.

Brilliantly organised and run event, weather stayed kind and some great racing from kids to elites. Will go again for sure! Well done to all the racers there today - looked a tough course on that hill...
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Postby bexslack » Sun Oct 28, 2012 20:07 pm

Monty Dog wrote:Muddy Hell? - probably the muddiest race since the National League at Southampton a few years ago - wasn't helped by the torrential rain for the hour before the start. Well, I'm pleased to say I go my DFL (Dead F***in Last!) at Muddy Hell - on 2nd lap slammed my pedal in to the back of calf muscle which mean I couldn't really push and then punctured my front tub hitting the bottom of the ramp just before the bell - it was so filthy and I was so far back I couldn't be bother to get my spare and just decided to ride the last lap on a flat front which made handling in the slippy stuff even more fun! Even the lights on my Dove wings died in protest.



Yes it seemed quite muddy to me too from my vantage point towards the back of the ladies field. As a newbie to cross racing, I must confess to having been rather defeated by the courses and the elements in both my races to date. Perhaps dipping my toe in the water with the 3 Peaks followed by Muddy Hell is not the most orthodox introduction to the sport.

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Postby mikenetic » Mon Oct 29, 2012 10:02 am

Managed to ride both Muddy Hell and then the Supercross, with a quick bit of bike and kit washing in between. As my first two CX races they were a bit of a baptism of fire, but both were brilliant fun.

I rode the novice race at Muddy Hell. The rain made conditions pretty tough, but my costume survived OK! The Supercross was excellent, and being cheered on through the Tequila Shortcut by so many people was a right laugh.

Definitely going to do more, CX is great fun. Regardless of where you are in the field, you can race the person in front and the person behind (unless you're last or first, obv) :)

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Re: the Cyclo cross racing post

Postby DavidBelcher » Tue Oct 30, 2012 12:05 pm

Did back-to-back races over the weekend as I'd planned, first time I've ever attempted that but seem to have recovered quite well.
Chilly both days, but once racing was in progress I didn't really notice that, and only felt cold during the before & after bits!
Despite some weather-based pessimism on the rather parky ride over from Kings Sutton station, the Central League race at Brackley on Saturday turned out to be a cracker - thanks to all involved for designing a brilliant course. Although my speed on the flat-out sections isn't up to much, I seemed to be OK at holding faster guys' wheels on the technical parts (especially the chicane/slalom stretch prior to the hurdle - that was good fun) and some of the banks too. Unlike some unfortunate competitors I also avoided hitting the deck on what was a slippery surface in parts as all of that recent rain which made Prospect Park at Reading such a mudbath obviously hadn't dried out entirely. I rolled home 62nd of 82, not bad by my standards. Provided I can get the Saturday off work again, then assuming A5 Rangers run a 2013 repeat, I'll be back for more!!
The following day's Wessex outing at Harwell was a different kettle of fish and I really struggled, due to the wind and the nature of the course (mostly designed around a huge mound of chalk & clay spoil dug out from when the Diamond synchrotron was built, apparently - on Sunday it proved to be exposed and windswept in an otherwise flattish spot) rather than any after-effects of Saturday. The super-steep ascents, barmy descents and plethora of off-camber stretches made for really hard work; somehow I fought the urge to throw in the towel and put myself through 6 laps of mild torture to roll in a paltry 33rd of 36. Probably a good decision in hindsight as none of my clubmates rode at Harwell allowing me to make up ground on them in the challenge for the club CX trophy. :) The journey home proved to be longer than expected thanks to First Great Western - I was glad to be finally home and out of the cold and rain around 8pm, rather later than I'd hoped.

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Re: the Cyclo cross racing post

Postby Bigpikle » Wed Oct 31, 2012 08:26 am

Wessex league at Oxford this weekend - anyone know what to expect at that venue as not ventured up there before?
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Re: the Cyclo cross racing post

Postby BeaconRuth » Wed Oct 31, 2012 09:12 am

DavidBelcher wrote:The following day's Wessex outing at Harwell was a different kettle of fish and I really struggled, due to the wind and the nature of the course (mostly designed around a huge mound of chalk & clay spoil dug out from when the Diamond synchrotron was built, apparently - on Sunday it proved to be exposed and windswept in an otherwise flattish spot)............
I believe this is what you were racing on. I rode it last year and really enjoyed it although I concur with all you say about it.

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Postby hammerite » Wed Oct 31, 2012 09:47 am

BigP - I think I've raced there 3 times. Twice in Central League, once in Wessex.

The Central League had the course around the sports field and pitch n putt course, it was pretty flat and fast although some sections seemed to be a bit draggy.

When I did it as part of the Wessex League it was a bit different. They included the sports field bit, but also used a neighbouring woods. This involved a ditch hop (not riding), the woods included some narrow bits through the trees, it was pretty muddy in there and I had to stop a few times to remove mud/leaves just so I could keep the bike moving. I think it was a pretty wet day so that probably didn't help. Good fun really.

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Re: the Cyclo cross racing post

Postby DavidBelcher » Wed Oct 31, 2012 14:28 pm

hammerite wrote:When I did it as part of the Wessex League it was a bit different. They included the sports field bit, but also used a neighbouring woods. This involved a ditch hop (not riding), the woods included some narrow bits through the trees, it was pretty muddy in there and I had to stop a few times to remove mud/leaves just so I could keep the bike moving. I think it was a pretty wet day so that probably didn't help. Good fun really.


Probably going to be more of the same this weekend - the course hasn't varied much so far since they started using Harcourt Hill for Wessex races.

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Postby Bigpikle » Thu Nov 01, 2012 07:37 am

hammerite wrote:BigP - I think I've raced there 3 times. Twice in Central League, once in Wessex.

The Central League had the course around the sports field and pitch n putt course, it was pretty flat and fast although some sections seemed to be a bit draggy.

When I did it as part of the Wessex League it was a bit different. They included the sports field bit, but also used a neighbouring woods. This involved a ditch hop (not riding), the woods included some narrow bits through the trees, it was pretty muddy in there and I had to stop a few times to remove mud/leaves just so I could keep the bike moving. I think it was a pretty wet day so that probably didn't help. Good fun really.


Thanks guys - looks like it might be more of the same this weekend then judging by the weather this week :lol:
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Re: the Cyclo cross racing post

Postby DavidBelcher » Tue Nov 06, 2012 09:14 am

Bigpikle wrote:
hammerite wrote:BigP - I think I've raced there 3 times. Twice in Central League, once in Wessex.

The Central League had the course around the sports field and pitch n putt course, it was pretty flat and fast although some sections seemed to be a bit draggy.

When I did it as part of the Wessex League it was a bit different. They included the sports field bit, but also used a neighbouring woods. This involved a ditch hop (not riding), the woods included some narrow bits through the trees, it was pretty muddy in there and I had to stop a few times to remove mud/leaves just so I could keep the bike moving. I think it was a pretty wet day so that probably didn't help. Good fun really.


Thanks guys - looks like it might be more of the same this weekend then judging by the weather this week :lol:


Did you ride at Oxford in the end? I was in the Seniors event, and oddly I really enjoyed myself despite the ludicrous amounts of mud and standing water around the course, especially through the woodland section. Quite a chilly day, but as with Brackley the weekend before, I can't say I really noticed that once I was going all-out. Even accounting for a minor "off" about half-way through, I only finished a lap down on the winner rather than my usual 2 or 3 lap deficit, which was a turn up for the books.

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